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Best Motorcycle Rides in the U.S.

by Chris Rutter March 25, 2021

Best Motorcycle Rides in the U.S.

Millions of miles of road stretch across the United States, which offers motorcycle riders an abundance of routes to explore. It's a freeing experience to cruise by mountain ranges, coastlines, deserts and all the beauty America has to offer.

Riders can get the irresistible urge to hop on their bike and explore, but they may not know how close they are to an awe-inspiring, must-ride motorcycle route. Start planning your road trip on one of the best motorcycle roads in the U.S.

Best Motorcycle Routes Across America

From coast to coast, roads and highways carve pathways throughout the country. The best-known motorcycle routes in the United States offer riders unique sights and experiences. When you're starting to plan a road trip to a new place, check out these well-known motorcycle roads that are a favorite among riders.

The Tail of the Dragon

The Tail of the Dragon is part of U.S. 129 and has earned a reputation as one of the best motorcycle and sports car roads in the United States. This road starts at Deals Gap on the Tennessee-North Carolina border and runs through the Great Smoky Mountains. The tight, hairpin turns and miles of alluring scenic highway attract riders to Tail of the Dragon. Take caution on this motorcycle route and review tips on safely riding the Tail of the Dragon.

Devils Highway

Devil's Highway, formerly known as Route 666, is one of Arizona's best scenic motorcycle routes. The 265-mile ride covers some of the most picturesque areas in the United States. This motorcycle route has many curves and is a must-ride for many people who desire to coast along America's best roads.

 Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway runs along the entire California coast and north into Oregon. Riders can enjoy miles of beautiful scenery, including ocean views, breathtaking cliffs and forests. You can also stumble upon some wildlife like sea lions and humpback whales. Experience one of the most scenic motorcycle rides on the West Coast.

Coastal Route 1

Bikers refer to U.S. Route 1 in Maine as the Coastal Route. People add this ride to their bucket list because of its scenic beauty. Check out historic lighthouses and stop at delicious seafood restaurants on your trip along the road.

Arches National Park

Moab, Utah, is home to some of the nation's most incredible scenery and dramatic rock formations. Arches National Park offers a 22-mile motorcycle route in Moab. It's a less challenging ride that allows riders to soak in all the nature around them. The breathtaking geological features in Arches National Park are a must-see and should make your list of motorcycle road trips to take.

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters route near San Antonio, Texas, is a motorcycle ride that passes through the heart of Texas Hill Country. Also known as the Twisted Sisters, this famous Texas road offers many stops for local food, museums and other attractions. Riders will see charming ranches and impressive views of the Lone Star State on their ride.

The Ozarks

A trip through the Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas should be near the top of your must-ride list. Miles of roads that twist and turn through the mountains and rivers attract riders to experience the Ozarks. This route can offer activities like camping, hiking and other outdoor adventures. Before you make your trip, ensure you know how to ride safely in the Ozarks so you can enjoy your ride.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Experience one of the most beloved and scenic motorcycle rides on the East Coast. This road's reputation for being one of the best in the country stems from its stunning views, outdoor activities and an array of lodging options. The Blue Ridge Parkway stretches for 106 miles through North Carolina and Virginia.

The Badlands

Take a ride through the Badlands area of South Dakota, where the beautiful landscape provides an epic ride. Experience freedom and thrill along the Badlands route that invites bikes from all over the country.

Beartooth All-American Road

Journey through the spectacular terrain of Montana and Wyoming on the Beartooth Highway. This section of Highway 212 offers breathtaking views of Yellowstone National Park and Gallatin National Forests. Riders enjoy local shops, dining and other pleasant stops along the motorcycle route.

Ozello Trail Ride

Located north of Tampa, Fla., Ozello Trail lets riders experience Florida's Gulf Coast and other elements unique to the state. This two-lane road passes through Crystal River Preserve State Park and is a favorite among riders because of the road's twists and view of the water.

Cascade Loop

The Cascade Loop offers some of the best views in America's Pacific Northwest. Located in Washington, this motorcycle route provides riders with amazing nature views. Soak in mountain views and coastline on this 440-mile ride.

Independence Pass

Cruise through the Colorado Rocky Mountains on Independence Pass. This motorcycle road takes riders through gorgeous treelines and breathtaking mountain views. This route is only open at specific times of year, because weather conditions make it impassable during the winter. Make sure you schedule your trip between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Motorcycle Road Trip Tips

The United States has an astounding amount of motorcycle routes. Riders can experience the diverse topography and elements throughout the country.

When you're planning your motorcycle road trip, follow some helpful tips to make your trip successful:

  • Determine your road trip's dates.
  • Agree on a budget.
  • Choose your destination and desired motorcycle route.
  • Plan stops like restaurants and attractions to make the most of your time.
  • Make a packing list and remember all your essential belongings.
  • Bring plenty of water and snacks, and take breaks when needed.

Planning for your motorcycle road trip is an exciting process and will allow you to maximize your adventure on one of America's beloved motorcycle routes.

Use Fat Head Cycles for All Your Motorcycle Needs

Before you embark on your motorcycle road trip, you'll need to ensure your bike is in top working condition. It can be unsafe to ride on a bike that may have some maintenance issues. For any of your Harley-Davidson motorcycle repair needs, count on Fat Head Cycles.

Our team of skilled mechanics can repair your bike before you leave for your journey on one of the best motorcycle routes. Contact us online for any of your repair needs or call to learn more about our motorcycle services and products.


Chris Rutter
Chris Rutter


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