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post #1 of 11 Old 02-04-2015, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Resources for Route Planning a North American Trip

I am beginning to plan out a trip around the continental US next summer.

I have a list of landmarks/cities I would like to see, but so far I have not gone extensively into route planning.

What resources would you all recommend for finding those scenic twisty routes. I really want to avoid the boring highway as much as possible.

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-04-2015, 12:58 PM
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I am a fan of Delorme Atlas & Gazetteers

Every time I plan a trip to a new state that I have not been to before I ride to Yarmouth and pick that/those states

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Butler Maps:

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looking for the twisties

Can't beat GoogleEarth, zoom in and find whatever you need. Places to camp, motels, food and fuel, twisted roads. Check out the topography and elevation changes, find the highest points in the pass, find the scenic lookouts and pull-offs etc. It's even possible to differentiate between pavement or gravel with reasonable certainty.
Store the most interesting Googleearth coordinates into your GPS as waypoints; then just connect the wps and you've got a route.
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Thanks so much all for the advice.

I will pick up some hard copy maps for a few regions that I plan on spending more time in.
And I guess rely on big brother google for the rest of it.

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Buy a set of Butler motorcycling maps, it is worth the investment. They will last just about forever.

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My big ol' Rand Mcnally lists covered bridges and other odd sites of interest. Highest peak, bridge, etc. Auto club has lots of area specific books.
Depending on your interests, searching for Brew Pubs, Cheese factories...whatever...Google could be your friend.
Amazingly enough your GPS is a wealth of POI's.
Have fun. When I retired my wife put the kabosh on a 5 week trip and now that we are older the possibility is more likely I'll never do dat! Phooey.
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yes

also contacting riders in the areas here on stromtrooper.
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For sure, posting your general route or list of cities you plan to visit here will get you some good ways to connect them.

And the internet is a wonderful thing. Google "best motorcycle roads in ..." and plug in a state name or abbreviation. Or leave the state off and just search for "best motorcycle roads".

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Thanks for the rec on Butler Maps. Just ordered one
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