A good read from my friend Ania. Enjoy!
Riding your motorcycle is a great way to experience the scenic beauty of just about
anywhere. Your bike not only takes you from point A to point B, it lets you enjoy a
nice breeze while doing so. Some of the most picturesque routes are found in the
American Northwest, particularly in California. This means that whenever you are
ready to pack your bags and head on a California adventure, you will have many
routes to choose from. This is just as true if you plan to focus your trip along
Northwest California as it is for routes that take you to other areas of the state.
Pacific Coast Highway
The Pacific Coast Highway, or Highway 1, runs along the Pacific Coast of the state,
letting you either begin or end your journey in Northwest California. The route
covers about 127 miles, so you will need to have enough luggage with you for a few
nights. It is an incredibly easy route to follow, where you either start in Monterey
or Morro Bay and then end in the other. The simplicity of the route allows you to sit
back and enjoy the beautiful sights, including rock outcroppings, rolling hills,
majestic mountains, and coastal views. You will find lighthouses, 18th century
buildings, and plenty of animals, including monarch butterflies, sharks, gray whales,
sea otters, and sea lions.
California Highway 58
Although not completely in Northwest California, State Highway 58 still makes for
an excellent motorcycle route when you are in the area. This is sometimes considered
to be “The Lost Highway,” because so few are aware of its natural beauty. The route
covers 90 miles and starts around 12miles to the west of Bakersfield, California.
From there, you just follow Highway 58 west until you reach the coastline. Along the
way, you can enjoy farmland, canyons, and more mixed along both relaxing roads
and tight turns to keep you on your toes and guarantee your trip is filled with adventure.
Angeles Crest Highway
Another great, easy-to follow route for motorcyclists looking for a road trip adventure near
Northwest California is the Angeles Crest Highway. This highway includes a portion
of State Route 2 and will take you on an adventure covering 66 miles, including
spectacular views and excellent riding. Along the way through the San Gabriel Mountains,
stop to see the Mount Wilson Observatory, which is perfect for those who enjoy
astronomy or simply want an excellent view of the nearby mountains and valleys.
As you continue, you find sweeping curves and generous lanes. Consider stopping at
Newcomb’s Ranch Restaurant & Bar along the way.
If you happen to be in Los Angeles instead of Northwest California, you will still
have plenty of routes to choose from. You can ride along Mulholland Highway until
you reach The Rock Store, which is a restaurant and shop. Taking the Pacific Coast
Highway can lead you to Neptune’s Net, a popular seafood restaurant. Other options
for afternoon rides that don’t require a large saddlebag include taking Little Tujunga
Road all the way to Route 66 Classic Grill or the Malibu Highlands until you reach the
Rustic Canyon General Store & Grill.
No matter your preference, packing your motorcycle bags and heading to
California can give you an adventure-filled but relaxing road trip you won’t forget.