There are countless articles focused on the best cities for foodies, the best cities for jobs, the best cities for singles, and so on, but what about the best cities to live as a biker? If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast who doesn’t already live in one of the top U.S. cities for bikers, you might want to consider making a move. Some of the factors that make a city ideal for avid motorcyclists include road safety, weather conditions, and, of course, picturesque scenery to enjoy along the way.
Daytona boasts weather that’s ideal for fun in the sun throughout the year. Those same wonderful ocean breezes that keep conditions mild in the winter, bring cooling winds in the summer for natural air conditioning. You’ll also find lots of straight, well-maintained roads, and incredibly scenery, from rivers, postcard-perfect beaches and the endless expanse of the Atlantic Ocean to wetlands and enticing tree canopies to roll under. Daytona also hosts what’s been called one of the best Bike Weeks in the country. Daytona Bike Week has been running since 1937 and attracts some half-million bikers for 10 days in January every year.
Georgia is home to over 202,000 registered motorcycle owners and we’re willing to bet many of them live in the state’s largest city of Atlanta. It’s a great place for just about anyone to live, with its friendly population, thriving job market and low housing costs – just take a look at those prices among the Atlanta homes for sale and your jaw is sure to drop, especially if you live in one of the nation’s higher-priced cities like San Francisco, Seattle or New York. But it offers bikers a whole lot more, with its year-round mild climate as well as easy access to some of the most legendary rides in the country, including bucket list trips like the Tail of the Dragon which runs west of the Great Smoky Mountains between Robbinsville and the Tennessee state line, with 311 corners in just 11 miles. The Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile stretch of spectacular National Park highway, is within easy reach as well.
While you may want to put your bike away in the winter, living in Boise brings the chance to explore some of the country’s most stunning mountain scenery. You can hop on and ride along the Boise River, through the foothills and into the awe-inspiring Sawtooth Mountains in no time. BoiseWeekly.com notes that Idaho offers 30,000 miles of rideable dirt and roughly 5,000 miles of state highway, along with some 2,000 bikes listed by owner on Craigslist in the area at any given time during the season, four more than nearby Wyoming, which averages around 450. Idaho has the eighth-highest number of motorcycles per 1,000 residents, reports smartasset.com, so you know you’re going to be among lots of like-minded enthusiasts by moving here.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Fort Collins sits in the northern part of the Rocky Mountain State and was named the No. 1 best city for motorcycle owners by smartasset.com for 2017. You’ll enjoy over 300 days of sunshine every year for riding alongside the beautiful cliff-framed Cache la Poudre River and into the breathtaking Rockies.
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