Have you ever asked the question: Where are the best motorcycle rides near me?
Whether you are simply looking for new motorcycle rides & roads to try or if you are specifically trying to find the very best motorcycle rides in your state, learning of all your options may be more difficult than you realize. Even motorcycle riders with years of experience riding in a particular state/area can stumble on to a great motorcycle ride that they had driven past a thousand times. Or these riders can talk to another motorcycle rider and find out about a local/great motorcycle road in an area that they’ve never thought could have such a great ride. So, MotorcycleRoads.com (McR) has put together this quick guide to help you definitively answer the question - “What are my best options for Motorcycle Rides Near Me?”
Note 1: All facts and figures below were gathered during early Jan 2019 and will change over time as new motorcycle roads are added to the collection.
Note 2: How were these popularity ratings calculated?
A motorcycle road’s popularity can be based on a wide variety of factors. Our analysis considered some obvious indicators of motorcycle road popularity such each roads’ “Rider Rating” scores (star ratings) and which motorcycle road description pages were visited the most. But, the analysis dug deeper and looked at some less obvious yet valuable indicators of a motorcycle road’s popularity such as how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “To Ride” lists, how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “Rode it” lists and enthusiasm indicators such how often photos and/or videos were uploaded for a given road and which roads are attracting the most buzz among motorcycle roads indicated by those roads that are receiving the most number of new/recent comments. For the sake of being consistent and as objective as possible we use a popularity algorithm that “crunches those number” and allows us to develop a ranking of the popularity of each of the motorcycle roads used as a basis for this guide.
US Motorcycle Riding Hotspots
First, if you are a motorcycle rider that is willing to travel to wherever the best motorcycle rides are, then I need to tell you about some motorcycle riding HOTSPOTS in the USA. After 20+ years of collecting information on 1,000s of motorcycle roads & rides, collecting countless rider reviews and ratings of those roads along with endless photos and videos, I’ve been able to determine the location of some very active hotspots for US motorcycle rides. In this article I highlight four these powerful ‘magnets for motorcycling’ in the map image below and summarized each of the riding hotspots as well. Some locations are well known for attracting motorcycle riders yet others I highlight will probably surprise you!
Motorcycle Riding Hotspot #1 - The Blue Ridge Box
There is one hotspot that stands out when it comes to the having the highest quality, best motorcycle roads in the USA: The Blue Ridge Box (an approximate 50x50 mile “box” located at the southern end of the Blue Ridge mountains and including portions of SE Tennessee, SW North Carolina, NE Georgia, and NW South Carolina). This concentrated collection of spectacular motorcycle rides is home to a motorcycle ride that has been named a top motorcycle ride in the USA as long as the site has been running: The Tail of the Dragon (AKA Deal’s Gap). The Dragon draws enough attention and riders from around the world that it alone could probably constitute a motorcycle riding hot spot yet the Blue Ridge Box contains many, many more top motorcycle roads including:
- As mentioned above, the #1 motorcycle ride in Tennessee (this route starts at the North Carolina border) – The Tail of the Dragon
- The number # 1 motorcycle ride in Virginia The southern leg of the Blue Ridge Parkway
- The #3 most popular motorcycle ride in North Carolina – The Hellbender 28
- The #2 motorcycle road in both North Carolina and Tennessee (the route straddles the border) The Cherohala Skyway
- And three of the Top 5 Georgia motorcycle rides – The Suches Loop, The Extended Suches Loop, and the Northern Georgia Scenic Byway Loop
- And the #2 most popular motorcycle ride in South Carolina – The Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway
Motorcycle Riding Hotspot #2 - Southeast Ohio
Probably not the first state that comes to mind when you think of motorcycle riding hot spots, but Ohio’s southeast corner, is bustling with wonderful twisty motorcycle roads that draw riders in from all over the country. The curves come from the marvelous for motorcycles topography/terrain of this area that is referred to as the Appalachian Plateau. The Appalachian Plateau is region covered in rolling hills and valleys that get particularly steeper and more pronounced as you go further south making this the most rugged region of Ohio and potentially that of the entire US Midwest. Southeast Ohio absolutely dominates in terms of the most popular motorcycle rides in the Midwest region with 4 of the Top 5 ranked routes. So if you are looking for a Midwestern motorcycle hotspot and love curves and twistees, check out these favorites:
- #1 motorcycle ride in all of the Midwest – Ohio’s Triple Nickel – Route 555
- #2 motorcycle ride in Ohio (and #3 in the Midwest) The Ohio Cousin of the Tail of the Dragon
- #3 motorcycle ride in Ohio (and #4 in the Midwest) Ohio Route 26
- #4 motorcycle ride in Ohio (and #5 in the Midwest) Ohio’s Dragon’s Tail
Motorcycle Riding Hotspot #3 - The Colorado Rockies
Probably the least surprising of the list of four hotspots for motorcycle rides is The Colorado Rockies. Not only does Colorado have a great reputation around the world for stunning mountain scenery but the motorcycle riding community has been flocking to the state for great motorcycle roads for many decades. Putting the obviousness of this recommendation aside, if you have never been to this region of the country on a motorcycle, you really should place a motorcycle trip here high on your list. The particular regions of the Colorado Rockies that stand out for motorcycle rides are the Southwest corner (the Durango, CO area) and the Northcentral region (just west of Fort Collins, CO).
