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East Coast Rides You Don’t Want to Miss

Are you ready to get your bike out of storage and get back on the road? We definitely are. Lucky for both of us, there are tons of great rides to take as the weather gets nicer and we’ve done the dirty work for you. Check out our list of East Coast rides that will get you amped to get back on your bike after this never-ending cold season.

Coastal Route One (Maine)

Let’s start from the top (literally). If you’re ready to get the full-on New England experience – this ride’s for you. The smell and taste of saltwater will hit you right off the bat, considering most of this highway is bordered by coastline. You should take the Brunswick to Machias route which is a two-lane, 167-mile ride full of seaside towns, lighthouses, and beaches galore – you couldn’t be bored if you tried. You’ll want to bring a jacket because the ocean breeze can be cool, even in spring and summer months. Don’t forget to grab a lobster roll at one of the many shacks along the way – trust us – they’re worth stopping for.
Image: Conde Nast Traveler

Route 6 (Pennsylvania)

Northern Pennsylvania has a lot to offer riders, including Route 6. This route will make you feel like you have gone back in time – as you pass small towns, local diners, and coal mines. The trip also offers great scenery and includes long rolling hills and sweeping turns – ideal for riders. One of the major highlights of the trip is The Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. The Gorge is 50 miles long and over 1,000 feet deep with awesome views you can see while riding the rim of the canyon. Keep in mind, this is a longer ride that might require a few days depending how many stops you plan on making.
Image: Penn Live

Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia & North Carolina)

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the top riding areas in the country, with thousands of riders visiting each year. The parkway is home to 469 miles of winding roads surrounded by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll experience tight curves and steep hills on this exciting ride and to top it off, killer views. You can’t be too much of a speed demon on this road considering the speed limit doesn’t exceed 45 mph – but trust us, with all the twists and turns you’ll feel like you’re flying the whole ride. This is another ride that can take a few days, but will give you tons of time to really soak in the sights.
Image: Travel Channel

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

The Tail of the Dragon is a well known “ride” in North Carolina that we couldn’t leave off our list. This top motorcycle destination is a quick 11 mile stretch on US 129 at the Tennessee/North Carolina line, and is home to a whopping 318 tight curves. It might not be a long ride, but it’s sure to leave your heart pumping. Are you ready to tame the beast?


The Florida Keys Scenic Highway (Florida)

The Florida Keys Scenic Highway is a 110 mile stretch of road that has that summertime vibe and weather all year round. The ride starts at Mile Marker 110, down to Mile Marker 0 in Old Town Key West. During this ride you’ll be surrounded by palm trees and the blue waters of the keys, not to mention awesome beach bars and restaurants on nearly every block. The highway finishes with a 5 mile stretch of road where you’ll see nothing but clear water on each side of the highway. You can’t beat a warm weather ride, and to top it off you’ll beat your buddies to that summer base tan in no time.
Image: Orbitz
So, pack up your saddle bags and check out one, two, or even all five of these awesome East Coast rides. What are some of your “can’t miss” rides to take this upcoming riding season?


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Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan is a Content Curator for Trader Interactive, serving the recreational brands RV Trader and Cycle Trader. Her mission is to provide thoughtful, practical content to those who are always on the hunt for their next adventure.

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14 Responses

  1. I live 30 minutes from the Tail of the Dragon. The picture you have posted representing it is incorrect! That looks more like the Trail Ridge road through the Rocky Mountain National Park.
    the Tail of the Dragon is sheltered and winds through the Smoky Mountain National Park and is therefore well hidden amongst tall and huge trees, not above Timberline as the picture represents.

  2. I was trying to place it. I rode the dragon's tail years ago as a teen & couldn't remember anything like that pic glade I'm not loosing my mind (at least not that much just yet) But for the sake of reliving years gone by I think I'm going to plan a new trip!

  3. Yup, I live about 4 hours away, ride the Dragon about twice a year, and that's not it. Although it is only 11 miles, it's a fun, and faster, ride approaching Deal's Gap from Franklin, NC – about 50 miles.

    If you're going to Key West, leave soon. A friend and I went down last August, with detours to get off the terrifying I-95, about a thousand miles each way.

    There was a clear lesson. Only an ignorant idiot would ride a motorcycle to Key West in August. We almost died from the heat – 95, humid, traffic often moving at a crawl, heat off the pavement, heat from the bike. I normally dress to fall, but had bare arms and shoulders in a desperate effort to get some relief, and, to top it off, had the worst sunburn of my life. The cheapest hotel in Key West, at least that we could find, was $200 ($300, with taxes).

    Once you get south of Miami and into the keys it is a beautiful ride, but go now, or wait until about late October.

  4. The Dragon is WAY overrated. Way too many squids riding like idiots with no consideration for anyone else. It's worth riding once to check it off your list, but there are so many better, less crowded roads in the tri-state Southern Appalachian area. The Keys ride is basically just a straight road and can be busy as it's one way in and one way out down the whole chain. The Keys are great, but better towing a boat or cartopping a kayak. Blue Ridge Parkway is excellent. If you like the BRP, for the same type of riding on a shorter road, try the Cherohala Parkway instead of the Dragon if you're in the Robbinsville area.
    Wherever you go, ride your own ride at your own comfort level and be considerate.

  5. That is definitely not the dragon.Just got back from there a couple days ago unpacking now.Anyway people will get the idea if they just Google it.

  6. The overseas highway to thru the keys is interesting. but not on a bike. Years back a friend got stopped by a cop there though, the cop took his shoes and keys, he was forced to push the bike in bare feet several miles. He was a long hair college kid from up north. I laughed when it was blown up in TRUE LIES.

    The Kankamagus Highway and MT Washington private road to the top are 2 places I would promote on the east coast, both in New Hampshire. Maine is or at least was full of radar cops, even far out of any town in the woods. I avoid that state,my bike was robbed there too while I was in a hotel.

  7. The article would be more meaningful with more information. Like best time to go to for weather and to avoid crowds, not to be missed spots, and sample routes. Otherwise it's just kinda a DUH! article.

    Sorry not, not sorry 😉

  8. I've done parts of the BRP several times, and the Florida Keys three times. Don't expect to make any time on the BRP.
    As has been said, in August the Keys are HOT. Best to avoid Miami at high traffic times. Bring heavy duty sunscreen and apply copious amounts to exposed skin. Wear a hat or helmet. Water is not just for drinking! I found more comfortable in using it to wet my hat and shirt, it really helps with the heat. It's the most beautiful ride I've done, except maybe the Grand Canyon. Don't let a little heat stop you!

  9. Folks the picture related to the Tail of the Dragon is the poster from the web site. The picture above is of a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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