Top 5 Motorcycle Routes in the US

Are you ready to take your new bike for a ride? In this article, we share the top 5 motorcycle routes in the United States that you must take, at least once in your lifetime.

Nothing beats the feeling of freedom when you’re driving a bike and, now that you’ve bought your first motorcycle, you’re excited to take it for a real test ride across the country. But, where should you go? Are there any roads in North America that are particularly suitable for motorcyclists? Yes, in fact, there are several routes you can take your bike for a spin and feel the thrill of driving a motorcycle while still enjoying an incredible view.

We’ve put together a list of the top 5 motorcycle routes in the US you should take, at least, once in your lifetime.

1) Pacific Coast Highway - California

Big Sur

It’s one of the most scenic coastal roads in the country and it extends throughout most of the state of California, from San Diego up to San Francisco. This route is particularly exhilarating for those riding a motorcycle, as the road is really winding in the Big Sur section of the highway. Stop in this area for incredible views of the coast, beautiful waterfalls, towering redwood trees, and the Instagram famous Bixby Bridge.

For a more relaxed ride, there’s the stretch that goes from Malibu to Santa Barbara with quaint restaurants and other unique sights of the Golden Coast.

2) Going to the Sun Road – Glacier National Park

Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park

If you’re looking for the ultimate motorcycle experience, then this route is for you. Considered somewhat of a Mecca for motorcyclists, the Going To the Sun Road is located in a distant remote part of the United States, close to the Canadian border.

The route goes from one end of Glacier National Park to the other and crosses part of the Rocky Mountains. It’s because of its unique location in the US that it takes an average of two months to clean the roads from the snow that falls during winter. But, once the route is clear, it’s among the best one to visit not only in the continental US but around the world. Take our word for it, you won’t be disappointed!

3) Beartooth Pass – Montana through Wyoming

Motos en beartooth highway

For those seeking exhilarating adventures on a motorcycle, this fits the perfect description of winding roads, curves and several ups and downs along the way. You’re in for a ride –pun intended- when crossing the famous Beartooth pass from Montana through Wyoming.

Not only that, this almost 70-mile stretch will have you in awe of its beautiful and dense forests, incredible mountains and rivers. Beartooth Pass is a very popular route for bikers, so expect to see quite a few of them on your ride.

4) Tail of the Dragon – North Carolina through Tennessee

tail of the dragon

While somewhat a shorter route than the ones mentioned above, the Tail of the Dragon is considered by many as one of the most beautiful roads for motorcycling and sports car lovers alike. The route stretches for 11 miles from the Deals Gap on the Tennessee/North Carolina state line.

Unlike the other motorcycle routes shared, this one is not as scenic. It’s not a route to sightsee but rather enjoy the drive itself. It is, however, located in a remote so don’t be surprised if you see wildlife such deer, bears, or boars while on the road.

5)Blue Ridge Parkway – Virginia & North Carolina

tail of the dragon blue ridge parkway

Lastly, there is the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, a beautifully paved road that stretches for 469 miles from Virginia’s Shenandoah National Forest to North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains. Despite having a 45-mph limit and other regulations for motorcyclists, you will still enjoy the ride as it is one of those trips that are worth slowing down for, especially in Autumn when all the fall foliage shines through.

There are many motorcycle routes you can take all across the continental US, each with its own unique traits to explore. Always remember to wear a helmet when driving your bike and be sure to have your insurance up to date. If you're unsure of what motorcycle insurance policy is best for you, we have partnered with Dairyland Insurance to provide you with a quick and easy quote. Click here to get your motorcycle insurance quote!

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