The call of the open road has been heard by adventurers since the advent of the horseless carriage. Nowadays, bikers are among the last of the true cross-country road trippers. A motorist cooped up inside a four-door sedan misses out on the full sensory experience that a motorcyclist enjoys. Though the following trips would be nice to take in a car, they will be extraordinary on your bike.
Spring: Blue Ridge Parkway
Springtime on this lush parkway offers both a stunning display of wildflowers and a gorgeous mountainous backdrop. Iris, buttercups, tulip polar, and many other flowers adorn the sides of the road in the months of April, May and June. The 469-mile ride takes you all the way from the Smoky Mountains to Shenandoah Valley, if you choose to complete the entire route.
Summer: The Oregon Coast
You will always remember the spectacular ride on the 363 miles of the Oregon Coast Scenic Byway. Around each bend of the coastal highway, a new adventure beckons. Take your time and enjoy the numerous overlooks and take a break to watch a Pacific sunset or two. Riders everywhere have fallen in love with the Oregon Coast—now it’s time to see it for yourself!
Fall: New England
Head to northern New England for your autumn cruise. From Montpelier, VT take Route 2 East to Lancaster, then 302 South to North Conway. A side trip up Route 16 to the Mt. Washington Auto Road will take you to the summit of the highest peak in the northeast. Keep your wits about you for the descent, which can be challenging for less-experienced riders. From North Conway, go West on Route 112 to Lincoln. Head north on I-93 for the most scenic section of the interstate highway system through Franconia Notch. By now, you will have seen about 200 miles of the finest fall foliage New England has to offer.
Winter: Texas Hill Country
Nothing could be better than a winter ride through Texas Hill Country, just west of Austin. Farm Roads 187 and 337, Texas Highways 16, 27, 39, and 46, and US Highway 290 form a horseshoe-shaped loop of some 277 miles. The rolling hills and plateau vistas might just send your imagination back to cowboy times. When you finally reach Austin, celebrate your ride by taking a dip in Barton Springs on New Year's Day.
Always be prepared for what the weather has to dish out and always stay safe on the road, especially around other motorists. A specialist with Scherline And Associates says a motorcyclist can sustain serious, life-altering injuries when involved in an accident--even if they were wearing protective gear. Distracted motorists can be a serious danger to a motorcyclist, no matter what time of year it is, so always be on the lookout while cruising on any of these routes. With that in mind, saddle up your bike and hit the road—there’s a lot to see across the United States!