There’s nothing quite like taking to the open road on the back of a motorbike, feeling the wind rush past you as you see some of the world’s most magnificent sights. There are two key elements you need to decide on before you take on a motorcycle tour; the bike and the destination. With this in mind, here are five of the best destinations for motorcycle tours.
Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego
Of course, we need to kick off the list with Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, situated in both Chile and Argentina. Every year, TAMARBIKES heads off on a stunning adventure around this part of South America, ending on the longest day of the year here, the 21st December. During this tour, you can expect to criss-cross through the two countries several times, crossing borders and taking in the sights of the Andes which cuts the countries down the middle. There’s a reason we call these adventures “a ride of a life.” It’s a definite must-add to the bucket list.
The Chiang Rai Loop
Head to Thailand and take on the Chiang Rai Loop, which takes you through highlights such as the Mae Sa Elephant Camp, Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Dao Cave, and the Golden Triangle, where Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand all meet in the middle. This is one of the most scenic routes in the whole of the country, packed full of twisty roads that make it ideal for a motorcycle tour. It’s worth noting that travel insurance is a legal requirement in Thailand, as is an international driving permit, so make sure you have all of the right paperwork before you set off.
The Great Ocean Road
Both Australia and New Zealand are bikers’ dreams, thanks to miles of open road and captivating landscapes. However, only one could make it onto this list, and it’s a relatively short one. The Great Ocean Road is a mere 290 km, making it a one-day ride from Melbourne to Peterborough in Australia. What it lacks in length, however, it makes up for in scenery. You’ll ride across the shoreline rainforest, with glimpses of stunning surfing beaches and the Shipwreck Coast.
Cape Town Circuit
Cape Town in South Africa is an adventure-lovers paradise, so it makes sense that it’s also the ideal spot for a motorcycle tour. You can spend a couple of weeks on the Cape Town Circuit, which spans 1,690 km, and takes you through Addo National Park where you’ll be able to spot some of the Big Five. This route will also take you through the famous Winelands, so you’ll be able to stop off for a day (or two) and sample some of the wines on offer.
Pacific Coast Highway
It’s hard to pick just one place for a motorcycle tour in the U.S., as this is the home of the road trip. You could take on California and the American West, including dipping into Route 66 or opt for the Twisted Sisters loop in Texas. However, we couldn’t leave the Pacific Coast Highway route off our list. You’ll ride through the quaint fishing town of Monterey, catch a glimpse of the beautiful Big Sur, and even stop off in San Francisco for a day or two. This is definitely worth a trip on the back of your bike!
It was so hard to whittle this down to just five destinations, as there are so many incredible places in the world for motorcycle tours. Now you just have to pick which one you want to visit first. Any others to add to the list? Drop them in the comments below.
By Beth Tolson