Considering a road trip on your bike? If you’re new to touring, you’re probably wondering where to start. There is a lot of highway to cover in the U.S. and a number of bike-friendly destinations to choose from. Start your search by taking a look at the motorcycle festivals and rallies being held this season. Regardless of when the festival is, odds are if these cities are willing to host thousands of bikers, the city is indeed “biker friendly.”
There are a handful of cities in the U.S. that tend to be more accommodating to bikers than others for reasons you might not expect. Here are our picks for top five.
The 5 Best Cities for Motorcycle Riders
1. Fort Collins, Colorado
Bright lights, big city this is not. Fort Collins is a top pick for motorcycle riders because of its ideal location on the scenic Cache La Poudre River next to the Rocky Mountains. You can’t beat those views. Fort Collins also boasts 36 days a year of rain and temperatures that stay moderate, so it’s a great choice if you’re looking escape a damp, cold fall weather while taking a scenic ride.
2. York, Pennsylvania
If you’re on the East Coast, York is worth a look mostly because it is the home of America’s legendary motorcycle manufacturer, Harley Davidson. York is where you can catch a glimpse of the most iconic Harley’s that the company develops. During the tour you can see the bikes being built, walk the factory floor, and see a piece of American bike history.
3. Santa Clarita, California
If an urban adventure is what you’re after, you can’t do much better than a ride to Santa Clarita. With the sprawling hills and valleys and easy access to the rest of Los Angeles County, you won’t be hard up for epic vistas or things to do. As far as Los Angeles goes, Santa Clarita ranks the lowest in terms of traffic delays — something worth noting in a notoriously congested city like LA.
4. Chicago, Illinois
Located along the famous Route 66 that stretches to Santa Monica, if you’ve got a few weeks off in the summer this a great starting point for a cross country journey. Chicago isn’t the ideal city to tour during the fall or winter for obvious reasons — winter gets a headstart in the Windy City so you’ll want to steer clear until it thaws. When it does, you will enjoy wide, clear roads and minimal traffic compared with other major metropolitan cities in the U.S.
5. San Diego, CA
Looking for a winter getaway? Point your bike in the direction of San Diego. Bikers here enjoy a full year of sunshine with only 21 days of rain. The surrounding area is beautiful and it’s a great place to start if you want take your bike for a slow drive up the west coast or even down to Mexico. With sights like the Pacific Ocean, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo and Naval museums, you won’t get bored riding around this harbor town.