What are some scenic routes to take when riding a motorcycle?


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Some scenic motorcycle routes include the Pacific Coast Highway, the Appalachian Mountains and Beartooth Pass. These scenic routes offer unparalleled views and notable attractions in various locations throughout the United States.

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Running from Northern Oregon to Southern California, the Pacific Coast Highway spans 1,700 miles, making it one of the longest scenic highways in the United States. Winding parallel to the Pacific Coast, this route presents the forests of the Pacific Northwest and the cliffs and beaches of California. The Pacific Coast Highway also passes through landmarks such as Big Sur and the Olympic Peninsula.

The Appalachian Mountains route runs nearly 800 miles from Virginia to North Carolina. In Virginia, the highway runs alongside the Shenandoah National Park then heads east on the Cherohala Skyway into the Tennessee backcountry. The Appalachian Mountains route also includes the world-renowned Tail of the Dragon, an 11-mile stretch of serpentine highway that boasts 318 curves along the way. The path is known for its Tree of Shame, a tree decorated with bike parts that memorializes bikers who have crashed on the trail.

Wyoming’s Beartooth Pass is a rugged route with few guardrails and scenery ranging from mountains and forests to rivers and tundra. The route frequently changes elevation, containing plenty of steep drops and inclines. This popular route commonly features an equal number of cars and motorcycles on the road.

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