What is a Not-to-Miss location or road West of the Mississippi
Looking for input on places that I shouldn't miss when I go on my ride in May. I plan on hitting all the National Parks, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and so on. I have at least 2 months to ride with the potential to make it three. I plan on heading West, riding up the PCH to Washington and then heading back East.
Lived in Arizona for a year and got to see Sedona(awesome ride getting there), and the Southern side of the Grand Canyon. Never have really been able to explore West of the Mississippi so anybody with any first hand experience I would greatly appreciate it. Any roads or parks are cool with me. Just want to see as much as possible with the time I will have
Peak-to-Peak Highway and Trail Ridge road are excellent ones here in Colorado...but there are a butt-load of really good ones here. what's your timeline looking like? be sure to give a shout when your in the area!
Well, fire the engines! Spur this iron space-pony on!
+1 on Beartooth. Be sure to go over Beartooth Pass. If possible go west over the pass toward Yellowstone. The drive from Yellowstone down through Grand Tetons is also pretty magnificent and there are some fun bars in Jackson ("Hole") as a final reward going South. In that same area, somewhere south of Jackson on National Forest land is a swimming pool fed by Hot Springs in a really beautiful setting.
In CO, try to make it over Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton in SW CO. Incredible road. Be careful. No guard rails and some serious drops. While in the area, Silverton is a blast. It's an old mining town at 9,000 feet elevation. Plenty of places to eat & drink. Rent a jeep at Silver Summit or Triangle and go over Imogene Pass - 13,000 feet! Awesome. If you want some whitewater, do the upper Animas - class 5!
If you're riding from Georgia, hit some of the great roads in Arkansas and then Talimena Scenic Drive from Mena, Ark., across southwest Okla. Beats boring I-40 any time. Once you wind up on I-40 (and you will wind up on I-40), take it to Tucumcari, NM, and get off the beaten path with NM104 to Las Vegas, NM. One of the coolest, loneliest stretches of the "Old West" you will see. When you reach Las Vegas, NM, take 518 north to Rancho de Taos. Treat yourself to a night in Taos. Cool place. From there, head north to Colo. and some of the already mentioned great roads.