Biker Friendly Bars Northern California You Don’t want to Miss

Biker friendly bars Northern California

There are some great biker friendly bars Northern California, and if you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know that Jim and I love to travel to my home state for biker friendly bars California. This week we head to the northern part of the state for more biker friendly bars Northern California.

Harold’s Dante Hotel-This establishment has been around since 1993 and caters to motorcycle riders. Located on Railroad Ave in Cloverdale, Ca. Harold’s Dante Hotel has the coldest beer in town and is great place to stop for a game of pool. With plenty of bike parking, this is a great little example of biker friendly bars Northern California.

biker friendly bars Northern California

The Plainfield Station-Woodland is where you will find this awesome little biker friendly bar and grill. With live music on Fridays and Saturdays, an outdoor bar, and an amazing outdoor stage, you will not want to stop anywhere else. County Road 93 in Woodland the Plainfield Station is the place to be if you are craving a Jalapeno Burger and Fries.

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The Buckhorn Bar-Located on Adams Street in Dixon, this is one of the best biker friendly bars Northern California. With live music on Friday and Saturday and Karaoke on Tuesday, the place is hopping all year round. The food is standard pub fare with a great menu. Tuck into a Franchise Rueben Sandwich from the Buckhorn Bar or sink your teeth into the popular Matador Burger.

biker friendly bars Northern California

River City Saloon-2nd Street in Old Sacramento is where you will find the River City Saloon. Opened in 1871, this perfect example of biker friendly bars Northern California has been remodeled a few times over the years and offers free biker parking on the corner of J and 2nd streets. The saloon is known for its Deli Sandwiches and has a variety to choose from. Sample the Gold Miner and don’t forget to wash it down with a glass of house made sarsaparilla.

Biker friendly bars Northern California

Biker friendly bars Northern California offer something for everyone, and if you are planning a day or weekend trip, stop for a bite and enjoy everything that Northern California has to offer.

Next week, Travels with Harley heads east for more biker friendly bars in Nevada.

Biker Friendly Hotels Colorado You Will Love

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Biker friendly hotels Colorado can be difficult if not impossible to find. Do a quick search on Google and you may find something that you like only to be disappointed that the place was shut down six months ago.

Travels with Harley is on the cusp of the most biker friendly hotels in Colorado, and you can bet your motorcycle boots that these hotels and motels are still open.

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Candlewood Suites Loveland

Located in Loveland, CO, the Candlewood Suites have everything you need to relax after a long motorcycle ride in Colorado. Surrounded by scenic trails and mountain views, the extended stay motel has plenty of motorcycle parking and is the perfect location, especially if you plan to tour the local Anheuser-Busch Brewery. With a fully equipped kitchen, you can enjoy a night off without having to look for a decent restaurant.

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Snow Mountain Ranch Near Winter Park

Near Winter Park in the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Snow Mountain Ranch is a great example of biker friendly hotels Colorado. The cabins, lodges, and yurts are operated by the YMCA of the Rockies and is a great place to stay if you are riding in Colorado. Get a H.O.G group together and rent a five-bedroom vacation home, or opt for a romantic weekend and book a cozy yurt.

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Wedgewood Lodge Breckenridge

Breckenridge Colorado is home to the Wedgewood Lodge offering lofts, one and two bedroom condominiums, and town homes, the Wedgewood Lodge has hot tubs on the property, pool access and biker washing and parking. Just be sure to call ahead if you want to give your Harley a shampoo.

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Hotel Elegante Colorado Springs

If you like to live it up and are looking for biker friendly hotels Colorado, the Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs can’t be beat. With an enormous amount of biker parking and the year round indoor pool, you will not want to stay anywhere else, especially after you take a soak in the hot tub after a long ride in Colorado. If you are up to it, you can even play a game of tennis. Don’t forget to book a massage for those tired muscles.

biker friendly hotels Colorado

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4 Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants Colorado

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

If you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know how much Jim and I love to eat, and although he is more of a meat and potatoes guy, I can get him to sample some of the interesting menu items that I like to try. This week we are going to share some motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado that you will love.

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The Piper Inn Aurora

Located on S Parker Road in Aurora, CO, the Piper Inn is known by bikers all over the United States and is a great place for Buffalo Wings. With plenty of motorcycle parking, you will enjoy tucking into a plate of what some call the best wings in Colorado, fries and a cold beer before heading out on a great ride in Colorado.

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Handlebars Restaurant and Saloon

Silverton, Colorado is where you will find this great biker friendly restaurant. Since 1989, the Boden Family has been serving up lunch and dinner for hungry riders seven days a week from May through October. Try the lunch cut prime rib for an afternoon nosh, or enjoy fresh rainbow trout for dinner. When you have a meal at Handlebars, you will not leave hungry.

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Blondie’s Pub and Grub Blondie’s Trophy Room

Claiming to have the coldest beer and the hottest girls in the state, Blondie’s Pub and Grub is a great little place located in Cortez CO, just between Telluride and Durango. Touting its cuisine as, “Mixed,” you will have a difficult time choosing your meal. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, anytime is a good time for Blondie’s, and if you are a breakfast fan, you will not be disappointed.

