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10 Great Picks for Motorcycle Vacation Destinations

Many motorcycle enthusiasts will head out of state for their summer vacation, and many with their prized bikes in tow. Looking for a unique rally excursion this summer? Look no further. Here are a few tips on 10 motorcycle vacation destinations this summer.

Milwaukee. What could be a more memorable vacation for a motorcycle enthusiast than a visit to the birthplace of Harley-Davidson itself - Milwaukee! And with the future opening of the Harley-Davidson Museum, you’ll find out why Milwaukee is considered a Mecca for “hog” riding motorcycle enthusiasts. During the summer months you’ll find it exceptionally easy to find something to do in this great city on a great lake. Along with this City of Festivals’ many cultural events held alongside Lake Michigan's shoreline, you can travel a short distance and take in the world-famous Milwaukee Mile Speedway where the annual Milwaukee Rally is held late July. With its rich arts, culture, festivals, museums, restaurants, and hotels Milwaukee is just the spot where riders can hangout with other cycle enthusiasts. 

North Carolina. Discover the Smokey Mountains Range and all its natural beauty by taking a summer mountain riding tour. The Summer Mountain Ride and Smokey Mountains Rough Ride offer a great way to explore North Carolina, a state that’s known for its perfect motorcycle roads. The Summer Mountain Ride and Smokey Mountains Rough Road Ride are always a unique opportunity for socializing and riding some of the best roads anywhere. And whether you're seeking lively and creative culture, breathtaking landscapes, exciting outdoor activities, or relaxing getaways, Asheville can offer an experience any way you like it!

Orlando. With fantastic rides and attractions and campgrounds for the entire family and all-in-one resort packages, Florida’s Disney World offers a great vacation destination for families and couples – and let's not forget motorcycling enthusiasts! Why not experience all Florida’s got to offer – Disney included – on a summer bike road trip. When planning your tour, be sure your trip itinerary includes a stop at the annual Orlando Motorcycle Salon. Held at the spectacular Orange County Convention Center, the Orlando Motorcycle Salon brings the motorcycle industry to central Florida, showcasing the newest lines of bikes, products, apparel and services for the motorcycle enthusiast. This motorcycle vacation that combines Disney with the Orlando Motorcycle Salon will point your summer road trip to the 'Happiest Place on Earth!"

Sturgis. The Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, one of the world’s oldest, largest and greatest rallies, is scheduled in August. And this year’s annual rally plans to be every bit as exciting and enjoyable for biker enthusiasts as it has been in previous years. Each summer more than a half-million motorcycle enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to the Black Hills of South Dakota for the Sturgis Rally. Drawn to the unique combination of scenery of surrounding granite peaks and creek-carved canyons with outstanding touring roads ribboning out across the landscape, and adding in the music and non-stop party action on famous Sturgis Main Street, Sturgis, North Dakota offers a dream vacation for any biker.  

New Hampshire. Surrounded by Lakes Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam, Paugus and Opechee Bays, Laconia, New Hampshire is known as the "City of The Lakes," with Weirs Beach located on Lake Winnipesaukee at its recreational center. It’s the beauty of the scenery, including the exhilarating view of the White Mountains, that make Laconia the place to go for vacationers who are looking for rest, relaxation and maybe even a bit of fishing. But it’s Laconia Motorcycle Week that makes it the place to go for bike enthusiasts who are looking for fun.

Laconia Motorcycle Week is the oldest of the three national motorcycle rallies (the others being the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Daytona Beach Bike Week), beginning in 1916 when a few hundred motorcycle enthusiasts gathered at Laconia’s Weirs Beach. Today Laconia Motorcycle Week is known as the hotspot on the east coast where motorcycle enthusiasts gather for races, hill climbs, field events, other festivities, and to enjoy company of other riders. 

Knoxville. Knoxville, Tennessee is an area surrounded by natural beauty and incredible terrain that offers a number of national parks. Add to that the opportunity to ride in the Great Smoky Mountains and you’ll see why Knoxville, Tennessee makes for the perfect place for you to experience incredible scenery while touring on your bike. Plan your visit for late June and you can make the annual Honda Hoot Rally. Not only is the Honda Hoot one of the largest Tennessee motorcycle rallies, but it is also one of the best Honda motorcycle rallies with over 15,000 attendees and incredible scenery. This is a touring rally that is family friendly and offers a lot to do.

