There’s something incredible about viewing the world from the seat of a motorcycle, wind whipping through your hair as the engine rumbles below.
All across the globe, there are winding roads perfect for travelling by motorcycle. Strap on your best boots for motorcycle riding and get ready to hit the road, because these are some of the top spots that will get your heart racing and fill your eyes with wonder.
Norway is a fantastic spot for bikers to explore, with winding roads and impressive fjords around every turn. There are roads all over the country that will appeal to those travelling by motorcycle, but one such road is Trollstigen. Its hairpin turns and steep climbs through the rugged Norwegian countryside offer spectacular views of jagged cliffs, sprawling greenery and waterfalls.
Pacific Coast Highway, U.S.A.
There are few roads as beautiful as California’s Pacific Coast Highway. Start in Southern California and work your way north. Once you leave the coastal towns of the Los Angeles area, you’ll be zipping past pristine beaches, towering redwoods, massive cliffs and deep blue water that stretches as far as the eye can see. Further north, explore the fisherman’s wharf in Monterey and continue on to San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Ho Chi Minh Highway, Vietnam
Roughly the same path as the Ho Chi Minh trail—which played a pivotal role in aiding the North Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War—this highway offers a trip through a little part of history. It also happens to traverse nearly the entire country, running from Hanoi in the north to Saigon in the south. While not the entire road is memorable, you’ll find yourself soaring over summits and through jungles.
Seven Lakes Route, Argentina
With its deserts, grasslands, coastlines (both the Pacific and Atlantic) and the famous Andes Mountains, Patagonia’s relatively untouched nature is a huge draw for motorcyclists. Bikers travelling on the Seven Lakes Route will pass the Correntoso, Espejo, Escondido, Viallarino, Falkner, Machónico and Lácar lakes. With colorful wildflowers, pristine lakes and tree-covered mountains all around, it’s a great spot for backpacking.
Route 66, U.S.A.
Motorcycles are always zipping along Route 66, one of the U.S.’s oldest roads. The famed “Mother Road” takes riders from Chicago to Santa Monica, California—a whopping 2,400 miles. Via the American Southwest, riders will see a good portion of the country, traveling through eight different states. These include Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before winding up in the Golden State.
While there is no signature biking highway in Morocco, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fantastic place to see by motorcycle. Morocco provides an experience all its own, allowing you to traverse the incredible desert landscape in the High Atlas Mountains. While you’re likely to travel off of the main road, you’ll be soaring over sandy dunes, rocky peaks, dry lakebeds and steep winding gorges.
Road to Hana, Hawaii
The winding roads of Maui’s Road to Hana are perfect for biking. Twist and turn your way through the island’s lush rainforest. The sights you’ll see are worth the sprinkles of rain you’re likely to face. Aside from the green flora and vibrant tropical flowers, the area is littered with waterfalls big and small. Whether you go for a dip or simply snap some photos, the road is a thrill to drive on.
Historic A5, Wales
For a fairytale drive through the mountains of northern Wales, consider biking along the twisting, historic A5 route. Leaving from Chirk, riders will pass some really unique sites. We’re talking an Iron Age castle, waterfalls, flora-covered bridges and the cast-iron “stream in the sky” that is the lifted Llangollen Canal. Vistas and lookouts along the magical route make the perfect spots for photographing the valleys and mountain peaks.