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Buffalo Rose

This great bar and restaurant has been around since 1858, and offers folks in search of motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado anything and everything they could ask for.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

From May to August, you can enjoy a free pig roast on the first Sunday of the month at the Buffalo Rose while washing it down with an icy cold beer. With daily specials that include Taco Tuesday and Burger Madness on Mondays, this is one place you will want to put on your motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado bucket list.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado

Motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado are great, especially if you are planning a two, three, or four-day trip.

Next week, Travels with Harley will share some biker friendly hotels and motels where you can relax after a delicious meal in some of the most motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado.

4 Secret Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants California

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Motorcycle friendly restaurants are a lot easier to find than they used to be. If you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know that Jim and Demea have already blogged about quite a few motorcycle friendly restaurants. However, there are a few more secret eateries that the pair would like to share.

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Charlie Brown Farms

Located in Littlerock, CA, Charlie Brown Farms is a day trip for sure. The largest gift shop in the Antelope Valley is also home to real Texas style barbecue. You’ll find local honey, more than 60 varieties of Jerky and of course, the farms famous Date Shakes. Stock up on homemade fudge handcrafted on site or splurge and order some deep fried Oreos or Twinkies. With plenty of parking, Charlie Brown Farms is a must if you are looking for motorcycle friendly restaurants.

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The Historic Rock Inn

If you are enjoying a ride around Lake Hughes, CA drop by The Historic Rock Inn for a bite to eat. Catering to bikers, the full bar and restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week. The Inn has a live band every weekend between 1 and 5 so you may want to consider staying the night at the Inn. The historic building has been around since 1929 and is a must if you are searching for motorcycle friendly restaurants in California.

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Mother’s Tavern

If you are riding up or down the Pacific Coast Highway, be sure and stop by the little red house on the beach. Mother’s Tavern has popular bands on Sundays and is extremely biker friendly. You will get a kick out of the dollar bills, panties, and bras that line the walls of this funky vintage honky tonk tavern.

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Thirsty Isle

Located on Carson St. and Lakewood Blvd in Long Beach, CA, the Thirsty Isle is a must if you are looking for motorcycle friendly restaurants. Featuring shareable appetizers and standard pub faire, there is plenty of bike parking at this great little eatery. Try a pastrami burger with fries and wash it down with a 32-ounce schooner.

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When it comes to motorcycle friendly restaurants, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Before you head out do your research. Some restaurants may be permanently closed or could have changed hands. If that is the case, the menu and the food may not be as good as it used to be.

In next week’s blog, Travels with Harley heads to Colorado for more motorcycle friendly restaurants.

Spring Motorcycle rides in Arizona

Motorcycle rides in Arizona

Motorcycle rides in Arizona are spectacular during the spring, and if you love to enjoy the great outdoors, Travels with Harley has some motorcycle rides in Arizona that you will love.

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The Coronado Trail

If you like to camp and hike, the Coronado Trail is just the ticket. If you are doing a day trip on your Harley, you will want to pack a lunch, as there are not many amenities. Starting in Clifton, AZ you will see desert, and lots of twists and turns, and although this ride is in a remote part of Arizona, you will love the old copper mining town, aspen forests, and the little meadows as you ride through the White Mountains.

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Mt. Lemmon Loop

Beginning on the outskirts of southern Phoenix, you will get in some great riding. Because it is the middle of March, you will want to layer up, as it can get quite chilly. Stop in Summerhaven and have a bite to eat at the Sawmill Run Restaurant in Mt. Lemmon. Start off with the Soft Pretzel Basket, or dig into Bacon Cheeseburger. If you like comfort food, you will love the Home Made Meatloaf.

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Flagstaff to Sedona on 89A

With no shortage of eateries on the way, this is one of the best motorcycle rides in Arizona. With plenty of switchbacks and curves, you will love the scenery, especially during the spring with blooming cactus and wildflowers that are simply breathtaking. Motorcycle rides in Arizona

You’ll start off in the forests of Flagstaff as you work your way to the rock formation that surrounds Sedona. Once you get into town, you can browse the gift and craft shops or enjoy a bite to eat at The Silver Saddle @ Cowboy Club. Not an ordinary steakhouse the menu is full of tasty game meat such as Elk Chops and Buffalo Tenderloin.

Motorcycle rides in Arizona

Motorcycle rides in Arizona can’t be beat, and if you are itching to head out of town for a day or two, this western state has everything you need.

Three Spring Motorcycle Rides 2017

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Spring motorcycle rides especially if you plan on more than a day trip, need to be planned out. You need to check your routes, the roads and the amenities before you hit the road. However, with that being said, the first thing you need to do is map out your destination.

spring motorcycle rides

If you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you will know that there is nothing more satisfying than spring motorcycle rides. Not only does it offer you an inside look at the adventure before your eyes, but you also get to enjoy the curves and twists that you can only experience on the back of a Harley.

Below are some great spring motorcycle rides that you will not want to miss in 2017.

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PCH Carmel to Morro Bay-California

If you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you will know that I grew up in California, but it wasn’t until I met Jim that I got to experience its beauty on the back of a Road King.

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The Big Sur section of blacktop on Pacific Highway is some of the most majestic in the world. Not only can you drive through the massive redwood forest, but you will also be entertained with enough curves to keep you happy from the beginning to the end. The crashing surf and frequent turnouts make the PCH Carmel to Morro Bay one of the best spring motorcycle rides on the planet.

