Top-5 Motorcycle Routes Around Portland

Jun 28, 2021


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Riding a motorcycle is a great way to get around Portland, Oregon. We have assembled some of our favorite routes for those that want to explore the Pacific Northwest on two wheels. New to Riders Share? Learn how our motorcycle rental process works

1. Columbia River Highway Scenic Route

One-day trip — 300 miles

This is one of the most scenic drives in America. Enough said.

2. Highway 101

One or two-day trip — 363 miles

If ocean views are what you're after, this is the route to take. Highway 101 runs along the entire coastline of Oregon. There are a few stretches that stand out above the rest, as long as you’re willing to drive 1.5 hours outside of Portland to get there. Pay close attention to the areas between Tillamook and Depoe Bay. Cheese factories, breweries and delicious restaurants are just some of the highlights of this awesome motorcycle ride. 

If you're looking for a starting point, you can begin anywhere along the 101. Just stick to the direction that you're wanting to go in (north or south). This highway runs the whole length of Oregon, or 363 miles. If you want to ride the whole stretch, you’re looking at a day or two of travel.

3. Clark County Scenic Loop

One-day trip — 70 miles

It's called the scenic loop for a reason. And taking a ride during the spring or fall is when the colors are going to be the boldest and brightest. Road conditions are good, the views are great, and the loop runs 70 miles. This makes for a great day trip if you’re willing to drive north of Portland. Ride within your ability because this loop does have a few sharp curves. You'll see trees and streams and lots of wildlife as well.

4. Nestucca River Road

One-day trip — 50 miles

The Nestucca River Road is a beautiful twisty ride that’s just over 50 miles. The views are stunning. Most of this road is paved, but there are some gravel sections too.

5. Oregon’s Covered Bridges

Did you know that Oregon is home to a few covered bridges? Every covered bridge may have one or two things in common but each one is different in their own way. Take the time to Google them or read up their history while you are there. 

Part of the enjoyment of being out in the open air on your bike is that you have the time to really stop and explore everything around you.