Ride off into the sunset on a motorcycle tour
By Aimee Heckel
There’s something about the summer sunset that just begs for a motorcycle road trip: wild, fast and edgy, yet, up close and intimate with your surroundings.
You don’t need to run off to Sturgis (although if you do, it’s Aug. 5 to 11) to get in some good road rumbling. Here are five ways to make your fantasy motorcycle trip a reality:
1. Take a guided motorcycle tour. AAA and EagleRider offer a professionally guided motorcycle tour that is considered one of the best out there. The routes follow roads less traveled and avoid traffic jams and major highways.
Money-saving tip: AAA members get 12 percent off the tour.
2. Want to do a solo trip, but don’t know where to go? Sign up for one of EagleRider’s self-guided tours, with pre-planned routes and booked hotels. This option comes with a motorcycle rental, hotel accommodations and an itinerary, complete with tips and points of interest.
Money-saving tip: Check out these EagleRider deals and discounts through ShopAtHome.com.
3. Mingle with other motorcycle enthusiasts. Sturgis isn’t the only gathering. Laconia Motorcycle Week is June 8-16 in New Hampshire. Laconia is the nation’s oldest motorcycle event and one of the largest, drawing more than a half a million people each year. Note the date: Can you say, happy Father’s Day?
Money-saving tip: Consider camping along the seacoast instead of staying in a hotel. Check out this webpage for more information on camping for Laconia.
Also, don’t miss the Milwaukee Rally, held over Labor Day weekend in Wisconsin.
4. Ride through the dessert and Southwest, via motorcycle tours like Twisted Trailz. These guided tour packages range from three days to a week and wind through the beautiful scenery of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada.
5. Take a themed tour, such as Twisted Trailz’s Cowboy Country tour, touching on the history of the Old West and frontier towns. Visit old mines, classic cowboy sites and even the OK Corral on your “steel horse.”
Day trips and visits to historical monuments and parks also available.
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