Some popular and highly recommended scenic motorcycle routes include the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) between Astoria, Oregon, and San Juan Capistrano, California; the River Road (FM 170) between Terlingua and Candelaria, Texas; and the Great River Road (Highway 61) between Itasca State Park, Minnesota and Jackson, Louisiana. These routes vary in length, with the Great River Road stretching for 2,552 miles and the River Road being just 120 miles. The Pacific Coast Highway is approximately 1,700 miles in length.
The scenery of the Pacific Coast Highway includes the beaches and cliffs to one side and redwood forests to the other. Some of the recommended stops along the way include Olympic Peninsula, Big Sur, Hearst Castle, Malibu, Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego.
The River Road, which cuts a path through the Chihuahuan Desert features badlands, canyons and mountains, along with a 17-mile off-road section into the Valley of the Gods. This scenic route also takes motorcyclists by ferry across the Rio Grande.
The Great River Road is a route through the 10 states of the Mississippi River, beginning with the headwaters and heading to the mouth in Louisiana. Among the scenic highlights are cypress swamps, overgrown forests and conservation sites, as well as limestone cliffs and open meadows.