- In this region you’ll find Southwest Colorado’s epic motorcycle ride: The San Juan Skyway which is currently the #1 motorcycle ride in all of Colorado. This motorcycle road also includes the famous stretch of Colorado road referred to as the Million Dollar Highway (I was interviewed on the Weather Channel about this road – Million Dollar Highway video clip 1, Million Dollar Highway video clip 2)
- Just a short drive to the north is another truly incredible motorcycle ride referred to as The Black Canyon Run currently rated the #5 best motorcycle ride in Colorado. This route is one of my personal favorites in Colorado and was literally the road that inspired me to start MotorcycleRoads.com back in 1998! I just drove this road with my dad recently in the fall of 2018 and forgotten how amazing it is. It offers amazing yet VERY different scenery views on each side of the road … an immense canyon on the southern side of the road and alpine mountain splendor on the north side of the road (visit the description page and you’ll see what I mean)
- Over in Northcentral Colorado you’ll find two more amazing Colorado Rocky motorcycle rides … the first is the Waldon Loop (the #2 best motorcycle road in Colorado) and the second is The Peak to Peak Highway (the #3 best motorcycle road in Colorado)
Motorcycle Riding Hotspot #4 - Northwest Arkansas
When I began MotorcycleRoads.com way back in 1998, I would have never guessed that Northwest Arkansas would end up being one of the motorcycle riding hotspots in the USA but it undoubtedly is! This region of Arkansas is home to portions of the Ozark mountains and with its mountainous terrain, fertile forests, deep valleys and many waterways, it simply makes for an ideal setting for motorcycle riding. This area is home to all the Top-5 motorcycle rides in Arkansas; two of which are in the Top 20 motorcycle rides in the entire USA. It also is only fair to note that fantastic Ozark mountain motorcycle roads are also available in nearby in Southwest Missouri and Eastern Oklahoma.
- The famous Arkansas Pig Trail (Arkansas 23) is the #1 route in Arkansas and currently ranked the #9 in the entire USA
- The Talimena National Scenic Byway is the #1 motorcycle road in Oklahoma and extends into eastern Arkansas
- The Arkansas Dragon (Hwy 123) is the #2 motorcycle ride in Arkansas and also in the current Top 20 of US motorcycle roads
- Push Mountain Road and Highway 7 round out the list of Top 5 Arkansas motorcycle rides
Iconic US Motorcycle Rides
Now if you are interested in not just hotspots but the USA's hottest individual motorcycle rides that are generally considered to be the very best motorcycle roads in the entire USA, then I need to tell you about the motorcycle rides that have reached iconic status. Unfortunately none of these motorcycle rides are located in Massachusetts, they are rides that all die hard motorcycling riding enthusiasts should add to his/her motorcycle riding bucket list. The short list of these premium motorcycle rides in the USA are as follows:
The Best Motorcycle Rides Near You
If you don’t happen to live near any of the US motorcycle riding hotspots or iconic motorcycle rides described above and are simply asking the question, “Where are the best motorcycle rides near me?”, then below is a link to the best motorcycle rides in all 50 US states, multiple US regions (e.g., midwest, Rock Mountain, etc.) … simply click on your state or region and you’ll be taken to the one of our motorcycle ride index pages describing the best motorcycle roads near you! From there you can sort on the motorcycle roads with the best scenery, the most fun to ride, and/or the most tourism opportunities to do along the way … whatever your preferences are in choosing an enjoyable motorcycle ride. While visiting McR, make sure you add all the motorcycle rides you are interested in to your “To Ride” list as well as add the motorcycle rides near you that you have already tried to your “Rode It” list! By placing these motorcycle rides in your McR profile’s lists, you’ll be able to keep track of them over the years and come back to the list whenever you’re ready to plan your next motorcycle trip!
- Appalachian Mountains
- Atlantic Coast
- East coast
- Great Lakes
- Middle Atlantic
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- Rocky Mountain
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Interested in more motorcycle ride articles like this?
|The Top 10 Motorcycle Rides in the Midwest|
|The Top 10 Motorcycle Rides in the Northeast|
|The Top 10 Motorcycle Rides in the South|
|The Top 10 Motorcycle Rides in the West|
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