Planning your next big motorcycle trip for the summer, and wondering where to go? You’re in luck. The American Motorcyclist Association has compiled a list of what they consider to be the fifteen best in America. The list was based upon online voting by AMA members.
The list has provided some fun and controversy amongst both the motorcycle accident lawyers and staff here at Riderz Law, most of whom have been riding around the country for years (or in some cases, decades). We expect our readers to have a similar reaction. Tell us what you think of the list, or send us your own list!
So without further yapping on my part, here are the AMA’s Top 15 roads in America:
15. Washington Route 129 and Oregon Route 3, Clarkston, WA, to Enterprise, OR.
14. Ohio Route 170, Calcutta to Poland.
13. California Route 58, McKittrick (Kern County) to Santa Margarita ( San Luis Obispo County).
12. U.S. Route 33, Harrisonburg, VA., to Seneca Rocks, WV.
11. Natchez Trace, from Natchez, Miss., to Nashville, TN.
10. Angeles Crest Highway, California Route 2.
[This in northern Los Angeles County, but you’d never know it. The ride is amazing, but is not as scenic since the widespread fires a few years back.]
9. U.S. Route 12, Lolo Pass, ID and MT.
8. California Route 36.
[ Goes from the 101 in Humboldt County to the 395 in Lassen County, including going through Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lake Almanor.]
7. Cherohala Skyway, North Carolina and Tennessee.
6. Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park, MT.
5. California Route 1, the “Pacific Coast Highway.”
[We agree that parts of this ride are amazing. Other parts — i.e., from Ventura pretty much all the way to San Diego, don’t compare.]
4. U.S. Route 550, from Ouray to Durango, CO.
3. U.S. Route 129 — aka “The Tail of the Dragon” — on the North Carolina-Tennessee border.
2. Blue Ridge Parkway, NC.
1. Beartooth Highway, MT and WY.
To read the rest of the article, as well as some “honorable mentions,” check out the April issue of American Motorcyclist Magazine, available exclusively to AMA members. For membership information, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com.