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The Best Destinations for Long Rides

August 06 2018

The Best Destinations for Long Rides

Sometimes the best way to get some clarity is by taking a long ride somewhere new. It's true that the journey is just as important as the destination, but it still helps to have a place in mind when mounting that motorcycle. Here are some of the best long rides that America has to offer.

Peak-to-Peak Highway of Colorado

Located in the rugged Rocky Mountains of Colorado, this 60-mile ride offers a short but dynamic peak through nature. It's not for the faint of heart: the path cuts through rigid turns and switchbacks, and it is no stranger to the passing elk or deer on the road. But for those who are willing to brave the path, this ride can offer stunning views from forests to meadows. It may not be the longest, but since the trail changes so drastically from spring to fall, it's a new experience every time. The path stays cool all year long, so be sure to bring the right riding jacket.

Tail of the Dragon of North Carolina and Tennessee

This ride has a big name to live up to, and it doesn't disappoint. This iconic trail has been featured in numerous television shows and movies, and it zigs and zags 218 curves in its short 11 miles. With no trucks allowed, many riders have found this path perfect to test their cornering skills on a brand new bike.

Coastal Route One of Maine

There's nothing like watching the seasons change in New England, and the Coastal Route of Maine is the perfect way to see it firsthand. Stretching a whopping 167 miles, this trail leads through seaside villages and endless historical lighthouses. It's an easy ride, so many riders have no problem completing it right after their test ride. However, this ride isn't a very well-kept secret, so it's best to avoid it during summer when the crowd comes out—but it offers breathtaking views during the fall and winter seasons.

Natchez Trace Parkway of Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi

Stretching across three states, this ride proves that the southern states are some of the most stunning America has to offer. Perfect for riders who enjoy frequent stops, this trace offers a peek into the historic South, featuring Civil War battle scenes, ghost towns, and noteworthy cemeteries. At 444 miles, this ride could easily take a leisurely week to complete.

There's no better way to experience America firsthand than on the back of a motorcycle, but that's impossible to do without the right care, maintenance, and servicing. If you want to try out one of these stunning rides but don't know where to start, then learn more about our models by calling Town & Country Sports Center at 517.547.3333 today!