B-52 Crash Site

Wooded crash site of a USAF B-52 that crashed during a 1963 training mission. Wreckage is strewn through acres of forest, but there are fairly well-marked paths to guide you on the hike. You will need to ride several miles of rough unpaved road to reach the parking area. There are no facilities.

Blowing Rock, The

An immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level, overhanging Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below. The phenomenon is so called because the rocky walls of the gorge form a flume through which the northwest wind sweeps with such force that it returns light objects cast over the void.

There is an admission fee and a 15 min self-guided trail.

Bryce Canyon Bryce Canyon National Park

There is plenty to do in Bryce if you are staying for a while and want to get sweaty, with many hikes available to view the various hoodoos and other rock formations. But it is also worth a few hours for the casual motorcyclist visitor passing through, Highway 63 provides an easy out-and-back route down along the rim of the canyon, with many stunning scenic viewpoints.

The speed limit is low, traffic can be thick, and the road is well-patrolled so plan for the time needed to do the whole thing and stop for photos.

Tip: To help avoid traffic, try to arrive when the park opens in the morning and make a beeline straight for Rainbow Point at the end of the road. Enjoy the vista  there, then take your time coming back along the park road, against the flow of the other tourists.

Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

An 80-passenger cable car brings visitors to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain in under ten minutes. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of four states and Canada! At the summit, you’ll find spectacular scenic walking paths, a 360 degree observation deck, a cafeteria, bar and restrooms.

Castle in the Clouds

When we come here with the kids we spend most of the day on the property. The house itself has breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the hills and mountains beyond. There are miles of hiking trails on the site as well. We usually eat a light lunch in the old horse barn, were the tables are set up in the stalls. You can also take a tour of Castle Springs bottling plant and see the actual spring that produces the water for bottling.

Grotto & Indian Head Cove

Bruce Peninsula National Park – 45 minute hike out to a scenic shore cave containing a pool of blue water. Parking space is limited and quickly fills up. A new reservation system for the 4 hour Grotto parking time slots allows you to plan your trip in advance.

Harriman State Park

Nice spots for a picnic, a hike, or a ride. Try Seven Lakes Drive and Route 106.

The second-largest park in the parks system boasts 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, three beaches, camping areas, and a network of scenic views and sites.

Robert Frost Interpretive Trail

1.2 mile easy hike along a scenic trail that celebrates Frost’s poetry. A terrific place to get off the bike and stretch your legs. The trail is in one of the very best areas to ride – near Rtes 100, 17, Lincoln Gap, 125, 73, Bethel Mountain Road, and Roxbury Mountain Road. Watch for moose.

Roughlock Falls Roughlock Falls

Located in an gorgeous side canyon off of Spearfish, just a short mile or so on a well-graded gravel road gets you to the parking area for the uppermost cascade. There is a boardwalk and staircased hiking trail following the stream down to view more parts of the falls.

Saint Anne’s Shrine

32 acre property on Lake Champlain with religious statues and grottoes dotting the area. Nice tranquil place for a stroll.

Shelburne Museum

This is one of Vermont’s best kept secrets and a very cool place. Americana is exhibited in 39 buildings and includes an outdoor history collection with many relocated items: a lighthouse, a steam locomotive, a covered bridge, an operating vintage carousel and the huge steamboat Ticonderoga. Their website does not convey just how terrific this place is. To do it justice plan on 4 hours however, you could easily spend a day.

Stony Point Battlefield

One of the last major Revolutionary War battles in the northeastern colonies occurred on this dramatic peninsula, which rises high over the Hudson River. There is about a quarter mile hike up a steep but paved driveway from the parking lot to the museum, then a nice foot path with interpretive signage and great views of the river.

The Stony Point Lighthouse, built in 1826, is the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River.

Walkway Over the Hudson

1.28 mile footbridge with unforgettable views from 212 feet above the Hudson River. Map coordinates link to the western end. The eastern end in Poughkeepsie is at 41.7117, -73.92495.