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Peak to Peak-Colorado

The Peak-to-Peak Highway isn’t even 61 miles long, but the road offers amazing scenery and some sensational curves and twisties. When you begin your crest into Continental Drive, you will be cruising through the center of the Rocky Mountain National Park. With switchbacks amongst the thick forests, you will not believe the palette of colors from the wildflowers. You can hike or have a picnic and don’t forget to take your GoPro, as there are plenty of elk and moose along the ride.

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Beartooth Highway-Wyoming and Montana

This 68-mile stretch of road along Highway 212 has plenty of switchbacks and hairpins. Stay in Red Lodge in Montana before jumping on your Harley for a fantastic roller coaster motorcycle ride through to the Beartooth Pass in Wyoming.

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As you zigzag through the Shoshone and Custer National Forests, you will be met with gorgeous alpine meadows that you will not want to miss. The ride ends in Cooke City, which is the Northern gateway to the Yellowstone National Park. Just make sure that you check before you head out as the Pass is normally closed because of snow from October to May.

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Of course, there are plenty more spring motorcycle rides to enjoy in 2017, and Travels with Harley plans on sharing every single one of them.

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

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As you sit down with family and friends this Thanksgiving take a moment to remember one of America’s most well loved holidays, while you ponder this list of little known fun facts about, “Turkey Day.” The Pilgrims that arrived from the United Kingdom in Plymouth New England on the east coast of America were the very first to celebrate Thanksgiving. The feast itself lasted three days, and according to historians was more about

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celebrating a successful harvest and the ability to stay alive as apparently hundreds of colonists died the first year after arriving on Plymouth Rock. Back then, both the Native Americans and the pilgrims also danced and sang, which makes perfect sense doesn’t it? Who could eat like that for three days straight?

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The Wampanoag Indian tribes were the first to celebrate Thanksgiving with the pilgrims. The tribe also taught the colonists how to cultivate the land and how to use what grew wild in the new land. You may be fond of your turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, Mac and cheese, pumpkin pie and of course stuffing and cranberries, but the pilgrims and the Native Americans most probably said thank-you with a mouth full of lobster. Other first Thanksgiving choices included chicken, rabbit, fish, quail, and duck with sides such as hickory nuts, cabbage, radishes, goat cheese, eggs, onions, beans, squash, leeks, dried fruits, honey, and maple.

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Apparently, somebody forgot to put forks on the Mayflower as the pilgrims ate with their hands, spoons, and knives. One of the founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, urged the United States to make the turkey the national bird of America. Obviously, that didn’t happen. Thanksgiving became official on October 3, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued an official Thanksgiving Proclamation. The national day would be the last Thursday in November.

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Nearly 290 million turkeys are bought and enjoyed for Thanksgiving in the United States, with California being the largest consumers of Thanksgivings favorite bird. Most folks presume that Thanksgiving is an American thing. However, the Canadians also celebrate the day of thanks on the second Monday each October. The average weight of a turkey purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. A 15-pound turkey will have around 70 percent white meat with 30 percent dark meat.

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The most popular Thanksgiving leftovers are sandwiches, chili, casseroles, soup, and burgers. Not all turkeys gobble. Hens make a clucking sound while the males gobble. This Thanksgiving, Travels with Harley would like to wish everyone a very safe, loving, and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family and friends, and don’t forget to say thank-you!

Why Veterans Day on November 11

Veterans Day

Veterans Day weekend is fast approaching and if you want to get on your Harley and enjoy the celebration of America, you won’t have to drive far, regardless of where you are located in the United States.

Jim and I love getting out on a three-day weekend, and Veterans Day isn’t any different.

Veterans Day is an opportunity for the two of us to get out, enjoy the holiday, and remember why we celebrate in the first place.

Veterans Day

This Veterans Day is going to be very different from the past where we truly honored those who fought and died for our country. Discord, division and hatred is threatening the one day that America can come together as a nation to celebrate our heroes.

Why We Celebrate

Every year on November 11, America recognizes and honors the men and women who have proudly defended our country, but why on the 11th?

Veterans Day

The signing of the Armistice heralded the end of WWI finally putting a stop to the hostility between Germany and the Allied Nations in 1918.

Intended to thank and honor all military personnel who have served in all of the wars in the United States, Veterans Day is celebrated with church services and parades with American flags being hung at half-mast in many places across America. A two-minute moment of silence is a tradition that occurs all over the United States at 11:00 am.

Veterans Day

An Armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany became a reality in the 11th month on the 11th day in the 11th hour. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that the day be, “Filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude and victory.” Plans were made for public meetings and parades with business activities and festivities briefly suspended for two minutes on the 11th hour.

This Veterans Day remember why our country is so great and take a moment of silence on the 11th hour this November 11. Happy Veterans Day everyone.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

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Travels with Harley Tips can help, especially since we have been sharing all kinds of great fall motorcycle rides with those of you who follow our blog. However, you shouldn’t just jump on your bike without some preparation.

Some parts of America are certainly not warm year round. Jim and I live in Missouri and have our fair share of cold weather, but that is nothing compared to Maine, Wisconsin and Canada. When the seasons change, so does the climate, and although September can be unpredictable once the leaves start dropping, it won’t be long before the temperatures do too.

