With mile after mile of open, scenic roads that carve through mountains, valley, farmlands and the coast, Virginia is an outstanding state for motorcycle cruises. In addition to its many excellent roads, Virginia is also the starting point for the famous Rolling Thunder ride that is held during Memorial Day weekend.
One of Virginia's best and most well-known roads is the 105-mile-long Skyline Drive, which weaves its way through the scenic vistas of the Shenandoah National Park, from the town of Front Royal to the park's southern end. The entire ride can be done in about three hours if the weather is good and traffic is flowing. Motorcyclists should be forewarned, however, that on weekends during the fall foliage season, Skyline Drive can be a parking lot. Because this road is located in a national park, there is a fee to access it.
The Blue Ridge Parkway begins where Skyline Drive ends in Waynesboro, and continues on into North Carolina. This is a fun ride for those who enjoy a lot of twists and turns and miles of uninterrupted beautiful mountain scenery.
Another don't-miss road is the Colonial Parkway, which is located in Virginia's Historic Triangle region. This is a 23-mile road that begins in Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the United States, and ends in Yorktown, the site of the last major battle in the Revolutionary War. The Colonial Parkway follows the picturesque York and James Rivers and is well shaded by trees in the hot summer months. In the fall, these same trees show off in a blaze of color.
For something a little different, riders can cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel complex or CBBT, which connects the Virginia Beach area to the Eastern Shore, with a combination of a long tunnel and bridges. The highlight of this cruise is a long bridge, where riders will be surrounded by shades of blue, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side, the Chesapeake Bay on the other, and the sky above.
Experienced riders looking for a twisty challenge with changes of elevation should head to Route 33, which snakes its way from Harrisonburg in the Shenandoah Valley to West Virginia. This is an approximately 206-mile ride that features plenty of tight turns, long sweepers, and challenging switchbacks. This road also features many beautiful vistas, but only if a rider is brave enough to take his eyes off of the carving road in front of him.
Virginia is also the site of a number of rallies and rides. The state's largest and oldest rally, the Virginia Beach Bike Classic, is held each year at the end of April in Virginia Beach. In addition, each year, large numbers of bikers assemble at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, before rumbling out to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.
Another ride that passes through Virginia is the America's 9/11 Ride, which begins in Somerset, Pennsylvania, stops in Virginia and ends in New York. The ride is held in August and honors all those who perished in the tragic attacks that happened on September 11, 2001.
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