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Best States for a Motorcycle Vacation

By Sally James

Vacationers on Motorcycles

Vacationers on Motorcycles

The things which make something enjoyable are, of course, subjective. Someone who loves history will wax lyrical about the old cities of Europe, which won’t interest a wilderness-yomper one jot. A ski nut will appreciate mountainous resorts the charms of which will be completely lost upon a beach bum. This subjectivity is as true of motorcycling as anything else. Some love straight, desert roads in which to roar along with the world spread out before you. Others like the challenge of a bendy forest road. Some like it warm, some hate to sweat in their leathers. As such, any ranking of states regarding their general enjoyability for bikers is going to meet with stormy opposition in some quarters. So we won’t attempt to do that. Here instead are the best states for hitting the road on two wheels according to certain criteria – namely: Warm riding weather, dry riding weather, safety, and gasoline prices.

Honda CX400 1980, Stuart, Florida

Honda CX400 1980, Stuart, Florida

Warm Riding Weather – Florida, Arizona, Hawaii, Louisiana In all fairness, this is a pretty subjective category. After all, some people might prefer the crisp tang of a Wisconsin winter to the hot humidity of a Southern summer. Feel free, therefore, to completely ignore this category and go your own sweet way! To be honest, we’ve mainly chosen these states based upon their hours of daylight and the relative paucity of chill winds. In general, the states of Florida, Arizona, Hawaii and Louisiana are the most likely to give you a good, clear run of days in which the daylight is abundant and the nasty weather keeps away. Texas isn’t far behind, but loses points for just being too damn big to gather non-conflicting data for! Don’t take it as read that these states are automatically going to roll out the climactic carpet for you, however. We all know about Florida and Louisiana’s issue with hurricanes! These states give you your best chance of consistently warm riding weather, but it’s by no means 100% guaranteed!

Vacationer from Ohio Relaxes by Motorcycle

Vacationer from Ohio Relaxes by Motorcycle

Dry Riding Weather – Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona Wet roads, snowy roads, and water splattering your visor do not make for a great ride. Some may enjoy the challenge, and some may relish the chance to pit their snow chains against the ice, but those of us who like an easy life would probably prefer to hit the road on a dry day. Working on yearly averages, the driest states are Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and Arizona. However, it might be worth taking seasonal averages into account as well. In the summer, California just about manages to knock Nevada from its desiccated top-spot, while in winter you’re more likely to find dry conditions in North Dakota (which perhaps helps to account for this state’s exemplary safety record – see below). In general, though Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and Arizona are the most consistently dry states all year round, so if you’re not a fan of slippy tires and the scent of soggy weather, it might be an idea to head West!

Safety – North Dakota, Nebraska, Mississippi You need not worry about damage (to yourself or you bike!) or theft if you head to one of these states. The roads here are smooth and well-maintained – particularly in North Dakota - which makes for an enjoyable as well as a safe ride. The accident and fatality rates for all vehicles, not just motorcycles, are commendably low in all three states (which will make your mother happy!). North Dakota notably experiences low levels of congestion, and drivers tend to be both considerate and bike-aware. Helmet laws are laxly enforced within Nebraska, which counts against them, but this does not stop Nebraskans from taking the initiative and wearing helmets out in spite of law-enforcement’s unbothered stance on the issue. Mississippi, meanwhile, are both consistent and persistent with their traffic safety laws. Thefts of motorcycles are low in all three of these states.  If you want your bike undamaged and your body unscarred, head on out to North Dakota, Nebraska, or Mississippi.

Gas Prices – Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas Gas prices zip up and down all over the USA on a daily basis, so don’t rely too much on this information in a year’s time! As it currently stands, you’ll get the most miles for your dollar in Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, and Kansas – but it might be worth checking before you book anything, just to make sure!

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Lake George: A Favorite Vacation Destination

By Charlene S. Mixa

Mountains, Lakes and Activities Beckon Travelers

Village of Lake George from Propect Point

Village of Lake George from Propect Point

The year-round beauty of the mountains and lakes of upstate New York’s Lake George area make it a favorite anytime of year vacation destination. Boasting crystal-clear waters along the southern Adirondack Mountains the area offers an extensive calendar of events, a diverse selection of shops, fabulous accommodations and numerous quaint towns. Continue reading

The Famous and Stimulating Saratoga Springs

By Charlene S. Mixa

A Vibrant Vacation Destination

A Day at the Races!