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Jim and I double check everything before we hit the pavement and have some Travels with Harley Tips that we would like to share.

Fall Travels with Harley Tips

Leaves

Those colorful leaves that you see on your fall motorcycle ride are beautiful, but can also be extremely hazardous. Leaves that are piled up on the road can be covering up dangerous potholes. Keep a close eye on the road and take the routes that you know. Fall is never the time to attempt a new motorcycle road trip, especially if you don’t know the road very well.

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Deer Season

Deer are most active in autumn as they are running from hunters or looking for food. Be aware when you ride and wear protective gear. Make sure you scan both sides of the roadway, especially in the more rural areas as deer will dart out in front of you. Keep especially alert during dawn and dusk when deer are most active.

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Leathers

Pull your leathers out of storage and enjoy the cool, crisp temperatures. Leather really is a great friend as it protects you from the elements, including the wind. Jim knows how much I hate being cold when we are riding so I make sure I take my leather jacket and chaps during this time of year.

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Because the weather is so unpredictable during the fall, chilly in the early morning hours and almost hot in the afternoon to freezing or below once the sun goes down, you will want to make sure that you are prepared. Being under-dressed with mechanical problems that were anything but expected can be downright dangerous. Carry lightweight but warm emergency clothing in case of an emergency.

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Road Surfaces

Cold fall nights lead to morning frost so it is important that you are aware of frost and even black ice that could make you lose traction, especially on those tight curves. Watch for shady spots on the roadways, as they are always the first to ice up. Make sure you know the road and your surroundings if you are cruising during the fall.

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Enjoy the beauty of the season, but make sure you are safe and ready to go first for your fall motorcycle ride and stay tuned for some more Travels with Harley Tips!

US Motorcycle rides in the fall

motorcycle rides in the fall

It may seem too early for Motorcycle rides in the fall, but if you follow our Travels with Harley blog, you will know that Jim and I like to prepare ahead when it comes to riding, and this coming autumn is certainly no exception.

motorcycle rides in the fall

It’s great to organize Motorcycle rides in the fall especially in the East and the Southeast.

Jim and I have had the pleasure of riding the Road King during the most beautiful season in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and would gladly do it again if given the opportunity.

Regardless of where you call home, you don’t have to pack up and drive for days to find some of the best spots for Motorcycle rides in the fall.

motorcycle rides in the fall

The Catskills

Located in the southeastern part of New York, the 6,000 square foot Catskill Mountains are home to 35 mountain peaks and 6 river systems. The Woodstock Music Festival was held in the Catskills, which is most vibrant during autumn when the gorgeous colors of fall take center stage against the wooded hillsides. The Catskills are great for Motorcycle rides in the fall as each region hosts the fall harvest with farmers markets and pick your own orchards abound. The Woodstock Farm Festival runs from June until late October and features about 15 vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables and home made goodies. Get there at the right time and you may even catch the Renaissance fair. The best time to enjoy the foliage is the last two weeks in September until mid to late October.

motorcycle rides in the fall

Aspen Colorado

Known for its winter sports, most people have no idea that the town takes its name from a tree. During autumn, the Aspen tree leaves turn a gorgeous yellow that makes them shimmer in the sun when the breeze blows. If you like Motorcycle rides in the fall you will love taking off and enjoying Aspen for the weekend before the snow starts to fall. The best time to go is mid-September until the end of the month. Although the season is short, it’s definitely worth the trip, even if it’s just for a day or two.

motorcycle rides in the fallThe Berkshires Massachusetts

The Berkshires offer gorgeous fall colors that make the perfect foreground for the luscious mountainous hamlets that dot the countryside. Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the winding roads that seem like they were made for Motorcycle rides in the fall. Take off for a weekend and spend the evening in Lenox at the Blantyre Hotel. Designed after a real castle in Scotland it was built in 1902. The best time to see autumn is from late September to mid-October peaking during the Columbus Day Weekend celebration.

motorcycle rides during the fall

With so many gorgeous places to enjoy Motorcycle rides in the fall Jim and I decided that we would share more in our next Travels with Harley blog…we can’t wait to hit the road and explore more places for all of us to enjoy!

More Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida

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With so many Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida, we decided to stick around and see what else we could find, and all I can say is that another road trip to Florida is definitely on the cards!

If you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know that last week Jim and I highlighted some awesome Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida, but we have discovered there are many more little hidden treasures along the way.

motorcycle friendly restaurants Florida

The Sebring Diner is a great place to stop for breakfast and lunch and has great roads through the Sunshine States, “Citrus Country,” to get you there. Located at 4040 US Highway 27 South, the diner offers great value and plenty of motorcycle parking. The diner has a great counter reminiscent of the fabulous 50’s with menu items to match. I’m a stickler for homemade, especially when it comes to biscuits and gravy and this place looks like it has it all. Other breakfast and lunch favorites include the Corned Beef and Hash Omelet and the Open Face Meatloaf Sandwich.

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants Florida

Located on N. Ozello Trail in Crystal River, Pecks Old Port Cove is a must when it comes to Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida. This classic seafood restaurant has an awesome outdoor bar and plenty of menu items including fresh blue crab straight off the boat and a spectacular Fisherman’s Platter that will really fill you up. Pecks Old Port Cove has the best views, especially if you sit in the Tiki room at Sunset.

