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Just for fun... say one was to draw a box from Salt Lake City to the Pacific coast and up to Canadian border and just beyond... all approximately of course... what would be your top few spots to hit on a bike trip?


Just for starters:


Lolo Pass and Hwy 12.

Chief Joseph Pass

Going to the Sun Road/Glacier


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Hells Canyon


205 to Burns from the south


395 north from Burns to the WA border


Sawtooth National Recreation area (Idaho)




Mt. Loop Highway (WA state)


Highway 20 (WA state)


101 loop (WA state)



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The above are all good and would be on my list, except the Redwoods are a destination, not a road. Some of my favorites...


- Hwy 1 up the Cali coast (a little south of your box, though.)

- Hwy 36 & 96 in Cali.

- Crater Lake rim.

- Hwy 395 from Burns, OR to Pendleton, OR.

- Hwy 206 from Mitchell, OR to Heppner, OR.

- Forest Road 39 from Joseph, OR to Halfway, OR.

- Aufderheide Drive from Westfir, OR to Blue River, OR.

- Hwy 242, Old McKenzie Pass from McKenzie Bridge, OR to Sisters, OR.

- Hwy 101 in Oregon.

- Hwy 19 from Picture Gorge to Fossil, OR.

- OR 3/WA129 from Enterprise, OR to Clarkston, OR.

- Spiral Hwy near Lewiston, ID.

- Hwy 55 and 21 in Idaho.

- Hwy 20 in Northern Washington.


...to name a few.


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I feel very lucky that on my extended trip to John Day OR this summer I hit most of the spots on the list. Amazingly beautiful country! :thumbsup:


PS I would add the Lost Coast in North CA, just south of Eureka.

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All of the already listed plus California 89 from Mt. Shasta to Tahoe City then finish by going completely around Lake Tahoe. Continue on California 89/88 over Luther and Monitor Passes to US 395.


I would also include California 120 from US 395 to Yosemite Valley and California 108 from US 395 to California 49 and places farther north and west.


Traveling south from Canada/Port Angeles, WA to San Diego on US 101, California 1 and I-5 is combining fantastic scenery, sometimes treacherous roads and slow traffic conditions in an altogether rewarding ride.


I love traveling in the eastern part of the US, (PA, NJ, Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina) but there doesn't seem to be anything like the American West. Happy Trails.

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