DESTINATIONS: Honda Gold Wing, Southwest U.S.

Five Great Gold Wing Rides in the Southwest U.S.

Ride #1: Honda Gold Wing: Arizona Tour

Distance: 356 miles
Points of Interest:

• Tonto National Forest
• Highway 89A
• Flagstaff
• Sedona

Arizona or Bust! 

Head out of Phoenix and head for the hills through Tonto National Forest. Carry on up through Payson and up to the beautiful city of Flagstaff. Dip out of the higher elevations on the iconic Highway 89A down to Sedona and Prescott looping back to Phoenix. Make it a day trip or a weekend getaway in Flagstaff or Sedona and enjoy what Arizona has to offer.

Ride #2: Honda Gold Wing: Las Vegas Escape Route

Distance: 323 miles
Points of Interest:

• Calico Basin
• Lake Mead Viewpoint
• Valley of Fire State Park
• Mount Charleston

There is more to Las Vegas than, well, Vegas, Baby

Ditch the strip and head for the surrounding areas on the Las Vegas circumnavigation loop. Cruise west out of Vegas to Red Rock Canyon Preservation Area for a scenic loop then back to the east to Lake Mead Viewpoint. Snap a photo and carry onto the Valley of Fire for some more enjoyable riding and take some digital memories along the way. Polish the ride off with a visit to Mount Charleston to cool off and head back to the Sin City.

Ride #3: Honda Gold Wing: Southern California Loop

Distance: 468 miles
Points of Interest:

• Big Bear Lake
• Pines to Palms Hwy
• Joshua Tree NP
• Ortega Highway

Joshua Tree is all about scenery.

Meander out of Los Angeles and take a ride that varies in landscape and environment. First, you will head out to Big Bear Lake then head to the desert to Joshua Tree National Park. Rally through to La Quinta and break the trip into two days or keep rolling on some of the better motorcycle roads towards the coast and back up to the city.

Ride #4: Honda Gold Wing: New Mexico Tour

Distance: 465 miles
Points of Interest:

• Taos
• Angel Fire
• Santa Fe

If you can spell Albuquerque and don't live there, good for you...

This route heads out of Albuquerque and heads north up towards Tierra Amarilla then dives over to the east towards Taos and Angel Fire for some exciting mountain riding. Dip down south towards Santa Fe and then it will loop back to Albuquerque for an epic day or weekend trip of riding. If you break it into two days, stay in Angel Fire or Taos for a beautiful stay in the mountains.

Ride #5: Honda Gold Wing: Death Valley Tour

Distance: 640 miles
Points of Interest:

• Artist’s Drive
• Death Valley NP
• Sequoia National Forest

Death Valley has great roads and better scenery.

Escape Bakersfield for a two-day ride through Death Valley National Park. Explore Artist's Drive and the incredible colored hills. Then head back into the Sequoia National Forest for cooler temperatures and epic riding. Cruise it on back towards Bakersfield for a thrilling long ride.

The things you find in the desert!

"You don't stop riding when you get old, you get old when you stop riding."
― Anonymous

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