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Mojo’s on Oceanshore Blvd in Flagler Beach is another must stop if you are looking for good Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida. The bar and grill tavern has special bike nights and an incredibly fun atmosphere. If you ask around you can also find plenty of great roads for sport touring and sport rides. Oh, and great motorcycle parking too!

motorcycle friendly restaurants Florida

Unlike a lot of the Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida, Mojo’s is locally owned and operated and has a great menu. Touting award winning ribs and ½-pound ground sirloin burgers, they also have the coldest beer in town, I guess we’ll have to find out! With indoor and outdoor bars, why wouldn’t you want to stop…oh, and Mojo’s has live entertainment as well!

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We could have stopped, but had to include one last example of great Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida.

If you are in Key West, Louie’s Backyard, on Waddell Ave. is a destination for sure with its variety of Caribbean specialties and or course, seafood. Louie’s is a longtime local establishment that serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Florida Louies

Louie’s Backyard with its multi-level deck, is a great place to enjoy a tuna burger for lunch, or a classic Maine lobster roll. If you stop in for dinner, try the Bahamian Conch Chowder for an appetizer and order the Lemon Horseradish Crusted Salmon with Chive oil and Sugar Snap Peas for your main course.

We love to eat and will surprise you with more Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in the United States next week!

Just Another Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant in California

Motorcycle friendly restaurants

When it comes to finding a good motorcycle friendly bar or restaurant in California I like to do my research as both Jim and I have been disappointed after anticipating what we thought would be all that and more.

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If you follow our Travels with Harley Blog you will remember that I haven’t always been happy with my menu selection even though Yelp recommended what I thought would be a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

motorcycle friendly restaurant

Finding the perfect Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant is something that Jim and I have always been passionate about, well, then again, maybe it’s just me… Most of you know that Jim is more of a meat and potatoes man where I like to be adventurous and try new things. That is how Travels with Harley started over three years ago.

Although we haven’t started officially filming our adventures, it won’t be long before you follow Jim and I as we eat, drink and sleep our way across the U.S. Of course, when that happens you will be the first to know!

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Travels with Harley is going to spend the next few weeks sharing what we have heard are some of the best places to eat and drink when you are on a motorcycle road trip.

This week we’re going back to my home state of California.

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The Rock Inn

Located in Lake Hughes California, this full restaurant and bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is located between Lancaster and Valencia. The Rock Inn is a local favorite that has had several different names including the Harley Rock Inn. The Inn has live bands from one to five on Saturdays and Sundays and best of all you can stay the night. Although the reviews are mixed, I would love to try the Rock Inn just so I can climb up and down the cool rock and iron spiral staircase and order the Saturday night Prime Rib Special.

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Newcomb’s Ranch

Built in 1939, Newcomb’s Ranch was a popular hotel, gas station and Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant. After the building was destroyed by fire back in 1976, it was rebuilt and reopened by Lynn Newcomb Jr. who later sold the ranch to Frederick H. Rundall who continues to run the restaurant, store and Inn. Popular with Harley riders, and everyone else for that matter, the restaurant menu sounds delicious with all kinds of great fare including the Egg McNewcomb for breakfast or the Big Pines Ortega Burger for lunch.

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Lookout Roadhouse

Called a hidden gem by Yelp reviewers, the Lookout Roadhouse is located on the Ortega Highway in Lake Elsinore and is a great place to stop, get off your Harley, and have a bite to eat. Open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm the restaurant bar has amazing views of Lake Elsinore and is a favorite stop if you are craving breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Andria’s Seafood

If you have a hankering for seafood Andria’s Seafood in Ventura gets some great reviews and is a popular spot for H.O.G. members. Located on the pier on Spinnaker Drive the restaurant fish market is known for its homemade clam chowder and original fish and chips. Voted Best Seafood Restaurant in Ventura, Andria’s has great views and great food to match!

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Next week we’re going to share some more motorcycle friendly restaurants both in the United States and Canada.

Make Sure you are Compatible for Motorcycle trips

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Motorcycle trips are great, especially when you ride with a group, but as Jim and I have learned on our Travels with Harley motorcycle trips, not everyone is compatible. You may have a favorite riding buddy that you get together with for a day, but how do you know that your friend will be compatible on a long ride?

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If you follow the Travels with Harley blog, you will know how much planning is needed for long motorcycle trips including what you will pack and the route that you will take, however, one of the most overlooked motorcycle trip details is who you will be riding with. Jim and I are great traveling companions, but if you don’t have the luxury of riding with a group that you know or a friend that you can trust, you need to ask yourself just how compatible you really are.

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Riding Skills

If you are a bit of a daredevil, you want to make sure that your traveling companion is up to it. If you can navigate twisty roads with loads of curves, you will want to find a riding buddy that can handle it as well. The last thing that you want to do is slow down or wait for your companion to catch up. You can’t ask your riding buddy to pick up the pace as it can take away from the fun and could be dangerous.

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Budgets

Knowing each other’s budgets will prevent any problems on your motorcycle trips. If your riding buddy is on a tight budget your favorite five star hotel could be out of the question. Of course, you could share a room and split the cost, but if either of you snore, it may cause some serious issues.

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Meals should also be considered. If you eat like a bird and your friend enjoys three meals a day it could be a problem. Most importantly are the places that you choose. Everyone’s taste varies and if you are the type of person who likes to eat like a King, your riding companion’s fast food choices could be problematic.

