5 Motorcycle rides in America you have to try

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Beartooth Highway. Photo by Phil Armitage

America is definitely not a small country. It’s actually so big and diverse that it could easily take a lifetime to explore all of its roads and find the ones which are perfect for motorcycle rides. While exploring the US on one’s own without prior research is definitely an attractive idea, not everyone has so much time to spare to check out every single potential road and find the best picks.

That’s why we came up with a few recommendations, located in different parts of the country. Of course, this short list is by no means a fully comprehensive resource. Treat it more like a starting point for your own research. With a bit of creativity you will definitely find the hidden gems. If you feel that you’ve already found an awesome motorcycle road and want to share your discovery with others, feel free to get in touch with us. We’ll definitely include your finding in the follow-up article!


1. The Palomar Mountain Loop – California

This spectacular 35 mile loop passes through some of the most outstanding mountain sceneries California has got to offer. Thanks to the motorcycle friendly climatic conditions, it’s a perfect all-year-round choice. While you can definitely attempt this road on nearly every kind of bike, we feel that especially the sport bike owners will be the most satisfied. Just make sure you allow plenty of time to stop and admire the scenery. Especially since it might be a little bit difficult to do so while riding the bike as the road does not to belong the easiest ones, requiring you to fully focus on the ride. Anyways, a great destination, particularly for those living in CA.


2. The Dragon – Tennessee

No motorcycle road listing would be complete without the Dragon. Its arguably one of the windiest and the most spectacular rides America has got to offer. With more than 300 curves, it is a serious test for your bike riding ability, providing a truly outstanding experience. One bad thing about this road is that it can get a bit crowded on weekends. On the other hand, the good things is that the 30 feet long trucks are banned on this stretch of the road, making the riding experience safer and more enjoyable. The whole stretch is only 11-mile long, however because of all those curves, it takes some time to complete. The road is particularly scenic in Spring and early Summer, making an ideal choice for sport bike riders.


3. Washington Pass – Washington

If you are looking forward to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the North Cascades National Park, this is the way to go. The whole route covers nearly 87 miles, leaping through some of the most grandiose landscapes in America. Snow-capped rocky peaks, pine forests, twisted curves and the general sense of being as close to nature as possible – this all makes Washington Pass the motorcyclists’ favorite pick. Bear in mind though that the road is only open from April to October. Totally makes sense, given the fact that this is the mountainous North West, not necessarily known for mild winters.


4. Twisted Sisters – Texas

Officially – Three Hill Country Ranch Roads 335, 336 and 337. If you are looking for a great riding experience in the South, you should definitely try the Sisters. Countless curves, amazing views, plenty of roadside attractions, areas of outstanding natural beauty – these are the best reasons why this 100-mile loop gained so much popularity among motorcycle maniacs. While it’s not necessarily the America’s toughest ride, it’s also not a place for rookies either. Therefore make sure you have sufficient experience under your belt and you are ready to go. You won’t regret it.


5. Beartooth Highway – Southwest Montana and Wyoming

Probably one of the America’s most beautiful rides. Not for the faint hearted though. The road comprises countless curves, including the 180 degree bends, leaping through magnificent remote mountain scenery. Watch for magnificent glaciers and snowy peaks – in fact the highest elevation you will reach on this ride will be well over 10,000 feet. Due to its location, the road is closed in winter months and even in summer the weather can be quite unpredictable. Watch out for strong winds and snowfalls – they don’t really make it an easy ride. But alas, what a wonderful one.