Whether you’re a serious rider or a weekend warrior, Wisconsin is a top destination for motorcyclists. We love journeying the state by motorcycle so much, we've actually filmed a few episodes of Discover Wisconsin devoted entirely to our fellow motorcycling enthusiasts. Here are a few of our favorite places to discover by motorcycle:
- Bayfield County — With 86 miles of Lake Superior shoreline, Bayfield County is located at the very top of the state and offers a spectacular ride through Washburn, Bayfield and the south shore harbor towns. There’s the Apostle Island National Lakeshore, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and countless other amazing ride-to destinations.
- Driftless Area — This stunning region in western Wisconsin is characterized by its rocky cliffs and rugged terrain, making it ideal for motorcyclists. The Driftless Area’s diversity means riders can enjoy everything from forested hillsides and trout streams, wetlands and grasslands. Bottom line? It’s remarkable.
- Platteville — I love the land around Platteville because it swiftly shifts from flat farmland to hilly countryside. The Mining Museum, Steve’s Pizza and the iconic “M” all make for great stops along your trip.
- Monroe — The “Swiss Cheese Capital of the USA” is definitely a biker-friendly town. Riding through Monroe, you’ll get a true flavor of Wisconsin: the openness of the country roads, rural farmland and a lively town and wonderful community. Cheese Days – which occurs during the 3rd weekend of September in even numbered years – is a popular destination for motorcyclists as well.
- Milwaukee — As the home of one of the most celebrated motorcycle brands in the world, riding enthusiasts love exploring in and around Wisconsin’s largest city. Check out the Harley-Davidson Museum, partake in a motorcycle rally or cruise solo along the coast of Lake Michigan.
- Tomahawk — Tomahawk’s motorcycling gem is Route 107 – it’s simply irresistible thanks to its path along the Wisconsin River, where you’ll likely spot eagles and other wildlife. Riders can cruise country roads, cross the veterans memorial bridge for a view of the Wisconsin River and take a break downtown for a little thrifting at Tomahawk’s eclectic shops. There’s also the Tomahawk Fall Ride, which takes place the second weekend after Labor Day and attracts about 35,000 to 50,000 bikers to the area.
From top to bottom, Wisconsin is home to some gorgeous motorcycling routes. Which one’s your favorite?