Top 5 End of Summer Road TripsPosted On: Sep 8, 2021
As motorcycle riders, we know it’s hardly ever about the destination, it’s about the ride. But what happens if the ride you want to enjoy is on the other side of the country, and you only have a limited amount of vacation time?
Looking to hit the open road on two wheels and finish off the remaining summer season? Whether you are looking for new routes, challenges, or sceneries, look no further! We have listed some of the most iconic self-guided motorcycle tours available to you.
First on our list is the Overseas Highway, or "the highway that goes to sea". This 165-mile scenic route is the perfect summer road trip, connecting Key Largo to Key West through a sequence of giant arches and bridges. Throughout this All-American road trip, you can expect views of bright turquoise seascapes, limestone inlets, and beautiful sunsets. Overseas Highway is known for vibrant art, lively music, salsa bars, and fresh seafood. The Florida Keys traditions are a blend of Cuban and Bahamian culture. So, if you are looking for an inspirational experience, this is the perfect getaway!
Next on our list is the iconic Wild West Tour. Enjoy this eight-day motorcycle adventure featuring vibrant cities, deep canyons, and high mountains. The journey begins in Los Angeles; pick up your bike and head southwest to Lake Elsinore and through San Bernardino National Forest. Spend your first evening in Palm Springs and experience this town's legendary nightlife! The first few days you'll see the extraordinary Joshua Tree National Park, then stay on the Historic Route 66; be prepared for one of the greatest sights of all time.
Spend your morning catching the sunrise at the Grand Canyon, and cruising along the South Rim. You'll experience endless views of the Wild West landscape; sandstone buttes, wildlife, and drifting red sands. This scenery doesn't exist anywhere else! Throughout the rest of the tour, you'll hit Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park. This route truly captures the beauty of the Wild West, over thousands of miles of pure motorcycle bliss.
Experience the best of the Northwest U.S and Southwest Canada on our Seattle / Canada tour. Your expedition begins at EagleRider in Seattle; grab a bike and head through Snoqualmie National Forest. Hit the town of Spokane and find that pioneering spirit and warm hospitality! Then pick up Hwy 395, crossing into Canada. Here you can enjoy sunny weather and the wine country of Okanagan Valley! Then ride from Kamloops to Ashcroft, where you'll enter the scenic Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy 99).
Hwy 99 is truly spectacular. You will enter a few intensely scenic bio geoclimatic zones. From the coasts and mountains of British Colombia to the coastal rainforest of Horseshoe Bay, to clusters of lakes reflecting the mountains. We recommend staying on Hwy 99 until reaching Vancouver. Spend a full day exploring Vancouver, CA then head back to the U.S via Bellingham and Mt. Vernon.
Next on our list is the Colorado / Black Canyon tour, a perfect summer getaway. You will ride along the best highways, national parks, and mountain towns of Colorado! Head west out of Denver and enjoy a beautiful ride through Pike National Forest. Once you reach Poncha Springs, hit Hwy 50 to get to Gunnison. Spend a night in Gunnison and explore downtown; daytime activities include hiking, whitewater rafting and kayaking, and Blue Mesa Reservoir!
Then ride to Montrose, make to stop at Black Rock Canyon. There are plenty of roads and trails along the rims for the best views of dramatic canyon drops! Continue on Hwy 133 to Glenwood Springs, and you'll discover the "World's Largest Outdoor Hot Springs Pool". Glenwood is rich with wildlife, underground caves, and offers an Adventure Park (rollercoasters and canyons swings). Then pick up Hwy 70, ride through Eisenhower tunnel past Georgetown back into Denver.
New Orleans to Nashville
This eight-day adventure begins at EagleRider in New Orleans, Louisiana. On day one you will experience the deep south where jazz music was born. Your next stop will be Vicksburg, on the bank of the Mississippi River; this town is known as "The Key to Confederacy". We recommend hitting Vicksburg National Military Park, then continuing on Hwy 61 until you reach Memphis!
If you are a music lover, you could easily spend weeks in Memphis. You'll want to spend time visiting blues museums, the famous Graceland Mansion (home to Elvis Presley), and the Country Music Hall of Fame. You can also stop in Nashville before touring Birmingham and Montgomery. Alabama is a scenic summer ride, every street is and filled with azaleas, dogwood, and gardenias. You will then loop back to New Orleans and have experienced the birthplace of American Jazz and Country music, and the beauty of the deep south.
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