Get Out There

Looking for some new destinations to visit? Hit the road and check out some of these hot spots.

2 Wheels Deluxe

Men standing on Route 66Want to get away? Looking to cruise new roads and highways, and stay at cozy little inns plus see new sights? If you answered yes to all those questions, but don’t have the time or patience to plan such a trip, 2 Wheels Deluxe can do all the logistic work for you. The “turnkey touring” motorcycle rental service and accommodation expertise makes it the perfect travel agent for those who like to get out and enjoy the journey just as much as relaxing at the destination. The company does the research and take notes about what real touring enthusiasts want from a much-needed getaway. Instead of just randomly conducting a blind Internet search for places to ride, sleep and eat, 2 Wheels Deluxe bases its trips from personal experiences and learning about the geography firsthand before making any recommendations. You can’t lose!

The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

Crescent Hotel and SpaPicture this: A hotel that caters to motorcycle riders and also just happens to be located at the center of five different challenging day rides. This place isn’t some sort of mirage or some far off mythical paradise — The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is the real deal. Located in Eureka Springs, Ark., The Crescent sits atop of the Pig Trail and is at the heart of some seriously amazing riding roads. Unpack your things once and experience a new adventure every day. These mapped out rides all start and end at the hotel, making this the perfect hub for a weekend to weeklong excursion. And when you’re not on your bike, take advantage of cool sights and good eats all within walking distance. There aren’t too many places out there that consider both riding and relaxing to be its No. 1 specialties.

Elk Cove Inn & Spa

Elk Cove InnFor those looking to ride the Pacific Coast, take note of the Elk Cove Inn & Spa in Elk, Calif. — just 150 miles north of San Francisco. Aside from the breathtaking views this inn has to offer on-site, the Pacific Coast Highway will be at your doorstep for endless riding along the picturesque Northern California coast. To help you enjoy your touring, Elk Cove offers same-day stay deals for motorcyclists, which include a gourmet champagne breakfast, complementary afternoon wine, and “make your own” cocktails with appetizers and a welcome basket filled with wine, homemade cookies and fruit. No need to worry about arriving at a certain time to check in or secure a room for the night — the staff at Elk Cove understands that extended rides sometimes take longer than planned. But once you get there, treat yourself to the full-service European day spa and take in the breathtaking ocean view.

Gillum House Bed & Breakfast

Man riding Goldwing Trike on Green RoadThose who prefer the quaint, quiet surroundings that only a countryside B-and-B can offer, look no further than Gillum House in Shinnston, W.Va. To start, the roads leading to this cozy getaway are serene and twisty, and once you arrive, the staff can give you turn-by-turn directions for the next day’s trip, as well as to a local bike-washing facility. Get the inside scoop of local speed traps, construction zones and places you’ll want to stop during the next leg of your trip. While at the Gillum House, take advantage of made-to-order breakfast served at the time of your choosing (from 4–10am), and make sure to have a chat with a staff member who was involved in flat track racing in the ’50s and ’60s. For the lovebirds looking to exchange vows quickly and affordably, this B-and-B also offers an elopement package complete with an ordained minister, photo and video packages — the whole works!

Recreation Action Sports Entertainment (RASE)

GWRRA Grand Parade in BillingsThose of you who are planning to ride through Billings, Mont., need to contact RASE before finalizing a travel checklist. The company can help find the best lodging, shopping and dining locations, but most importantly, its knowledge of local highways and byways in the area is second to none. RASE can help prepare custom tailored riding maps and tours for those looking to squeeze every last drop of excitement from the state’s majestic traffic arteries. A ride like the Beartooth Pass into Yellowstone Park is a must-ride path (voted the No. 1 motorcycle ride in the U.S. by members of the American Motorcyclist Association), and so are the bountiful local loops and passageways into Sturgis. Climbers will be happy to know that Billings is home to the Hill Climbing Capitol of the World, and it’s also a happening region for Supercross and Motocross events, too.

Maury County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Motorcycle MuseumLooking to take in the natural beauty and historical wonders that Tennessee has to offer? Well, you’ll want to check in with the Maury County Convention & Visitors Bureau before you make any plans. They will be happy to help stack your itinerary with stops at historical sites, the best restaurants and a few places that are off the beaten path. Maury County is especially popular amongst touring riders due to the abundance of scenic roads there. The Natchez Trace, the Tennessee Civil War Trail and Nashville’s Trace Trail are just a few rides that run through the county and surrounding areas. Gentle rolling hills and serene countryside come standard no matter which route you take. Don’t sell your trip short by overlooking the treasures that are just begging to be discovered in this region.

Motorcycle Trails of SW Virginia

Group Riding in Virginia MountainsVirginia is for motorcycle riders. And to help touring riders make the most of their trip, the Smyth County travel board can lend their knowledge of local geography to those looking for an unforgettable adventure. The Back of the Dragon ride features 32 miles of excitement with 260 curves at elevations up to 3,500 feet. Another ride, the Claw of the Dragon, boasts loops ranging from 62 to 224 miles just off Interstates 77 and 81 in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. During the month of June, the Dragon Roars run stretches from Marion to Tazewell — just under 200 miles of amazing riding! Along the way, you’ll be able to experience bluegrass music concerts, a moonshine distillery, restored theaters and lots of old downtown charms. Whether or not Virginia is your final destination or you just plan on passing through, contact the Smyth County travel board for the best recommendations to fit your schedule.

Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau

Giant Cross and Touring Bikes in Southern IllinoisThe Southern region of Illinois is unique as it offers a blend of fascinating things to see and do whether you’re spending a day, week or a month there. There are natural caves to explore, ancient trees and rock formations, and lots of hiking trails that lead to bluffs and springs throughout the area. With these natural beauties comes some of the nation’s most sought-after roads to ride. Rolling hills and amazing landscapes line the Shawnee National Forest and Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, and the good times keep rolling even when off the bike. Outdoor types will love the abundance of fishing, hunting and horseback riding available to those who seek it. Getting here is easy, as it’s only a two-and-a-half-hour ride from St. Louis, Nashville, Memphis and Evansville. But don’t worry, you can avoid the busy interstate and hop on the Ohio River scenic route for a more relaxing ride to the area.

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