Ohio. If you like history and you like motorcycles, Pickering, Ohio is a great vacation destination for you. Along with music, dance, art, literature and museums, Pickering is home to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. The Museum is about the people and the machines that shaped the sport and industry of motorcycling. Visitors will also find the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in nearby Lexington, Ohio.. You don't have to be a motorcyclist or even a motorcycle enthusiast to enjoy a visit to Pickering, but it certainly makes your visit well worth the trip if you just happen to love riding. 

Colorado. Located in Colorado’s Northern Rockies, Winter Park is a popular winter destination drawing visitors to its large ski hill that boasts over 130 runs, resort accommodations, as well as trendy restaurants and shops. Not only is Winter Park a popular winter destination, but it also draws visitors during the summer with its Zephyr Mountain Express Chairlift taking sightseers and mountain bikers 10,700 ft (3261 m) to the summit of Winter Park Mountain, where stunning views of the Continental Divide can be enjoyed. Winter Park is also known for the Salute to American Veterans Rally, formerly held in Cripple Creek. A POW/MIA rally, the Salute to American Veterans Rally is also one of the best Colorado motorcycle rallies. Held in August, the ride to the new home of the POW/MIA Salute in Winter Park takes you and your bike through the beautiful Colorado Rockies, culminating with a huge POW/MIA parade, a POW/MIA Recognition Ride, motorcycle rodeo, a ride in bike show, live music, poker run, wet T-shirt contest, and a military fighter plane flyover. 

Wichita. It’s the Air Capital of the World with 70% of U.S. general aviation aircraft produced in Wichita, Kansas, including Boeing, Bombardier and Cessna. Forbes Magazine Online crowned Wichita the most affordable city in the Midwest, Small Market Meetings dubbed Wichita “the easiest commute in the U.S.," and RelocateAmerica.com ranked this Tornado Alley gem 35th in "America's Top 100 Places to Live in 2004." But all that visiting motorcycle enthusiasts’ care is that Wichita is home to Big Dog Motorcycles, the largest manufacturer of custom motorcycles in the world. Big Dog Motorcycles also has been playing a part in attracting over 30,000 motorcycle riders and enthusiasts to its downtown streets for its annual Tornado Rally. The first Tornado Rally, held in June 2005, brought 15,000 to the company’s factory. The dramatic increase in attendance was complemented with an equally substantial increase in exhibitors and vendors. The Annual Big Dog Tornado Rally will be held in and rally goers take advantage to take a factory tour of Big Dog motorcycles. With live music from regional bands as well as big name bands like Eddie Money, a custom bike show, motorcycle trials and poker runs, the Tornado Rally offers a great motorcycle vacation destination spot.
 

New Mexico. New Mexico is one of America’s most fascinating areas. Grants is a community of 9000 people from many cultures and backgrounds. With a mild climate year round that is typical of the high desert, Grants is located one hour west of Albuquerque. Grants is also home to the Fire and Ice Motorcycle Rally in July. The Fire and Ice Rally includes a motorcycle giveaway, motorcycle rodeo, poker run, live music, and vendors. While making your way to the rally in Grants, why not get your kicks atop your own bike. The area provides a lot of attractions for you visitors to enjoy while at Fire and Ice rally, with cycle enthusiasts getting their kicks atop their own cycles on historic Route 66. There are also multiple national parks and casino gambling. 

With only a few short months making up the summer season for riders, the only questions remaining is when to schedule your visit and how to get there on your bike? If you don’t have a lot of time and you want to visit your rally destination with your favorite travel companion - your motorcycle - the “Fly and Ride” is one of the latest in adventure touring escapes for today’s motorcycle enthusiast. Specialty tour companies can customize a road trip experience that provides for a tailor-made motorcycling escape. Professional planners of fly and ride motorcycle vacations offer one-stop shopping for the rider who is too busy to plan their own road trip - from booking lodging destinations and flight and transportation itinerary - to ensuring that experienced guides have mapped out the perfect highways and back roads for your dream trek. 

Whether you want to create your own fly and ride or have a custom trip planned for you, make sure to book any advance or return transportation of your motorcycle with an expert motorcycle shipper who is insured and has credentials. “A good motorcycle shipper is there to take away any of your trip planning hassles, so that you can enjoy your vacation, not worry about it,” says Ken Durik, co-owner of Daily Direct – Haul Bikes Motorcycle Transportation. “A quality motorcycle shipping company offers upfront rates and credentials and is fully insured." Learn more about shipping your motorcycle ahead for a motorcycle vacation at Haul Bikes.com.

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