5) Yosemite National Park
Riding Destinations When you think of “all-American riding destinations,” you might think of a historic American landmark or monument of some sort. But while most of those kinds of destinations are on the East Coast, the American West has a different kind of all-American destination, and what it lacks in history, it makes up for in picturesque landscapes that are the pride of the nation – like Yosemite National Park.
The heart of Yosemite, and what everyone goes to see, is the valley floor – a gorgeous swatch of landscape that runs along between two towering walls of granite, one of which is home to the iconic “half-dome” and several 1000-foot waterfalls. Best of all, there’s great riding and beautiful scenery all over Yosemite, with a number of different routes to get in and out of the park – you can just pick one and get a great motorcycle ride (but try to avoid the traffic!)
4) The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic American destinations, well-known not only to Americans, but to people all over the world. It is known for it’s immense size and breathtaking beauty, and a year-round attraction to people from all over the country and the globe.
The entire Canyon is a massive 277 miles long, varies between 4 and 18 miles wide, and up to a mile deep, and is an estimated 6 million years old! Experiencing the Grand Canyon itself is a life-changing experience, but luckily, there is also great motorcycle riding all over the area as well; any trip here is sure to be a rewarding one, it’s very doable as it’s within hours of Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. The Grand Canyon is a gem on the landscape of the American West that will make you proud to call this beautiful land home!
3) U.S. Capitol Tour
For sheer richness of historic and patriotic destinations, no other destination on this list tops the U.S. Capitol – unfortunately, no other destination tops it in terms of traffic, security, and the general complications of navigating the area on a bike, either. Should you venture to Washington D.C. by motorcycle, you’re bound to have a frustrating ride there.
But your patience will be rewarded with an unmatched abundance of national monuments and landmarks in close proximity to each other; beautiful, historic, and awe-inspiring locations like the Lincoln Memorial, the Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Washington Monument – all must-see sights for every American. (Depending on your political views, you may or may not find the nearby White House and Capitol building to be inspiring sights to see too!)
2) Gettysburg Battlefield
The bloodiest battle in the deadliest war in American history, the Battle of Gettysburg took between 46,000 and 51,000 American lives in only three days. It marked a turning point in the Civil War for multiple reasons; not only because it marked a strategic shift as the Union army finally began to gain momentum against the Confederacy, but because the catastrophic loss of life in that battle made it clear to both sides that this war was going to be much harder-fought than either had anticipated.
Today, Gettysburg is home to a national park that encompasses the battlefield, and it’s beautiful open plains and treelines that were once the site of some of the worst carnage in U.S. military history. Gettysburg is a somber destination to visit, but is actually very motorcycle-friendly – there is good riding on the roads around the park, and you can actually ride the nicely paved roads through the battlefield itself too. A number of motorcycle-friendly restaurants and bars line the surrounding roads, and Battlefield Harley-Davidson is nearby should something happen to rattle off your bike.
If you make it out for the 4th of July, you’ll catch Civil War reenactments taking place, complete with demonstrations of field maneuvers and weapons!
1) Mt. Rushmore
In our collection of patriotic American rides to go on, we’ve got some destinations with historic significance, and some with just immense natural beauty – but riding to Mt. Rushmore is unique in that it is both.
Set in the beautiful landscape of the Black Hills region of South Dakota, Mt. Rushmore is a manmade national monument of four Presidents – Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt, and Lincoln – built from 1927 to 1941 that also happens to be smack dab in the middle of some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. Mt. Rushmore is situated in the Custer State Park, a national park named after the famous Lt. Col. who led his ill-fated charge during the American Indian Wars, and is known for not only its beautiful valleys and mountains, but to a free-roaming herd of over 1500 buffalo that call the park home.
But the American Indian War history doesn’t stop there; just west of the park and Mt. Rushmore is the Crazy Horse Memorial, a massive sculpture of the well-known Lakota chief who battled against U.S. troops in the same time period. The memorial is still under construction, which has been halted due to a lack of funds, but when finished will actually be the world’s largest sculpture!
Overall the area makes for some absolutely amazing riding, and to top it all off, the winding roads in the Black Hills are not only fun to ride, but are exceptionally well maintained. The whole area is full of history, and a motorcycle riders dream! Click Here…