A Day at the Races!

For over a century, visitors from around the world have been drawn to Saratoga Springs. The summer center of the horseracing universe it is also recognized as one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A town with a storied past that is alive with character, charm, and so much to see and do. Continue reading

Letchworth State Park: “Grand Canyon of the East”

By Charlene S. Mixa

Waterfalls, a Deep Gorge & Lush Forest!

Upper Falls Letchworth State Park

Upper Falls Letchworth State Park

Our drive today takes us across the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes and its rich farmland on our way to Letchworth State Park. The park is a beautiful 17 mile gorge between Portage and Mount Morris, New York, renowned as the “Grand Canyon of the East”. Continue reading

Part I – THE AMAZING ADIRONDACKS – The Mountains

By Charlene S. Mixa

Explore These Magnificent Mountains

Rocky path to the summit of Whiteface Mountain

Rocky path to the summit of Whiteface Mountain

With 46 high peaks, six million acres of spectacular mountains, awesome vistas, and thousands of glacier formed lakes the Adirondack Mountains beckon visitors to feast in this scenic wonder. Activities are as varied as the mountaintops. In the summer enjoy the rolling landscape and peaks that welcome climbs. Continue reading

Part II: THE AMAZING ADIRONDACKS: The Olympics

By Charlene S. Mixa

EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF OLYMPIC VICTORY!

Walk the bobsled track -  it's fun!

Walk the bobsled track – it’s fun!

As stated in Part 1: The Amazing Adirondacks, the mountains encompasses 46 high peaks, six million acres of spectacular mountains, awesome vistas, and thousands of glacier formed lakes. The Adirondack Mountains beckon visitors to feast in this scenic wonder with activities are as varied as the mountaintops. Continue with us in Part II –The Amazing Adirondacks as we experience the “Thrill of Victory” at the Olympic Events in this five-part series.  Continue reading

Part III: THE ADIRONDACKS – Trains, Camps, Museums, etc.

By Charlene S. Mixa

Exciting activies and adventures continue

"Get Wild" at the Wild Center

“Get Wild” at the Wild Center

The Adirondack Mountains are amazing in their magnificent beauty and varied activities. This is the third story of our Amazing Adirondack adventure. Spending a month in Lake Placid and exploring these mountains, we discover a plethora of exciting activities and adventures. Continue with us as we visit towns, museums and more in the Lake Placid and Adirondack Mountains.  Continue reading

Part IV: ADIRONDACKS – Tee It Up for Great Golf!

By Charlene S. Mixa

Dramatic and Dynamic Mountain Golf

Mountain Course - Hole #1

Mountain Course – Hole #1

The gilded age brought the wealthy to the Adirondack Mountains with their Great Camps and famous hotels. At the turn of the century, golf was the sport of the elite and numerous courses were built in these picturesque mountains. Even after the rise and fall of the gilded age, Lake Placid continues to attract visitors of all walks of life to its beautiful mountains, glacier formed lakes and alpine village. Continue reading

Part V – THE AMAZING ADIRONDACKS – Fabulous Fine Dining

By Charlene S. Mixa

Savor the Flavors of Gracious Restaurants

Cheers to the "Amazing Adirondacks" - Lake Placid Lodge Artisan's

Cheers to the “Amazing Adirondacks” – Lake Placid Lodge Artisan’s

Exciting culinary experiences await visitors to Lake Placid that will please any palate. Restaurants offer an array of options from family-style to gourmet meals, all set in the magnificent splendor of the region and it legendary Adirondack Mountains. The diverse cuisines match the variety of guests and their gastronomical cravings. Elegant inns, rustic lodges and hotels provide a variety of accommodations and wonderful restaurants featuring world class dining. Continue reading

New York’s Fascinating Finger Lakes

By Charlene S. Mixa

Offering Natural Beauty, Rich History and World-Class Wineries

Fountain and lake view  Skaneateles LakePristine lakes, gorgeous waterfalls, and magnificent parks create a natural beauty in New York State’s Finger Lakes region. Add charming villages, a variety of museums, specialty shopping and the Finger Lakes area easily becomes a popular tourist getaway. Stretched out in a north-south direction the lakes are long and slender reminding early map-makers of the fingers of a hand, hence the name “Finger Lakes”. Continue reading