It's not just kids and spring breakers who pine for sunny Florida. Bikers, too, love this state's typically bike-friendly weather, especially during the winter months, and its miles of scenic open roads.
One of the most well-known and popular routes in Florida is The Loop, which is located about 30 minutes from Daytona Beach and offers picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean. The Loop begins in Ormond Beach on John Anderson Drive and proceeds north under an archway of large trees. Riders turn left on High bridge Road and cross the bridge and the Halifax River. At Walter Boardman Road, riders once again turn left and head to Old Dixie Highway, where they make another left to head back to the route's starting point in Ormond Beach. A word of warning: The Loop can be extremely congested during Daytona Beach's Biketober Fest and Bike Week.
Riders that have a little time on their hands and who are looking for a memorable cruise should set off on Route 1 through the Florida Keys. Route 1 was once voted by the Outdoor Writers Association of America as the eastern United States' "Most Scenic Route." This is not a challenging road, but a true pleasure ride that includes a stunning crossing over electric blue waters on the famous Seven Mile Bridge. Riders can pick up Route 1, south of Miami in Florida City and cruise it all the way down to Key West, where they can enjoy a margarita in this eclectic little town, which is the continental United States' southernmost point.
Yet another highly recommended ride for motorcyclists is the scenic Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway, which takes bikers from Naples to Miami, past glimpses of the old Florida and through the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve. Riders can stop at various points along the way to take a look at the area's many alligators or to take an airboat tour through the swamps.
Although many people consider Florida to be a relatively flat state, it does actually offer some roads with hilly inclines and twisting turns. The Sugarloaf Mountain Ride, which is located in central Florida, is one such route. Two roads, Old Country Road 561 and Old Country Road 455 combine to make a loop around Sugarloaf Mountain, which is the highest point on the Florida peninsula. Motorcyclists will undoubtedly enjoy the elevation changes and twists and turns this route will throw in their path, as well as spectacular views of Lake Apopka.
Experienced riders looking for a road with some challenging twists to it will enjoy the Ozello Trail Ride or State Route 494, which is located near Homosassa Springs on Florida's Gulf Coast. This road features a number of tight curves that demand a rider to pay it full time and attention.
In addition to miles of excellent roads for motorcycle cruising, Florida is also home to a number of large rallies and well-attended rides. Daytona Beach boasts two of the most well-known rallies, the aforementioned Daytona Bike Week, which is a ten-day event held in March, and Biketober, which is, needless to say, held in October.
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