There is nothing like the pull of the open road. Feeling the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin. Even if you’re just driving to and from work, it can fill you with a sense of freedom and a desire for adventure.
But there’s something particularly thrilling and inspiring about visiting a new place for the first time on a motorbike, watching the road unfold with nothing between you and the big open sky above.
Riding a motorcycle allows you to interact with the landscape around you in a much more direct way that looking through the car window making it the ultimate form of transportation for tourism.
If you’re a biking enthusiast, then there is no better way to see a new country. Check out these great motorcycle trips to learn where to take your next adventure.
If wide open spaces are your favorite places to ride, then Morocco is a must-visit place. Just across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain, Morocco is a country with a vibrant culture full of opportunities for adventure and a vast landscape.
In Morocco, you won’t have to worry about snowy winters or roads packed with traffic. Instead, you can take off into the desert on well-maintained roads that run through sand dunes. You will see amazing sunsets and sunrises over the dunes and experience wildlife and plants that thrive in the harsh landscape.
If you’re really adventurous, you can even go off the path and ride along mule paths and dry riverbeds for the ultimate experience of freedom. Morroco is a place where you can take off into the distance and get lost.
Did you know that you could ride a motorcycle in the shadow of Mount Everest? Taking a motorcycle tour in Tibet can be an excellent adventure of a lifetime.
Try taking the Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway from the Lhasa to the Nepal border. It’s a 900-kilometer ride from the capital city through a national park. After that, you’ll be able to see Rasuwa Gadhi, which is an ancient fort marking the point where the road crosses the Trishuli River Gorge.
The entire time you ride you will be able to see Mount Everest looming in the distance. The Buddhist statues and monasteries that you come across along the way will make the ride spiritual as well as majestic.
If you really enjoy adventure and long to see something different, then you will want to plan your motorcycle tour to the Siti Valley in the Himalayas. There you will find high-altitude passes and water crossings that will test your skills.
You’ll also be able to stop at beautiful monasteries and take in a varied landscape. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, this is the trip for you.
Australia is famous for its Great Ocean Road route that stretches 180 miles from Melbourne, through rain forests, along the coast, and an end in Peterborough. This trip gives you an excellent taste of Australia and all of the wildlife and climates it has to offer.
You can start your tour in Sydney and ride west to the Blue Mountains that have a signature blue hue from the mist produced by the eucalyptus trees that grow there.
Then, you can continue to the European influenced cities of Lithgow and Bathurst where you will find historic buildings. But the real adventure starts once you hit the outback. There you will follow dirt tracks through harsh regions that will make you feel like an Australian pioneer.
This is the same area of the world where the movie Mad Max was filmed, so you may find yourself having post apocalyptic visions until you reach Flinders Ranges National Park where you will lose your sense of time with all of the amazing natural sites and animals.
While the Great Ocean Road is probably the most well-known stretch for bikers in Australia, there are also other trips that are a lot of fun. Make sure you do your research and find out which regions of Australia you want to see most.
Italy is home to some of the most beautiful winding roads in the world. From the stunning views along the Almafi Coast to the well-traveled roads in the Alps, you’re sure to be awed by the stunning landscape.
Visiting Italy on motorcycle allows you to travel to all of the different parts of the country easily. You can pair a trip to Vatican City with a drive to Venice, Pompeii, or take a relaxing ride through the countryside.
Try to take in a blend of the charming landscape as well as absorb the beautiful history that makes Italy so unique. Motorcycles make the trip easy and allow you to also stop off whenever you like to sample a vineyard or take in a breathtaking view.
5. The United States
There are a ton of different places to ride your motorcycle in the United States, but the most famous trip has to be the ride along the Pacific Coast Highway. People flock to California every year to ride along the cliffs and look out at the beautiful ocean.
You can even check out some of the best biker bars in America along the way. But riding around isn’t the only way to enjoy your motorcycle in America. There are also a lot of rallies and events to check out!
Riding through the mountainous landscape of Chile on a motorbike is one of the most spectacular trips you can take. You’ll travel between mountains and across deserts as you ride across the many climates.
Chile has a narrow design which gives you a lot of access to Argentina in the east as well. There you will find more challenging terrain and less densely populated areas where you can really let loose and test your horsepower.
Many people who have taken a trip here say that it is like visiting another planet. In some areas, you will go through high-altitude vineyards known for their world-class wine. In others, you will drive through ghost towns where people haven’t lived for decades.
Even further along, you’ll pass through salt flats that resemble the terrain of the moon and through cloud forests where you can hardly see what’s in front of you.
The Trans-Siberian highway runs across the largest country on earth – Russia. But you don’t have to stick to this well-traveled route.
From Moscow to Yekaterinburg
Consider starting your journey in Moscow where you can visit the Kremlin and Red Square to learn all about Russian history. Then follow the Volga River to Vladimir where you can stop and see the Dormition Cathedral built in the 12th century.
Continue your journey by heading to Kazan, an ancient city that was once the capital of Russia. There you can visit the Kazan Kremlin that dates back to the tenth century.
If you’re into guns, then you may want to consider heading to Izhevsk next where you can tour the factories where the AK-47 is produced. There is also a museum and shooting range there where you can try firing an AK-47 for yourself.
After your trip to Izhevsk, you can take a long drive to Yekaterinburg, but you won’t be bored on the journey. This route has immensely picturesque roads and beautiful farm fields that remind you of the simpler things in life.
Yekaterinburg and Beyond
Once you arrive in Yekaterinburg, you can spend the day seeing the sites. In particular, you should check out Oktyabrskaya Square and 1905 Square. You can also see the Church on the Blood, Garden of Stones, and the Obelisk that likes at the border of Europe and Asia.
After a day-long break from riding, you can take off for Tyumen where you can explore by foot and visit the hot springs in the city center to heal your aching muscles.
After your rest, you can head to Omsk where you can take a walking tour and enjoy historical buildings from the 19th century. Then you will want to continue on to Novosibirsk, which is the largest city you will visit on this route after Moscow.
It’s the third largest city in Russia and the capital of Siberia. From there you can continue on to tour other beautiful cities in Russia. It truly is a spectacular country for those who long for the open road.
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The routes in this post are intended to give you the adventure of a lifetime. They’re a far cry from the timid experience of riding around a country in a tour bus. They’re designed for an adventurous spirit just like yours.
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