If you’re looking for a scenic route that won’t let you down, you will want to consider one of the most popular highways along the west coast… US Highway 101 also known as the Pacific Coast Highway. US 101 is noted for its long stretches of beautiful coastal highway, with its bendy roads, proximity to a number of tourist attractions and sightseeing locations touted by many travelers each and every year. And there’s no better way to enjoy this stretch of scenic roadway than on a motorcycle, taking in all the sights, sounds, and smells of this amazing coastal highway.
While the pacific coast highway stretches the entire north and south connection of the western states, the most popular area tends to be the stretch that covers the Oregon area, specifically Depoe Bay, Oregon to Tillamook, Oregon. Whether you’re traveling north or south, you will be able to admire the many scenic areas of ocean and bays, perhaps spotting seals and whales in the water.
This section of highway is primarily asphalt, and mainly two lane with a few areas of four lane traffic for easy passing. Along the way, there are plenty of places to stop to eat, shop, and enjoy the view. Previous riders of this stretch of road often recommend that newbies bring their camera–and their appetite–to truly enjoy all that this US highway has to offer for motorcyclists cruising through the towns.
Riding along the Pacific Coast on US Highway 101 is one way to enjoy the full beauty of the western coast. Although some motorcyclists run into heavier traffic during peak times of the year, many recommend scoping the area out after Labor Day to enjoy the least amount of tourists on the road.
When the weather is warm and beautiful, this is a great strip of highway to cruise slowly and enjoy the stops. With lots to see and do, you will not be disappointed, and will enjoy slowing things down in order to take it all in on your motorcycle trip!