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Touring Experience

If you travel quite a bit, like Jim and I do, you may take motorcycle touring for granted. If you are traveling with a novice, you may have to wait as your companion meticulously packs up his or her bike every morning. Worse yet, you may have to spend more time in the store than on your bike as your riding buddy shops for items that may have been forgotten.

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Personalities

Before you head out on motorcycle trips, make sure that you spend some time with your potential riding buddy before you venture out on long motorcycle trips. The two of you may get along fine in small doses, but what about on a long trip.

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Remember, motorcycle buddies can be friends for life, as long as the two of you are compatible. If you aren’t, your best weekend riding friend could end up being your worst enemy.

A Weekend Motorcycle Ride in Ohio

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A weekend motorcycle ride doesn’t take as much planning as some of the other long road trips that Jim and I have been on, but you do need to be prepared and remember some of the tips that were mentioned in the last couple of Travels with Harley blogs. Once you are packed and ready to go it’s time to hit the road. This week we are heading to Ohio.

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Known as the buckeye state, Ohio offers some of the best weekend motorcycle rides in the Midwest. The southeastern part of Ohio really is a motorcycle riders paradise and is filled with twisty roads, river hugging curves and lovely little country towns. The northeast part of Ohio takes you to Lake Erie, which is proud to be the 11th largest lake in the world.

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The Legends of Music Bar Run is a great little weekend motorcycle ride that is only 19 miles long, however because the ride goes through old world Amish Country, the roads have the typical wagon wheel damage and horse debris. It’s best to stay towards the center and make sure that you go slowly. You’ll pass an old windmill and an Amish School House, which some say is the highlight of the entire ride. Take a picnic lunch with you or stop for one at Quick Check Foods in Killbuck. You can also stop for food and gas at Miller’s Dutch Kitchen, an authentic Amish Family Restaurant, but best check it out on Monday through Saturday as it is closed on Sundays.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The 26-mile Cuyahoga Valley National Park Run starts out in the industrial valley, but quickly gets rural as you ride along the old canal system. If you want to see old bridges, waterfalls and some really cool caves take one of the side roads. If you like to hike, there are 125 miles of trails where you can stop and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. This weekend motorcycle ride takes you through quite a few towns where you can have a bite to eat, or if you want to head into Akron, there are plenty of places to curb your appetite.

Rocky River Reservation

Valley Parkway is another weekend motorcycle ride in Ohio that you will not want to miss. Part of the Cleveland Metro Parks the road starts in Mill Stream Reservation ending at the Rocky River Reservation. The road crosses over the Rocky River quite a few times and is very well maintained. You’ll see waterfalls and lakes along the way as well. This is definitely a Sunday kind of ride and is ideal for cruising, if you are looking for speed, this isn’t the weekend motorcycle ride for you.

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When we have the time, Jim and I are always up for a weekend motorcycle ride and will hopefully get in a few more before the end of summer. Next week we are going to explore Delaware.

Preparing For a Motorcycle Road Trip Part Two

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Last week we talked about preparing for a motorcycle road trip, but wanted to get down to the finer details. If you don’t follow the Travels with Harley blog, just scroll to the bottom of the page and subscribe  and you will know how important it is to be ready for just about anything when it comes to preparing for a motorcycle road trip.

Getting your Harley Davidson ready for the journey is imperative if you want to make sure that your bike is up for it.

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Knowing the Limits

Jim knows the Road King much better than I do and knows just how far to push it. If you aren’t sure what your motorcycles limits are, check out the VIN plate and the owner’s manual for the GVWR or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. This will tell you just how much weight your motorcycle can carry.

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The Suspension

If you are preparing for a motorcycle road trip try stiffening the suspension, as it will counterbalance the racks, luggage and other items that could affect the performance of your motorcycle.

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Your Tires

The tire pressure that you keep when you are riding around town may not be sufficient for a long distance trek. Check the instructions in your owner’s manual and adjust the tire pressure as needed.

Check your Headlamp

Make sure that you check your headlamp when your bike is fully loaded. If you don’t, you may have gear or something else that you are bringing along blocking your view.

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Inspection

Check your bikes spark plugs and don’t forget to check the chain or belt for any weak spots. Make sure that you inspect the fluid levels in every battery cell and don’t forget to give the battery a charge, especially if you have not been on a ride for a while. Travels with Harley also recommends that you clean or replace air filters and fill up on your low-level fluids. Lubricate your clutch cables and brakes and make sure that all of your lights, including your brake lights, are working properly.

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Test it Out

One of the most important things to remember when you are preparing for a motorcycle road trip is the test drive. It really is the best way to know what you should expect when your bike is fully loaded.

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Map it

Although you have probably planned your trip route, it is important to check the map route the night before. Check one of the real time mapping systems such as MapQuest for road closures or any other travel issues that may have occurred.

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Documents

Make sure that you include a copy of your registration and your insurance. If you are going over the border, you will want to bring along a passport and proof of identification. Also, bring along some converted cash for the country that you are visiting.

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Plan your Stops

Before you head out you will want to check out online reviews for the places that you are visiting when you are preparing for a motorcycle road trip. Check out where the gas stations and restaurants will be and don’t forget to plan ahead, especially if you are staying in a hotel.

