NorCal's State of Jefferson Scenic Byway

"Aside from being a great road to ride, California Highway 96 also has a high number of reported Bigfoot sightings. The town of Happy Camp has a great statue to honor the wooly beast."  http://www.fuzzygalore.com/2011/10/meeting-bigfoot-on-the-highway/
"Aside from being a great road to ride, California Highway 96 also has a high number of reported Bigfoot sightings. The town of Happy Camp has a great statue to honor the wooly beast." http://www.fuzzygalore.com/2011/10/meeting-bigfoot-on-the-highway/

Ride this 109 scenic miles on the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway. We begin in Yreka, CA, 35 miles north of Mt. Shasta, near the Oregon state line. From Main Street we ride north on Hwy 263 then west on California 96, which follows the Klamath River to Happy Camp, where this Bigfoot Statue waits. Greyback Road takes you north to O'Brien, Oregon. Many locals call this area the "State of Jefferson".

Northern California - 109 mile State of Jefferson Scenic Byway. Mt. Shasta in the bottom right corner stands 14,179 ft high and can be seen from I-5.  Click the map to enlarge it.
Northern California - 109 mile State of Jefferson Scenic Byway. Mt. Shasta in the bottom right corner stands 14,179 ft high and can be seen from I-5. Click the map to enlarge it.

The State of Jefferson

In October 1941, the mayor of Port Orford, Oregon, Gilbert Gable, said that the Oregon counties of Curry, Josephine, Jackson, and Klamath should join with the California counties of Del Norte, Siskiyou, and Modoc to form a new state, later named Jefferson.

 

On November 27, 1941, a group of young men gained national media attention when, brandishing hunting rifles for dramatic effect, they stopped traffic on U.S. Route 99 south of Yreka, the county seat of Siskiyou County, and handed out copies of a Proclamation of Independence, stating that the state of Jefferson was in "patriotic rebellion against the States of California and Oregon" and would continue to "secede every Thursday until further notice." ...

 

On October 24, 2014, Modoc and Siskiyou Counties delivered their declarations for independence from the state of California to the California Secretary of State's office. On January 15, 2015, three more counties, Glenn, Tehama, and Yuba, submitted their official declarations as well.”  Click the link below for more info.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_(proposed_Pacific_state)

 




51st annual Bigfoot Jamboree Sept 1-3, 2017 in Happy Camp, CA.  http://www.bigfootjamboree.org/blog
51st annual Bigfoot Jamboree Sept 1-3, 2017 in Happy Camp, CA. http://www.bigfootjamboree.org/blog

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Southeast Minnesota - Caves, Trout, & Amish

Southeast Minnesota features two caves, trout fishing, and Amish country.  Click the map to enlarge.
Southeast Minnesota features two caves, trout fishing, and Amish country. Click the map to enlarge.

 

This ride map includes two caves, trout fishing, and the Minnesota Amish country. It's south of I-90, where Minnesota meets Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Mississippi River.  Niagra Cave, on highway 30 near Harmony was rated #2 on the USA Today 10 Best list.  “The top 10 winners in the category Best Cave are as follows:

  1. Kartchner Caverns - Benson, Ariz.
  2. Niagara Cave - Harmony, Minn.

    http://www.niagaracave.com/index.html

  3. Fantastic Caverns - Springfield, Mo.
  4. Blanchard Springs Caverns - Mountain View, Ark.
  5. The Lost Sea - Sweetwater, Tenn.
  6. Ruby Falls - Chattanooga, Tenn.
  7. DeSoto Caverns - Childersburg, Ala.
  8. Carlsbad Caverns - Carlsbad, N.M.
  9. Mammoth Cave - Mammoth Cave, Ky.
  10. Glenwood Caverns - Glenwood Springs, Colo.

 

Besides our winners, the following caves were also nominated:

  • Ape Cave in Cougar, Wash.
  • Cathedral Caverns in Woodville, Ala.
  • Caverns of Sonora in Sonora, Texas
  • Jewel Cave in Custer, S.D.
  • Longhorn Cavern in Burnet, Texas
  • Luray Caverns in Luray, Va.
  • Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Mo.
  • Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio
  • Penn's Cave in Centre Hall, Penn.
  • Wind Cave in Hot Springs, S.D.” 

http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-cave/

Niagra Cave in southeast Minnesota - http://www.niagaracave.com/index.html
Niagra Cave in southeast Minnesota - http://www.niagaracave.com/index.html

Lanesboro, is in the heart of Minnesota Amish country, which includes Preston and along US 52, near the SW corner of our route. Here’s a map to some other Amish country businesses.  Maybe you'll even see a bison in a parade, outside downtown Lanesboro's Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn.

 


Preston, also known as "Minnesota's Trout Capital", is a welcoming family-fun destination offering visitors a variety of entertaining, educational, & recreational activities to choose from:

 

  • Fish blue ribbon cold water streams
  • Bike, hike, or ski along 60 miles of paved bike trails
  • Visit the National Trout Center
  • Fish Preston's 9-Hole Fishing Course
  • Take a naturalist led Mystery Cave tour at Forestville State Park
  • Tour Historic Forestville - a 19th century pioneer village with costumed guides
  • Step back in time on a guided Amish tour
  • Canoe, tube, or kayak along the Root River
  • Snowmobile Fillmore County's 260 miles of groomed trails

 

 

http://www.exploreminnesota.com/events/2405/preston-mn

 

Preston, MN is famous for trout fishing, as depicted by this giant trout.  Photo by Roadside Architecture. http://www.roadarch.com/critters/fish3.html
Preston, MN is famous for trout fishing, as depicted by this giant trout. Photo by Roadside Architecture. http://www.roadarch.com/critters/fish3.html

Visit Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park to see natural wonders above and below ground. In the summer, beat the heat with a visit below ground. Explore the world of Mystery Cave with its stalactites, stalagmites, and underground pools. Park naturalists provide tours of the cave throughout the summer and on weekends in the spring and fall. The temperature stays at a constant 48 degrees Fahrenheit. … Above ground, stop by Historic Forestville, a restored 1800s village … Five camper cabins are available year round. … Reserve a cabin in advance …” http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/forestville_mystery_cave/index.html

 

See the park camping and lodging page. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/forestville_mystery_cave/camping.html

Do not rely on your GPS unit or online driving directions when visiting the main park or Mystery Cave area, as you may be routed to a closed bridge!

 

Park Entrance: Approximately 5 miles south of Wykoff. Entrance to the park is 4 miles south of State Highway 16 on Fillmore County Road 5, then 2 miles east on Fillmore County Road 118.

 

Mystery Cave Entrance is 6 miles south on County Road 5 from State Highway 16. Right-hand turn on 180th street west, 3/4 mile, turn right on Old Cave Road, travel 1/2 mile north. On your left is Mystery Cave Entrance Road.

 

 

 


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Western Minnesota lakes region

Fergus Falls and Otter Tail County are great locations for touring motorcyclists - See more at: http://www.visitfergusfalls.com/pages/motorcycle-touring#sthash.1LFladAt.dpuf
Fergus Falls and Otter Tail County are great locations for touring motorcyclists - See more at: http://www.visitfergusfalls.com/pages/motorcycle-touring#sthash.1LFladAt.dpuf

This easy to follow 90 mile loop, just off I-94, offers a scenic ride thru western Minnesota. This route has fewer highway changes than the nearby 150 mile Otter Trail Scenic Byway, which shares some of the same roads. There's lodging and restaurants in Ottertail. Get some BBQ at Elmer's Authentic Texas Bar-B-Que or stop at Zorbas on Ottertail Lake for some handmade pizza. Glendalough State Park has campsites and cabins

 

Glendalough State Park

 

Activities
Kayak rentals are available as well as canoes and rowboats. They are available first-come, first-serve unless you have a canoe-in site reservation. 

Camping
Staying overnight? There are 22 cart-in sites; 3 canoe-in sites; 1 group camp and 1 camper cabin. The camping and lodging facilities close for the season on Sept. 3, but the park remains open for day users.

Permits
A Minnesota state park permit is required for each vehicle. You can buy them upon entry.

There are no restaurant facilities at the park. Bring your own food and stove, or forget the stove and cook over a campfire.

 

 

 

http://www.co.otter-tail.mn.us/591/Glendalough-State-Park

 


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Idaho - Thousand Springs Scenic Byway

 

Begin at I-84 near Bliss, Idaho and follows US 30 southeast through Twin Falls to Idaho 50, then north on Idaho 50 to I-84.  Also US 93 from Twin Falls north to I-84.

 

The Thousand Springs Scenic Byway winds through 67 miles of the most remarkable geology and natural beauty in Idaho. Here, you’ll find thousands (really!) of incredible waterfalls, soothing hot springs, charming small towns, and Idaho’s famous trout.

 

The byway drops almost immediately into the massive Snake River Canyon. ... There are waterfalls and hot springs everywhere. ... Have a soak yourself at Miracle Hot Springs, Banbury Hot Springs, or 1,000 Springs Resort. Both have public and private pools, as well as camping and RV facilities. … Towering Shoshone Falls is worth a side trip; this spectacular waterfall is 212 feet — higher than Niagara! See it at its peak in early spring ... While you’re at Shoshone Falls Park, get on the Centennial Trail. You’ll see unbelievable panoramic views and the launch site of Evel Knievel’s ill-fated 1974 jump.”

 

https://visitsouthidaho.com/about-southern-idaho/thousand-springs-scenic-byway/

 

 

Order your free southern Idaho visitors guide.

 


Rocket from Evel Knievel's Snake River jump in 1974 as seen in this Huffington Post photo.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roadtrippers/evel-knievel-is-riding-in_b_6278668.html
Rocket from Evel Knievel's Snake River jump in 1974 as seen in this Huffington Post photo. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roadtrippers/evel-knievel-is-riding-in_b_6278668.html


In 1974, Mr. Knievel decided he would jump 1,600 feet across the Snake River Canyon in Idaho. Before thousands of spectators and thousands more on a closed-circuit television broadcast, he took a rocket-powered motorcycle up a 108-foot ramp at 350 miles an hour and soared some 2,000 feet over the canyon floor.

 

But his parachute opened prematurely, and he and the cycle drifted to the canyon floor, leaving him without serious injury.”

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/01/us/01knievel.html

 

 

See the Smithsonian Channel video about the jump.

 


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Colorado's Independence Pass - Hwy 82

Colorado 92 may be unknown, but has curves and views like this - Google Maps photo
Colorado 92 may be unknown, but has curves and views like this - Google Maps photo
Independence Pass on Colorado 82 east of Aspen is closed in winter.
Independence Pass on Colorado 82 east of Aspen is closed in winter.

 

East of Aspen on CO Hwy 82, Independence Pass crosses the Continental Divide. It's closed in winter. Get current road info at the Colorado DOT website.

 

"Independence Pass, originally known as Hunter Pass, is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States. It is at elevation 12,095 ft (3,687 m) on the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range. The pass is midway between Aspen and Twin Lakes, on the border between Pitkin and Lake counties.

State Highway 82 traverses it, in the process reaching the highest elevation of a paved Colorado state highway on a through road. After Cottonwood Pass to the south, it is the second-highest pass with an improved road in the state, the fourth-highest paved road in the state and the highest paved crossing of the Continental Divide in the U.S. Because of the heavy snowfall at its elevation, it is closed in wintertime, isolating Aspen from direct access from the east during the ski season.

When the pass is open in warmer weather, it is a popular destination. A scenic overlook near the pass allows visitors to take in the alpine tundra environment above treeline, and offers excellent views to the east of Mount Elbert, Colorado's highest peak and the second-highest mountain in the contiguous United States. Rock climbers are drawn to nearby bouldering opportunities, and informal paths lead to nearby mountain summits of even higher elevation. Backcountry skiers make use of the slopes during the late spring and early summer. Since 2011 the pass has been on the route of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Pass_(Colorado)

 

Click above for the Aspen Chamber of Commerce website, www.aspenchamber.org
Click above for the Aspen Chamber of Commerce website, www.aspenchamber.org

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Northern California Hwy 36

Road sign in Red Bluff, CA - Google Maps photo  by Rinya
Road sign in Red Bluff, CA - Google Maps photo by Rinya
CA Hwy 36 from famous Hwy 101 to not-so-famous Lassen Volcanic National Park
CA Hwy 36 from famous Hwy 101 to not-so-famous Lassen Volcanic National Park

Northern California has great riding, for example, 200 miles on Highway 36. Or try CA 96 which follows the Klamath River before turning south at Happy Camp. Click on either map to enlarge it.

