All-American Roads: AIS’s Top 10 Motorcycle Rides in the U.S.

The locations below have been visited by motorcycle enthusiasts for years. Each one has its own unique story and reason for being loved by riders. If you haven’t yet decided on a precise roadmap for your next motorcycle road trip, you may want to include one or two of these time-tested locations on your itinerary. Scenic and spotted with cool places to lodge nearby, if you’re a serious rider, you’ll not want to miss these amazing amazing motorcycle rides on your next trip. Just make sure you have more than the minimum Motorcycle Insurance on your bike before heading out on long trips because your chances of having a mishap or being vandalized are greater than usual. If you have questions or concerns, contact an Insurance Specialist regarding your coverage: (888)772-4247

The Three Sisters (AKA The Twisted Sisters) Ranch Roads 335, 336, 337a, Texas

Voted as the best motorcycle ride in the country by many, the Three Sisters road never ceases to impress newcomers because it lives up to all the hype. This road will take you along beautiful rivers, curves along mountains and picturesque Texas ranches.

Twisty Road, California Route 36

The adventure starts in Redbluff, CA on Highway 26 going West towards Fortuna, CA. You will see a twisty road sign, which warns you that things will stay interesting for the next 140 miles. You’ll have no cell reception for this duration but that’s a good thing because distractions are the last thing you’ll need on this curvy road. On Route 36, you’ll travel through the redwood forest but you don’t really want to check out the scenery: Keep your eyes peeled on the road. Be ready to ride non-stop because you’ll only find 2 gas stations and a couple of food stops.

The George Washington Highway, Route 50, West Virginia

If you’re visiting the Monongahela National Forest, you’ll ride this highway that is all twists and turns. If you had no plans to visit this national forest which you probably can’t pronounce, this ride is all the more reason to go. It’s a beautiful area to explore, especially in the fall when the forests are blankets of gold, red and orange. Just ride safely, especially if it rains.

Needles Highway, Black Hills, South Dakota

If you’re an old-school biker, you know about the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that takes place in August. Even if Sturgis is not your scene, Needles Highway will be. It truly makes sense that it’s near the epicenter of one of the most epic motorcycle rallies. The scenery is so lush, full of wildlife and so stunningly beautiful that it’s rumored that everything slows down once you get on this highway on a motorcycle.

Pacific Coast Cruise; Hwy 1, California

Start in Monterrey, California and follow highway 1 all the way south. This is all one road and ends in San Simeon, California, where the famous Hearst Castle is located. This route has been designated as an “All American Road,” which means that it’s acknowledged as one of the best American byways and roads, especially for road trips. You’ll find much written about Hwy 1 in books, magazines, websites and even on some maps. The coastal scenery, with the ocean on one side and rolling hills and waterfalls on the other, is purely magical.

Tail of the Dragon, Deal’s Gap, North Carolina

According to the website for Tail of the Dragon (yes, this road has its own website), this is the #1 motorcycle and sports car road in the world. It boasts 318 curves in 11 miles, was the location of the films The Fugitive and Top Gear, and it borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is full of beautiful sights. On a darker note, you’ll find a monument here, called the “Tree of Shame,” which was erected in honor of all those who’ve crashed their motorcycles along this legendary road (perfect Halloween road trip?).

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

Want to have an amazing ride and see the Great Smokey Mountains? The Blue Ridge Parkway will take you there with a ride through the country, complete with an old mill and Civil War battle sites. The lower part of this highway runs from I-77 to Cherokee, North Carolina, where you’ll see even more majestic mountain views. The speed limit is 45 miles-an-hour, which makes it relatively safe to take in your surroundings while riding.

Beartooth Pass, Wyoming

This road is an adventure for sure and you’ll notice that motorcycles here are in the majority over cars. You’ll also notice that there are very few guard rails so be careful over all the mini jumps, constant ups and downs that are sure to leave you breathless. Don’t go so fast that you miss the mountain views and the emerald green forests (which will be different shades of gold in fall).

San Juan Mountain Skyway, Colorado

This loop of a road makes it easy to access from any point, going in either direction, and you’ll likely want to see the views from both directions! San Juan Mountain Skyway has been called “the most beautiful section of the Rocky Mountains” by Discovery Channel. Not only is it breathtakingly scenic with its 14,000-foot mountain peaks, you’ll also see historic towns and national parks and forests. This might just be a spot to spend the night after a day of exploration. In the morning, head out to the canyon and river valleys. There’s a reason this spot is called “the Switzerland of America.”

Tunnel of Trees Road, Michigan

This is a forest route, not just a road. It’s also 35 miles from Mackinac Island, a popular vacation spot. Bikers love riding the eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan. Here you’ll ride through forests and even see the shoreline. You also have the option of riding the harbor to get a full view of the coastline. They say fall is the perfect time to visit, so get your bike ready for a long trip.

Other Great Tips:

  • Use your windshield during long rides.
  • Take a mini road trip (four hours or so) before deciding on a marathon ride.
  • Make sure you have the right riding position or else you’ll be in pain from straining.
  • Expect to get really dirty! (Bring extra clothes; don’t wear good shoes).
  • Get Bluetooth if you don’t have it.
  • Expect rain. It always rains when you don’t want it to!
  • Make sure you have reliable Motorcycle Insurance. Get the lowest rates from AIS: (888) 772-4247
  • For even more tips on how to have a great motorcycle roadtrip, see our article, How to Have the Best Motorcycle Road Trip: Tips & Tricks.


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