Gloria lives in Ontario and is an avid fan of all Harely-Davidson motorcycles. A carefree spirit who loves her grandchildren and yoga, Gloria never misses an opportunity to camp in the outdoors, travel to new places with her toy hauler or find new roads to explore.
The Most Scenic Motorcycle Routes on the East Coast
After I got my first Harley-Davidson motorcycle, it was a few years until I realized how perfectly RVing and motorcycling fit together. I never thought it would be possible to travel great distances with my motorcycle, but that all changed when I got my 2014 KZ Sportster Toy Hauler. I am now able to see incredible and far places, and still have all the comforts of home with me. Over the past few years, I have gone on plenty of motorcycle RV trips, but these places have been my absolute favorite. Incredibly fun to drive and uniquely beautiful, I hope you’re able to enjoy at least some of these places from the back of a bike or from inside an RV.
1. The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
If you ever get the chance to visit Nova Scotia, then a trip along the Cabot Trail is a must. The 185-mile scenic drive is breathtaking, and cuts through many mountains that twist their way along the coast. I was so ecstatic when I finally got a chance to ride the Cabot Trail—pictures do not do it justice. There are also plenty of RV campgrounds along the way, so you can easily find a spacious spot and still be close to all of the little towns and famous lookouts. The entire drive takes about five days to complete, so plan accordingly and try to see as much as you can while you’re there. If you like delicious seafood and incredible ocean views, then I highly recommend an RV trip to the Cabot Trail.
2. Tail of the Dragon Road, Tennessee & North Carolina
With over 300 curves in just 11 short miles, motorcyclists come from all over to experience the twisting, turning fun that is Tail of the Dragon Road. Stretching alongside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the ride itself is beautiful and full of trees. If you enjoy sharp turns and active driving, then this route is a must. When I first drove Tail of the Dragon, I hadn’t bought my RV yet. However, it has been on my bucket list to return and I’ve found numerous places to camp, including Misty River Cabins and Campground, which has extra large gravel sites perfect for my toy hauler.
3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee & North Carolina
Not far from Tail of the Dragon Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is another ideal spot if you’re visiting this part of the U.S. There are plenty of RV campgrounds in the area, including two campgrounds inside the actual park. With plenty of wildlife, waterfalls and scenic mountains, exploring the park is some of the finest driving in the country. And unlike most national parks, entrance to Great Smoky Mountains is totally free. Be sure to check out Cherohala Parkway while you are here and enjoy its fun, twisty roads.
4. Daytona Beach, Florida
You’ve probably heard of the stunning, sandy beaches in Daytona Beach, but you’re probably unaware of the city’s epic bike week. Every year, over 500,000 people make their way to Daytona Beach Bike Week for 10 days of nothing but motorcycles. All of the main streets are closed down, as people drive and park their motorcycles and show off some of the newest and most impressive, custom-made bikes. You can enjoy plenty of good food and live music as well. And while Florida has plenty of RV parks and campgrounds, new places around Daytona Beach open specifically to house RVs for Bike Week. We usually stay at the Cabbage Patch, but have friends who have booked an RV space inside the track at Daytona Speedway. There is truly something for everyone here.
5. Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
The Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia is a biker’s dream come true. With slower speeds, and plenty of scenic lookout spots, there is nowhere else like it. From the Parkway, you can even branch off and take a few other incredible routes, like Shenandoah and Eastside Speedways. There are eight designated campgrounds along the Parkway, but many do not offer RV hookups. However, there are numerous private campgrounds located just off the Access Points of the Parkway with full RV hookups and amenities.
Photo Credits: Shutterstock // Colin D. Young; Shutterstock // Reet Whiting; Shutterstock // Rob Hainer; Shutterstock // Sean Pavone; Shutterstock // Cvandyke