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My thoughts are now turning to holidays in 2011. My wife and I have toured California, Nevada, Arizona and in 2010 Utah and Colorado. We are planning to tour again for a couple of weeks in June 2011 and are looking for some suggestions on what States to visit. How about sharing your experiences, where to ride and why?
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Southwestern MO, Northwestern AR; then a full days ride southwest to the TX hill country. Maybe go on south to Laredo, then northwest to at least Marathon. A day west and north will get you the NM mountains and on north to Santa Fe. Don't miss "Billy the Kid" territory on the way. Then do four corners and Durango if you have not done those before!!!
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Depending on your time and money, I really enjoy riding across from Oregon headed east up through Idaho (along the Snake River), Wyoming, Montana (Going to the Sun Highway), then down through the Dakotas (Needles, Badlands, etc.), Nebraska, Colorado (too many great roads to mention). You could pick some nice routes back West from there. Kind of a big loop.
If you have lot's of time, just pick nice roads headed East and to the Blueridge Parkway. Great riding area!

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Where are you starting from ? No info in your profile.
Dual sport or pure road?
budget constraints? camping or 'credit-card' touring?
Any special interests?

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Will be flying in from the UK to an airport near to where the tour will begin/end, but will only decide when tour location is finalised. Will be picking up a rental bike, Harley Electra Glide or maybe Goldwing and then touring, road only. Plan to stay at Motels on the fly, depending where we end up at the end of each day. No real restrictions on the budget, costs what it costs, we have a pretty good idea as we have toured this way several times before. Once the flights are booked and the bike rental paid, its just food, fuel and accom.
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if you've 'done' California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Colorado
Id suggest the North West (Northern California, Oregon & Washington)
if you have enought time perhaps loop back down or up the eastern side of the Rockies if you have to return the bike to the same location.
another possiblitiy is the over promoted Route 66 as a one way trip

if you are thinking of Northern California, Oregon & Washington I can thoroughly recommend the Destination Highways books + maps. theres not many turkeys in their roads ride list
heck you could probably devote two weeks to just one state on those guide books. depedns what your rental agreement allows you to do some don't like more than 200 miles per day

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If you end up in northern California, one of the BEST roads I've ridden is 299 from just north of Eureka, CA inland to Redding, CA. It goes through the "Gold Rush" areas.

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New England in the fall is always beautiful. Can be chilly depending on how late you ride. Maine, NH, VT and you can easily do portions of Quebec. Summer is also good. The Maine coast is spectacular the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire have some incredible scenic winding roads but your never to far from civilization. Lots of Bed and Breakfasts along the way.
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Southwestern MO, Northwestern AR; then a full days ride southwest to the TX hill country. Maybe go on south to Laredo, then northwest to at least Marathon. A day west and north will get you the NM mountains and on north to Santa Fe. Don't miss "Billy the Kid" territory on the way. Then do four corners and Durango if you have not done those before!!!
MO, AR, TX are some of the reasons planes were invented

How long you stayed in CO? Ive been here over 10 years and have not run out of places to go.
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Pacific Northwest. With a passport at hand you can include BC in it.
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+1 for Pacific NorthWet and Destination Highways.
Bring rain gear, can still be a bit rainy up here in June, but good temps and lots of great riding.
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My area of choice would be beautiful British Columbia Canada.
A short tour of Vancouver Island followed by a ride into the interior of B.C. towards Kelowna and then on to Banff and Calgary if you choose. Victoria is the capital of B.C.(on the island), from there to Banff and Lake Louise is just under 1000 km. if you have 2wks. you could take your time and hit some mountain roads just for fun! The dollar exchange rate would give you more bang for your buck up here in Canada. B.C. is simply a must see province.IMO.http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=d&sourc...,14.040527&z=6

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MO, AR, TX are some of the reasons planes were invented

How long you stayed in CO? Ive been here over 10 years and have not run out of places to go.
I have ridden eastern, central and southwestern CO; not the northwest. I like those I mentioned just as well (some areas better); I even like the high desert (unlike many folks). As for airplanes~ don't care for 'em; even tho I've been around the world on the flying buses.
But~ if you are happy, wear some more tires out and I will be just as happy for you.

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I can vouch for the northwest, and Washington in particular as you see many different ecosystems in one trip. Aside from destination highways, look up Roadrunner magazine, a touring directed periodical that has availbe maps downloads for Gps, unfortunately I believe they have only covered Washington a handful of times.
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I would say look at the Dakotas. I'm planning a trip up that way late spring to see the sights before the schools are all out with my better half. We want to see Sturgis, Badlands, Deadwood, Rushmore and all the different country possible.
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If I had the time to do the ride west to Seatlle. I would start there take the Edmonsd/Kingston ferry to the peninsula. Go around clockwise with a stop near forks to enjoy the wild coast and hangout with the vampires. Then to Port Angeles to catch the ferry to Victoria and go around BC making a big circle south east then west throught the cascades back to Puget Sound then back east through Snoqualmie and returning west through the Columbia.

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Just moved to Rapid City SD. I would agree that this is some wonderful riding! Have a GS and considering a Versys also.
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I can't believe no one has mentioned the Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive through Virginia and North Carolina. FANTASTIC scenery, but in stark contrast to what you see out west. Winding roads that aren't too tight - just perfect for a big (not so nimble) bike. Traffic is usually light on weekdays. No cross traffic, stop signs, or big trucks to worry about. Plenty of exits to visit historical places or find a place to eat and sleep.
Fly into Washington DC, spend a few days visiting the museums and monuments at the national mall. Pick up your bike(s) and head west to Skyline Drive(VA). Go south until it becomes the Blue Ridge and spend a couple of days until it ends. Maybe take a detour one day to ride the Snake in Kentucky. Spend a night gambling at the Casino in Cherokee(NC). If you're not on the Harley, check out the famous Tail of the Dragon after a ride through Smokey Mountain National Park and the Foothills Parkway. Be sure to take a ride on the Cherohala (TN) too. If you're ambitious head west through the Tennessee river valley and pick up the Natchez Trace Parkway southwest through Alabama and Mississippi. Then it's a short trip south to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Then go back the way you came.

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I'm curious, Phot: Where did you end up going?

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