Just because winter is right around the corner doesn’t mean that you need to lock your bike in the garage. There are plenty of places where the sun is warm, the air is cool, and the scenery will take your breath away. Winter provides the perfect excuse to get out of your local environment and take your chopper on new and exciting adventures. In this article, we’ll take a look at five of the most beloved bikers choice locations for a wintertime motorcycle ride.

Southwest: Las Vegas, NV to San Diego, CA – 333 miles
Bikers Choice! It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, Las Vegas and San Diego are always nice and warm, and so is the path between these two interesting cities. On this trip, you’ll ride through beautiful Lake Havasu, Lake Gregory, the infamous Death Valley, and Palm Springs. Make sure to budget extra time in San Diego and in Vegas, both of which are ideal to tour from the seat of a motorcycle.

Pacific Ocean: Big Sur, CA to Ensenada Mexico – 500 miles
Bikers Choice! Coast Highway is one of the most scenic views in all of America and the view continues down the coast road into Mexico. On this tour you’ll experience a wide range of scenery from the natural rocky coast of Big Sur, through the beaches filled with sunbathers in Los Angeles and San Diego, and down into Mexico where the food is delectable and the manana attitude promotes relaxation.

Arizona: Cottonwood, AZ to Eager, AZ – 210 miles
If you’re seeking a relaxing tour with little traffic and lots of scenery, this motorcycle ride through Arizona’s state route 260 is ideal. High deserts and dense forests paint the backdrop as you cruise through some of the United State’s most interesting landscapes.

Florida: Orlando to Key West – 393 miles
Bikers Choice! This trip takes you from the home of Disneyland, to the tip of the Florida mainland, and across the gorgeous blue waters as you ride through the Florida Keys. If you’re looking for a shorter ride, start your trip in Fort Lauderdale or Miami, but don’t miss out on the amazing cruise over the long bridges that connect the keys.

Baja Mexico: San Diego to Cabo San Lucas – 1059 miles
Bikers Choice! This is a trip for the serious rider. It will take you approximately 15 days to cruise from San Diego down to the southern tip of Baja Mexico. Make sure to set aside some cash to pay the tolls along the way. Once in Cabo, there is no lack of relaxing ways to occupy your time like fishing, golfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Before you set out, be sure to gear up with all of the proper safety equipment and any custom motorcycle parts that will make your trip more enjoyable. If you don’t want to worry about towing your motorcycle to your starting destination, find a place to rent one in the area. Whatever you do, don’t set aside your passion for riding during the winter months-consider the season a reason to have an adventure!

Christine Harrell