It’s finally summer, and that means it’s time to hit the road on your motorcycle! There are so many amazing places to ride! Whether you’re looking for twists and turns through the mountains or a chance to see the ocean from your bike, these destinations have something for everyone, even the most restless thrill seekers.
Dalton Highway, Alaska, USA
For something truly unique, try taking a ride on the Dalton Highway in Alaska. This 400-mile route stretches north from Fairbanks to the Arctic Ocean and gives you the chance to see some of the most beautiful (and most remote) scenery in the world. Just be prepared for long days of driving, as there are only three towns on the entire route.
The highway is primarily used by freight trucks traveling to and from the Prudhoe Bay oil fields, but is also popular with adventurous tourists looking to experience Alaska’s rugged beauty. The road is notoriously rough, with no guardrails or shoulders, and is subject to extreme weather conditions.
Despite its challenges, the Dalton Highway is an unforgettable journey through some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet. Along the way, there are plenty of opportunities to stop, camp, and enjoy the scenery. The highway is also a great place to view wildlife, including caribou, moose and bears, which can sometimes appear out of nowhere in front of you.
GO : It’s no secret that Alaska is remote; getting there and riding is quite a journey in itself. The best place to land is Anchorage, its capital. and even from here directly to Fairbanks (the start of the Dalton Hwy) is another 350 miles. The trip is well worth it, as you’ll pass North America’s highest peak, Denali (20,310 feet), and you may even come across (not literally I hope) a moose or two.
Iceland ring road
Iceland is a land of fire and ice, and there’s no better way to explore its natural wonders than by motorbike. The Ring Road is a national highway that circles the island and features some of the most spectacular scenery in Iceland. From verdant valleys to snow-capped passes, the Ring Road has it all. But beware, the weather can change quickly in Iceland and you never know when a summer storm is coming.
Summer in Iceland is a magical time. The days are long, the nights are short and the landscapes are simply breathtaking. For motorcycle enthusiasts, there is no better place than on the road. The Iceland Ring Road is a perfect summer ride, with plenty of stops along the way for camping, hiking and sightseeing.
GO : As it is an island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, the best way to get there is to fly into Reykjavik and rent from one of the many rental places available. The only alternative, in case you want to cycle there, is to take a ferry from Denmark which, in two days, will take you there with a short stopover in the Faroe Islands. The ferry ride, run by Smyril Lineis apparently quite nice, but not the cheapest.
Summer in the Scottish Highlands means long days and even longer motorcycle rides. The winding roads and breathtaking landscapes make it an unforgettable experience.
Scotland is indeed a country rich in culture and history, other than pubs. Often, the motorcycle is not immediately associated with this country, in the general sense. But in my opinion, this part of the world is one of the most spectacular equestrian destinations! In particular, the NC500 deserves mention for its scenic routes and remoteness. The North Coast 500 is a 516 mi (830 km) stretch of road that runs along the entire northwest coast of the country and is indeed famous for motorcycle enthusiasts.
However, summer is also the busiest time for tourists, so planning ahead is important.
Here are some things to keep in mind when planning a motorcycle trip in the Scottish Highlands:
– The weather can be unpredictable, so prepare your luggage accordingly.
– Routes can get crowded during high season, so start early each day and pre-book your ferries.
– There are plenty of places to stop along the way, so take your time and enjoy the trip.
GO : Getting started with the NC500 is quite simple. The capitals of Scotland and Ireland are quite close, if you decide to fly. Otherwise, Europe is a quick ferry ride and a day’s journey.
The European Alps
Every summer bikers from all over Europe make their pilgrimage to the Alps. The region is served by 4,200 km (2,600 mi) of roads used by six million vehicles a year and the tarmac is about the best in terms of grip. Motorists and cyclists of all kinds visit the most famous passes to spend the day in the sun and enjoy a delicious meal. The Alps range touches five countries and, as there are no borders in Europe, it is quite easy to ride from one to another.
The scenery on a sunny blue sky day is simply stunning. As the roads can be quite busy and narrow, extra care should be taken when driving on weekends, when the passes are also crowded with locals, other than tourists.
Some of the most iconic names are Stelvio, Giau, Glosslockner, Furka and Grimsel. There are many, many more worth mentioning!
GETTING THERE: You can access the Alps from all over Europe, so pick a country and start there!
Daintree Forest, Australia.
Daintree Forest in Queensland is the perfect place to enjoy a summer motorcycle trip. The warm weather and long days make it the perfect place to spend time on the road, and there are plenty of interesting places to explore. One of Queensland’s most popular tourist destinations is Daintree Forest. This subtropical rainforest is home to an incredible diversity of plants and animals, and it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular destination. However, visitors should be aware that the forest is also home to dangerous wildlife, including crocodiles and snakes. Watch out for cassowaries too!
GO: You need to get to Australia first, mate, unless you already live there! So: Maybe you should add that to an AustralAsian tour?