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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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?