As 2018 approaches, make it a New Year’s Resolution to take your ride on a trip down one of these classic U.S. roads.
U.S. Route 66
U.S. Route 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. It was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs made the following year.
U.S. Route 66 became one of the most famous roads in the United States and originally ran from Chicago through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles.
It was recognized in popular culture by both the hit song "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s.
The Pikes Peak Highway is a 19-mile toll road that runs from Cascade, Colorado to the summit of Pikes Peak in El Paso County at an altitude of 14,115 feet. It’s partially open year-round depending on the weather as the high altitude makes for difficult snow removal.
The highway was constructed in 1915 and cost $500,000 to build. Since 1916, it has been the home of the annual automobile and motorcycle race called the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The Pacific Coast Highway
State Route 1, more commonly known as the Pacific Coast Highway, is a major state highway that runs along most of the coast of California.
At a little more than 655.8 miles long, it is the longest state route in California and provides a scenic route to numerous attractions along the coast.
It was built in stages with the first section opening in the Big Sur area in the 1930s. It was not officially designated State Route 1 until 1964.
State Route 11, also known as Chuckanut Drive, is a 21-mile state highway in Washington state. It is known for being one of the most beautiful drives in the Pacific Northwest and was incorporated into the Pacific Highway in 1913 and U.S. Route 99 in 1926.
This 100-mile loop of road starts in Medina, Texas and is considered to be one of most challenging motorcycle roads in the state.
It follows canyons, steep hills, twisty curves, and drop-offs with little to no guard rails. In one 15-mile section, there are approximately 65 curves and some of the most photogenic roads in the Lone Star State.
Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway
Located in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Skyline Drive is one of the most scenic drives in the world. It contains 75 overlooks, miles of trails, and tons of wildlife. It's also one of the most popular spots in the country for RVs, camping, and motorcycles.