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Three U.S. Road Trips Best Done by Bike

Most people dread the driving aspect of a road trip, especially if you’re riding solo. But that completely changes when you’re taking the road via motorcycle. The adventure hones in on the ride itself, and the destination becomes an afterthought.

We’re reminded of this fantastic quote in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, one of our favorite books about travel and philosophy:

“In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.  On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”

Here are three road trips best done by bike:

Tail of the Dragon

Some of the greatest adventures on the open road can be found in the United States. First and foremost, we must talk about the Tail of the Dragon. The name in itself is enough to offer a great deal of excitement and anticipation. This road is more than an enticing name, though. The Tail of the Dragon offers 318 curves over 11 miles of Robbinsville, North Carolina. While this road is a great sight and perfectly suited for an adventure on the back of your bike, it is not for the faint of heart. Even advanced riders should prepare themselves with reliable motorcycle gear and accessories. That being said, If you’re up for a challenge, then this is the route for you.

San Juan Mountain Skyway

Next up we head to Colorado, specifically the San Juan Mountain Skyway. One of the most interesting things about this route is that it is a loop. This is a road equipped perfectly for the biker seeking to take in beautiful scenery and simply enjoy the ride. Because of the loop shape, you can technically hop onto this route anywhere, head either direction, and end up where you started again! Of course, it wouldn’t be Colorado if you didn’t spot some of the nation’s most breathtaking mountains throughout this amazing 225 mile ride.

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Lastly, we go back to the beach. The world-renowned Pacific Coast Highway nestled in beautiful and sunny California. The beauty of the Pacific Coast Cruise is not only in its physical scenery and views, but also in its simplicity. It is one road that stretches all the way up and down the coast and overlooks beautiful oceans from southern to northern California.  It stretches from the beautiful beaches of Malibu to the foggy hills of Big Sur to the spectacular Redwoods of Humboldt Redwoods State Park. What a phenomenal way to spend a summer day!

These road trips all provide bucket-list views that prove the adventure is in the journey itself. If you’ve been inspired to hop on the back of a bike, we’d love to hear about your adventures and tips you may have for other riders.

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colorado family travel guide

Colorado Family Travel Guide

My family is lucky to call Colorado home. This state is beautiful, the people are interesting, well educated, healthy, and there is so much to do here.

Most travelers arrive via Denver, either by car or flight. Summit County, Colorado is the first stop up and over the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains, and is packed with plenty to do in the summer and in the winter.

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Exploring Colorado’s mountains should be on every family’s bucket list.

Top Things to See and Do in Colorado

Skiing is a great sport. It’s one of the few sports that almost anyone of any age can enjoy. But not all ski hills are created equal. If you’re looking for a family getaway to the mountains this winter, it’s important to find a hill that offers family-friendly accommodations, is easy to navigate, offers a range of terrain and some fun apres-ski activities. Too much to ask? Nope! Colorado has some of the best family-friendly ski resorts in America.

For example, Copper Mountain, a laid-back ski resort located about 75 miles from Denver, is an experience built for true lovers of the mountains. We had an excellent experience at the Copper Mountain Ski and Ride School. Especially with their early season ski school deals, it’s a great opportunity to get the kids into a lesson so you can spend the day exploring all the terrain of this fabulous ski resort! And while you’re there, don’t miss spending a few hours at Woodward, where kids of all ages can learn the basics of free-skiing via trampolines, foam pits and jumps!

For many Colorado ski families, Frisco is often the place for an emergency potty break after a long and slow car journey stuck in skier traffic up I-70 or over Vail pass. But this cute little mountain town is much more than just a highway rest stop. If you stop here be sure to grab a meal at The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant!

And if you’re heading through Frisco, Colorado why not try out the tubing park! Tubing in Frisco Colorado is a great way to spend a morning if you’re looking for something else to do in the mountains this winter besides ski. And we love downtown Frisco, which is full of great restaurants and shopping too.

If you are planning a family ski vacation at Keystone Mountain, don’t miss the ice castle at the top of the hill and ice skating at the bottom.

Nordic, or cross country, skiing is a community of passionate athletes eager to share this sport with newbies. I recently learned how to enjoy cross-country skiing thanks to the wonderful staff at the Breckenridge Nordic Ski Center, I’m a convert for life! Here’s why.

Don’t miss the Keystone Sleigh Rider Dinner where you can explore an untouched side of the mountain and enjoy a cozy meal in an 1800’s log cabin. I can’t think of a better way to end a fabulous family day at Keystone Resort Colorado.

And while Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are well known for their epic skiing and cozy mountain towns during the winter, Summit County Colorado is also a magical place to bring the family for a fun summer weekend. Here are the best things to do in Summit County Colorado in the summer.

Mesa Verde is perhaps the most inspiring and educational of all the Native American ancient dwellings. In fact, this archaeological area is one of the best preserved in the world. People lived here between 1,400 and 700 years ago. Today, Mesa Verde National Park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including a staggering 600 cliff dwellings, and most these are open for viewing and exploring by the public. Here’s what you need to know about exploring Mesa Verde with kids.

Colorado Family Travel Tips

If you’re lucky enough to live here in Colorado, or if you’re looking to book a Colorado family travel ski vacation this year, here are nine tried-and-true tips that will save you a TON of stress as you head up into the mountains with your family this year.

Most out-of-state travelers fly in and out of Denver International Airport (DIA) for their Colorado ski vacation. If you are planning on getting as much time as possible in on the slopes, you will not need a rental car. So go ahead and book a shuttle from Denver to Vail or other Colorado ski areas to start your ski trip quickly and safely!

Where to Stay in Colorado

Whether you ski or not, a weekend away at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, part of the Vail-owned Beaver Creek ski resort, is an absolutely divine getaway.

And for an affordable family ski vacation, consider Copper Mountain. Combining a big Rocky Mountain ski adventure with accessible terrain for skiers and riders of all levels, Copper Mountain is ideal for families. Here are just a few reasons why your family should consider a ski getaway at Copper Mountain this year.

Family ski trips are about eating, and finding a great place to spend the night, and having fun things to do when the sun goes down, and a great ski school, and delicious food and amazing mountain views. And yes, skiing too. See for yourself why Keystone Resort is the best family ski resort in Colorado.

Want to explore more of the USA as a family? Check out my Arizona Family Travel Guide here. 

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