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Preparing for a motorcycle road trip can be fun, as long as you remember to enjoy the ride!

Preparing for a Motorcycle Road Trip

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Preparing for a motorcycle trip can be difficult, and frankly, Jim and I have had a few road trips where we were not prepared; however, now that we know more about preparing for a motorcycle trip, we are not so worried about forgetting something.

Below are a few tips that you may want to consider if you are preparing for a motorcycle road trip.

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Weather Appropriate Clothing

Depending on when you are traveling, you will want to your gear to be able to deal with the elements. For warmer months, pack sunscreen, sunglasses and a cool neck wrap, and gloves, a heated vest liner, and waterproof outerwear during the fall and winter.

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Maintenance

The last thing that you want is to breakdown and not have the appropriate tools. Make sure that you have motor oil, a bike cover, a tool kit, a tire inflation kit and jumper cables. If you are handy with a wrench, include fuses, spare spark plugs, and maybe a clutch cable.

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All the comforts of home

If you are like Jim and I you know that preparing for a motorcycle road trip is all about traveling light. However, there are some things that I like to take along including earplugs, lip balm, and toiletries.

In case of an emergency

Make sure that you pack a list of contacts and a first-aid kit. Don’t forget your medications, waterproof matches, a flashlight, phone charger, energy bars, and an emergency blanket. Always have water on hand as well as a few snacks that are easy to pack.

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Roll it up

When you roll your clothes, like Jim and I do when we are preparing for a motorcycle road trip, you can fit more than you would if you folded them.

Synthetics over cotton

Synthetic clothes dry much faster than cotton, and if you have just been rained on or washed your clothes and want to get back out on the road, pack the synthetics.

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If you are riding with a group, make sure that your riding buddies and your partner are not duplicating items. Share what you can to save room for more important things.

Keep your gear towards the front

Because the front is your motorcycles center of gravity, it is important to disperse your personal items evenly as it will make for a smoother ride, even with the additional weight.

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Group it

If you are preparing for a motorcycle road trip try and group your similar items in zip lock baggies as you can arrange your things neatly making them much easier to access.

Next week Jim and I will talk about the finer details of preparing for a motorcycle road trip.

Just Another Motorcycle Road Trip in Massachusetts

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A Motorcycle Road Trip can take an hour or ten days, depending on where you are headed, but as Jim and I like to say, any Motorcycle Road Trip is a good trip, as long as you are prepared ahead of time.

If you follow our Travels with Harley Blog, we have been sharing some great examples of the perfect Motorcycle Road Trip and this week we’re headed to Massachusetts.

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From the thick forests in the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts, to the huge bluffs in Cape Code, Massachusetts really does have it all. You can hit the small towns, or spend a night in Boston for great shopping and dining. The Mayflower landed in Massachusetts followed by the Revolutionary War and the Witch Hunts.

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Through the Country to the Castle is a great Motorcycle Road Trip that has mountains, ocean and country roads that take you to Castle Island all in just 36 miles. You’ll go through Blue Hills Mountain where you will see amazing views of Boston and the surrounding areas on winding roads that are invigorating and well paved. Quincy Shore has a couple of great eateries including Tony’s Clam Shop, which has a great selection of seafood platters.

The Country Whip Inc

Scenic Route 105 is another great Motorcycle Road Trip in Massachusetts that you will not want to miss. You will drive through orchards and farms taking you through Acushnet ending up in historic Marion. There will be lots of 90-degree right and left turns. When you get to Acushnet, stop at The Country Whip Drive Inc, and try a lobster roll and some fried clams.

Sams Pizzaria and Cafe

If you don’t have all day, but feel like getting out for a great little Motorcycle Road Trip, take the 23 mile Route 66 to Northampton. You’ll ride past mountains, farmlands, and state parks on good quality roads with lots of curves and hills. Once you get into Northampton, you will find a lot of great places to eat and shop, two of my favorite activities. Try to find something with outside tables, such as Sam’s Pizzeria and Café where you can enjoy a gourmet pizza washed down with an icy cold beer. Sam’s has live music Wednesday through Sunday and is open until 3:00 am on the weekends, not that Jim and I are ever up that late, or early!

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Jim and I love Massachusetts and hope to get in another Motorcycle Road Trip for another Travels with Harley adventure soon. When that happens, we will definitely keep you posted!

Tennessee Road Trips on a Harley

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Tennessee Road Trips on the back of a motorcycle are incredible, especially during this time of year. If you follow the Travels with Harley blog, you will know that we promised you another blog about Tennessee Road Trips last week.

River Road is one of those Tennessee Road trips that you will love. The 16-mile drive takes you from Nashville to Ashland City and is filled with lots of curves and hills. The ride follows the Cumberland River and has good pavement.

Pucketts Grocery and Restaurant

Make it an afternoon ride and have breakfast at Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant. This renovated 50’s grocery store has great reviews and sounds like a lot of fun. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and featuring live music, it’s one place that Jim and I have on our Tennessee Road trips bucket list.

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Both Jim and I love the curves. It took some getting used to, but now I can even take pictures with our GoPro while we hug the turns. If you’re like us, the Old TN Highway 85 is another one of those Tennessee Road trips that you have to take. Although it’s only 9 miles long, Travels with Harley bets that it will seem much longer thanks to some of the sharp turns along the way. According to the reviews, this road trip has no overlooks or turnouts. It is so twisty that it’s closed to large semi trucks. Make sure to gas up and have a bite before you venture out though as there are no amenities on the Old TN Highway 85 in Tennessee.

