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The best places in America to ride Honda’s Gold Wing

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Since the mid-1970s, the Honda Gold Wing has been synonymous with travel and touring. If you want to cover large distances in total comfort and see the world from the open cockpit of a motorcycle, The Wing is tough to beat. With ample storage space, a comfortable pillion seat, and plenty of features to make the ride more relaxing, the Gold Wing eats miles for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Through the high elevations of the mountain passes of Colorado, to the desert floors of Utah, to the Black Hills of South Dakota, to Maine, North Carolina and California, the latest Honda Gold Wing is built to please and perform on epic journeys. With REVER’s Apple CarPlay® compatibility, it’s now easier than ever to navigate custom routes you create on the mobile app or desktop version of our ride planner. Build routes with suggestions from REVER’s Discover content, use the Butler Maps layers to build your dream ride, or check out one of these suggestions below. Not only are these routes amazing, they are also ideally suited to enjoy from the seat of a Honda Gold Wing.

Colorado Passes and Park Loop

Escape the mile high city and head for the mountains via Squaw Pass and up to Mount Evans, a 14,265’ mountain with epic riding up and down. You will carry on over Loveland Pass to bag your second mountain pass. Why not hit another two with Fremont Pass and Battle Mountain pass looping back towards Rocky Mountain National Park and Trail Ridge Road tagging three more passes. Finish this ride off heading into Boulder and back to the mile high city.

Distance: 380 miles
Notable Locations:
• Squaw Pass
• Mount Evans
• Fremont Pass
• Battle Mountain Pass
• Rocky Mountain National Park
• Trail Ridge Road

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

With gorgeous colored cliffs and endless views, this less-populated park looks like it came from outer space. The road has been recently paved and is butter smooth making it that much more exhilarating, so go ahead, lean the Gold Wing into the corners and roll into the throttle and 1833 CCs of flat-Six performance. There is a lot to explore in Capitol Reef National Park and the surrounding area, including Bryce National Park, Zion National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Natural Bridges National Park and Monument Valley are all within an easy ride away.

Distance: 540 miles
Notable Locations:
• Cedar Breaks National Monument
• Bryce Canyon National Park
• Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
• Capitol Reef National Park
• Lake Powell - Hall’s Crossing Ferry
• Zion National Park

Joshua Tree National Park, California

The junction of three diverse ecosystems in California, the Colorado Desert, Mojave Desert and the little San Bernardino Mountains, Joshua Tree National Park is home to over 800,000 protected acres, unique scenery, and enjoyable roads. The tree of the same name is unique to the Mojave Desert, and a few other southwestern locations in Arizona, Nevada and California. Crank up some tunes through the speakers and enjoy the scenery as you navigate through the rock formations and amazing landscapes.

Distance: 468 miles
Notable Locations:
• Big Bear Lake
• Pines to Palms Highway
• Joshua Tree National Park
• Ortega Highway
• Desert Hot Springs
• Chuckwalla Valley Raceway

Tour of Maine

Explore the epic roads and iconic places of Maine from the comfort of a touring motorcycle. Head north out of Brunswick on some fantastic roads to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Check out Cadillac Mountain, the highest point within twenty-five miles of the coastline in the Eastern United States. Then the route heads south meandering along the coast. Stonington would be a good place for a break and a bite before hitting some of the best roads Maine has to offer and back to Brunswick.

Distance: 380
Notable Locations:
• Bar Harbor
• Acadia National Park
• Stonington
• Cadillac Mountain
• Thompson Island

Black Hills, South Dakota

This area is home to one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the country and for good reason, it is not just about the party. The roads in the surrounding area are some of the most incredible motorcycle roads in the U.S, not to mention the iconic tourist destinations. This ride heads through Vanocker Canyon toward Sturgis and over to Spearfish to tag into Spearfish Canyon and Custer State Park. Then head to Badlands National Park to absorb the rugged beauty from the saddle. Luckily, you can take a breather in-between at Mount Rushmore. Finish strong while heading back into Rapid City on Rockerville Road.

Distance: 412 miles
Notable Locations:
• Vanocker Canyon
• Spearfish Canyon/Bridal Veil Falls
• Custer State Park
• Badlands National Park
• Mount Rushmore
• Needles Highway
• Rockerville Road

North Cascade National Park, Washington

Explore North Cascade National Park along the North Cascade Highway and Lake Chelan on this large loop out of Seattle. This ride is attainable in one-day, but fully experience the North Cascade viewpoints and make this a two-day trip. With elevations reaching almost 6,000 feet above sea level, you’ll want to make this a summer trip. As you meander down, ride along the massive Lake Chelan. This route loops back towards Seattle utilizing some of the most twisty and scenic roads.

Distance: 438 miles
Notable Locations:
• Lake Roesiger
• Mount Pilchuck State Park
• Lake Chelan
• North Cascade National Park
• Lake Wenatchee State ParkLake Chelan
• North Cascade National Park
• Lake Wenatchee State Park

Blue Ridge Parkway

Depart out of Asheville, North Carolina, and head toward Knoxville, Tennessee, on some of the most epic roads in the country. You’ll pass through the Great Smoky Mountains and experience some fantastic winding roads. Once you hit the Blue Ridge Parkway, take your time and enjoy the views because speed limits are set pretty low. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. This route is short enough to be done in a day, but if you really want to take it all in and explore off the route consider taking another day or two to really do it right.

Distance: 260 miles
Notable Locations:
• Ijams Nature Center
• Great Smoky Mountain National Park
• Blue Ridge Parkway
• Biltmore Estate
• Pisgah National Forest
• Nantahala National Forest


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