Destination: New England | Motorcycle Travel
Traveling New England via Motorcycle
The birthplace of the United States, New England is filled with history, and plenty of beautiful roads for motorcycles. Mountainous terrain, abundant wildlife and lush forests, as well as the Atlantic coast, all spread out over 72,000 square miles, means that boredom is not in the cards.
Vermont is something of a sportsman’s paradise. Activities during motorcycling-friendly months include fishing, hiking, and hunting. The relative lack of local population helps keep the backroads empty, providing an enjoyable riding atmosphere.
With the lowest population density east of the Mississippi River, Maine appeals to those who like riding through trees. With 90-percent of the state forested, you will always feel close to nature on your rides. A rugged coastline calls for endless exploring of the small towns in countless harbors.
Thanks to the extensive White Mountains range in the northern part of the state, New Hampshire’s inventory of interesting, twisting roads is bountiful. The Merrimack River cuts through the middle of the southern part of the state, with US Route 3 giving you access to the historic towns that have grown up around the artery.
Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are more crowded than their compatriots to the north. However, this gives you access to more urban riding opportunities, and larger towns such as Boston, Hartford, and Providence. Cape Cod has a low population that expands during the summer, so slightly off-season is recommended for riding. Whale watching is a popular Cape activity.
Scenic Motorcycle Tours’ all-inclusive The Best of New England Loops Tour is an ideal way to explore the roads of New England in style and comfort. Rather than riding from hotel to hotel, you are based at the Grand Summit Resort of Mt. Snow in tiny West Dover in southwest Vermont.
For three days, you are guided on various loops from the Grand Summit. Some of the loops are all-day rides, while others return to the resort for lunch. On the rides, a total of 500 miles are put on your bike.
Tours that focus on mountain riding and fall foliage are also offered by Scenic Motorcycle Tours, all with the focus on a luxury touring experience. Each tour is a long weekend escape, though private tours can be arranged. Motorcycle rentals are also available.