Seattle to Port Townsend, Washington

Via: Snoqualmie, Fall City, Carnation, Duvall, Monroe, Arlington, Darrington, Whidbey Island, LeConner

Ride Highlights: A circuitous route to whip through the Pacific Northwest. Some great mountain runs, beside still waters, and via ferry past islands and into the Olympic Peninsula.

Ride Overview: Washington is a big state with more than its share of natural beauty. Even if you've never been here you can already imagine the Washington countryside. The mountains are snow-capped in summer and the glacier lakes, bays and islands are more striking than any postcard you've seen.

WASHINGTON STATE RUN (click for map)

OREGON’S BEST RUN (click for map)

Cannon Beach to Florence to Sisters, Oregon

Via: Tilamook, Cape Meares, Newport, Yachats, Eugene, Belknap Springs

Ride Highlights: Half of this coastal journey may be the best one-day ride anywhere, and thanks to a visionary governor who limited the height of buildings, the view of the mighty Pacific Ocean is clear and constant.

Ride Overview: Incredible coastal scenery preserved courtesy of a visionary governor creates a ceaselessly awe-inspiring tour. Begin in a beachside community that could serve as the model for future coastal towns then enjoy the finest 160-mile stretch of two lane you may ever ride. Stop in an old town with character that's enveloped within a larger town lacking the same; hang around for an adrenaline-pumping, mind-blowing dune buggy attack on the sand dunes; then head east where the forests, falls, and mountains herald your arrival in a new Old West village.

PACIFIC COAST RUN (click for map)

Calistoga to Carmel, California

(with featured sidetrip south on Pacific Coast Highway to Hearst Castle)

Via: Sausalito, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur and the Pacific Coast Highway.

Ride Highlights: The best California has to offer. Small towns within a stone's throw of a major city. The peacefulness of vineyards, spas, artists colonies and bayside villages with the backdrop of the mighty roads and the grand Pacific Ocean.

Ride Overview: As demonstrated by the ride through Death Valley, Lone Pine and Yosemite, Eastern California was designed by God specifically for motorcyclists. He did a pretty good job on the west coast as well. Napa Valley is the closest you'll come to riding along Mediterranean roads unless you ship your bike to Pireaus. The region is marked by affluence, although you don't have to be rich since roads are free. From the luxurious indulgences of the spas of Calistoga, the pure beauty of the San Francisco skyline, and the fantasy architecture of Carmel, the rides are short, the roads are right, and the journey from valley to hill to coastal highway creates a satisfying blend of environments.

“…Within minutes, you can take comfort in roads as curvaceous as Marilyn Monroe, traverse hills that are soft and low, ride over green creeks and past drooping brown trees and pumpkin patches and groves bursting with almonds, avocados, and black walnuts. ”

Napa Valley

Pacific Coast Run