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Gorgeous Columbia: Seattle to the Columbia River Gorge and Back

NF 99 offers stellar views of Mount St. Helens and the surrounding valley.

Phil Buonpastore
December 4, 2012

When it comes to unspoiled natural beauty, the Columbia River Gorge ranks as one of the most stunning places on earth. While that may sound like an overly hyped statement in an overly hyped world, in this case it happens to be true. Few places combine as many elements of beautiful geography and topography—mountains,... Read more »

The Long Way to Monterey and Morro Bay, California

View from Hwy. 33 out of Ojai, looking out over the morning coastal fog bank.

Tom Culbertson
October 9, 2012

It’s 6 a.m. on a Wednesday as I head out of Port Hueneme, California, north to Monterey—the long way! There are so many fantastic back roads through this remote and pristine Central-Coast countryside that every trip is a unique and rewarding adventure. Today, riding my BMW R 1100 R, I catch Highway... Read more »

Cloverleaf Around Yakima, Washington

Mt. Rainier displays its majestic profile alongside the road to Paradise.

Alan Paulsen
September 11, 2012

When I last visited my friends Brian and Pam Rafferty in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to develop an article (Connecting the Dakotas, Rider, August 2009), they weren’t of a mind to leave one of America’s most livable cities. Well, the economic travails of the times dictated that they pull up stakes... Read more »

Alaska Roadhouse Run: The Valdez to Fairbanks Trail

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Dennis Bible
July 6, 2012

(This story was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Story and photos by Dennis Bible When gold was discovered in the 1890s in the Klondike and later in Fairbanks, one of the fastest ways for prospectors to get to the gold fields was a steamship ride from San Francisco or Seattle to Valdez,... Read more »

Two-up on the Redwood Coast: Motorcycle Travel in California and Oregon

Road King and V-Strom, Oregon Coast.

Steve Mustoe
July 5, 2012

(This Favorite Ride was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) We were twisting our way up Highway 1, tight curve after tight curve, stunning ocean views off to our right barely registering as I focused on the road ahead. The line of cars behind us grew more distant as we kept climbing.... Read more »

Border Run: Montorcycle Travel in Washington and Canada

Gigantic grain elevators dwarf the Washington town of Edwall, which still serves as a major railway transfer point for wheat.

Ben Getz
June 26, 2012

(The article Border Run was printed in the August 2012 issue of Rider.) Story and photos by Ben Getz Good things come in threes, they say…or is that disasters? Well, maybe it’s not that important, since both descriptions have been applied to my friends and me. One hot August weekend my disparate... Read more »

The Haul Road: A Motorcycle Tour of Alaska’s Dalton Highway

Vegetation is sparse on the North Slope of the Brooks Range. A plant no taller than knee-high is probably decades old.

Frederick Tressler
April 4, 2012

My first ride to Alaska in 2008 was a 15-day, 7,600-mile affair and the fulfillment of a long delayed dream. Yet I still had the nagging feeling of unfinished business. In many ways it merely stoked my appetite for northern travel. This time getting to Alaska involved a 21-day, 8,400-mile round trip... Read more »

California’s Angeles Crest Highway and Beyond

Mount Wilson Observatory boasts a 60-inch telescope, among the largest available for public viewing.

Gary Koz Mraz
April 4, 2012

Snaking through the San Gabriel Mountains, California’s 66-mile Angeles Crest Highway, part of State Route 2, provides exceptional riding and spectacular views. Part of the road was closed for repairs for five years before it was reopened briefly in May 2009, then the road was closed again due to fires.... Read more »

Washington’s Scenic State Route 410 Favorite Ride

Washington SR 410 from the saddle

Phil Buonpastore
February 1, 2012

[This Washington’s Scenic State Route 410 Favorite Ride was originally published in the October 2011 issue of Rider magazine] The sun was shining. In the weeks before moving from Atlanta to Seattle, virtually everyone I talked to managed to get in at least one comment about the weather: “I hope you... Read more »

High Adventure in Colorado and Utah

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Steve Larsen
February 1, 2012

[This High Adventure in Colorado and Utah was originally published in the September 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Few regions in the United States have more low-traffic miles of wonderful twisty roads and stunning natural beauty than western Colorado and southern Utah. The goal this time is to link great... Read more »

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