Embarking on a motorcycle vacation in the United States is an experience that blends the thrill of riding with the breathtaking landscapes and iconic landmarks that dot the country. From the scenic coastal routes to the winding mountain passes, the USA offers an unparalleled diversity of terrains and destinations for motorcycle enthusiasts. In this review, we will explore a captivating 3000-mile journey across the country, highlighting the must-see landmarks and unforgettable moments along the way.
Our adventure begins on the mesmerizing Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in California. With its dramatic coastal cliffs, stunning ocean vistas, and charming seaside towns, this iconic road stretches from Dana Point to Leggett. As you cruise along the PCH, be sure to make stops at Santa Barbara, Big Sur, and the famous Bixby Bridge. The roaring waves crashing against the rugged coastline create an awe-inspiring backdrop that will leave you breathless.
Grand Canyon National Park
Leaving the West Coast behind, we venture into the heart of Arizona to witness the grandeur of the Grand Canyon National Park. Words fail to capture the sheer magnitude and natural beauty of this geological wonder. Riding along the South Rim, you’ll be greeted by an expansive panorama that reveals layers of red and orange rock, carved over millions of years by the mighty Colorado River. Don’t miss the opportunity to ride to Desert View and catch a glimpse of the canyon’s vastness at sunset.
There’s an outdoor pool and indoor/outdoor hot tubs. A garden atrium has a seasonal lounge, and there’s a buffet restaurant and a gift shop. Parking is free, as is shuttle service to the Grand Canyon (seasonal) and airport (year-round).
Continuing eastward, we find ourselves in the iconic Monument Valley, situated on the Arizona-Utah border. This cinematic landscape, characterized by towering sandstone buttes and mesas, has served as the backdrop for countless Western films. Riding through the valley, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a classic John Wayne movie. Be sure to take a guided tour or venture along the Valley Drive to fully immerse yourself in its captivating beauty.
Enjoy the stunning southwestern sights of Monument Valley at Goulding’s Lodge – the area’s premier lodging and recreation destination. Whether you choose the lodge or RV park and campgrounds, expect endless views with resort-style amenities. But Goulding’s is so much more than just a place to rest. Feast on authentic southwestern and Navajo flavors in the Stagecoach Dining Room. Relax and rejuvenate in the indoor pool or on the sun deck
No motorcycle adventure in the USA would be complete without experiencing the majestic Rocky Mountains. As you traverse the breathtaking mountain passes of Colorado, you’ll witness an ever-changing landscape of snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and crystal-clear alpine lakes. The famous Million Dollar Highway, a thrilling stretch of Route 550 from Durango to Ouray, offers heart-stopping twists and turns, rewarding you with unparalleled views at every corner.
Heading north to South Dakota, we arrive at the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Carved into the granite face of the Black Hills, this monumental sculpture showcases the faces of four influential American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Riding through the Black Hills National Forest and catching a glimpse of this awe-inspiring tribute to American history is an experience that will stay with you forever.
Unassuming rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add living rooms and balconies; upgraded suites feature whirlpool tubs. Kids stay for no extra charge with a parent. A breakfast buffet and parking are complimentary. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub and a gym, as well as a patio offering Mount Rushmore views.
Yellowstone National Park
Our journey takes us to the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, which spans across Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. As you ride through the park’s vast expanses, you’ll encounter otherworldly geothermal features, such as the famous Old Faithful geyser and the colorful Grand Prismatic Spring. Keep an eye out for wildlife like bison, elk, and bears, as they roam freely in this untamed wilderness.
Each neutrally colored room at the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn includes a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. Guests can watch satellite TV and or work at the large hardwood desk. An indoor pool and hot tub are part of this pet-friendly hotel. The on-site gym boasts a variety of cardio machines and a mounted TV. A gift shop is also located in the building.
The Branch Restaurant and Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner serving wild game dishes and traditional favorites. The Yellowstone Historic Center Museum and Playmill Theatre are within a 10-minute walk of Holiday Inn West Yellowstone.
The Florida Keys
To conclude our motorcycle odyssey, we head south to the tropical paradise of the Florida Keys. Riding the Overseas Highway, which stretches from Key Largo to Key West, is a dream come true. The azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean will accompany you on both sides as you cross numerous bridges and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the Keys. Arriving in Key West, make sure to visit the Southernmost Point of the Continental
This relaxed hotel along US-1 is 3 miles from the lively Smathers Beach, and 4 miles from the bustling shops and restaurants on Duval Street. Warmly decorated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks, as well as minifridges, microwaves, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add sofa beds and/or balconies; a colorful suite has a sitting area. Room service is available. Amenities include a bar, a bright dining room, and a laid-back restaurant, as well as a colorful lobby lounge. There’s also a gym, and an outdoor pool with a poolside bar. Parking is available.