Blue Ridge Parkway: North Carolina and Virginia
Distance – 469 miles, 12hr 30mins

This iconic mountain route is on almost every serious motorcyclist’s must-do list. The northern section, in Virginia, passes Civil War battle sites as it ambles through bucolic countryside. Farther south you climb into the Great Smoky Mountains, where the smooth, well-maintained Blue Ridge Parkway is renowned for its sweeping curves and arresting scenery.

A compulsory 45-mile-per-hour speed limit means that you have time to savor the views, which reach a crescendo south of Asheville, North Carolina.

For a longer ride, take the 105-mile Skyline Drive through Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park; the drive links to the parkway.

Planning: Allow at least two days for this 469-mile ride.

This ride was found at: National Geographic