America has a breathtaking amount of beautiful scenery and landscapes. From the beaches of the coastlines, both east and west, to the mountains riddled throughout the inner ranges of the country, it is an awe-inspiring collection of topography in the U.S. To traverse the terrain, we most often use automobiles and buses; however, motorcycles are one of people’s favorite modes of transportation.
For more than a century, America has been falling in love with two-wheeled adventures. Transportation through motorcycle is much more exhilarating than any passenger vehicle. There’s talk that millennials aren’t buying motorcycles nearly as much, but even with that negative attitude, motorcycles can still be seen everywhere. Hundreds of thousands of people use them as commuter transportation, and while we don’t encourage you to only use your motorcycle to weave through the city traffic, it is a great way to get around.
While loads of people are turning to two-wheels to combat their commute, there are still the adventure seekers amongst us. – the people who are out to find the best roads, the forgotten saloons, the smoothest highway, or the secluded mountain lookout are still mounting their bikes for a casual ride. For those people, we’re going to take a look at the best roads to take the chopper out for a ride on from sea to shining sea.
10. The Twisted Sisters – Texas
We start our journey in the heart of Texas on The Twisted Sisters loop. The loop is about 100 miles long and traverses the steep climbs and tough twists of the Texas hill region. The landscape in the area has next to no flat land, which makes it an exceedingly difficult ride. In fact, it’s last on our list of best roads due to its difficulty. Inexperienced riders should not take this trip lightly. However, if you’ve been riding all your life, you will enjoy the challenge of The Twisted Sisters. The roads are built well, but the twists and turns give this road its fitting name.
9. Natchez Trace Parkway – Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee
If you’ve only just begun riding and you’re looking for a road to help you become a better rider, the Natchez Trace Parkway is perfect for that. The road is smooth and newer in most places, which eliminates the worry of becoming a victim to a pothole. The ride is packed with historic significance as well. The stretch of road has been used since the beginning of time. Animals and Native Americans alike have used the road (unpaved then, of course) for thousands of years. Now that it’s paved, it’s the perfect place to navigate the hills of the south on this 444-mile journey through three states.
8. Going-to-the-Sun Road – Montana
Going-to-the-Sun road would be higher on the list if it was longer. It only stretches about 50 miles, which will take less than 2 hours to get through and leaves you wanting more of the same. It’s a short ride, but it’s oh so sweet. It is the only paved road that goes into the Glacier National Park, a park which continuously makes it on the list for most beautiful national parks. So, while it may not take a full day to get through it, it will be worth going to check out the scenery of the North-West United states.
7. Tunnel of Trees Road – Michigan
Tracing the western coast of Michigan lies the Tunnel of Trees road. This road is spectacularly beautiful in fall. The reds, oranges, and yellows make the scenery pop as you ride your way down this 30-mile highway. Though the road itself is only 30 miles, it is part of the Michigan Highway system, so it’s easy to map out a plan to enjoy this road along with other Michigan highways. The only dilemma with this road is that it’s traveled quite frequently. The stretch of narrow road is often an area where traffic can bunch up; be prepared to stop if you take this journey.
6. Beartooth Pass – Wyoming
The highest paved highway in the Rocky Mountain range is the Beartooth Pass. It also happens to be within the Yellowstone National Park, making it one of the most beautiful drives in America. The northwestern U.S. contains some of the most underpopulated areas in the country. Its lack of population makes this drive a secluded dream. The Beartooth pass has its fair share of hills and twists, so be careful if you’re a beginner motorcyclist. Unfortunately, due to how high in the Rockies this road resides, it is covered in snow for 8-10 months out of the year.
5. Needles Highway – South Dakota
Needles Highway makes it to number five on our list for one huge reason: it’s in South Dakota, which is home to Sturgis Bike Rally. The rally is the largest gathering of bikers in the country and means you can enjoy yourself at the events when the beautiful ride is over. Needles highway will take you right by Mount Rushmore and the beautiful mountains surrounding it. The 40-mile highway is perfect for a trip to Sturgis and an unforgettable weekend.
4. Route 66 – Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California
Route 66 is not only a motorcycle road, but a road for all travelers. Plainly, it will not be the best road you drive on in some parts; it won’t be the most exciting. But if you care, to any extent, about the history of American culture, you should take the trip down Route 66. As one of the original highways in the U.S. Highway System, historic Route 66 contains some of our country’s greatest history. It passes through landscapes of all kinds and is a salute to our nation’s past. It makes our list because of significance.
3. Tail of the Dragon – Tennessee
The name of this highway is equal to its difficulty to ride. While it is only 11 miles long, it is riddled with curves, twists, turns, and can be extremely unforgiving to a new rider. The Tail of the Dragon is in the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee. If you’re an expert motorcyclist and looking to challenge yourself, this road could be your biggest challenge yet.
2. Pacific Coast Highway – California
Route 66 is a cultural icon, but the Pacific Coast Highway is closely reaching the same stigma. This highway runs along the coast of California for more than 600 miles and is one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the country. The road would be at the top of our list, but California traffic makes it a nightmare to be on. It is a breathtaking experience that must be seen to be enjoyed, but make sure you’re feeling patient if you go for a ride on State Route 1.
1. Blue Ridge Parkway – North Carolina & Virginia
Turn the volume on the stereo up and turn on John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads (I like this!! Couldn’t resist the click)as you ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tracking directly through the Shenandoah National Park and the Smoky Mountains National Park, this highway is our number one choice. It packs a simple ride with fun curves and a smooth pavement. It can be as long as you wish it to be, and it can be ridden most months of the year. Any biker would be happy to take a peaceful ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
For Your Motorcycle Accident Needs
Unfortunately, even the most amazing roads can be home to severe motorcycle crashes. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident and suffered severe injuries, you could be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you every step of the way. Dennis Hernandez & Associates, located throughout South Florida, can fight to get you paid.