 

CA Hwy 96 follows the Klamath River, then heads south through Bigfoot country
CA Hwy 96 follows the Klamath River, then heads south through Bigfoot country
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PA US 30 - The Historic Lincoln Highway

US 30 between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh is part of the Historic Lincoln Highway
US 30 between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh is part of the Historic Lincoln Highway

This section of the Historic Lincoln Highway is not far from the Pennsylvania / Maryland border and includes Gettysburg, Bedford, Lancaster, and the Flight 93 Memorial near Stoystown. Dutch Wonderland is an amusement park with 3 roller coasters. The Historic Lincoln Highway is close to Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Philadephia. 

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Bedford, PA on The Historic Lincoln Highway

Bedford, PA's Art Deco Gas Station - Trip Advisor photo
Bedford, PA's Art Deco Gas Station - Trip Advisor photo

Along this 200 mile stretch of the Historic Lincoln Highway is the town of Bedford, PA where the covered bridge loop is a Trip Advisor favorite. Catch a movie at the Pitt Theater, in operation since 1939. Pinball fans may enjoy a stop at Pinhead Amusements.

 

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Tennessee - 100 mile Knoxville ride

Highway 116 offers some twisty riding near Knoxville, TN on this Google map. Click the map to see the entire 100 mile route.
Highway 116 offers some twisty riding near Knoxville, TN on this Google map. Click the map to see the entire 100 mile route.

 

Ride about 25 miles north from Knoxville, TN to the city of Rocky Top, where highway 116 takes you down the valley southwest thru Fratersville and Briceville. A few miles later the road suddenly doubles back northward over the mountains and becomes a great deal more exciting.

Ten miles later, the highway crosses the New River and heads southwest again toward Fork Mountain. Then there's 5 miles of twisties, as shown in the photo above. Finally, our 100 mile route follows highway 62 back to Knoxville. Click on the Google map to see the entire route.


Big Ridge State Park is about 25 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Big Ridge State Park is about 25 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Wikipedia photo by Brian Stansberry - Own work, CC BY 3.0
Wikipedia photo by Brian Stansberry - Own work, CC BY 3.0

"Big Ridge State Park was first developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s as part of the greater Norris Project. The park was one of three of the project's demonstration recreational areas that eventually became state parks (Norris Dam State Park and Cove Lake State Park are the other two)." 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Ridge_State_Park

 

 


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Virginia Fall Color at 4000 feet

This maple tree on US 58 shows off it's fall color.
This maple tree on US 58 shows off it's fall color.

Yesterday we went west on US 58 and found splendid color in the elevations above 4000 feet. The scenery between Mouth of Wilson, VA and Damscus, VA was very colorful - what a nice ride.

 

Nice color at elevations above 4000 feet near Grayson Highlands State Park in SW Virginia.
Nice color at elevations above 4000 feet near Grayson Highlands State Park in SW Virginia.
This highway has lots of color this weekend. You can take US 58 across southern Virginia.
This highway has lots of color this weekend. You can take US 58 across southern Virginia.

 

"Near Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain, Virginia's two highest mountains, Grayson Highlands SP offers scenic views of alpine-like peaks more than 5,000 feet high. Facilities include a visitor center, campgrounds, and hiking trails leading to waterfalls and overlooks. Scenic horse trails and a horse camping area with electric and water hookups, stables and parking for trailers are available. The park provides year-round access to the Appalachian Trail and the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail."  http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/grayson-highlands#general_information


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Louisiana's Long Bridges

No land in sight on Lake Pontchartrain Causeway near New Orleans, Louisiana
No land in sight on Lake Pontchartrain Causeway near New Orleans, Louisiana

Louisiana has 3 of the 10 longest bridges in the world.

 

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway - 126,122 feet

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the longest continuous bridge passing over water, the waters of New Orleans's Lake Pontchartrain to be exact. The bridge is so long that for 8 of its 24 miles, you can't see land in any direction.

 

Manchac Swamp Bridge - 120,440 feet

Back in Louisiana, approximately one third of I-55 passing through the state is carried across swamplands on the Manchac Swamp Bridge. Since each of the concrete piles had to be driven more than 250 feet into the swamp, each mile of the bridge cost an average of $7 million to complete.

 

Atchafalaya Basin Bridge - 96,100 feet

When driving through Louisiana, it sometimes feels like you're never not on a bridge, especially when you're driving down I-10 between Baton Rouge and Lafayette. This stretch of highway passes over the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest swamp in the United States.

 

See the entire top 10 list at: 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2013/04/28/10-longest-bridges-to-drive-across/2118739/

 

Our 202 mile route in southern Louisiana crosses 3 of the longest bridges in the world.  Click above to see the Google map.
Our 202 mile route in southern Louisiana crosses 3 of the longest bridges in the world. Click above to see the Google map.

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Tabasco Tours at Avery Island

 

South of Lafayette, off US Hwy 90, you can visit the home of Tabasco Brand Hot Sauce and see how this famous sauce is made. Note: The Bottling line is open Monday - Thursday. http://www.tabasco.com/avery-island/visitor-information/

Tour the grounds where the famous Tabasco Pepper Sauce is made in Avery Island, Louisiana.
Tour the grounds where the famous Tabasco Pepper Sauce is made in Avery Island, Louisiana.

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Womens Black/Pink Mesh Armored Jacket

My wife loves this jacket. Order this mesh jacket from Amazon.com
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Palm Springs CA - 100 mile detour ride

Part of the 100 mile detour ride near Palm Springs, California. Click the photo for the Google map.
Part of the 100 mile detour ride near Palm Springs, California. Click the photo for the Google map.

This 100 mile detour begins and ends on I-10 near Palm Springs, and may just be the highlight of your trip across southern California. The route heads south from Banning, CA and loops back north thru Palm Springs. Other areas of interest nearby are Joshua Tree National Park and the Salton Sea.

This mountain ride on CA Hwy 243 is a welcome change from I-10 near Palm Springs, CA. Joshua Tree National Park and the Salton Sea are nearby. Click above for the Google map.
This mountain ride on CA Hwy 243 is a welcome change from I-10 near Palm Springs, CA. Joshua Tree National Park and the Salton Sea are nearby. Click above for the Google map.

Joshua Tree National Park
Night Sky Festival: October 28-30, 2016

NIght Sky Festival at Joshua Tree National Park - October 28 - 30, 2016
NIght Sky Festival at Joshua Tree National Park - October 28 - 30, 2016

Salton Sea History Museum & Visitor Center

North Shore Beach & Yacht Club and museum on the Salton Sea in the southern California desert.
North Shore Beach & Yacht Club and museum on the Salton Sea in the southern California desert.

"Originally opened in 1959 as the North Shore Beach & Yacht Club, the newly renovated building is now a historic site.  The Albert Frey designed building was re-opened on May 1, 2010 and is home to the Salton Sea History Museum & Visitor Center."  http://saltonseamuseum.org/salton_sea_history.html


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California - Bixby Bridge and Big Sur

Bixby Bridge, along California's Big Sur coastline, is a favorite with photographers. Photo by www.visitcalifornia.com
Bixby Bridge, along California's Big Sur coastline, is a favorite with photographers. Photo by www.visitcalifornia.com

"Welcome to one of the world’s most unforgettable stretches of coastline. This roughly 90-mile-long stretch of redwood- and fog-trimmed waterfront between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Hearst Castle has no specific boundaries, no urban core, drawing you (and writers like Henry Miller and Beat Generation darling Jack Kerouac) in with a magic allure that is almost palpable. This is, quite simply, a place you want to be—bluffs, sea, and sky.

 

Drive Big Sur’s length via twisting Highway One, with plenty of pullovers at places like seen-it-in-a-million-car-commercials Bixby Bridge..."

 

http://www.visitcalifornia.com/attraction/bixby-bridge

 

 

Big Sur has pleasant fall temperatures. See more at www.visitcalifornia.com
Big Sur has pleasant fall temperatures. See more at www.visitcalifornia.com

"Another favorite photo op: McWay Falls, a silvery cascade that falls some 70 feet from the sea cliffs to a remote beach below. Look up to see endangered California condors, North America’s largest birds, or look down to scan the swells for migrating whales or sea otters floating among dense beds of kelp, California’s signature seaweed. Try the famous Ambrosia burger on the deck of Nepenthe, then nurse your beer to watch the sunset."

"Want a short hike with a huge reward? The ½-mile/1-km round-trip Waterfall Overlook Trail at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park could be the biggest-bang-for-not-much-work hike on the planet. The almost flat stroll ends an oceanfront overlook with flawless views of McWay Falls, a favorite spot of Big Sur pioneer woman Julia Pfeiffer Burns, for whom the park is named. Let’s just say Julia had good taste. The plume of water drops some 80 feet/24 meters from the top of a granite cliff to a sandy cove below (not even footprints on the sand mar the perfection, as this beach is closed to the public)."

http://www.visitcalifornia.com/attraction/bixby-bridge

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is 21 miles south of California's famous Bixby Creek Bridge south of the Monterey peninsula. Click the map for directions and the Google map.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is 21 miles south of California's famous Bixby Creek Bridge south of the Monterey peninsula. Click the map for directions and the Google map.
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Big Bend National Park

Santa Elena Canyon Overlook in Big Bend National Park. Google Street View photo.
Santa Elena Canyon Overlook in Big Bend National Park. Google Street View photo.

About 400 miles west of the Texas Hill Country, Big Bend National Park, one of the least visited parks, has 800,000 acres of wild country. Typical September high temperatures are 80's and low 90's. October is typically 65 - 85 degrees. Click here for daily temps on Wunderground.com.

Big Bend National Park is about 400 miles west of the Texas Hill Country. Click to see larger map.
Big Bend National Park is about 400 miles west of the Texas Hill Country. Click to see larger map.

"In the heart of Big Bend National Park, you'll find the uniquely located Chisos Mountains Lodge nestled in the basin of the majestic Chisos Mountains. As the only lodging in the park, our accommodations provide modern comforts with our famous Texas hospitality. Our guests are treated to stunning scenery and serenity, as well as a vast undisturbed wilderness, all within a quick walking distance to our services and easy access to many of the park's world famous hiking trails."  http://chisosmountainslodge.com/

Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive vista in Big Bend NP in west Texas. Google Maps Street View.
Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive vista in Big Bend NP in west Texas. Google Maps Street View.
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Wyoming's oldest soda fountain

Chugwater Soda Fountain in Chugwater, WY celebrated their 100th birthday. Google maps photo.
Chugwater Soda Fountain in Chugwater, WY celebrated their 100th birthday. Google maps photo.
Chugwater, Wyoming is on I-25, between Denver, CO and Mt Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota
Chugwater, Wyoming is on I-25, between Denver, CO and Mt Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota
http://thenewworld.typepad.com/the-new-world/2012/07/welcome-to-chugwater.html
http://thenewworld.typepad.com/the-new-world/2012/07/welcome-to-chugwater.html

On the way from Denver, CO to Mt. Rushmore, about 35 miles north of Cheyenne, WY on I-25 is the town of Chugwater, population about 244.

"The Chugwater Soda Fountain is Wyomings oldest and still operating Soda Fountain. We make sodas the way they did at the turn of the century. Sodas, shakes, malts and great tasting soda fountain drinks in a variety of flavors."  http://www.chugwatersodafountain.com/


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New York's Grand Canyon of the East

Waterfalls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
Waterfalls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
Letchworth State Park is 60 miles SE of Buffalo, NY
Letchworth State Park is 60 miles SE of Buffalo, NY

"Letchworth State Park, renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three major waterfalls between cliffs--as high as 600 feet in some places--surrounded by lush forests. Hikers can choose among 66 miles of hiking trails. Trails are also available for horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Letchworth offers nature, history and performing arts programs, guided walks, tours, a summer lecture series, whitewater rafting, kayaking, a pool for swimming and hot air ballooning. Experiencing Letchworth by hot air balloon is unforgettable, as seen in this video clip."

http://nysparks.com/parks/79/details.aspx

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Roanoke Virginia Highway 311

Virginia Hwy 311 runs through Paint Bank as it crosses the mountains north of Roanoke into West Virginia.  The Paint Bank General Store, Swinging Bridge Restaurant, and Tingler's Mill are all at the one location.
Virginia Hwy 311 runs through Paint Bank as it crosses the mountains north of Roanoke into West Virginia. The Paint Bank General Store, Swinging Bridge Restaurant, and Tingler's Mill are all at the one location.
The Paint Bank General Store - Google maps photo by TWatkins
The Paint Bank General Store - Google maps photo by TWatkins

"The Paint Bank General Store has "a little bit of everything"... come see for yourself when you visit our authentic, small-town general store located in the heart of Paint Bank.

