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Red, White and Blue Ridge

The Fourth of July is upon us, which means our American fans will be cooking out, watching fireworks shows and celebrating Independence Day.

To celebrate the day of red, white and blue, we thought we would share some of your photos from the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Tail of the Dragon is, of course, an iconic stretch of road. With 318 curves in 11 miles, conquering it is a rite of passage for many a motorcycle rider. But there are plenty of other spectacular rides through the mountains, like the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Cherohala Skyway.

We’ll get started with a virtual tour of The Tail of the Dragon. First up is this scenic picture from Achim Franz.

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Kenneth James shows us that lean angle helps if you’re trying to slay the Dragon.

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And that twisty challenge isn’t just for sportbike riders and lightweight bikes. Plenty of big bikes are capable to taking on those curves, as Sohail Rezeq proves.

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Cyn Tee shared this lovely view from Skyline Drive in Virginia, which winds through Shenandoah National Park.

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Twelve miles, 160 curves and a 2,000-foot elevation drop are some of the things that make Devil’s Whip in North Carolina a popular riding spot. Jeremy Gilliland cranks his bike over along that section of NC State Road 80.

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Paula Yetman proves that a beautiful Blue Ridge road doesn’t have to have a fancy name. There are plenty of roads in North Carolina that offer pristine views and lots of curves.

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The Cherohala Skyway has been designated a National Scenic Byway. If you’ve ever ridden its 40-plus miles, you understand why. If you haven’t been there yet, Esteban Rottenberg can tell you what an amazing ride it is.

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Karen Bataille shows us why the Blue Ridge Parkway continues to be a favorite ride on the East Coast.

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At 5,946 feet in height, Grandfather Mountain is the tallest peak on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Kathy Harrison captured this view overlooking the land for miles around.

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Riding Along PCH

Some of the most dramatic – and beautiful – rides involve water. Whether it’s a road trip to the coast, riding on the beach or winding along a scenic coastline, this Beautiful Rides installment is dedicated to the water. We’ve got everything from oceans and lakes to the occasional fjord.

Colin Bayman said it best when he posted his riding preference: “any beach.”

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Big Sur along California’s Highway 1 is a perennial hot spot for motorcycle riders who want breathtaking views. Rage Stewart captured this photo on one of his rides.

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Dave Rand’s ride along the Pacific Coast Highway was a chance to make new friends of the feathered variety.

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Canada arguably has some of the most beautiful beach rides, as demonstrated in Gerard Erit’s shot of Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail…

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…And demonstrated again in Alain Larocque’s photo of the David Thompson Highway in Alberta.

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Thanks to Jens Nordlund, now we all want to ride in Norway to see the Lofoten sights.

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Carrie Woodward’s photo from Wales is a gorgeous ocean panorama on the U.K.’s West coast.

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The Great Lakes provide some scenic beach rides, too. Josh Davis is a fan of riding the M119 to get vast lake views.

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And as always, however beautiful the views might be, the ride is also about the camaraderie. Tanya Tunwar’s picture from Hawaii sums that up perfectly.

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It started with a simple question: Where’s the best place you’ve gone for a ride? The responses – and photos – amazed us. Our Why We Ride family is truly worldwide: our fans have taken journeys that range from the back roads of Vietnam to the infamous Tail of the Dragon.

Narrowing down those rides into just one blog entry proved impossible. This is just the first in our Beautiful Rides series, featuring you and the amazing places you have been on a motorcycle.

Let’s start with a breathtaking vista submitted by Tomm Heath. This is the White Rim Trail Canyonlands in Utah. We just have one word: stunning!

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We can already feel the wind on our face just by looking at this picture by Julian Rose. Southern France at its most beautiful, and its most twisty!

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You don’t have to remind us that the U.S. has plenty of beautiful mountains and twisty roads, too! Kate Stoller’s ride through the Mosier Loop and Rowena Curves in Oregon looks like a dream trip for any rider who loves combining nature with horsepower.

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For Garrol Mace, the best ride is about the people and the purpose, not the scenery. He snapped this moving photo in Washington, D.C. during the Rolling Thunder rally.

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Canada’s Yukon Territory looks postcard-perfect in this submission from Thomas Pernau.

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Greg McLain says that Big Bend National Park has long roads, which makes it perfect for taking in some of the most impressive vistas in all of Texas.

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Another perfect picture, this time of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Edward Denzler says he intentionally left his motorcycle out of the photo so that you can picture yours there instead. “Better yet,” he adds, “go there.”

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For Jennifer Meyer, there’s no place like home. The back roads near her home in Virginia give her a beautiful ride in her own backyard.

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The picturesque copper mining town of Jerome, Arizona, has an equally picturesque ride up to its hilltop location. Mike Papierski captured it all in this one photo: big blue sky, beautiful view, and friendly riders on a curvy road. What more could you ask for?

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No, Star Wars fans, it’s not Endor. It’s the Redwood Highway, and this black and white picture by Dave Rand captures the majesty of the trees beautifully.

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We’ll have more Beautiful Rides posted in the future, so keep an eye out. You might see one of your own photos, or get inspiration for your next adventure!