Looking for your next adventure? America is packed full of twisting and turning roads that travel through some of the most scenic landscapes in the world. There’s something special about touring by motorcycle. Maybe it’s the wind in your hair, the opportunity to get up close and personal with nature, or just the freedom that comes with being out on the open road. Find out where the top five most scenic motorcycle roads in the U.S. are located and find your adventure.
Get ready for scenic views, long stretches of highway, and wide open spaces with these five scenic motorcycle rides.
Beartooth Highway: Montana & Wyoming (68 miles)
The Beartooth Highway begins at Red Lodge, Montana and ends in Cooke City near Yellowstone National Park. This epic ride includes dozens of switchbacks and sweeping turns as it travels through the Beartooth Mountains and up to Beartooth Pass in Wyoming which sits at a staggering 11,000 feet. Be sure to stop to take in the beautiful glaciers, alpine lakes, lush forests, and waterfalls along the way. This route is usually only open from May to October due to severe weather.
Tail of the Dragon: North Carolina & Tennessee (11 miles)
The famous Tail of the Dragon might just be the most popular motorcycle road in America. While it’s only 11 miles, this stretch of road has 318 tight curves making it the perfect challenge for experienced motorcyclists. After you survive the ride, stop and check out Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Pacific Coast Highway-Big Sur: California (120 miles)
The Big Sur section of the Pacific Coast Highway is well-known for its stunning views. Ride along rugged cliffs and tackle hairpin turns, sharp drop-offs, and occasional fog on this two-lane highway. It might be hard to keep your eyes on the road with the crashing surf, impressive Redwood forests, white sand beaches and the overall jaw-dropping scenery.
Want more? Tackle the entire 1700 mile Pacific Coast Highway beginning in Astoria, Oregon and ending in San Juan Capistrano, California.
Highway 12- Escalante National Monument: Utah (124 miles)
The Scenic Byway 12 snakes its way through Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, and Petrified Forest State Park. The otherworldly, colorful canyons, mesas, cliffs, buttes and blue lakes are something everyone should experience at least once. Plan an overnight so you don’t miss out on the breathtaking sunrise and sunset.
Going-to-the-Sun Road: Montana (50 miles)
This remote road is only available during the summer months, but the spectacular scenery and twists and turns make it a must-ride. As the only road that cuts through Glacier National Park, it can get busy but there are plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the views. Lake McDonald, Logan Pass, and Jack Glacier Overlook are just a few popular of the popular stops along the route.