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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Feb 25th, 2009, 8:32 pm Thread Starter
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NW US trip this summer - What to see?

I am doing a west loop from Salt Lake City (shipping my GT there from Atlanta) starting June 19th for two weeks. I can pick some of the highlights from a map like Glacier NP, Ranier, Olympia, St. Helens, OR coast, Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, Crater lake, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Death Valley, etc. But....where are the hidden treasures? This is my 2nd trip out west so I have been to the Badlands, Tetons, Yellowstone, Flaming Gorge, Moab, Colorado and Taos. Want quality not quantity. Thanks for your help.
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I'd add Lassen National Park and Hwy. 70 from Oroville to Quincy. Susanville is sort of cool too, but watch out for all the CHP there. Mill Creek south of Lassen has a small housekeeping cabin rental thing operated out of their restaurant post-office that was reasonable at $55 per night. We rented a furnished cabin in Mineral for a few nights and it was nice. The mini-market there has info on the contact owners for them. They live in Mineral and just down the street from their 2-story rental cabin.

If you hit Reno, I'd check out the BMW dealer in Sparks too. They got a lot of cool stuff, BMW and not. Say "Hi" to Suzette too (owner's wife) and ask her about the latest BMW clothing. She gets a lot of advanced stuff and they ask for her feedback. They sell a lot of it there.

You could - if you're daring - take a tour of The World Famous Mustang Ranch in Patrick, NV just outside of Sparks, NV and take a tour of the place with a real state-licensed hooker for free. Then you could attempt to flee across the parking lot to The Wild Horse and eat or have a drink there and pull the same stunt. Just be careful and don't let one of them entice you more than you can withstand. Not anything like I expected. Least I found I can leave there with a smile on my face, whereas the casinos have the opposite effect. Met the madame Susan Austin who also likes bikes. Very nice lady (Okay. Very rich too as you can see by her extensive artwork collection from around the world in her rooms).

A bit south is Virginia City, NV which is sort of a cool stop for historical sake. Ramada Inn is their newest crash place. Others are allegedly haunted, although I think it more often the owner with some prostate late-night issues.

Mammoth Lakes, CA is a nice place to stop-over as well. No lake there, but nice area and a cool pastry/sandwich place to eat at. Bunch of shops, too, if you like sporting goods stuff.

More remote is the road to the hiking area of Mt. Whitney west out of Lone Pine, CA. Nice picnic and fishing lakes there in the pines along with a souvenir and eating place near the trail to the top of Mt. Whitney.

There is also a road north of Oroville that goes to Buck's Lake that Sunset magazine called "A hidden wonder." Nice restaurant and good food, plus a really nice B&B is located there. In winter, the main road is only opened to snowmobiles. You can catch a ride on the snowcat out of Quincy, CA if the road is snowed in.

Fwiw, I know Hwy. 36 from the coast inland to Redding, CA is one of the highly touted motorcyclists roads in CA sort of like The Dragon, but it just didn't do it for me. It can get blistering hot and down to 1 to 1-1/2 lanes at times. The Redwoods Park area outside Fortuna is sort of nice, but it doesn't last that long. I thought Hwy. 96 a bit north was a better engineered road and followed a nice river with rafters, dredgers, and gold miners in it. Bunch of Bigfoot stuff around that area too.

You already know about Hwy. 120 through Yosemite. Only one scarcely visited is the road to Glacier Point just a bit south of the area. We camped at Bridalveil Campground one summer night and it was nice. We didn't even have a reservation as it is more remote and first-come, first-served.

Another road is the road from Hwy. 395 to Markleeville. It's one of the fav's in "Destination Highways."

That's all I can think of offhand.

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If you can help it, DO NOT miss driving down highway 12 in southern Utah. The highway and the views are breath-taking. There is no other road like it. Stop in at Bryce Canyon National Park and take a look at the hoodoos and then be sure to make your way over to Capitol Reef and possibly to Arches National Park. HWY 12 is one of the top ten highways in the nation for scenery. If the southern route is not in your plans, my second favorite(s) are HWY 75 & 93 through central Idaho. They follow the Salmon River and are a motorcyclists dream come true. I don' t know if you have a radar detector, but it will be well worth the investment. You will probably want to drive at least a ton across these vast wide open spaces. If you take I-80 West across Utah, be sure to drive the speed limit. It is heavily patrolled by the UHP and they use ka band and some laser. Everything from SLC north to the Sawtooth is pretty flat and boring unless you get off of the slab and get into the Wasatch Mountains to the East. Southern Idaho leaves much to be desired but once you get into the mountains, it is some of the best riding anywhere. Sounds like a great trip.


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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 2009, 3:18 pm
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Lewis and Clark, Montana through Idaho, to Washington and Oregon

Starting in Montana, Route 12, The Lewis and Clark Road, is a 2 lane adventure through an exceptionally beautiful, remote wilderness. It is the same as it was 200 years ago.

From Route 90 in Missoula, Montana, you can connect to Route 12 Westbound via Route 93.
On you way to Lewiston, Idaho, you will go through the Nez Perce National Historical Park. It is magnificant.

You can go all the way to the coast, (527 miles) but I enjoyed the first 400 miles the most.

I'll be doing that ride again someday.
This is a very good site:

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1 more thing..

I have ridden all the way from RI to ride the mountains in Northern GA around Suches, Tenn, VA and NC. Fortunately, my in-laws live in Gwinnet County.
You have a lot of great riding in your back yard !
Could it be possible that you have ridden all that there is to ride in that area ?
Please give me a few of your favorite routes.
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