Summertime is fast approaching! More importantly, you have time off from work coming up, and you are itching for some sun, fun, and the freedom of the open road. Perhaps you’ve meticulously maintained your bike through the cold months using a Metal Protector. (Explore this and other great AMSOIL motorcycle maintenance products on BuyGreatOil.com). Or maybe you’ve made upgrades to your bike for better road performance. Whatever the case, that motorcycle adventure is looming close. But have you picked a destination? After all, there are thousands of miles of exploration just waiting for you.
Great Motorcycle Trips in the USA
While qualifying something as “the best” is based on opinion, there are some places that are truly more satisfying when experienced from the back of a bike. And, if you are ready for an amazing trip but just don’t know what direction to travel, then here are a few favorites.
The Natchez Trace Parkway
In the southern US, one will find many great motorcycle trips. However, a particular favorite is the Natchez Trace Parkway Spanning 444 miles through Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Along the way, you will see beautiful greenery and numerous types of trees, as well as find biker-friendly B&Bs, and a plethora of amazing foods – it’s the South, after all!
Along the way, check out places such as Tupelo the birthplace of Elvis; Emerald Mound which is a national historic landmark and one of the largest Native American Indian mounds in the US; and several Civil War battlegrounds.
Coastal Highway Road Trip
If you are interested in heading to the northeastern US, then the Coastal Highway is a great choice. On this road adventure, you will see Maine in a new way as you ride through Kittery, Portland, Rockport, and Bar Harbor. With miles of ocean, lighthouses, amazing seafood, craft beer from Austin Street Brewery, and an abundance of places to stay overnight, you will love this coastal adventure. And, if you are in the area and want some additional sightseeing, be sure to spend some time checking out Acadia National Park.
Going to the Sun Road
While Sturgis may get top billing for northwestern bike trips, it’s not the only place to ride. Touted by many as one of America’s most epic rides, the Going to the Sun Road is a breathtaking ride that twists and turns through Glacier National Park. It is a 50-mile ride that meanders up through the Continental Divide with a 6,646-foot summit at Logan Pass. Keep in mind that the max speed limit is 45 mph- some areas are only 25mph- but with the amazing views, you wouldn’t want to go any faster, anyway!
The Pacific Coast Highway
The PCH is considered by motorcyclists to be The Trip to take. Running from southern California clear up north to the Oregon border, you will see nothing but ocean the entire trip. From gorgeous beaches to giant redwoods, plunging cliffs to mountain-backed shorelines this trip is well worth putting on your bucket list.
Looking for a Texas adventure? Then the many twists and turns of this route are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. This 130-mile trek ambles through awe-inspiring scenery where you can indulge in phenomenal Texas classics like chicken-fried steak, explore the Lonestar Motorcycle Museum, or simply bask in the thrill of riding this winding journey.
Route 66 with
This American classic spans Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California and is one of the longest treks you can take. The 2,000-mile trip is not for the faint of heart. Should you opt to do it all at once, it will take 2+ weeks. Along the way, you will pass through big cities and quaint towns, go through mountains and valleys, desserts and water lands- you may even have to share the road with wild burros! Be sure to make intentional plans for this trip, so you can plan places to stay and sights to see- but definitely put this trip on your riding checklist- and be sure you are able to someday check this one off as done!
AMSOIL Motorcycle Peace-of Mind
So, now that you have a few ideas of which direction you might want to head, it’s just a matter of packing. So grab your gear, perhaps a bottle of AMSOIL Motorcycle Octane Boost or DOT 3 and DOT 4 Synthetic Brake Fluid, and get ready for the sights and sounds of travel via your motorcycle. Hmm…. now where will you go?