There are some vacations you can’t really get wrong, like camping in Zion National Park or eating your way through New Orleans. But adding a motorcycle to these trips is like entering the big leagues—escaping the tourists to bomb down the wide-open road away from it all. To live out your own Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, we’re rounding up 25 perfect motorcycle trips, purpose-built for the two-wheeled enthusiast. We’ve covered the gamut in terms of location, so you can book motorcycle trips all across the calendar year—not just the warm months.
From traversing epic roads, like the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, to touring national parks and metropolitan areas, these are the motorcycle trips you’ll remember for a lifetime.
The Best Motorcycle Trips to Tour America’s Wide-Open Spaces
1. Big Sur (CA)
The Roads: 90 miles of California Highway 1, stretching from Monterey County to San Luis Obispo.
Stay: Tonier accommodations (like the Post Ranch Inn and Ventana Inn & Spa) can be found closer to Carmel. Travel southbound, and the options become more reasonable.
Inside Tip: Take a break from the drudgery of slow-moving rental cars along the coast and plan a diversion through Nacimiento-Fergusson road, which climbs the Santa Lucia Range mountainside and offers breathtaking views of the Pacific. The road is maintained and well-paved, so you won’t be jostled over its length, and there are plenty of thrilling, winding turns and precipitous drops.
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