Some roads are best experienced on two wheels. You want beautiful scenery, twisty turns, and a smooth ride. Here is a bucket list of five roads in the western U.S. that you absolutely have to ride.
1. Route 66
A classic, Route 66 takes you 2,200 miles across the country from Chicago to Santa Monica in one long stretch that’s filled with great stops. You can even join a Route 66 guided motorcycle tour if you want to make sure and hit all the best stops with a group of bikers to enjoy the scene with you. You’ll hit stops in legendary, iconic American locations in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, and California. Route 66 is a famous Western frontier road with first-rate hotels, restaurants, and landmarks along the way.
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2. Pacific Coast Highway
This favorite biker’s destination stays primarily along the West Coast but still covers 1,700 miles from Oregon to San Juan Capistrano. The road is varied and the scenery is unrivaled. You will see majestic redwood forests, beaches, cliffs, scenic towns, and some of the best tourist destinations along the west coast. Make sure you spend some time in the Olympic Peninsula, Seattle, the Big Sur, Malibu, and San Diego.
3. Beartooth Highway in Yellowstone
Significantly shorter but just as scenic, the Beartooth Highway in Yellowstone, Wyoming, covers 68 miles of this unique national park. See glacier peaks, geysers (including Old Faithful), waterfalls, hot springs, and other one-of-a-kind sights in the highest-elevated highway in the region. And because it only takes a couple of hours, you can combine this trip with another one.
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4. Highway 12 in Utah National Parks
Highway 12 covers 124 miles and you can experience it in a couple of days or less. It takes you through two renowned parks in Utah: Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef. You will see unbelievable rock formations, canyons, forest, and sweeping scenery that is unlike anywhere else. There are plenty of national monuments and trails throughout the parks, so you can make your trip as long as you like. Small, quaint towns offer some delicious southwest-style dining options.
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5. Your Choice: North or South?
For number five, you can choose whether you want to experience Glacier National Park in Montana or Big Bend National Park in Texas. River Road in Texas covers 120 miles, taking you through unique desert ecosystems, mountains, canyons, and signature southern hospitality. The Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana, is a 50-mile ride with awe-inspiring views of sheer mountains, wild backcountry, and the Jackson Glacier Overlook. You won’t regret either road you choose.
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