Everyone loves a good vacation, but motorcycle riders experience an entirely different journey on the way there. Not only that, but their love for the open road translates directly into the activities they pursue while away from home.
Whether you’ve experienced this level of freedom or are itching to see what it’s like, there are five specific vacations that every rider must try at one point in their life. Fuel up and get your engines revving, because these rides are once in a lifetime destinations.
Zion National Park, Utah
This 54-mile byway runs along Highway 9 via I-15 all the way to the Mt. Carmel Junction. It’s packed with scenic views which you can pair with either a rugged outdoor camping adventure or more luxury amenities via resorts and lodges. Don’t forget to hit the surrounding canyons while you’re here.
Hudson Valley, New York
A mere 90 minutes from Manhattan, the Hudson Valley offers 80-miles of picturesque views, especially in the fall. You’ll also find wineries, villages, and top-notch restaurants along the way. You can also make a slight detour to the Hawk’s Nest, which is a stretch of road that features America’s oldest suspension bridge.
Idaho Grand Loop, Utah to Montana
How does a 2,549-mile vacation sound? This loop starts in Salt Lake City before heading through Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana. Beartooth Highway, Route 12, and Washington Route 129 are also part of the loop. There are plenty of stays along the way, as well.
Las Vegas Outskirts, Nevada
Night and day to the Las Vegas Strip, the outskirts provide a spectacular natural counterpart to this famous US locale. Valley of Fire National Park, the Hoover Dam, and Lake Mead are all part of the journey. Pro tip: Avoid the winter months because temperatures drop below freezing.
Big Sur, California
This 90-mile stretch of California’s Highway 1 starts in Monterey County and ends in San Luis Obispo. These winding roads place you right alongside the cliffs of the coast with the ocean breeze whipping past. It’s a surreal experience of the Pacific Ocean. Fail to take it easy on the bends, however, and you’ll need a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer.
Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, Washington to Montana
If you really want to get in touch with nature, try this 202-mile drive through canyons, waterways, and mountains. There are few places to stay along this stretch, so plan for long stretches through some of America’s most picturesque nature scenes. Also, it’s worth stopping at the Nez Perce National Historic Park at Spalding.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone is top vacation destination for many, but bikers can take advantage of the 142-mile Grand Loop that swings around the park. This loop includes the ever-famous Old Faithful as well as Fountain Pots and Mammoth Hot Springs. Campgrounds are abundant, as is wildlife. With a speed limit of 45 mph, this is one vacation you can take slow and easy as you enjoy the scenery.