From the old wooden floors to the tin ceilings of yesteryear, the heart of the old-time, genuine country store is still present. You will find everything from grocery items to gift items. You can purchase our own delicious, farm-raised buffalo meat, with have many different cuts available, including burgers & rib-eye steaks. Call the store to order by phone either for pickup or we can ship to you.

Upstairs you will find many gift items and our year 'round Christmas shop. Feel free to take a stroll across our real swinging bridge and enjoy our realistic wildlife displays and carvings.

After your shopping is done, be sure to visit The Swinging Bridge Restaurant, located inside The Paint Bank General Store. Established in 2006, The Swinging Bridge offers you a unique dining experience in a cozy setting. Outside dining is available on the screened-in back porch. On your way out to visit Tingler's Mill, stop for a game of horseshoes or corn hole. Bikers, take note! Scenic Highway 311 (Paint Bank Road) takes you right into town."  http://www.paintbankgeneralstore.com/

Tingler's Mill in Paint Bank, VA - Google maps photo by TWatkins
Tingler's Mill in Paint Bank, VA - Google maps photo by TWatkins

"Tingler's Mill has a long and varied history. As a present-day decorative fixture of Paint Bank, its presence makes a grand statement about revitalization and historic preservation. In the past, however, it was an important element of everyday life in the town of Paint Bank, Virginia, serving area farmers and residents as a source of grain and flour by grinding corn and wheat."  http://www.tinglersmill.com/


Nearby Lewisburg, WV serves up it's Chocolate Festival each spring, to benefit the United Way.  http://lewisburgchocolatefestival.com





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Virginia - Big Walker Lookout on US 52

View from Big Walker Lookout on US52 near Wytheville, VA - Google maps photo by likethelivindead
View from Big Walker Lookout on US52 near Wytheville, VA - Google maps photo by likethelivindead
105 scenic miles on US 52 from Mt Airy, NC to Bramwell, WV. Click the map to see it in Google maps.
105 scenic miles on US 52 from Mt Airy, NC to Bramwell, WV. Click the map to see it in Google maps.

I-77 runs through Virginia / West Virginia from Columbia, SC on it's way to Cleveland, OH. It crosses over and through the Appalachian Mountains (there's even a couple of tunnels). But there is another way - US Highway 52 meanders through the countryside. Catch US 52 north out of Mt. Airy, NC (Andy Griffith's hometown) for a ride you won't soon forget.

The old Sheriff's car in Mt Airy, NC reminds us of the Andy Griffith Show. Mt Airy was Andy's real hometown.
The old Sheriff's car in Mt Airy, NC reminds us of the Andy Griffith Show. Mt Airy was Andy's real hometown.

Approaching Fancy Gap, VA you climb over 1000 feet on this twisty stretch of road. In Fancy Gap, I've enjoyed both The Gap Deli and the Lakeview Restaurant (good catfish, but no lake view), and you can grab a drink or snacks at the gas station or the Dollar General. There's also an entrance for the Blue Ridge Parkway, where you can visit the Blue Ridge Music Center (south) or Mabry Mill and restaurant (north - just past Meadows of Dan), each within 20 miles. While you're in Meadows of Dan follow your sweet tooth to Nancy's Candy Company. The black licorice is wonderfully soft, unlike most hard licorice you find today.

Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Meadows of Dan, VA
Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Meadows of Dan, VA

"The sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar are likely to welcome you when you visit the Blue Ridge Music Center. Experience regional traditional music each day of the week with FREE local Mid-Day Mountain Musicians playing on the breezeway of the visitors center from Noon - 4 PM.

The Music Center hosts a summer Roots of American Music Concert Series. Concerts take place in our beautiful outdoor amphitheater (capacity 2,500) at the base of Fisher Peak, feature local, regional, and national touring performers and bands, and are presented most Saturday evenings from late May through September."

http://www.blueridgemusiccenter.org/


See the Mayberry Trading Post page on Facebook.

Mabyerry Trading Post just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at MM180 between Fancy Gap and Meadows of Dan, VA has an interesting assortment of goodies for sale, but no gas here.
Mabyerry Trading Post just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at MM180 between Fancy Gap and Meadows of Dan, VA has an interesting assortment of goodies for sale, but no gas here.

Continuing north of Fancy Gap on US 52 there are nice views both north and south of the next town, Hillsville, where US 58 is turned into a huge flea market each Labor Day.

North of Hillsville, US 52 quietly crosses the New River, far below the busy I-77 overpass before continuing north to Wytheville and on to Big Walker Lookout and the BW Country Store.

"At an elevation of 3,405 feet, Big Walker Lookout affords one of the  most spectacular views of the Appalachian Mountains to our visitors."

http://www.visitwytheville.com/big-walker-lookout.html


 "A "Rails to Trails" project, the New River Trail State Park meanders through Grayson, Carroll, Wythe and Pulaski counties in southwestern Virginia and parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles. Hiking, biking, horseback riding and boating on or near the trail. There are many different access points along the trail, with the southern end beginning in Galax going 57 miles to the Town of Pulaski in the New River Valley. Information and parking at Shot Tower Historical State Park; at the Fries visitors center; and at the Cliffview visitors center, near Galax." http://www.virginia.org/listings/OutdoorsAndSports/NewRiverTrailStatePark/


Pinnacle Rock State Park near Bramwell, WV - Google maps photo  by MarkTurner777
Pinnacle Rock State Park near Bramwell, WV - Google maps photo by MarkTurner777

 

"Located along Route 52, near historic Bramwell in Mercer County, Pinnacle Rock State Park is one of the more interesting day use parks operated by the West Virginia State Park system.

Towering above the rugged mountains of southeastern West Virginia, Pinnacle Rock is an unusual sandstone formation reaching 3,100 feet above sea level. This park provides a relaxing picnic area in an unusual scenic setting. http://www.pinnaclerockstatepark.com/

The Corner Shop in Bramwell, WV has a soda fountain and candy counter.  Burgers and other food is served.
The Corner Shop in Bramwell, WV has a soda fountain and candy counter. Burgers and other food is served.

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ACF-50 Anti-corrosion Spray

"When applied ACF-50 forms an 'Active' ultra-thin clear film that will kill any existing corrosion cells and will protect your bike against new corrosion forming. On areas such as switches or under the tank and seat, one application will last up to 12 months. Other more exposed areas will need topping up more regularly. ACF-50 has the ability to 'chemically neutralise road salt' and water will bead on contact and literally bounce off. Ideal for the bike that is used all year round in all weathers, a superb service spray as ACF-50 is also a lubricant and penetrant (without loosening structural attachments) and if you put your bike away for the winter, applying ACF-50 will ensure that moisture will not be allowed to cause any damage! Untreated moisture will creep into cracks and will not freely evaporate - ACF-50 actively ejects moisture from these areas." http://www.acf-50.co.uk/motorcycle/streetbike.htm

 

"ACF50 comes from the aerospace industry and the list of companies approving the product is rather serious. Firms such as Boeing Helicopter, Cessna, British Aerospace and Sikorsky all find the product acceptable, as does the FAA ... Application is easy on a bike and a tin lasts a long time. The best approach is to put a tiny blob on the surface to be treated and wait for it to disperse between any cracks. For example, the un-plated horn on our Suzuki V-Strom was an absolute certainty to corrode but it remains perfect after four years.

 

Any surplus can be spread externally with a finger or brush. Surprisingly, because chemically things which work are normally dangerous, ACF 50 is completely non-toxic and your finger won’t drop off if you touch it.

 

Once applied, the treatment lasts up to two years. ... As a by-product, it’s not a bad light duty lubricant for things like locks and cables, as well as being approved by its Mil-Spec (Mil-C-81309E Type II) for use in switches and on contacts."  http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/2013/03/article/acf-50-corrosion-preventative-review/

 

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Malibu, CA area - Latigo Canyon

Latigo Canyon Rd near Malibu, CA - Google maps photo by teebone.
Latigo Canyon Rd near Malibu, CA - Google maps photo by teebone.

California has some serious riding fun. The mountains north of Malibu north of LA have many twisty roads for your enjoyment, like the 10 miles on Latigo Canyon Road.  Looks like a west coast version of Tennessee's "tail of the dragon".  Anyone counted these curves?

 

Map of Latigo Canyon Road heading north from the Pacific Coast Hwy in Malibu, Calfornia
Map of Latigo Canyon Road heading north from the Pacific Coast Hwy in Malibu, Calfornia

Mulholland Highway

Mulholland Highway, north of Malibu, is a favorite among local California motorcyclists.
Mulholland Highway, north of Malibu, is a favorite among local California motorcyclists.

"Mulholland HIghway is an amazing road, a ribbon of blacktop that meanders through the Santa Monica mountains overlooking Los Angeles. It’s a popular destination for anyone who loves to drive or ride. But one section is revered above all: The Snake, a two-mile stretch that ends with what could be the most crashed corner in Southern California."  http://www.wired.com/2014/02/mulholland-the-snake/

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Oregon's Historic Columbia River Hwy

Take a few hours and ride east from Portland, Oregon along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Stop at Vista House for the great views. You also pass Wahkeena Falls, and Horsetail Falls (aka Ponytail Falls). This old highway is a delight for motorcyclists and hikers.

Crown Point Vista House is a scenic view along the Columbia River east of Portland.  Google maps photo by Dennis Cheasebro
Crown Point Vista House is a scenic view along the Columbia River east of Portland. Google maps photo by Dennis Cheasebro

"The Vista House was built in 1916 at the same time as Highway 30 (what is now the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, and the only way to reach Crown Point). The building was designed to be a place of refreshment and enjoyment of the Columbia Gorge.

The octagonal building with its green ceramic tile roof houses a museum, gift shop and interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge."

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=108

Historic Columbia River Highway runs east from Portland, Oregon. It's highly recommended for motorcycles.
Historic Columbia River Highway runs east from Portland, Oregon. It's highly recommended for motorcycles.

"Beautiful Bridal Veil Falls is an elegant and graceful lady that can be fully appreciated from the deck of a viewing platform rebuilt in 1996. The creek hustles down from the top of nearby Larch Mountain, tumbles over the cliff and eventually flows into the mighty Columbia River.

 

No visit to the Columbia Gorge should be considered complete without a tour of the area of Bridal Veil and a visit to Bridal Veil Falls State Park."

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=107

Bridal Veil Falls in spring, Oregon State Parks photo.
Bridal Veil Falls in spring, Oregon State Parks photo.


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Arkansas 2 hour detour

This 2 hour detour off I-40 shows what Arkansas offers to motorcycle riders.
This 2 hour detour off I-40 shows what Arkansas offers to motorcycle riders.

West of Little Rock on I-40 take this 2 hour detour into the Arkansas countryside between Russellville and Clarksville. If you've never had the pleasure of riding here, this route will show you some of what you're missing.

See the Google map with directions. 

Early morning fog on Arkansas Hwy 21.
Early morning fog on Arkansas Hwy 21.

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69 miles in 2 days, Virginia & WV

Harrisonburg, VA is only 69 miles south of Winchester, VA on I-81, but 488 miles on our more scenic route.
Harrisonburg, VA is only 69 miles south of Winchester, VA on I-81, but 488 miles on our more scenic route.

 

Ride for a couple of days, mostly in West Virginia on two US highways. US 50 is the northern leg from Winchester, VA to Parkersburg, WV and crosses the western tip of Maryland for about 10 miles.  See the Google map.

 

The southern leg is on US 33 from Ripley, WV to Harrisonburg, VA. There's more to ride just south on US 250, which travels northwest from Staunton, VA all the way to Sandusky, OH on Lake Erie.

 

This ride is just south of Pittsburgh, near Front Royal, VA (the north end of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive) and is easily accessible from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. It touches I-77, I-79, & I-81. Enjoy the ride.

