Article By Ministry of Bikes
Posted on 20 Dec 2016
Top 5 biking destinations for 2017
With all this cold weather, I bet you just can’t wait to start planning your next biking trip. When it’s time to get away again, it is often difficult to decide where you want to go next, so we’ve decided that we would help you out by picking some of our favourite destinations, that will provide you with great beauty, adventure and of course lots of fun.
So, we know this one is pretty obvious, with it being one of the most famous and all. However, it really is as good as they say. Route 66, or also known as the Will Rogers Highway runs between Chicago and Los Angeles and is over 2,400 miles. Now, it has been said that the route can take around two weeks. However, if you want to do the trip properly you’re probably going to need around a month to take in all the views and explore. Nevertheless, that’s just our opinion. If you fancy the adventure of a lifetime, then this one is for you.
Now, this one might be more up your street. Forget inter-railing, take the Transalpine route by motorbike which takes you from Grenoble (France) all the way to Venice (Italy). The road stretches about 2,400km and takes you through France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy so you can catch the stunning views of the Alps, as well as enjoy different cultures. This road is particularly busy during the summer periods, so you might want to try early May or September.
Death Valley National Park is probably best known for being a fantastic motorcycle trip with spectacular scenery, unique wildlife, and adventurous roads. However, if you can’t handle the heat it might be best to avoid during the summer as temperatures can reach above 120F, it is more or less just desert after all. If you do plan on travelling during the summer season and have plans to stay in some of the resorts, then make sure you book somewhere to stay well in advance, as accommodation is mostly fully booked. It is easy enough to reach Death Valley as it lies at the Eastern edge of California, exactly 290 miles east of Los Angeles and 140 miles west of Las Vegas.
Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town
This road is much more slow paced, quieter and more peaceful. Again, like most of these road trips, this route provides breathtaking scenery from mountains to beautiful sandy beaches perfect for those of you who enjoy a swim every now and then. The road is pretty short and takes only 30 minutes one way. On the other hand, unlike some of the longer routes, this one is got lots of twists and turns and steep mountain backdrops so it is essential that you be a little more cautious with this one. It has been said that if you fancy a longer route then you should carry on round to Betty’s Bay to see some Penguins and other sea creatures.
Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Supposedly, the Great Ocean Road in Australia is one of the most stunning roads in the world. One of the downsides to this one is that it is busy almost every day, but you shouldn’t let that stop you. So, what does this road have to offer? Well, you can experience some exciting twisting roads, lots of countryside beauty, waterfalls from the Grampain's National Park, as well as visiting some local towns. Many have argued that it is best to stay around for about 3-4 days, so you have got some time to stop off at a few places. Don’t forget to look out for the Koala’s hanging from the trees.