North America has no shortage of views, from epic mountain vistas to desert sunrises, to the vast rolling lands of the fertile Midwestern plains, and along tens of thousands of miles of shoreline, its richness of beauty beckons people from all across the planet. Spanning from the Arctic Ocean to the Caribbean, North America offers some of the world’s most wonderful natural places.
You could fly, drive, or take a train, but if you are an experienced motorcycle rider why not hit the open road and feel the wind in your face. According to John Page, the thrill of riding a motorcycle comes from its unique manoeuvrability and unparalleled acceleration and there are plenty of routes in North America just waiting to be traversed.
Whatever mode of transport you chose to explore, here are five amazing North American destinations that must be seen.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
America’s most-visited national park has definitely earned its high rank. In the autumn, the Smokies become an artist’s canvas, with miles of red and golden hues flowing across the lowrise of the ancient Appalachian range. The most scenic routes are found on the Newfound Gap Road, the Cataloochee Valley, Clingman’s Dome Road, and the intriguing “Road to Nowhere”.
Banff and Jasper National Parks
These scenic parks in western Canada offer inspirational mountain views and plenty of wide-open spaces to explore. The journey from Jasper to Banff is one of Canada’s most recommended treks, as long as you love thick evergreen forests, aquamarine glacial lakes, snowy peaks, epic waterfalls…you get the picture. Banff is a mecca for outdoors enthusiasts and also the home of the Banff Film Festival. Snow falls from early Autumn to late spring, so plan accordingly.
The Mexican Baja
The Baja Peninsula harbours some of North America’s best-kept secrets and offers open, uninhabited freedom like nowhere else can. Mexican Federal Highway 1 runs the 1000-mile length from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas. The Baja is full of desert beauty, kind people, great seafood, and is also world-renowned for sport fishing along the peninsular gulf waters, known as the Sea of Cortez. Daytime side-trips off of the federal highway will bring you to some amazing ocean views.
The San Juan Skyway loop
Situated in Colorado’s treasured southwestern range, the San Juan Skyway loops from Ouray to Cortez, ushering visitors through Colorado’s greatest alpine gems along with its deepest historical sites. Along this scenic mountain pass you’ll visit historic mining towns, engineering marvels, and Mesa Verde National Park, where Colorado’s oldest inhabitants once carved their homes into the sides of the cliffs. Just be careful not to drive too fast on the mountain roads.
The Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia
Did you know that motorcycle enthusiasts tout Canada as the most bike-friendly nation in the world and N.S’s Cabot Trail is touted to be the best trail in its possession? However, if you are not a rider or simply prefer the comfort a car offers you will still be rewarded with beautiful views as the 185-mile loop winds through deep green forests and beautiful lakes, eventually descending to the ocean for a coastline cruise.
This list is by no means exhaustive. North America has enough amazing open roads and places of interest to be seen, it would probably take you a lifetime to see them all. As always, be sure to research your chosen destination prior to the journey, to ensure that you’re aware of any requirements, restrictions, weather warnings, or anything else you need to make the experience unforgettable.