Street Vibrations Fall Rally will be here before we know it! Don’t start winterizing your bike just yet because fall is one of the best times to cruise around the area on two wheels. Surrounded by natural beauty, it’s no surprise that Reno Tahoe has breathtaking routes to journey along! Whether you’re desiring a quick trip around town, a half-day getaway, or even a journey out into the desert, we think there is something for everyone. Here are some of the best motorcycle rides to take while you’re in town.
The main artery between Reno and Virginia City, this 14.1-mile long roadway winds itself through a rocky landscape and up to a summit of 6,804 ft. This route is popular for wild horses and offers incredible views of the valley below. Once you reach Virginia City, you can continue down Six Mile Canyon, another scenic road, to its terminus US 50. You can complete the loop back to Reno by taking US 50 to Carson City, and US 395 North.
The quickest way from Reno to Lake Tahoe is via Mt. Rose Highway and it’s the highest year-round Sierra pass with an elevation of 8,911 ft. This 25-mile scenic byway offers sweeping views of Washoe Valley, Tahoe Meadows, and Lake Tahoe. Once in the Lake Tahoe Basin, you can take the 72-mile drive around the lake or venture southeast along NV-28 and explore the rugged east shore. Both US-50 and Kingsbury Grade in Stateline will take you to US 395 and back to Reno.
You may or may not have heard of Burning Man, but the road out to the Playa is a must for any biker. Talk about wide open space, long straight roads, and an ideal spot to put the pedal to the medal. Responsibly of course. Make a stop at Pyramid Lake and continue up NV-447 to the small town of Gerlach. What you might not know is this small town traditionally known as the Gateway to the Black Rock Desert, is also home to the Land Speed Record. Read more about the Burner Byway here.
Still want epic views without the mountain driving? The McCarran Loop takes you all around Reno and Sparks. Make sure you take the slight detour off Lakeside and make your way up to Windy Hill for some of the best views in the city. At 23 miles, this loop will take you by some of the best spots in both cities with awesome urban views every way you look.