Top Ten Motorcycle Roads in the USA
The Best Motorcycle Roads for 2021
After 2020, every motorcyclist in America is ready for the 2021 riding season! Even if we still have to "social distance", motorcycling is still our favorite way to do it.
This are our top ten guide to the best motorcycle roads in the United States. This list takes into consideration the various components of what makes a motorcycle road truly great - scenery, adventurousness, road pavement quality, and of course, twisty curves! Each route has the direct Google Maps link.
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One of the few roads in the entire country that was built just to carry people to scenery. That would describe this tremendous 50 mile mountain road which carves through the Rocky Mountains in Glacier National Park. This two-lane road is quite narrow and winding, and features numerous hairpin turns. The road is so narrow, there are size restrictions on what vehicles can actually travel on it. According to the National Park's website, Going-to-the-Sun Road was designed to blend into its mountain setting. The road's highest point, at Logan Pass, reaches an elevation of 6,646 feet. Massive glaciers, beautiful valleys, cascading waterfalls, towering mountains and colorful wildflowers all make this one of the greatest motorcycling roads in all of America.
South Dakota (39 miles)
There are more than a few spectacular motorcycle roads in the Black Hills/Custer State Park region, but SD-87 is one of the finest. The highway is named after the high granite "needles" it winds among, and passes through two tunnels blasted through sheer granite walls. It's an extremely impressive ride that includes sharp turns, narrow tunnels, granite spires and world class views. Enjoy the sensation of threading your motorcycle through the eye of a needle!
It's been called "the most beautiful drive in America" - The Beartooth Highway is a section of U.S. Route 212 in Montana and Wyoming between Red Lodge and the Northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, passing over the Beartooth Pass in Wyoming at 10,947 feet above sea level. You’ll certainly get the sensations of being on a roller coaster as you ride down this road. With little guardrails you can enjoy the amazing scenery. Everything from mountains, forest, rivers, rocks, snow and tundra. You will want to pull off to one of the many pullouts and peer over the edge.
Natchez Trace Parkway
Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi
This national parkway is a two-lane road that extends 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. The National Park's website calls it "A Drive through 10,000 Years of History". It roughly follows the "Old Natchez Trace" a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Another reason why it's a great road to motorcycle is that commercial traffic is prohibited. And best of all? There's no stop signs or stop lights! Just cruise among the beautiful scenery and historic sites.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Virginia, North Carolina (469 miles)
This gorgeous 469 mile road includes Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive and connects south to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The National Park Service dubs this "America's Favorite Drive", providing scenic views to crests and ridges of five major ranges within the Appalachian Mountains range, and even a few short tunnel adventures. Caution is needed if riding at dusk or dawn, especially in Shenandoah Park region, as deer will always be spotted along (or on!) the road.
Tail of the Dragon
Tennessee, North Carolina
This infamous route among motorcyclists boasts a whopping 318 curves in just 11 miles. Although it's situated between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, this is not necessarily a "scenic" road. The appeal is the adventure of actually riding it. And while there are no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel, the sheer popularity of this road means there will almost always be many riders in front of you and behind you. Still, this road is truly like no other, and is a definite "bucket list" for any accomplished motorcyclist.
Peak to Peak Highway
The Peak to Peak Highway was established in 1918 and provides spectacular mountain scenery of the Front Range Mountains in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The route has an excellent variety of twisties mixed with long sweeping and tight, quick corners. Riders will experience majestic views on this fine highway. Feel the cool, clear air with elevation over 8000ft in Black Hawk, while at the North end in Estes Park is over 7000 ft. Have a great ride, and bring your camera!
Tennessee, North Carolina
"A drive among the clouds", this motorcyclist's dream route reaches elevations of over 5400 feet high. This road connects Robbinsville, North Carolina with Tellico Plains, Tennessee. This gem is full of extraordinary mountainside forest scenery. While the Tail of the Dragon gets most of the praise, many will testify this road is more enjoyable - longer and less traffic!
Mt Washington Auto Road
This should be on any motorcyclist's "bucket list". Despite being a short ride, this road is by far the most exciting, challenging motorcycle road in all of New England! The road is mostly paved well, with the exception of a particularly steep gravel section. The ride up is exhilarating. The ride down will definitely keep you in first gear, but overlooks the majestic White Mountains can't be seen from any other motorcycle road.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
This scenic byway snakes through two of Utah's five National Parks, including Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef. There are sensational views to be had on this 124 mile stretch of great motorcycling road, including multicolored canyons, cliffs and vast mesas.