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Old 06-19-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Question 7 days anywhere on East Coast.. What do you recommend seeing?

Will be riding GS to the East Coast, arriving Atlantic City @ 7/10, have 7 days, what do I see? Could travel north or south from NJ.. best suggestions make that decisions for me.. yup, that flexible.

Have seen all the monuments, memorials and museums years ago.
Would rather stay away from Metro areas, grew up in big city, so do not need the "reality tours".

Will be camping, but hotel when need to.
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:33 AM   #2
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are u looking for a day trip or can you get away for a few days. if you can get away for a few days .id head down ride the dragon. and blue ridge . ill be in ocean city same week no bike though.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:50 AM   #3
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Head south east to the mountains. Great riding in VA, WVA, NC, TN and GA. There also a number of motorcycle only campgrounds.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:28 AM   #4
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1. Shenandoah Valley - follow Stonewall Jackson's campaigns.

2. Outer Banks - lots to see in North Carolina from the Banks, then inland.

http://goo.gl/maps/hNdUI This route takes the coastal road to Kill Devil Hills, then to Mount Airy, Staunton, and Annapolis, combining #1 and #2.

3. Hudson River Valley - history, art, great moto roads... lots to chose from.

http://goo.gl/maps/Pxo1j This route includes Washington Irving's home, Bear Mountain, West Point, FDR's home, Vanderbilt Mansion, and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.... all within 90 miles.

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Old 06-21-2013, 05:36 AM   #5
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Do you want to concentrate on riding, or on doing touristy stuff?

If you have seven days from NJ and you want to spend them riding, you have two excellent options: either head southwest to West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia, and just spend a few days riding twisties; or go northeast to the Canadian Maritimes and wind your way through Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, and the Gaspé Peninsula if you can work it in timewise.

If you want to include a lot of sightseeing with the riding, your best bet is probably the Adirondacks, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, and maybe up to Cape Breton.

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Old 06-21-2013, 07:00 AM   #6
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If you come down south try Skyline drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway for the scenery, particularly the section from Asheville to Cherokee. For fun riding on twisty roads there are lots of good ones in southwest Virginia and western NC. If you make it as far south as Fontana Lake check out Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge, great base camp for day rides and they feed you.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:34 AM   #7
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Awesome suggestions..

more specific.. less touristy. more riding with maybe stop and see.. have some timelines so more time on bike than on foot....

I'm more liking the idea of riding south.. AND motorcycle campgrounds??

I'm taking notes!!! Thanks,
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:32 AM   #8
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I like NFE's suggestions and would add that if you decide to venture further north then you should try and budget time to ride the coast of Maine via Vermont and New Hampshire. Given the timing I'd try and avoid southern New England coastal areas due to heavy traffic/tourism.

Enjoy your ride!
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:05 AM   #9
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Awesome suggestions..

more specific.. less touristy. more riding with maybe stop and see.. have some timelines so more time on bike than on foot....

I'm more liking the idea of riding south.. AND motorcycle campgrounds??

Yeah. You want to do VA/WV/NC/TN/etc.

Take a look at some of my ride reports for route suggestions and general info.
WV and Great Smokies region: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=580821
BRP, NC, TN, and points south: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=697639
PA, WV, VA: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=893317

Have fun; the riding down there is unbelievable.

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Old 06-24-2013, 09:02 AM   #10
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Been looking at recommendations.. superb.. amd setting routes, waypoints this week...

Thanks to you it will make a great trip an awesome one!!

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Old 06-24-2013, 09:06 AM   #11
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Blue Ridge Parkway was the most amazing road I've ever ridden. Barely any traffic, amazing scenery, great road conditions. I would not hesitate to take the trip back down there. Skyline Drive was pretty nice too, but a lot more crowded and touristy...
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:03 AM   #12
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Yeah, I'm partial to riding around the BRP region. Lots of small towns worth exploring just a few miles off the parkway. Motorcycle camping abounds along the BRP, popular one around Meadows of Dan VA; I believe that motorcycles out number cars along the BRP in the summer. Fair number of Amish and Mennonites in the rural areas so country stores can have some excellent foods.

My suggestions for areas to ride through include Fries, Independence, and Foster Falls VA. For a fun ride pick up Highway 16 in WVA and ride down to the BRP and head towards Asheville for some relaxation and good beer. Hwy 16 doesn't get the publicity or crowds of other roads but is a gooder.

website visitvirginiamountains.com has some route suggestions for good local rides. Plenty of good riding without crowds and traffic lights, heck not much traffic at all.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:52 AM   #13
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If you do come through Asheville you could head to Hot Springs ( http://www.hotspringsnc.org/ ) and have a soak in a mineral spring fed hot tub. There is lots of good riding and lots of good beer around here.

Feel free to PM me if you do decide to head this way.
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