Sometimes a vacation isn’t just about the destination; it’s about the journey to get there. No form of travel highlights this quite like hitting the open road on the back of your beloved motorcycle. With fifty states and thousands of cities, there are plenty of great places to plan a trip to highlight the excitement of traveling by motorcycle. From incredible eats to astonishing sights, here are four of the best places to take a motorcycle vacation.
Marvel at the natural wonders of the wild west
One of the biggest benefits of any motorcycle vacation is eliminating the cramped, claustrophobic feel of driving long distances in a car. As a result, perhaps no destination in the United States is better matched to exploring by motorcycle than the west and southwest. Featuring stunning national parks and landforms like Devil’s Tower, Kitt Peak, and, of course, the Grand Canyon, a trip to Wyoming, Arizona, and New Mexico can lend itself to some truly breathtaking vistas. Best of all, you’ll get to really appreciate them as you feel the climate shifting from location to location on the back of your bike.
Take a four city trip through Henry County
Some motorcycle destinations are great because of the sheer density of possibilities all within easy travelling distance. Henry County, located in southern Atlanta, is one such place, offering quick access to four distinct cities: Locust Grove, Hampton, McDonough, and Stockbridge. “History Has a Name” is Henry County’s motto, and riders with a passion for history will find plenty to experience in any of the county’s cities, including features on the locals and locations that have shaped the county, such as Don and Shannon Cannon of the Speakeasy Bookstore, and other popular spots like Panola Mountain State Park and the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Local history is on full display throughout this region, making it the perfect stop on your trip to remind you to slow down and take in the sights, sounds, and activities.
Take in the sights and roads of the Hudson Valley
If you’re a fan of nature and prefer dense foliage to the desert vistas of the west, the Hudson River Valley area of New York state is an excellent option for riding. The roads are winding and long throughout the valley, offering great views of the Hudson River itself, as well as charming places to stop along your trip. Artlovers will love the quaint, artsy charm of cities like Beacon, NY, while naturists and other outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy taking a break from their ride to hike through plenty of trails. All of these activities make the Hudson Valley an affordable and exciting destination to explore for a few days.
Do it big in Vegas
With a bustling nightlife filled with world-class restaurants, live entertainment, and plenty of casinos, there’s certainly a lot to do in Vegas when you’re off your bike. That being said, Las Vegas and its outskirts are also a great place to ride, with two major highways providing ample asphalt to tear up during the day. For even more of a break from the hustle and bustle of Vegas’ main drag, make sure to travel to the Hoover Dam and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. Both destinations offer a great break from the city to allow you to collect your thoughts before heading back for a night of fun.
The beauty of all of the above destinations is that your travel amenities are perfectly scalable for your budget and interests. Before setting out on your vacation, though, make sure to check your motorcycle tires and ensure that your bike is properly equipped for the trip ahead. Having to deal with bike issues during a vacation is a surefire way to dampen your spirits, no matter how amazing the destination.