With wide-open roads that carve through lonely deserts, beautiful forests, and magnificent canyons, Arizona offers some of the best motorcycle rides and awe-inspiring scenery in the Southwest.
One of the most scenic and interesting roads in Arizona, and perhaps the nation, is the 82-mile State Route 89A, which connects Flagstaff to Prescott. This road offers riders a grab bag of popular features -- switchbacks, twisties, unworldly beauty, elevation changes, plus open stretches to let the mind unwind and the throttle out. State Route 89A meanders through a surprising variety of terrain, from Flagstaff's forests and mountains to cactus-studded deserts to Sedona's spectacular red rock formations and gorgeous canyon. Riders will also find interesting towns on this route, including Jerome, Sedona and Prescott, in which to stop and visit. This road's only drawback is its popularity with tourists, as there are times when it can be very congested.
The Coronado Trail or US 191 is another route that provides excellent elevation changes, plenty of twists and turns, approximately 400 hair-raising switchbacks, and gorgeous scenery as it cuts through the Apache National Forest. This road, which is located on Arizona's eastern edge, starts in Eager and roams south to Clifton. The Coronado Trail is another road that covers a wide variety of terrain, including both dramatic desert and mountain settings.
Lovers of nostalgia will surely want to cruise Old Route 66. Arizona’s portion, which is the longest original section of the road still remaining, stretches from Arizona’s eastern border to its western one. The road passes through, among other things, quaint old towns such as Oatman, where wild burros wander the streets looking for handouts, and the Petrified Forest National Park.
Another can’t miss ride in Arizona is a trip to one of America’s most iconic sites, the Grand Canyon via Route 67, which is also known as the Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway. Motorcyclists begin this ride from the town of Jacob Lake Arizona and travel through Kaibab National Forest before reaching the stunning panoramic landscapes of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. Riders should check the weather forecast and whether or not this road is open during winter months before heading out, as the North Rim sits 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim and can experience harsh weather conditions.
Riders in the Phoenix area are lucky to have one of the state's best rides nearby. Known as Tortilla Flat by some and the Apache Trail by others, this road begins just outside of Phoenix in Apache Junction and takes riders through some soul-cleansing desert and mountain landscape to Canyon Lake. This nice little road features some nice twisties set against a backdrop of cactus and sage. Hungry bikers can stop in the small town of Tortilla Flat, which resembles something out of an old Western movie, for a quick bite to eat.
Arizona is also the site of a number of large bike rallies and rides. One of the most popular events is Arizona Bike Week, which roars into Scottsdale, Arizona in the spring. This event typically features rides, competitions, and several well-known musical acts.
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