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The Freedom Rock - Iowa

The Freedom Rock created by artist, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, stands along Iowa 25, south of I-80 near Menlo, IA.   www.thefreedomrock.com
The Freedom Rock created by artist, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, stands along Iowa 25, south of I-80 near Menlo, IA. www.thefreedomrock.com

"The Freedom Rock is a large (approx. 60+ ton) boulder located in rural Iowa that is repainted every year with a different Thank You for our nation's Veterans, to honor their service to our country.  The artist, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, was inspired by the movie Saving Private Ryan, as well as, wanting to give Veterans a unique recognition on Memorial Day."  http://www.thefreedomrock.com/

 

The Freedom Rock is about 50 miles west of Des Moines, Iowa.
The Freedom Rock is about 50 miles west of Des Moines, Iowa.

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Coal country curves on VA / KY border

There's plenty of curves on this stretch of Hwy 160 crossing the KY / VA border
There's plenty of curves on this stretch of Hwy 160 crossing the KY / VA border
Country music legend, Loretta Lynn
Country music legend, Loretta Lynn

 

On the Kentucky side you can stop in Lynch and visit an underground coal mine at Portal 31. Two miles further west stop at the Kentucky Coal Mine Museum in Benham, where "Country music legend Loretta Lynn, "The Coal Miner's Daughter," has housed some of her personal collection on the third floor of the museum. Her floor of the museum is now open." 

http://www.benhamky.org/Museum/

 


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Palo Duro Canyon, Texas Panhandle

Deer poses for a photo. Palo Duro State Park, Texas.  Google maps photo by Sergio Rebolledo.
Deer poses for a photo. Palo Duro State Park, Texas. Google maps photo by Sergio Rebolledo.

 

"As the second-largest canyon in the United States, it is roughly 70 mi long and has an average width of 6 mi, but reaches a width of 20 mi at places. Its depth is around 820 ft, but in some locations, it can increase up to 1,000 ft. Palo Duro Canyon has been named "The Grand Canyon of Texas" both for its size and for its dramatic geological features, including the multicolored layers of rock and steep mesa walls similar to those in the Grand Canyon."

 

 

Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo, TX.  Wikipedia photo by Leaflet - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7743612
Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo, TX. Wikipedia photo by Leaflet - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7743612

 

Looking to go camping?  "Choose from campsites with water and electricity, primitive drive-up sites, equestrian sites, or backpack camping areas. Stay in one of three cabins on the canyon’s rim or four limited service cabins on the canyon floor. Rent our new pavilion for a wedding, reunion or meeting."

 

 

Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo, TX. Google maps photo by Bobby McCracken.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo, TX. Google maps photo by Bobby McCracken.

Caprock Canyon

Caprock Canyon formation near Amarillo, TX. Google maps photo by Jeff Lynch.
Caprock Canyon formation near Amarillo, TX. Google maps photo by Jeff Lynch.
Bison herd at Caprock Canyons State Park near Amarillo, Texas.
Bison herd at Caprock Canyons State Park near Amarillo, Texas.

Caprock Canyons State Park has more formations, 2 hours southeast of Palo Duro. Plus you can check out their Bison herd. "History was made on Aug. 19, 2014 at Caprock Canyons State Park as cow #120 took the first steps to lead the Texas State Bison Herd into their new range within the park. The herd now has over 10,000 acres to roam. This legendary bison herd was started by famed cattleman Charles Goodnight and his wife Mary Ann in 1878. It is one of the five foundation herds credited with saving this magnificent animal from extinction." 

 

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The Oregon Sisters - McKenzie Pass

Close up photo of the 3 sisters peaks seen from McKenzie Pass. Google photo by wolfram.burner
Close up photo of the 3 sisters peaks seen from McKenzie Pass. Google photo by wolfram.burner

 

Warning! Highway 242 has steep drop-offs with no guard rails.

It is not recommended for inexperienced riders.

 

The 3 sisters peaks rise above the lava field. Google maps photo by Orbiker.
The 3 sisters peaks rise above the lava field. Google maps photo by Orbiker.

"Dee Wright Observatory (Hwy 242 is closed Nov - June) is an observation structure at the summit of McKenzie Pass in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. The structure is an open shelter constructed with lava stone. It is located in the midst of a large lava flow, and offers an exceptional view of numerous Cascade peaks."

 

"The observatory is an open shelter built with lava stone found at the construction site. The viewing windows are cut to specifically highlight the neighboring mountains. These "lava tube" viewing holes allow visitors to easily identify the different Cascade peaks. There is also a 36 inch (90 cm) diameter, bronze azimuth-like "peak finder" on the observatory’s roof to help visitors locate nearby geologic features as well as the surrounding mountain peaks. From the top of the observatory, visitors have a panoramic view of the Cascade Mountain Range including Mount Hood in the far north."

 

"The half-mile long Lava River Interpretive Trail begins at the observatory, and takes visitors on a 30-minute walk through lava beds. The trail is paved and easy to follow. Interpretive panels, located along the trail highlight the geology of the area. The trail also offers open vistas of the surrounding landscape."

 

 


Oregon highway 242 to Dee Wright Observatory at McKenzie Pass is closed November thru June.
Oregon highway 242 to Dee Wright Observatory at McKenzie Pass is closed November thru June.


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Kaaterskill Falls 260 feet - Catskills NY 23A

Bastian Falls on Highway 23A in the New York Catskills. Google Maps photo by bsilva81
Bastian Falls on Highway 23A in the New York Catskills. Google Maps photo by bsilva81

"Kaaterskill Falls is a two-stage waterfall of Kaaterskill Creek, located in the eastern Catskill Mountains of New York, on the north side of Kaaterskill Clove, between the hamlets of Haines Falls and Palenville in Greene County's Town of Hunter. The two cascades total 260 feet (79 m) in height, making it one of the highest waterfalls in New York, and one of the Eastern United States' tallest waterfalls.

The waterfalls are one of America's oldest tourist attractions, being depicted or described by many books, essays, poems and paintings of the early 19th century. Long before Alexis de Tocqueville's famous essay on America, Kaaterskill Falls was lauded as a place where a traveler could see a wilder image, a sort of primeval Eden. Beginning with Thomas Cole's first visit during 1825, they became a subject for painters of the Hudson River School, setting the wilderness ideal for American landscape painting. The Falls also inspired "Catterskill Falls", a poem by William Cullen Bryant."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaaterskill_Falls


"This is one of the most popular hikes in the area, in part because everyone likes waterfalls, and in part because it’s a relatively short hike to a huge, 260-foot payoff, divided over two drops.

Another highlight along the way is the smaller-but-still-awesome Bastion Falls, which flows past the trailhead and is easily visible from the road."

http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/kaaterskill-falls/

Kaaterskill Falls is 50 miles south of Albany, New York.
Kaaterskill Falls is 50 miles south of Albany, New York.

Mike Todd has posted some nice photos in a Picassa Web Album here.

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Wisconsin's River Road, 250 miles

"Enjoy history, bluff-top views, outstanding trails and charming river towns along the Wisconsin Great River Road—Wisconsin’s only designated National Scenic Byway. The Wisconsin Great River Road parallels the Mississippi River for 250 miles ... Nearly two-thirds of the Wisconsin Great River Road passes along or through protected natural areas ... Scenic overlooks along the Wisconsin Great River Road are some of the best places in North America to see bald eagle ... The Wisconsin Great River Road passes through a region filled with farms, orchards and pastures ... For an unforgettable family road trip, a great getaway or a weeklong vacation, explore the Wisconsin Great River Road."

http://wigreatriverroad.org/

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US 12 Minneapolis to the Pacific Ocean

Beartooth switchbacks have snow in June. Photo by Tony Taylor.
Beartooth switchbacks have snow in June. Photo by Tony Taylor.
Red Lodge, Montana is just 2 hours south of US 12.
Red Lodge, Montana is just 2 hours south of US 12.
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Idaho has beautiful scenery like this ride along the river. Photo by Tony Taylor.
The Salmon River, Riggins Idaho, elevvation 1801. Photo by Tony Taylor.
The Salmon River, Riggins Idaho, elevvation 1801. Photo by Tony Taylor.
1700 miles on US Highway 12 from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean
1700 miles on US Highway 12 from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean

See Google map with directions.

 

Over 1700 miles of US highway 12 begins at Wayzata, MN and ends in Washington state at the Pacific Ocean. A highlight of this ride is central Idaho, the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Lewis and Clark were some of the first to travel this road. Photo by Tony Taylor.
Lewis and Clark were some of the first to travel this road. Photo by Tony Taylor.
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Highway 92 - the Colorado Dragon?

Colorado 92 may be unknown, but has curves and views like this
Colorado 92 may be unknown, but has curves and views like this
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP by Lisa Lynch
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP by Lisa Lynch

 

"Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America."

 

https://www.nps.gov/blca/index.htm

 

Painted Wall is one of the highlights of a visit to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, near Montrose, Colorado. This NPS photo by Lisa Lynch shows the Gunnison River flowing along the bottom of the shear canyon walls. See this and other photos at the link below. 

 

https://www.nps.gov/blca/learn/photosmultimedia/index.htm

60 mile round trip on Colorado 92 may just be Colorado's unknown "Dragon"
60 mile round trip on Colorado 92 may just be Colorado's unknown "Dragon"

Is this 30 miles on Highway 92 (above) Colorado's version of the "dragon"? Combine these two maps for a half-day adventure from Montrose, Colorado featuring some nice curves, scenery, and the not well known Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

South rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is on Hwy 347 just east of Montrose, CO
South rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is on Hwy 347 just east of Montrose, CO


"However, my favourite feature is the “Plan winding route” function which suits my spur-of-the-moment sense of adventure and the need to try different roads. I reckon it’s brilliant and just what many bike riders have always wanted. We don’t always head out with a clear intention of where we are going, so this is very handy for those riders."

http://motorbikewriter.com/tomtom-rider-gps-review/


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Luxury camping in NW Georgia

Yurts and other camping options in NW Georgia at Cloudland Canyon State Park

"Cloudland Canyon has many options for overnight camping, and a few yurts for some glamping. These more modern, quirky yurts are an extremely popular choice among those looking for a few more amenities than a tent provides, so make sure you reserve early."

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/georgia/glampgrounds-in-ga/

Cloudland Canyon State Park is 2 hours from Atlanta, a few miles from Chattanooga
Cloudland Canyon State Park is 2 hours from Atlanta, a few miles from Chattanooga

"Cloudland Canyon State Park is a 3,485 acre (14.10 km²) Georgia state park located near Trenton and Cooper Heights on the western edge of Lookout Mountain. One of the largest and most scenic parks in Georgia, it contains rugged geology, and offers visitors a range of vistas across the deep gorge cut through the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek, where the elevation varies from 800 to over 1,800 feet.[1] Views of the canyon can be seen from the picnic area parking lot, in addition to additional views located along the rim trail. At the bottom of the gorge, two waterfalls cascade across layers of sandstone and shale, ending in small pools below."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloudland_Canyon_State_Park

Cloudland Canyon waterfall - photo by Ronmacal at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., Public Domain
Cloudland Canyon waterfall - photo by Ronmacal at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., Public Domain
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Back of the Dragon - VA Hwy 16

There's a slideshow of aerial photos from VA Hwy 16, aka Back of the Dragon. 

Visitvirginiamountains.com has a nice slideshow of aerial shots from VA Hwy 16
Visitvirginiamountains.com has a nice slideshow of aerial shots from VA Hwy 16

 

"Thirty two miles and over three hundred curves, the Back of the Dragon is the premier riding road in the nation! Ideal for sports cars or motorcycles, this road offers the most spectacular views you can find in the Appalachians. Crossing three mountains in its course from Marion, Virginia to Tazewell, Virginia, the Back of the Dragon offers knee dragging curves, switchbacks, limited access and elevation changes that no other motorcycle route can offer." http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/BackoftheDragon/

 

Virginia Highway 16 has lots of curves between Marion and Tazewell, VA.
Virginia Highway 16 has lots of curves between Marion and Tazewell, VA.
Virginia Travel Guide

This laminated, easy to fold Virginia map is a great, quick reference tool while travelling.
This laminated, easy to fold Virginia map is a great, quick reference tool while travelling.

