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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 4672 miles / 7518.9 km
  • Ride Time: Longer than a week
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $355.07
  • States Visited: Illinois, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
Submitted by:
CastellanosSR pro

This route keeps you off the Interstate as much as possible and covers National Parks, Scenic Byways, Indian Reservations, Natural Wonders and a whole lot more. Average about 300 miles a day and it will take 17 days to complete. There are a lot of weird roadside attractions to see (like Mike the Headless Chicken in Fruita, CO) and breathtaking scenery -- take time to enjoy it.

This is a motorcycle ride in the states Illinois, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming. This motorcycle route has 10 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by CastellanosSR in August. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by CastellanosSR

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Historic SitesParksLakesForestMountainsRuralRiverDesertFarm LandPlains

Best Time to Go

Spring, Summer, Fall

Road Characteristics:

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

CastellanosSR says:

The Iowa/South Dakota portion wasn't bad -- pretty typical of the midwest (corn fields and some rolling hills). If you are a fan of baseball movies the Field of Dreams site is right on the route in Dyersville, IA. The portion between Sioux Falls and the Badlands was pretty boring (typical interstate scenery/driving) but then you cross the river and the scenery takes a drastic change.

Although we did not camp -- there was plenty of camp grounds to choose from.

Thanks for asking Felon. We had a great time on this trip. My husband and I take a motorcycle trip every summer -- this was our most ambitious to date but we saw some really wonderful roads. We tried to stay off the interstate as much as possible and really ride some of the great roads. For much of the trip (other then when we were forced to be on the interstates) we had no traffic at all and it was mostly just us and the road. We like to ride early so we were on the road about 6ish every morning. Some of our favorite roads on this trip were the road through the Montana indian reservation so peaceful a great road with lots of little hills and wild life. The road into the Northern rim of the Grand Canyon was memorable because of the temperature -- it was 40 degrees in the early morning. That same day we rode through the desert into Tuba City, AZ in late afternoon 115 degrees in the shade - we nicknamed it the furnace ride. We loved the Beartooth Highway it is a must for anyone who loves to ride, lots of twists and turns and spectacular scenery. The roads through Monument Valley were spectacular. We encountered a herd of bison on the road through the Black Hills (Peter Norbeck Byway) making it more memorable than Mt. Rushmore. Highway 12 in Utah was another spectacular stretch of road. The best part of the trip was not in the National Parks or even on the National Byways, but in the unexpected things we found on the little back roads like a little malt shop in the middle of nowhere, Montana or the beautiful red rock canyon off the major highway near cedar breaks in utah or the beautiful stretch of wildflowers we found while lost for a short time in Wyoming.

We are already planning for Summer 2008 -- thinking of Alaska or the Pacific Northwest. Any suggestions?
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

DrAlloway says:

Questions for Author:

I am planning a cross country - sea to shinning sea - trip on Route 50.

You rode Route 50 thru Kansas and Colorado.

?Any suggestions? must see places? best places to stay or camp or eat or whatever??

thanks, Bob
my email is

Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

felon says:

Tell us about the fun roads, the scenic roads, tell us about the adventures you experienced, because I'm sure there were many with a ride of this length.
Added on 09/07/07:
I have never been up to Alaska, I have friends who made the trip and said it was wonderful and quite an adventure, but once was enough for them. I have traveled a lot of your route, just not all at the same time. You are so right about the favorite spots being the little places you come upon when on BACKROADS USA!!!! THEY ARE THE BEST.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

OpenRoadRider says:

How was the Iowa/South Dakota part of this route?

Did you camp along the way? How was the camping in this portion of the route?

50 through CO/KS is fun to ride - not a great road but good scenery. I enjoyed my time on it. (Better than I70!)


Cool - thanks for the additional info. Sounds like a great route, thanks for sharing.

P.S. I've been to fruita, co before but never stopped by the headless chicken thing - the story is pretty weird:
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

To-Gypsy says:

Wow - what a ride. I rode through the Northern part of your route a few years ago and I still talk about it. I came through the UP to avoid the Chicago area and spent 16 days riding west through SD, WY - ended in Billings MO then shipped the bike home. (it was planned that way)

I enjoyed the story and pictures on your "bikers page". I try an keep a journal of our trips and I'd like get to the point where it translates to the site as well as yours.

Thanks again

Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM


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