Harley Davidson Weekend Getaways in Vermont

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September is here, and that means fall arrives mid-month and if you are looking for some terrific Harley Davidson weekend getaways, you will not do better than the East Coast. Although the West Coast does have its moments when it comes to the leaves changing color, nothing beats the cavalcade of colors in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

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Vermont is known for its maple syrup and Jim and I truly enjoyed riding through Vermont on our New England Trailblazer Tour, and although it was certainly longer than most Harley Davidson weekend getaways, it was well worth the trip.

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To enjoy autumn, you have to get out to the roads less traveled on Harley Davidson weekend getaways and if you are planning a trip to Vermont, you will certainly find a few of those.

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Scenic routes for Harley Davidson weekend getaways in Vermont offer riders everything from farmland vistas to sweeping forests. You can even ride through orchards, farms, and historic downtowns where you will find great cafes, diners, fruit and veggie stands and loads of trailheads for waterfalls, valley views, and swimming holes. The motorcycle roads in Vermont can take you for quick 30 mile Harley Davidson weekend getaways to lengthy 210 mile road trips that may take more than a couple of days.

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If you follow our blog, you will know that Jim and I are passionate about covered bridges, and if you are as well, you will love Vermont as there are more than 100 of them that range from smaller type constructions over babbling brooks and country streams to the world’s longest two span Cornish-Windsor covered bridge.

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The best way to enjoy the fall on Harley Davidson weekend getaways in Vermont is to steer clear of the highways and make your way over to the secondary roads.

Vermont-30 is considered one of the best Harley Davidson weekend getaways if you are looking for rolls and curves that will take you past lakes and mountains. The 66-mile ride even takes you by the Bomoseen State Park on Lake Bomoseen where you can stop for a quick swim.

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If you are really looking for fall foliage, try the Mount Equinox Skyline Drive toll road that will take you 3,140 feet in the air. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a bite to eat before you make your way to the summit where you will be met with a 360-degree view of the entire state of Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Adirondacks. On a clear day, riders can even catch a glimpse of Mount Royal in Montreal, Canada.

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According to quite a few Harley Davidson weekend getaways enthusiasts, Vermont’s Scenic 100 route is simply the best. With 200 hundred miles of changing views, the ride takes you from Wilmington Vermont to Lake Memphremagog, which is just shy of the Canadian border. With no shortage of activities during the fall, such as hayrides, pumpkin patches, cider mills and farm stands, it is best to make your reservations a few months in advance, as it is extremely popular during autumn.

For the best Harley Davidson weekend getaways, Vermont has got you covered. Make your reservations today and don’t forget to share your story on Travels with Harley.

New Zealand Harley Davidson Motorcycle Tour

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After talking about our virtual Harley Davidson Motorcycle tour of Australia last week, Jim and I got to thinking about heading to New Zealand, as it is just a hop, skip and a jump from, “The Land Down Under.”

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New Zealand is an amazing country that consists of a north and south island. A few of our friends have been before and say that both islands are a must. I did some research and discovered that there are quite a few places that rent Harley Davidson motorcycles, including the largest in the country, which is called Bularangi.

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Jim and I like to meet new people when we travel and because we belong to the Harley Davidson Owners Group would be able to connect with other H.O.G. members in New Zealand who could help us decide what Harley Davidson motorcycle tours would be the best. Of course, I did some research and found several that sound pretty cool.

Because we don’t know much about New Zealand a guided tour would probably be the best bet as all the tour guides are bred and born on either the north or south island and could show us the best and most beautiful places in the country.

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Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown have multiple day tours that would be an amazing way to see New Zealand. I’m quite fond of the three-day wine and whale tour, but if we had enough time we would also like to sign up for the two-day Christchurch Mountain pass tour that includes a tour guide.

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The two-day Harley Davidson motorcycle trip starts with a 208-mile ride that leaves Christchurch riding into the vineyards in the Waipara Valley. Crossing the Canterbury Plains the trip takes us through the Southern Alps before riding through the native and beech forests. Apparently, the views of the Lower Buller Gorge are breathtaking. The long ride will take us from the west to east coast of the South Island.

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The next day we would head south riding the west coast of the Southern Island with the Tasman Sea to the right and the Southern Alps to the left. The coastal ride also includes a stop at the Punakaki Rocks before heading to Lake Brunner. The steepest part of the ride is Arthurs Pass. After the climb, we get to ride along the High Mountain plateau before making our way back into Christchurch.

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There is plenty to see and do in New Zealand, especially on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle. I didn’t win the lottery last week, so I guess I had better go buy a few more tickets, especially if we want to see everything that New Zealand has to offer.

Dreaming about a Harley Davidson Trip to Australia

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If Jim and I win the lottery, or I should say when we win the lottery, we would love to travel the globe, renting Harley Davidson motorcycles as we go. We would of course test the newest bikes available including one like our own Road King. This past weekend I spent some time checking out places that rent Harley Davidson motorcycles and have added them to our must visit list.

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We have always wanted to travel to Australia and I was surprised to learn that you can rent Harley Davidson motorcycles in nearly every city. Of course, our first stop would be Sydney. I can only imagine how much fun we would have taking off from Sydney, and visiting all of the cool beaches like Bondi and Maroubra on the east side all the way up to Narrabeen, Newport, Avalon and Palm Beach on the north side.

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Sydney has three Harley Davidson models available. The Road King, which is like our bike, the Street Glide and the Ultra Classic. We have test driven a few different Harley Davidson motorcycles, and I am quite partial to the Ultra Classic. It really is the ultimate touring bike with its added legroom, and extra passenger space.

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We can actually rent a Harley Davidson in Sydney for two to three weeks, which would give us the opportunity to ride up to the Gold Coast and over to Mount Tamborine in Queensland. Our dream trip to Australia would also include a ride up to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast completing our ride in Cairns for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Of course, we just won the lottery, right? That means we could afford to spend a week on the Australian island of Tasmania. Devils Gullet is on our list as it is a state reserve located in the Wilderness World Heritage area. We could park our Harley Davidson rental, which would either be a Road King, Heritage Softail, or an Electraglide Ultra Classic, and enjoy the short easy walk up to the lookout that features awesome views of Cradle Mountain, Mount Ossa, and the Fisher River Valley.

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A trip to Tasmania would not be complete without a visit to King Island known for its cheese. If you follow my blog, you know that I am a real foodie, and love to try everything that any country has to offer. We could either camp, or stay in a comfy bed and breakfast.

 

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Australia is a big country and a trip to the Northern Territory and Western Australia would be on the cards as well, and let’s not forget about Coober Pedy. Known as the. “Opal capital of the world,” this mining town in South Australia is almost completely underground because of the scorching heat.

With all of this talk about Australia, I best go and play some lottery tickets…You’ve got to be in it to win it right? Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog on the bottom of the home page on our Travels with Harley site.