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Florida to the Adirondacks

 

Part 1 of our journey takes us 600 miles north to Durham, NC, home of Duke University. We'll mostly follow US 301 to Orangeburg, SC and then US 601, US 1, and US 501 with about 20 miles on I-85 near Durham. See the Google map.

In Florida, you can pickup US 301 anywhere north of Tampa. You'll have a few smaller cities, like Wildwood, Ocala, and Starke, to deal with traffic lights. There's also a lot of open space in between. In Baldwin, near I-10, you can stay on 301 or follow our route via FL 121 before connecting again with 301.

If you're familiar with US 1 along the Florida east coast, you'll be surprised to find it inland in North Carolina. You'll pass the former Nascar track, Rockingham Speedway, which is now up for auction.

Further north, Southern Pines is a quaint little town in the heart of golf country. Nearby Pinehurst is world famous. "Pinehurst No. 2, the centerpiece of Pinehurst Resort, remains one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. It has served as the site of more single golf championships than any course in America and, in 2014, hosted 14 days of championship play with back to back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships for the first time in their history."  http://www.pinehurst.com/golf/courses/no-2/

If you have the time to spend, this 600 mile ride is much more enjoyable than I-95. Leaving Durham, we're taking US 15 north thru Virginia and Maryland, into Pennsylvania. Click the button below.

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Georgia waterfall ride

Panther Creek Falls in Rabun County, Georga

"Georgia is known for having some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire country. We’re talking truly breathtaking cascades. Some people will flock all the way from out-of-state just to hike those gorgeous Georgia trails and wind up at a majestic waterfall. But did you know there’s a way to see a majority of the most alluring waterfalls in Georgia in just one trip?

 

That’s right. We have come up with the ultimate waterfall road trip. Whether you’re already making your summer bucket list, or you’re ready for a last-minute weekend getaway, we’ve found 10 of the most stunning waterfalls in all of Georgia and made a comprehensive road trip for you to use as your guide. Get this; the trip is less than 200 miles and clocks in at just above five hours travel time."

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/georgia/waterfall-road-trip-ga/

 

200 mile ride in north Georgia covers 10 waterfalls
200 mile ride in north Georgia covers 10 waterfalls

 

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Switchback on Idaho Highway 11

Switchback on Idaho highway 11 - Google maps photo
Switchback on Idaho highway 11 - Google maps photo
Idaho highway 11 has multiple switchbacks
Idaho highway 11 has multiple switchbacks

If you're looking for solitude and have an extra 4 hours, you might enjoy this 71 miles to nowhere. Then the pavement ends and dirt continues east to Riverbend, Montana and I-90.  See the map of the entire route.

 

Idaho highway 11 leads to highway 247, which becomes dirt in the middle of nowhere
Idaho highway 11 leads to highway 247, which becomes dirt in the middle of nowhere

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Virginia and Maryland on US 15

Banana split anyone?  Pa Pa Jim's on US Highway 15 - Troy, VA.
Banana split anyone? Pa Pa Jim's on US Highway 15 - Troy, VA.

Ice Cream sold here

 

There's at least 3 chances to enjoy a local ice cream shop on US Highway 15 in Virginia - Effee's Frozen Favorites in Warrenton, Pa Pa Jim's in Troy, and Dillwyn Dairy Freeze in Dillwyn are all on this ride.

US Highway 15 runs 260 miles through Virginia and Maryland, and south to Durham, NC
US Highway 15 runs 260 miles through Virginia and Maryland, and south to Durham, NC

 (Above)

Going north from Research Triangle / Raleigh / Durham area of North Carolina?  US Highway 15 takes you from Durham, NC to Harrisburg, PA about 40 miles north of the Maryland border. 

 

 

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Turn west on Main Street in Orange, VA to visit

Montpelier, home of our 4th President, James Madison.

 

"MONTPELIER was home to President James Madison, Father of the Constitution and Architect of the Bill of Rights, and Dolley Madison, America’s first "First Lady." It was here at Montpelier where James Madison shaped the ideas that would become the U.S. Constitution. For six months Madison sat in his upstairs library, where he meticulously studied past forms of governments and organized his thoughts into what he believed were the ideal principles for a representative democracy. Madison’s ideas would become the “Virginia Plan,” and later the framework for the Constitution."

https://www.montpelier.org/visit

By Aigrette - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12559450
By Aigrette - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12559450

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Michigan Upper Peninsula

Wagner Falls, Munising, MI - photo by Two Hearted River - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3015941
Wagner Falls, Munising, MI - photo by Two Hearted River - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3015941

Beautiful Wagner Falls, south of Munising earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.


800 mile ride loop around the upper peninsula of Michigan
800 mile ride loop around the upper peninsula of Michigan

See larger map with directions


Need a map?

 

UP guide book?

 

Wisconsin?

 



The Pure Michigan website has travel info for the upper peninsula
The Pure Michigan website has travel info for the upper peninsula

A few miles west of Paradise, on Michigan highway 123

Waterfalls at Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Paradise, Michigan
Waterfalls at Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Paradise, Michigan

"Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses close to 50,000 acres stretching over 13 miles. Most of this is undeveloped woodland without roads, buildings or power lines. The centerpiece of the park, and the very reason for its existence, is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls.

 

 

The Upper Falls is one the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. It has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across. A maximum flow of more than 50,000 gallons of water per second has been recorded cascading over these falls. Four miles downstream is the Lower Falls, a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island. Although not as dramatic as the Upper Falls, they are equally magnificent."

 

http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=428&type=SPRK

 


Sable Falls, Grand Marais

 

"Just past the restrooms, you’ll find a sign that directs you to ether the Grand Sable (French for “big sand”) Dunes or Sable Falls. Make a right toward the falls and you’ll arrive at a few hundred wooden stairs just waiting to carry you down to your destination. ... This was our first time to Sable Falls but I’d seen some absolutely beautiful pictures of the place, and it did not disappoint."

 

http://www.thingstodointheup.com/sablefalls/

 

Road H-58 winds along this lakeshore in the Michigan Upper Peninsula near Grand Marais
Road H-58 winds along this lakeshore in the Michigan Upper Peninsula near Grand Marais

Woodland Park Campground, Grand Marais

 

"This sandy, wooded campground overlooks a breathtaking Lake Superior beach in a stand of mixed pines and hardwoods with facilities for the entire family. Owned and operated by Burt Township, Woodland Park is a full service campground with 125 grassy sites plus group areas, fire pits, two bath houses, cable TV, wireless Internet, electric, water hook-ups, dump station, an open-air picnic gazebo, playground, basketball & tennis courts, and public phone with good paved and gravel interior roads. No pull-throughs. Open from April 15 through October 15."

http://www.grandmaraismichigan.com/camping.php


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Lake George to Lake Champlain loop

NY Hwy 9 over the Ausable River - By Mwanner - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18761306
NY Hwy 9 over the Ausable River - By Mwanner - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18761306

Ausable Chasm

 

"Explore the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks. Come visit Ausable Chasm for an assortment of adventures you will not find at any other single location in the Adirondacks. Hike, float and/or climb as you go back in time as you experience one of the oldest natural attractions in the United States (Est. 1870). Immerse yourself in a primeval Adirondack forest as you stroll past Rainbow Falls, Elephant's Head, Column Rock, Hyde's Cave and the eerie quiet of Mystic Gorge. Descend hundreds of feet to walk on natural stone walkways and gaze upon eons of geologic history etched in stone." They have cabins and a campground http://ausablechasm.com/

Ride a raft thru the gorge carved by the Ausable River at Ausable Chasm New York
Ride a raft thru the gorge carved by the Ausable River at Ausable Chasm New York

Lake Champlain from NY Highway 9 - Google maps photo
Lake Champlain from NY Highway 9 - Google maps photo

Hero's Welcome General Store was built in 1899 and run by the Trudhope family for 90 years. Restored in 1993, they have a generous assortment of trinkets, and their famous sandwiches on their deli menu

277 mile loop from Lake George, NY to Lake Champlain and Burlington, VT
277 mile loop from Lake George, NY to Lake Champlain and Burlington, VT

Enjoy this 277 mile loop when you ride the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains near Laconia, NH or Vermont 100 in the Green Mountains, or the Adirondacks in upstate New York.

 

Fort Ticonderoga

 

"Fort Ticonderoga is home to one of America’s largest collections of 18th-century military material culture.  Fort Ticonderoga's artifact collections are among the most important of their type in the world.  Preserved within the collection is 18th-century military weaponry, unique military uniforms, artworks of all types, and a vast collection of archeological artifacts recovered on site during its restoration.

 

- Weapons - Muskets, Bayonets, Pistols, Swords, Pole Arms, Artillery

The weapons collection is composed of over one thousand muskets, bayonets, pistols, swords, pole arms and cannon representing most of the major types of weapons used in the colonial wars and struggle for American Independence. The museum’s collection of 18th-century artillery is considered the largest collection of its type in the western hemisphere."  Ticket info.

http://www.fortticonderoga.org/history-and-collections/artifacts-collections

 

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Texas to Canada, 1200 miles on US 75

The Talimena Scenic Byway crosses from Arkansas into Oklahoma on east to west mountain ridges.

"Travel a short drive to the Talimena National Scenic Byway. Explore the golden valleys of a majestic byway and discover historic towns along the way. The Talimena Scenic Drive offers you more than 50 miles of the most breathtaking vistas ..."  http://www.talimenascenicdrive.com/

Do take the time to ride 89 miles east of our route in Calvin, OK and enjoy the Talimena Scenic Byway. from US 271 in Oklahoma to US 71 in Mena, Arkansas. It's similar to the Blue Ridge Parkway, with no trucks allowed and many views. 

See Google map with directions.


Dallas to Omaha - 653 miles

Dallas to Omaha - 653 miles on US Highway 75 passes the Little House on the Prairie Museum

"The Kansas prairie, with it’s open skies, seemingly endless horizon, and tall grasses waving in the wind attracted homesteaders from all over the world. 

 

When Charles P. Ingalls, his wife, Caroline Lake Quiner Ingalls, and their daughters, Mary and Laura camped on the Kansas prairie in 1869 they had no way of knowing that it would change their lives and children’s literature forever.

 

The cabin that now sits on the Little House on the Prairie Museum site was reconstructed according to Laura Ingalls' own descriptions by Brigadier General William A. Kurtis and his wife, Wilma Horton Kurtis, with the help of volunteers from the local chapter of the Jaycees from Independence in 1977."

http://www.littlehouseontheprairiemuseum.com/menu/


Omaha, Nebraska to the Canadian border - 586 miles

Omaha to the Canadian Border on US 75
Omaha to the Canadian Border on US 75

 

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

"Fort Atkinson was the first United States Army post to be established west of the Missouri River in the unorganized region of the Louisiana Purchase of the United States. Located just east of present-day Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, the fort was erected in 1819 and abandoned in 1827. The site is now known as Fort Atkinson State Historical Park and is a National Historic Landmark. A replica fort was constructed by the state at the site during the 1980s–1990s.

 

The post, which included soldiers, traders, trappers, and other frontier people, has been credited by the Nebraska State Legislature as the first town in Nebraska. Founded almost 30 years before the creation of the Nebraska Territory, Fort Atkinson had more than 1,000 residents. It included a brickyard, lime kiln, stone quarry, grist mill, saw mill, and cooper shop."

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Atkinson_%28Nebraska%29

 

Fort Atkinson, Fort Calhoun Nebraska - Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=522081
Fort Atkinson, Fort Calhoun Nebraska - Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=522081

Why Carter Lake, Iowa is located in East Omaha

Due to an 1877 shift in the Missouri River, Carter Lake, Iowa is surrounded by Nebraska
Due to an 1877 shift in the Missouri River, Carter Lake, Iowa is surrounded by Nebraska

 

"As it so often did in the 1800s, the Missouri River changed its course during an ice jam in 1877 that dug a new river channel near Saratoga Bend. When the waters shifted, a crescent-shaped body of water called Cut-Off Lake was all that remained of the river’s previous channel. Alongside the lake, which still had the Missouri River lapping into it from the east, was a small slice of land owned by Council Bluffs resident Thomas Jefferis that had been on the Iowa side of the river before the flood. ...

 

One of the plants was the Carter White Lead Works – which later evolved into Dutch Boy Paint – owned by a man named Levi Carter. The lake and the town itself assumed the name Carter Lake in 1909 after his widow donated much of their land along the shoreline to the city of Omaha. ...

