Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road – in the Black Hills of South Dakota, my home state. One of my favorites rides ever!
Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park – spectacular ride through the Appalachian Mountains. At the southern end you can connect to the Blue Ridge Parkway and carry on even further south.
Tail of the Dragon – this ride is legendary for a reason.
Llanganuco Lakes – riding up into Huascaran National Park from Yungay to Yanama takes you past these slender ribbons of turquoise glacial waters. Something like 25 switchbacks up the rocky, narrow and wet road results in one of the best views imaginable and my favorite ride ever.
Canyon del Pato – leading up from the coast of Peru into the Andes and the city of Carhuaz, the “duck canyon” route takes you through some of the most colorful canyons and dozens of tunnels. It’s incredible.
Santiago to Mendoza – up and over the Andes from Chile to Argentina, and you get a peek at the highest peak in South America on the way.
Big Bend State Park – the ride along the river between Texas and Mexico can be dotted with tarantulas and lead you to some beautiful desert landscapes.
Newfoundland – any road will do.
Torres del Paine – some of the most majestic and recognizable peaks and rock towers anywhere in the world. We made a loop ride out from and back to Puerto Natales, stopping to camp, hike and visit Glacier Gray.
Death road in Bolivia – While it’s only a tourist road now, it’s still stunningly beautiful.