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The open highways and spectacular scenery of the American West combine to create many ideal venues for motorcycle trips. Whether you’re planning on going alone, with a partner, or with a group of friends, the free wind on your face and hair while enjoying a motorcycle trip is one of the memories that will stay with you forever. Following are four excellent destinations for American West motorcycle trips.

The Mojave Desert

Although the summer months are generally too hot for a motorcycle trip to the Mojave Desert, the region is ideal for a spring sojourn. If you are lucky enough to visit the desert just after a seasonal rain shower, you’ll be greeted with the site of hundreds of fragile desert flowers blooming all at once. The Mojave Desert is just 20 minutes from the Sunset Strip in Las Vegas, so after you enjoy the cactus flower show, some big city fun is just a short ride away.

Hell’s Canyon

Northeast Oregon Hell’s Canyon offers dramatic scenery, ideal weather conditions, and proximity to small, friendly towns such as Baker City and LaGrande. Those who want to take a day off from riding can enjoy rafting down the Powder River, picnicking in one of the many public parks with a backdrop of scenic mountain ranges, or sampling the hospitality of one of the area’s quaint communities.

Southwest Texas

Southwest Texas is another part of the American West that offers excellent options for those who don’t want to wait for summer to enjoy a motorcycle trip. The famous blue bonnets of Texas cover rolling hills for miles as far as you can see during the spring, and other wildflowers also bloom in abundance. Perhaps best of all, you’ll enjoy less-crowded highways during the spring than when summer is in full swing.

California’s Highway 101

Cruising along California’s Highway 101 offers views of the ocean on one side and towering redwoods on the other. You won’t find sandy beaches filled with sunbathers and surfers on the northern coast of California, but you will find extremely dramatic, rugged coastlines that feature secluded coves that provide perfect locations for private beach barbecues, and local wildlife is abundant. You’ll want to spend at least one night camping under the redwoods and another sleeping under the stars on a hidden beach.

Motorcycle trips can make for a freeing, unique vacation experience. Check out this online resource for getting your motorcycle permit, then get out there and take advantage of all the beauty available in the American West.