 

Council Bluffs officials, however, saw Omaha’s intrusion as a brazen attempt to snatch land that rightfully belonged on their tax rolls. The ensuing legal battle over whether Iowa or Nebraska had jurisdiction over Cut-Off Island went to the Supreme Court. In its 1892 ruling, the court sided with Iowa on the basis that state lines remain the same when a river avulsed, or dramatically altered, its path in 1877. Therefore, the land had never left Iowa, despite its position on the Nebraska side of the river."

 

from the 2012 article by John Schreier,  jschreier@nonpareilonline.com

http://www.nonpareilonline.com/news/carter-lake-s-colorful-confusing-history/article_45d603ec-338f-5a45-9bb9-1843542ae556.html

 

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Michigan car museum has motorcycles

Familiar faces of Toucan and Snap, Crackle, Pop are on this building's wall not far away.
Familiar faces of Toucan and Snap, Crackle, Pop are on this building's wall not far away.

"The Gilmore Car Museum began in the early 1960s when Donald S. Gilmore began collection vintage automobiles. We know know that some of the first vehicles in his collection included 1927 Ford Model T, a 1913 Rolls Royce, a 1930 Pierce Arrow. Restoring that classic Pierce-Arrow—which is still on display at the museum—ignited a passion. ... To accommodate his collection, he acquired 90 acres of farmland in southwestern Barry County, Michigan in a small town off of Gull Lake known as Hickory Corners. He also purchased several historic barns, had them dismantled, and moved to the site—a stroke of inspiration that gives our museum its unique character. It was Genevieve who came up with the idea of turning the collection into a museum, which would allow future generations access to Donald’s one-of-a-kind collection. The Genevieve and Donald S. Gilmore established a non-profit foundation and opened the museum to the public for the first time on Sunday, July 31, 1966."

http://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/about/history-and-mission/

 

 

Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan is north of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.
Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan is north of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

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Pennsylvania 760 miles on US 6, 209, 322

Our 350 mile northern leg follows US 6.  See larger map with directions.

160 miles on mostly US 209 is next.  See larger map with directions.

250 miles along mostly US 322 returns us to the starting point near Erie, PA.  See larger map with directions.


"However, my favourite feature is the “Plan winding route” function which suits my spur-of-the-moment sense of adventure and the need to try different roads. I reckon it’s brilliant and just what many bike riders have always wanted. We don’t always head out with a clear intention of where we are going, so this is very handy for those riders."

http://motorbikewriter.com/tomtom-rider-gps-review/


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Hudson Valley from central PA on US 209

US 209 is a nice ride to the Hudson Vally north of Kingston, NY
US 209 is a nice ride to the Hudson Vally north of Kingston, NY

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300 mile loop Ventura California

California Hwy 101 north of Ventura has ocean views
California Hwy 101 north of Ventura has ocean views
CA Hwy 33 north from  Ventura begins this 312 mile route that ends with ocean views
CA Hwy 33 north from Ventura begins this 312 mile route that ends with ocean views

There's more good roads to ride a motorcycle near LA than you might think.

 

California Highway 33 has this 35 mile stretch of twisty road along our route below.  See larger map.

 

California Hwy 2 is another outstanding ride in the LA vicinity, as is Hwy 39 to Falling Springs. Check the LA County website for current road closures.

 

Mt. San Antonio (aka Mt. Baldy) is the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, 10,000 feet at the summit.

 

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These roads are all just north of Los Angeles. The Mt. San Antonio summit is just over 10,000 feet.
These roads are all just north of Los Angeles. The Mt. San Antonio summit is just over 10,000 feet.

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Central CA Yosemite and General Sherman

By Neal Parish from Oakland, CA (IMG_0794) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Neal Parish from Oakland, CA (IMG_0794) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

"General Sherman is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California. By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth. The General Sherman Tree is neither the tallest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to the Hyperion tree, a Coast redwood), nor is it the widest (both the largest cypress and largest baobab have a greater diameter), nor is it the oldest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to a Great Basin bristlecone pine). With a height of 83.8 meters (275 ft), a diameter of 7.7 m (25 ft), an estimated bole volume of 1,487 m3 (52,513 cu ft), and an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years, it is nevertheless among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Sherman_(tree)

 


400 miles in central California including Yosemite and the General Sherman tree
400 miles in central California including Yosemite and the General Sherman tree
300 miles on CA Hwy 49
300 miles on CA Hwy 49

CA Hwy 168 is fun to the Huntington Lake dam.
CA Hwy 168 is fun to the Huntington Lake dam.

 

Warning!

The road to Big Creek

is Not recommended!

 

Huntington Lake Rd (Hwy 168) is a fun ride. But the warning is that the road past the dam to Big Creek is poorly maintained, very steep with lots of granite gravel, mostly one lane on the face of a granite cliff, with no guardrails.

 

Our thanks to Ron on the Motorcycle Tourers Forum for the heads up.

Stay at Lakeview Cottages. See info.


 

Quaking Aspen Campground

 

"Located along the Western Divide Highway a quarter of a mile past the end of State Highway 190 (27 miles east of Springville).  The campground was named for the quaking aspen trees that grow in the area.  The trees are a shimmering brilliant green in the spring and deep russet-gold in the fall.  Hiking is available on the many trails near the campground. ... New for the 2015 season are furnished Yurts (canvas tents elevated on a platform)  available through reservation only."

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NY Hwy 30 Adirondacks and Catskills

The Adirondack Park is a popular outdoor destination.
NY Highway 30 takes you almost 300 miles through the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains.
NY Highway 30 takes you almost 300 miles through the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains.

New York highway 30 travels north and south through both the Catskills and the Adirondacks, nearly 300 miles to the Canadian border. Lodging is available in Malone, NY at the end of this ride.

Historic marker in Malone, NY boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder. Trip Advisor traveler photo.
Historic marker in Malone, NY boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder. Trip Advisor traveler photo.

Adirondacks map by Peter Fitzgerald, User:Jackaranga, User:Algorerhythms, User:Daniel Case, OpenStreetMap  [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.
Adirondacks map by Peter Fitzgerald, User:Jackaranga, User:Algorerhythms, User:Daniel Case, OpenStreetMap [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.

"However, my favourite feature is the “Plan winding route” function which suits my spur-of-the-moment sense of adventure and the need to try different roads. I reckon it’s brilliant and just what many bike riders have always wanted. We don’t always head out with a clear intention of where we are going, so this is very handy for those riders."

http://motorbikewriter.com/tomtom-rider-gps-review/


Map by Pfly (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Enlarged Wikipedia map shows the mountain ranges in the northeastern US.
Enlarged Wikipedia map shows the mountain ranges in the northeastern US.

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US 50 Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP

Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP - Google maps photo by Leon Dolman 2015
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP - Google maps photo by Leon Dolman 2015

I discovered Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park on the map when I was researching a trip to ride Colorado. The south rim is 7 miles north on CO Highway 347 off U.S. Highway 50, just east of Montrose, CO.

 

"Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky."

http://www.nps.gov/blca/index.htm

 

A great story by Ken Bingenheimer with photos is on Eagle Rider's forum.

http://forums.eaglerider.com/t/riding-the-black-canyon-of-the-gunnison-top-to-bottom/46

Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP is 73 miles from Silverton, CO on US 550, the Million Dollar Highway.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP is 73 miles from Silverton, CO on US 550, the Million Dollar Highway.

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Colorado Hwy 141 canyon ride

Canyon walls tower above you on Colorado Highway 141 south of Grand Junction, CO in this Google maps photo.
Canyon walls tower above you on Colorado Highway 141 south of Grand Junction, CO in this Google maps photo.

 

Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway

 

"These red-rock sandstone canyons must be Utah, right? Wrong. In far western Colorado the red rocks have slipped across the state line. And the way to get there is Colorado 141, also known as the Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway.

Turning off U.S. 50 between Grand Junction and Delta, the road first follows the Unaweep Canyon floor through the shade and coolness of cottonwoods before climbing the Unaweep Divide and dropping back into the canyon below.

At the town of Gateway the road meets the Dolores River and turns southeastward, entering a canyon where the walls soar above you and the sky is only a ribbon of blue. The road climbs, however, and soon the sky is a broad expanse and the river is now the narrow strip far below.

A little further and a pull-out with an interpretive sign beckons. Behind the sign, over the rim of the canyon, you can see the remnants of a 19th century engineering marvel: the hanging flume. A 10-mile-long wooden aqueduct built to carry water to mines, the flume was bolted to the sheer sides of the canyon hundreds of feet above the canyon floor and hundreds of feet below the canyon rim. So precise was the design that the flume drops only 90 feet over the course of 10 miles. You’ll find it hard to believe what you’re seeing with your own eyes.

Cruising on through Uravan, where uranium used in the Manhattan Project was mined, and you reach Naturita. Here, one road leads to Ouray and the other to Telluride. Either one is a good stop for the night and sets you up for some great riding tomorrow."

http://forums.eaglerider.com/t/the-five-best-rides-in-the-southwest/29

 

 

Make it a loop by crossing over into Utah and riding US 191, stopping at Arches National Park near Moab.  Shorten the route if necessary by taking CO 90 / Utah 46, heading west near Naturita, CO.

Arches National Park is on this 349 mile loop
Arches National Park is on this 349 mile loop
Here's a shorter 291 mile version of the ride
Here's a shorter 291 mile version of the ride

Riding through the canyon on Colorado Hwy 141. Google maps photo.
Riding through the canyon on Colorado Hwy 141. Google maps photo.
Western Colorado Hwy 141 has amazing canyon wall views. Google maps photo.
Western Colorado Hwy 141 has amazing canyon wall views. Google maps photo.

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Tail of the Dragon supersized 326 miles

Harley-Davidson shop on US 129- Tail of the Dragon
Harley-Davidson shop on US 129- Tail of the Dragon
Ride Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, Moonshiner 28, Wayah Road all on one 326 mile route
Ride Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, Moonshiner 28, Wayah Road all on one 326 mile route

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Making the trip to ride the Tail of the Dragon at Deal's Gap, NC ?  What about the Cherohala Skyway, Wayah Road, and Moonshiner 28. They're all here plus more on this 326 mile route. You can shorten the ride to just 217 miles by deleting the figure 8 that crosses over into SC.  If you have more time to spend, head on down to Suches, GA for more great riding.

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Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson is west of downtown Maryville, TN on US 321
Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson is west of downtown Maryville, TN on US 321
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500 miles on US 219 - VA to Buffalo, NY

US 219 runs 500 miles from Virginia to Buffalo, NY
US 219 runs 500 miles from Virginia to Buffalo, NY


The Highland Scenic Highway

"The Highland Scenic Highway, a National Forest Scenic Byway, is the highest major roadway in West Virginia and extends 43 miles from Richwood to U.S. Route 219, seven miles north of Marlinton. The Highway follows State Route 39/55 for 21 miles from Richwood to the Cranberry Mountain Visitor Center.  It then turns onto State Route 150 for the 22 mile Parkway section and rises from an elevation of 2,300 feet to over 4,500 feet.

Four scenic overlooks located along the Parkway portion of the Highway provide spectacular views of the Allegheny Highlands. Drivers, however, don’t have to wait until they get to an overlook to enjoy the continual beauty along the Highway.  Each stretch of road offers breathtaking scenery, intriguing perspectives, and incomparable glimpses. The heart-stopping dips take your breath away." 

http://www.pocahontascountywv.com/highland_scenic_highway.aspx

 

"West Virginia Route 150 is a 22.5-mile long north–south scenic state highway in the Marlinton and Gauley Ranger Districts of the Monongahela National Forest in southeast West Virginia. The southern terminus of the route is at West Virginia Route 39 and West Virginia Route 55 northwest of Mill Point. The northern terminus is at U.S. Route 219 and WV 55 north of Edray, near Marlinton."

"WV 150 is designated as the parkway portion of the Highland Scenic Highway. Dedicated in 1980, the road is specially designed to be a scenic byway with a meandering course along mountain ridges that reach an elevation of 4,545 feet (1,385 m).[2] Due to these geographical conditions, the road is not maintained in the winter months. (Access is not prevented during the winter, however.) Furthermore, commercial traffic is prohibited and the speed limit is 45 miles per hour (72 km/h)."

