Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the fresh Vermont air. Many Vermont visitors enjoy spending time out in nature, on hikes, or doing adventurous activities. However, some just like to enjoy the twisting mountain roads and beautiful views to be seen on one of Vermont's many scenic drives. For those of you who prefer two wheels to four, we bring you some of Vermont's best motorcycle rides and routes.
These drives will show you the best of southern Vermont's roads, views, and all the small towns along the way. So gear up, twist the throttle, and enjoy these great southern Vermont motorcycle rides.
Motorcycle Ride #1: Scenic Route 100
The Scenic Route 100 Byway is a road so famous and popular it's even been featured in the New York Times. So when we tell you that it's also one of Vermont's best motorcycling destinations, you shouldn't be surprised.
The Scenic Route 100 Byway, after a recent expansion in 2013, now stretches more than 130 miles through the heart of the state -- from the southern border with Massachusetts all the way to Granville, near Montpelier. Along the way you'll pass through many picturesque towns and villages, and you'll experience some of Vermont's most iconic scenery. It also connects numerous recreational and cultural attractions, including many of Vermont's top ski resorts, three major golf courses and beautiful lakes that are popular with swimmers and fishers.
Motorcycle Ride #2: Through the Mountains on Route 30
The 75-mile run along Route 30 makes for very fun driving for those who enjoy twisty roads and mountain views. Starting in Brattleboro in southern Vermont, drive northwest on Route 30 to Poultney, at the Vermont-New York border. This route will take you through a good section of Green Mountain National Forest, a 416,000-acre national park, and along the West River, with plenty of scenic pullovers.
It also passes several of Vermont's authentic covered bridges, including the West Dummerston Bridge and the Scott Bridge in Townsend, making it a perfect ride for history lovers or those just looking for some good photo opportunities.
Motorcycle Ride #3: Skyline Drive
This last ride, instead of being a long tour, covers just 5.2 miles of Vermont road. However, those 5.2 miles include more than 3,200 feet of vertical elevation gain. Skyline Drive will take you to the summit of Mount Equinox, a 3,848-foot tall mountain in the middle of the Taconic mountain range.
Because the mountain is privately owned, this is the only ride on our list that includes a toll for access. However, the views and amenities are truly worth the price of admission. Guardrails protect riders and passengers from falls, and there are numerous picnic areas and pull-offs for pictures along the way. It might not be the fastest drive in Vermont, but it's certainly got some of the best views.
If you want to explore all of these great southern Vermont motorcycle rides, you'll need more than an afternoon. Take a break and put your kickstand down at one of our superb southern Vermont summer rentals. All the comforts of home plus more make these rental homes a perfect base camp for your summer fun.