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If you’re on the hunt for longer Tennessee Road Trips check out the I-40 through Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests. Featured on Motorcycle Road Trips, this awesome 28.4 mile ride takes you through the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. You’ll be just east of the Smokies National Park and although there is a divided highway as you follow along the Pigeon River, you will enjoy the mountain trip with great scenery, especially during spring when you can see the gorgeous colors of the abundant wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fall is also another time that you will want to enjoy Tennessee Road Trips. All who love pushing the throttle enjoy this high-speed curvy road.

Dollywood

One of the highway rest stops is actually a replica of Dolly Parton’s Sevierville cabin where she grew up. Once you get to the R276 leading to Maggie Valley, NC, you find lots of eateries and accommodations.

Tennessee Road Trips are plentiful, and next week we’re going to do more of the same. Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget to get on your bike and ride. Travels with Harley certainly plans on it.

Not to Be Missed Motorcycle Rides in Georgia

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If you are on the hunt for great motorcycle rides in the South, Travels with Harley has a few suggestions that you may want to try. This week we are going to focus on the Peach State, otherwise known as Georgia.

The best motorcycle rides are usually off the beaten track. At least that is what Jim and I think. We have been on a few motorcycle rides where the only thing on the road was us and maybe a car or two the entire trip.

Fort McAllister State Park

We have done quite a few Travels with Harley motorcycle rides in Georgia and really enjoy the great scenery. The coastal area of the state gives riders plenty to look at with its beaches and beautiful marshland. Popular motorcycle destinations include Fort McAllister State Park and Savannah.

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The Meridian Road Canopy Ride is gorgeous when it comes to beautiful motorcycle rides, and although there aren’t any roadside amenities, the scenery makes it well worth gassing up beforehand. Meridian Road starts out near Cairo, GA and takes you into Tallahassee Florida. If you enjoy hills and turns this is the ride for you as the road takes you through canopies of trees and plantations that you will not want to miss.

Tate House

If you enjoy historical landmarks, the 19-mile Tate to Dawsonville will take you through the historic town of Tate where you will drive right past the Tate House, which is 45 miles north of Atlanta. Colonial Sam Tate who was a land baron, philanthropist, and tycoon built the pink marble mansion in 1926. The Tate House is now one of the most sought after wedding venues in the south. The Tate to Dawsonville road features quite a few turns with some tight blind turns that are best suited for more experienced riders. This ride has some gorgeous views, but no amenities to speak of except for a couple of gas stations.

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The 99 mile Scenic Route from Springfield to Augusta is stunning and begins at City Limit Customs in Springfield. You’ll ride over the Savannah River into South Carolina and continue until you head back into Augusta GA. On this trip, you will pass through plenty of plantations and dense forests so don’t forget your camera. The roads are mostly flat until you hit the 125 where there will be some small hills to contend with. The roads are all paved and although the amenities are sparse out of Springfield there are plenty of gas stations, restaurants and shops once you get to Augusta.

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When it comes to motorcycle rides, the south has plenty. Next week Travels with Harley heads to Alabama for more great motorcycle rides in the south.

Harley Davidson Day Trip Out of Las Vegas

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The best Harley Davidson Day Trip is a spontaneous one. However, some Harley Davidson Day Trips are best planned in advance.

Everyone loves Las Vegas, for obvious reasons, but most people have no idea that the City of Sin has some great Harley Davidson Day Trips.

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon is about an hour’s drive just west of Las Vegas. The 13-mile Harley Davidson Day Trip loop offers plenty of well-maintained pavement with lots of overlooks, vistas, and sightseeing. If you are short on time, check out the Calico Vista Point when you head out for this Harley Davidson Day Trip.

Valley of Fire

Nevada’s oldest state park is also a great place to head out for a Harley Davidson Day Trip. The Valley of Fire State Park was dedicated back in 1935 is just 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Mt. Charleston Lodge

 

The Mount Charleston Loop is another great Harley Davidson Day Trip that you will love. Just take Highway 95 out of Las Vegas where you will ride through Lee and Kyle Canyon. The roads are very well maintained with plenty of twists and turns that will take you up and back down the mountain. Best fill up before you go, and don’t forget to stop for a bite at the Mount Charleston Lodge for an Angus burger and fried cheesecake for dessert.

Death Valley

More than a Harley Davidson Day Trip, the Death Valley Run is spectacular, especially during the spring. This year promises to be one of the best in decades when it comes to the wildflowers that have been eluding the area for a few years. The 161-mile trip offers some of the best scenery in the world with wrinkled and rugged mountains towering over the gorgeous cavalcade of spring flowers.

Furnace Creek Resort

Although quite desolate with very few amenities, Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells do have a general store and a gas station. You can enjoy a meal at the Toll House restaurant or quench your thirst at the Badwater Saloon. Death Valley really is a must for anyone, but especially if you are looking for a great Harley Davidson Day Trip.

If you are heading to Las Vegas, take your bike and enjoy a Harley Davidson Day Trip. Jim and I plan on it if the weather ever starts to improve.