"The parkway section provides several scenic overlooks of Cranberry Glades and the Cranberry Wilderness to the west and of the Ridge-and-valley Appalachians to the east, from numerous points along the Allegheny Front. The overlook at Black Mountain also provides an educational boardwalk that explains the irresponsible timbering practices that led to a destructive forest fire that left the area barren for decades."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Virginia_Route_150

WV Highland Scenic Highway
WV Highland Scenic Highway
WV Tea Creek Campground is located a mile north of the Highland Scenic Highway SR 150

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Motorcycle Museum in Hudson Valley

"NEWBURGH, N.Y. — When it comes to assessing the motivations of a motorcycle collector, it is never clear exactly where to draw the line between a hobby and an obsession.

  

But it seems quite likely that Gerald A. Doering has crossed it.

 

Evidence to support that conclusion is spread over the 85,000 square feet of Motorcyclepedia, an expansive museum that Mr. Doering, 84, opened this year with his son, Ted, 62. The eclectic collection, assembled over several decades and comprising more than 400 motorcycles, occupies two floors of a former lumber warehouse and showroom in this careworn Hudson River city 65 miles north of Manhattan.

  

Mr. Doering’s interest in two-wheel vehicles took off with his first motorcycle, a 1929 Indian Scout that he bought locally in 1947."  See the full article at

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/automobiles/this-familys-attic-is-full-of-motorcycles.html?_r=0

 

Motorcyclepedia Museum has over 500 motorcycles on display 65 miles north of New York City
Motorcyclepedia Museum has over 500 motorcycles on display 65 miles north of New York City

"However, my favourite feature is the “Plan winding route” function which suits my spur-of-the-moment sense of adventure and the need to try different roads. I reckon it’s brilliant and just what many bike riders have always wanted. We don’t always head out with a clear intention of where we are going, so this is very handy for those riders."

http://motorbikewriter.com/tomtom-rider-gps-review/


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1100 miles to Yellowstone NP on US 191

Ride US Hwy 191 from I-10 in Wilcox, AZ to Arches NP and Yellowstone NP
Ride US Hwy 191 from I-10 in Wilcox, AZ to Arches NP and Yellowstone NP

 

Maybe you already knew about Arches National Park in eastern Utah, the grandeur of the Grand Tetons, and the vast geyser fields of Yellowstone.  But did you know US Hwy 191 connects them all to Willcox, Arizona via the Coronado Trail Scenic Byway

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument was established on April 1, 1931 as a unit of theNational Park Service. It is located in northeastern Arizona within the boundaries of the Navajo nation. Reflecting one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America, it preserves ruins of the early indigenous tribes that lived in the area, including the ancient Pueblo peoples (also called Anasazi) and Navajo. The monument covers 83,840 acres and encompasses the floors and rims of the three major canyons: de Chelly, del Muerto, and Monument. These canyons were cut by streams with headwaters in the Chuska mountains just to the east of the monument. None of the land is federally owned. In 2009 Canyon de Chelly National Monument was recognized as one of the most-visited national monuments in the United States.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canyon_de_Chelly_National_Monument

 

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Fly and ride on your own bike

Ship your bike to your ride destination. 2016 spring specials at www.haulbikes.com
Ship your bike to your ride destination. 2016 spring specials at www.haulbikes.com

 

Do you live in Seattle and don't have time to ride your bike to Florida? Do you live in Boston and want to ride Arizona or the Texas Hill Country, but only have 1 week vacation time?  Haulbikes will ship your beloved bike so you don't have to rent one. I've rented bikes four times and I'm always glad to get home and back on my own ride. A 4-day rental is typically around $800 all in, so if your time is short you can afford to ride your bike with Haulbikes.

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Arizona US Highway 191

Arizona US Hwy 191 aka Coronado Trail - Google Maps photo by MAL10578 May 2010
Arizona US Hwy 191 aka Coronado Trail - Google Maps photo by MAL10578 May 2010

 

Head east from Phoenix, AZ on a 3 or 4 day adventure shown on the map below riding eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Included on this ride are the City of Rocks State Park and Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in southern NM, and a twisty section of US Highway 191 as shown in the photo.

 

US 191 has some lodging options in Alpine, AZ in the north as well as the small Granville Campground north of Morenci. Here's the Google map for this multi-day ride.

Granville Campground on Arizona US Highway 191 - Google Maps photo by Steve King
Granville Campground on Arizona US Highway 191 - Google Maps photo by Steve King
859 mile ride in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Click the map to see it in Google Maps.
859 mile ride in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Click the map to see it in Google Maps.
Climate data for Silver City, New Mexico from Wikipedia
Climate data for Silver City, New Mexico from Wikipedia

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New Mexico City of Rocks State Park

Campsites are nestled among huge boulders in this unusual park
Campsites are nestled among huge boulders in this unusual park

"From a distance the City of Rocks does indeed resemble a city rising unexpectedly from the desert. As you get closer, you see that the "city" is actually made up of boulders of all shapes and sizes, many larger than a building."

 

"Campsites and picnic areas are scattered among the boulders, making this a great place to spend a day, or a week, wandering through the maze of pathways, hiking several trails, or just relaxing under a shade tree."

 

http://www.focusnewmexico.com/places/rocks.htm

 

Here's the location on Google Maps

859 mile ride in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Click the map to see it in Google Maps.
859 mile ride in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Click the map to see it in Google Maps.

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Ozark Moonshine Run

Tony Taylor and I made a trip to the Ozarks in 2013. Tony rode over from Virginia while I flew into NW Arkansas on Allegiant and rented a Harley Road Glide at Pig Trail Harley-Davidson in Rogers, Arkansas. We didn't take the entire route below, but did ride Hwy 7 from Harrison to Hot Springs. We also rode Hwy 43 to Ponca, which I highly recommend.

The 2013 Harley Road Glide was a comfortable ride for my 6'7" frame.
The 2013 Harley Road Glide was a comfortable ride for my 6'7" frame.
Arkansas Hwy 7 was a great ride.
Arkansas Hwy 7 was a great ride.

See the Moonshine Run map at http://www.harrisonarkansas.org/

Ozark Mountain Ride - Moonshine Run
Ozark Mountain Ride - Moonshine Run


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Texas Hill Country

Hillcountrycruisin.com has loads of info for riding the Texas Hill Country.
Hillcountrycruisin.com has loads of info for riding the Texas Hill Country.

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Everglades National Park

 

"The Everglades National Park covers more than 1.5 million acres in South Florida. While most of the park is remote and inaccessible, there are plenty of spots within a few minutes of Miami and Naples, where you can get a feel for the “River of Grass”.

 

"Your first decision in visiting the Everglades is which entrance to use; there are three and they are hours apart from each other. If you want the opportunity to observe the heart of the everglades you can either enter through Shark Valley in Miami or the Main Entrance of the Park in Homestead. However, if you are looking to explore the Gulf Coast, then you should plan to take a boat trip at the Gulf Coast in Everglades City."

 

"At Everglades City the Gulf Coast Visitor Center is the park's western saltwater getaway. Narrated boat tours explore pristine Ten Thousand Islands and coastal mangrove. At Shark Valley the wildlife-viewing tram tour through sawgrass prairie includes a stop at a 65-foot tower for spectacular views."

 

http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm

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New England fly and ride

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Manchester, NH is 50 miles south of Laconia, and 95 miles to the Kancamagus Scenic Byway in Conway. EagleRider is just 4 miles from the airport and rents Harley, Honda, Indian, Victory and more. The Killington Classic event in August is just 2 hours from the airport. Consider riding western Massachusetts and eastern NY also. The Ben and Jerry's factory in Waterbury, VT is 75 miles west of the Kancamagus Byway, which ends in Lincoln.

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Florida, Western Massachusetts

Photo by Jozef Nagy - self-made, CC BY 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16245491
Photo by Jozef Nagy - self-made, CC BY 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16245491

 

If you never make it to Daytona Beach, perhaps you can still ride to Florida. About 50 miles east of Albany NY is the small town of Florida, MA (2010 population 752). It's also not far south of Vermont Hwy 100.

 

Florida Massachusetts is about 50 miles east of Albany, NY. It's not far from Vermont Hwy 100.
Florida Massachusetts is about 50 miles east of Albany, NY. It's not far from Vermont Hwy 100.

 

"Florida is located near the highest points of the Hoosac Range, which runs through the western part of town. There are several rivers and brooks, most of which lead to the Deerfield River, which forms much of the eastern border and flows to the Connecticut River. The town includes parts of three state forests - Monroe State Forest in the northeast, Savoy Mountain State Forest in the south, and Mohawk Trail State Forest in the southeast. The highest elevation in the town is 2,830 feet (860 m) above sea level, on an unnamed hill northwest of Crum Hill in the neighboring town of Monroe."

 

"Massachusetts Route 2, the Mohawk Trail, runs from the southeast of town northwest across the center of town, passing over Whitcomb Summit, the highest point along the trail. At Whitcomb Summit is an observation tower, as well as a monument to the Elks Club, whose members helped modernize the trails and worked on the Hoosac Tunnel. Just west of the town line is the West Summit, which offers spectacular views of the Hoosic River valley and the Taconic Range further west. There are no other state routes through town, and the nearest interstate highway is Interstate 91 to the east."

 

"The 4.75-mile-long (7.64 km) Hoosac Tunnel carries the railway under the town, and as such has no stops in town. The nearest regional bus service can be found in North Adams, as can the nearest regional airport, Harriman-and-West Airport. The nearest airport with national flights is Albany International Airport."  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida,_Massachusetts

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Pine Creek Gorge - Central PA

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon - by Snottywong - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13425854
Pennsylvania Grand Canyon - by Snottywong - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13425854

 

Thanks to Jim Billman of Reading, PA for for this ride tip.

 

"Pine Creek Gorge, sometimes called The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, is a 47-mile (76 km) gorge carved by Pine Creek in Pennsylvania. It sits in about 160,000 acres (650 km2) of the Tioga State Forest. The canyon begins south of Ansonia, near Wellsboro, along U.S. Route 6 and continues south. Its deepest point is 1,450 feet (440 m) at Waterville, near the southern end. At Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks, it is more than 800 feet (240 m) deep and the distance rim-to-rim is about 4,000 feet (1,200 m)."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Creek_Gorge

 

See the original photo at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Creek_Gorge#/media/File:PA-grandcanyon-autumn.JPG

The gorge is about 60 miles NE of State College, PA - Just 200 miles from Philly or Pittsburgh
The gorge is about 60 miles NE of State College, PA - Just 200 miles from Philly or Pittsburgh

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New England Riders

View from the top of the Kancamangus Hwy in New Hampshire. Google maps photo.
View from the top of the Kancamangus Hwy in New Hampshire. Google maps photo.

New England Riders website has a best rides page with awesome maps, a travel articles page, restaurants, and things to do. We'll be spending a week this summer riding the Adirondacks, Vermont, and New Hampshire. The following week is dedicated to Maine. We'll be posting our best photos, so stay tuned. Better yet, plan your own New England ride.

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Spot Trace - gear tracking

 

$99 street price plus $99 annual service fee.

http://www.findmespot.com/

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Minnesota Arrowhead Rides

"Northeast Minnesota, often referred to as "the Arrowhead" on account of its shape, is blessed with pristine wilderness, the magnificent Lake Superior, rivers, waterfalls and spectacular scenery. Miles of paved roads lead motorcyclists along the spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the Iron Range, the inland port of Duluth, Voyageurs National Park, and thousands of acres of national forests."

http://www.exploreminnesota.com/where-to-go/northeast/ride-the-arrowhead/

 

"Beginning at Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive is a journey through an unspoiled wilderness that kisses the sweeping shoreline of the world's largest freshwater lake. The breathtaking cliffs and beaches of Lake Superior's beautiful North Shore are bordered by the Sawtooth Mountains and thousands of acres of pine, aspen and birch trees. Rivers and streams make their rocky way to the lake, forging dazzling waterfalls along the way. Lighthouses recall the awesome power of the mighty lake, and dozens of trails allow visitors to experience the North Shore's natural beauty up close. Friendly communities are home to cultural and historic museums and exhibits, as well as unique shopping, dining and lodging. You may wish to drive slowly and stop often, as the North Shore Scenic Drive reaches its destination at Grand Portage all too soon!  Distance: 142 miles  Travel Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes"

http://www.superiorbyways.com/routes/north-shore-scenic-drive

 

Here's a whole page listing Minnesota's various scenic byways.

