SOUTHEAST TOURS

 

Mount Airy to Hendersonville, North Carolina

Via: Blowing Rock, Valle Crucis

Ride Highlights: The very best of North Carolina with valleys, hills, bridges, country stores, and mountain lookouts all seen from the vantage point of one of the most scenic, enjoyable, and motorcycle-friendly roads you'll ever ride.

Ride Overview: Without resorting to hyperbole, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the most beautiful road ever built. It's a 469-mile long toll-free dream starting in Front Royal, Virginia, and winding its way through the Appalachians to slither to a close in Cherokee, North Carolina. It's not just the road that makes this ride. Southern people are inherently friendly and you’ll always feel at home.

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY RUN (click for map)

Jonesborough, Tennessee to Waynesville, North Carolina

Via: Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Deal’s Gap, and Smoky Mountains National Park

Ride Highlights: This is a sample of the real South with country rides interspersed with challenging mountains roads, motorcycle friendly towns, and a peek into America’s most popular national park teamed up with a rip-roarin’ ride on the Tail of the Dragon.

Ride Overview: An impressive ride from a friendly country town that should have been the capital of what could have been a state through a most incredible park at the epicenter of hundreds of miles of motorcycle-perfect roads, then into a satisfyingly fine mountain town.

SMOKY MOUNTAINS RUN (click for map)

St. Augustine, Florida to Charleston, South Carolina (with side trip to Daytona Beach)

Via: Amelia Island, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Savannah, Beaufort

Ride Highlights: The counterpart to the Pacific Coast Highway; a level ride beside the Atlantic Ocean with glimpses of Spanish forts, moss-draped oaks, magnolia blossoms, and the gentility of the Old South.

Ride Overview: The Holy Trinity of the Lower Atlantic's historic walking towns. Ride beside the seaside from a historic Spanish colony then through Georgia barrier islands to reach magnolia-scented, mint julep-sipping, well-preserved antebellum towns.

SOUTHERN COMFORT RUN (click for map)

Miami Beach to Key West, Florida (with layover in Key Largo)

Via: Key Largo, Islamorada, and Marathon

Ride Highlights: A sea level cruise that vaults you from island to island past fishing villages, dive centers, and more bars than you'd find in San

Quentin.

Ride Overview: Although it’s as far south as you can ride in America, don't expect to see rednecks, kudzu and clay roads. Miami Beach is a cosmopolitan city, and Key West has managed to hang on to its independent personality despite major corporations trying to tame it with huge, generic hotels. It's a low, level, not always scenic ride but if you enjoy the sun, snorkeling, scuba diving, and outdoor dining with no chance of a dress code, you can't do much better than Florida's twin cities.

TROPICAL PARADISE RUN (click for map)

Memphis, Tennessee to New Orleans, Louisiana

Via: Tunica, Clarksdale, Vicksburg, Natchez Trace Parkway, St. Francisville.

Ride Highlights: A musical journey along the mighty Mississippi. From the birthplace of rock n' roll to the Mississippi Delta where raw music grew from the cotton fields and a glimpse at the Civil War followed by old towns and lazy roads of the American South.

Ride Overview: The rock n’ roll music of Elvis is the soundtrack in Memphis (along with blues and jazz and rock pounding out of Beale Street bars). After red, hot, and blue Memphis you’ll ride into the desolation of the Mississippi Delta on Highway 61 and see how this landscape nurtured the blues. The final stop, New Orleans, is where the good times are starting to roll again.

BLUES CRUISE (click for map)

Hot Springs to Eureka Springs, Arkansas (with side trip to Branson)

Via: Ola, Jasper, Ponca, and Ouachita National Forest

Ride Highlights: A turn of the 20th century resort followed by the pleasures of Scenic 7, some great rolling and lonely hills, downhome dining, a motorcycle resort, muscle-melting massages, and plenty of entertainment in Eureka Springs and just up the road in Branson.

Ride Overview: A ride reaching across mountains and hills from the thermal baths of central Arkansas north to one of the nation's most impressive resort towns. Nearly 100 percent undiluted natural beauty along a scenic highway reveals a new perspective on a misunderstood state. Gamblers fill up Hot Springs during the January-April racing season, while it and Eureka Springs are shaking from Memorial Day through the end of summer. For best results, look for a riding window on either side of these peak seasons.

OZARK MOUNTAIN RUN (click for map)

“…Almost immediately the winding two-lane snaked up into the hills and got eerie in a way since there didn’t seem to be any towns or any people. Think of riding your motorcycle up a ski trail and you’ll have a good idea of what this is like...”


Smoky Mountains Run

Virginia-Tennessee-North Carolina