VisitCookCounty.com shows all the scenic byways in Minnesota. Cook County is upper right.
VisitCookCounty.com shows all the scenic byways in Minnesota. Cook County is upper right.

 

Lots of Minnesota Travel Guides are available. http://www.exploreminnesota.com/publications-order-form.aspx

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Across Washington State on Hwy 20

Washington State Hwy 20 crosses the Cascade Range. Google Photo by Shirley Beers 2012
Washington State Hwy 20 crosses the Cascade Range. Google Photo by Shirley Beers 2012

 

This loop beginning and ending in Kettle Falls, WA includes the Sherman Pass Scenic Byway, Coulee Dam, and breathtaking scenery. WA 25 follows the Columbia River northward.

Coulee Dam loop. Click the map to enlarge it.
Coulee Dam loop. Click the map to enlarge it.
Coulee Dam on WA Hwy 155 crossing the Columbia River - Google maps photo by Mike McDonald
Coulee Dam on WA Hwy 155 crossing the Columbia River - Google maps photo by Mike McDonald
Washington Hwy 20 is a scenic ride crossing nearly the entire state. Click the map to enlarge it.
Washington Hwy 20 is a scenic ride crossing nearly the entire state. Click the map to enlarge it.

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Ride almost the entire width of Washington State on Hwy 20. Use the ferry to cross over to Port Townsend, at the western end.

Diablo Lake on Washington Hwy 20 - Google photo by Mike Conlan 2012
Diablo Lake on Washington Hwy 20 - Google photo by Mike Conlan 2012

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Wyoming highways - US 14 and US 16

Awesome view on Wyoming US16 - Google maps photo by DieselDucy 2008
Awesome view on Wyoming US16 - Google maps photo by DieselDucy 2008

 

East of Yellowstone National Park, I-90 and I-25 offer a 200 mile detour on US 16 and US 14, crossing the Bighorn Mountain Range twice. If it's flat roads and wide open spaces you seek, try US14/16 east thru Clearmont and on to Gillette.

 

Highway sign shows US Highway 14 and 14A near Cody Wyoming. There's more to ride in these mountains besides the Beartooth.
Highway sign shows US Highway 14 and 14A near Cody Wyoming. There's more to ride in these mountains besides the Beartooth.

Bighorn Scenic Byway

 

"A 58-mile paved highway over the crest of the Big Horn Mountains, the byway winds past thick forest, lush meadows, waterfalls, and deep canyons. Stretching from the Powder River Basin to the Big Horn Basin, the Big Horn Byway follows US 14 from the west outside Greybull. ...

On the western end of the Big Horn Scenic Byway, Shell Creek Canyon and Shell Falls create some of the most spectacular scenery along the route. The 120-foot plunge of Shell Falls is accompanied by nature trails and interpretive signs. The site is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily from mid-May through mid-September."

https://www.wyomingtourism.org/things-to-do/detail/Bighorn-Scenic-Byway/7035

 

Shell Falls

 

1 mile northeast of Shell, Wyoming, on U.S. Highway 14. Elevation is 6,400.  Shell Creek tumbles down steeply pitched granite and then is soothed and gentled downstream into a quietly running creek. Visit with our world-famous singing interpreters at the visitor center located at the Shell Falls Overlook. Restroom facilities available.  Adequate parking facilities make it easy to safely pull off the mountain highway. For tour buses, please call in advance at 307-548-6541.  Open season is late May through mid-September, weather dependent.

https://www.wyomingtourism.org/

 

A 58-mile paved highway over the crest of the Big Horn Mountains, the byway winds past thick forest, lush meadows, waterfalls, and deep canyons. Stretching from the Powder River Basin to the Big Horn Basin, the Big Horn Byway follows US 14 from the west outside Greybull.

Driving time on each Byway depends on the interests of the visitor and time of the year. Stopping to enjoy the outstanding scenery, the many points of interest, or adventures such as fishing and camping can extend travel time by several hours or even days.

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On the western end of the Big Horn Scenic Byway, Shell Creek Canyon and Shell Falls create some of the most spectacular scenery along the route. The 120-foot plunge of Shell Falls is accompanied by nature trails and interpretive signs. The site is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily from mid-May through mid-September.

- See more at: https://www.wyomingtourism.org/things-to-do/detail/Bighorn-Scenic-Byway/7035#sthash.zSiP2FO2.dpuf
Cross the Bighorn Mountains twice on this 200 mile detour on US 14 & US 16 in northern Wyoming, east of Yellowstone NP.  Click the map to see the Google map with directions.
Cross the Bighorn Mountains twice on this 200 mile detour on US 14 & US 16 in northern Wyoming, east of Yellowstone NP. Click the map to see the Google map with directions.

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Chief Joseph Scenic Byway - Wyoming

Red Bluffs on Chief Joseph Scenic Byway - Google maps photo by Joe Erickson 2011
Red Bluffs on Chief Joseph Scenic Byway - Google maps photo by Joe Erickson 2011
Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (Wyoming Hwy 296) - Google maps photo by Globe Spinner 2009
Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (Wyoming Hwy 296) - Google maps photo by Globe Spinner 2009

 

Chief Joseph Scenic Byway intersects with the more famous Beartooth Hwy in northern Wyoming. Both are noteworthy rides.

 

"The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Wyoming 296, links the town of Cody with the Beartooth Highway and the Northeast Gate of Yellowstone National Park. The route crosses the Shoshone National Forest through the Absaroka Mountains to the Clarks Fork Valley. The 47 paved miles of the Scenic Byway run from the junction with U.S. 120, 17 miles north of Cody, northwest to their connection with U.S. 212, the Beartooth Highway."

 

"The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway is named after the Native American chief of the Nez Perce Tribe. Following the Battle of the Big Hole in Idaho in 1877, Chief Joseph fled east through Yellowstone. He and 1,000 members of his tribe ran from the US Cavalry, who were trying to force the tribe onto a reservation so that white ranchers could have their lands. While crossing Yellowstone, the Nez Perce briefly captured several tourists before going north up the Clarks Fork River. The Nez Perce were trying to flee to Canada (an 1,800 mile trek), but surrendered after the six-day Battle of the Bear Paw in northeastern Montana. The tribe was stopped only 30 miles from their destination, the Canadian border."

 

https://www.wyomingtourism.org/things-to-do/detail/Chief-Joseph-Scenic-Byway/7333

 

 

The Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Wyoming 296, links the town of Cody with the Beartooth Highway and the Northeast Gate of Yellowstone National Park. The route crosses the Shoshone National Forest through the Absaroka Mountains to the Clarks Fork Valley. The 47 paved miles of the Scenic Byway run from the junction with U.S. 120, 17 miles north of Cody, northwest to their connection with U.S. 212, the Beartooth Highway. - See more at: https://www.wyomingtourism.org/things-to-do/detail/Chief-Joseph-Scenic-Byway/7333#sthash.kX33Kk9T.dpuf
Chief Joseph Byway intersects the famous "Beartooth Highway" that crosses the Montana / Wyoming border near Yellowstone NP. Google maps calls it Dead Indian Hill Rd. It leads to Hwy 120  near Cody.
Chief Joseph Byway intersects the famous "Beartooth Highway" that crosses the Montana / Wyoming border near Yellowstone NP. Google maps calls it Dead Indian Hill Rd. It leads to Hwy 120 near Cody.

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Bison + world's largest mineral hot spring

Travertine formation at Thermopolis, WY - Google maps photo by stargazerherman
Travertine formation at Thermopolis, WY - Google maps photo by stargazerherman

 

Wyoming is full of surprises! They claim to have the world's largest mineral hot spring at Thermopolis' Hot Springs State Park.

"Over colorful terraces along the Big Horn River at Thermopolis flows water from mineral hot springs. More than 8,000 gallons flow over the terrace every 24 hours at a constant temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The park has a free bath house where the water is maintained at 104 degrees for therapeudic bathing. Hot Springs has 6.2 miles of universally accessible trails and hiking trails. It is a full-service park with comfort stations, a Volksmarch trail, fishing, and a couple of boat docks. One of the reservable group picnic shelters is located here. Hot Springs is a day-use park.

     The Hot Springs State Park bison herd is the central herd for the Wyoming State Parks. During the late fall and winter months, the park bison are fed a daily supplement to insure good health. This feeding usually occurs at 8:30 a.m., giving the off-season visitor the unique opportunity to view the "Monarch of the Plains," up close. Please remember that bison should be viewed ONLY while you remain in your vehicle.

     The suspension foot bridge across the Bighorn River is commonly called "The Swinging Bridge." The bridge is a unique vantage point from which to view the Bighorn River and mineral terrace. Hot Springs State Park has long been known for its beautiful summer flower gardens. Make a point of bringing your camera with you, and capture the exciting splash of color all summer..."

http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/Site/SiteInfo.aspx?siteID=9

Hot Springs State Park is about 150 miles south of Red Lodge, Montana and the "Beartooth Highway".  Jackson, WY and Teton National Park are to the west, and Yellowstone is just north from the Tetons.

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T-Rex watches you dine at WWCC

T-Rex watching over diners at the T-Rex Grill, Western Wyoming Community College
T-Rex watching over diners at the T-Rex Grill, Western Wyoming Community College

"Western Wyoming Community College is home to five life sized dinosaur displays. They are the largest easily accessible collection of dinosaurs along I-80 from Chicago to San Francisco. In-order to bring Wyoming dinosaurs back to Wyoming, a fund raising project began in 1989 to collect and display specimens native to Wyoming from throughout the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of the Mesozoic Era. The dinosaurs on display are:

 

  • Camptosaurus near the bookstore which was originally found in the fossil dinosaur beds at Como Bluff, east of Rawlins Wyoming in 1879.
  • The giant Plesiosaur which lines the hall way leading to Mitchell's Dining Hall.
  • Stegosaurus is one of the first dinosaurs found in Wyoming in 1878 at Como Bluff east of Rawlins.
  • Triceratops was discovered in eastern Wyoming near Lance Creek in 1889.
  • The mighty Tyrannosaurus watches over the diners at the T-Rex Grill.

 

All the dinosaur displays are free and open to the public whenever the college is open."  https://www.westernwyoming.edu/about/visit/dinosaurs.html

 

WWCC is in southwest Wyoming, 1/2 mile off I-80, only 128 miles north of another dinosaur fossil exhibit - Quarry Exhibit Hall at Dinosaur National Monument near Jensen, Utah.

Flaming River Gorge NRA. Google Maps has some nice photos taken from UT Hwy 44.
Flaming River Gorge NRA. Google Maps has some nice photos taken from UT Hwy 44.
Flaming Gorge NRA. Hwy 44 has great views near Red Canyon, Utah. Google maps photo by gosi7.
Flaming Gorge NRA. Hwy 44 has great views near Red Canyon, Utah. Google maps photo by gosi7.
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GasBuddy.com gas price chart & map

GasBuddy.com has this interactive chart that lets you compare gas prices in 3 cities or the US average. A nice tool for cost estimating if you're about to travel. Select locations with the blue, red, and green drop boxes and select the length of time you want to display - from 1 month to multiple years.

 

The zoomable price map (below) shows a broader view for the US.

GasBuddy.com shows gas prices by geographic region, as well as state or local levels
GasBuddy.com shows gas prices by geographic region, as well as state or local levels
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Port Townsend, Washington

Ride US Highway 101 north along the Olympic Peninsula, then head east to WA Hwy 20 and north to Port Washington. See larger map.

Port Townsend is at the Northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Click on the map to enlarge it.
Port Townsend is at the Northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Click on the map to enlarge it.

 

"Perched at the northeast tip of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend is a magical combination of land and sea, with panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as well as the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges." http://enjoypt.com/find/

The Northwest Maritime Center has some of the best harbor views to complement their displays. The center hosts many events, including the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, the country's largest gathering of wooden boat enthusiasts. Nearby Fort Worden State Park is where the 1982 movie "An Officer and a Gentleman" was filmed.

 

"Fort Worden Historical State Park is a 434-acre multi-use park with over two miles of saltwater shoreline and a wide variety of services and facilities. The park rests on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound. Many historic buildings remain at this 19th century military fort."

http://parks.state.wa.us/511/Fort-Worden

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