08/09/2012 11:52 am ET

Not Your Average Road Trip: 4 Scenic Motorcycle Trips

'Tis the season for road trips. But why not make your next journey one to really remember and do it on two wheels? Motorcycle tourism is gaining more speed as of late, thanks in part to large numbers of enthusiasts hitting retirement age, but also because many travelers today are craving unique, adventurous experiences. Indeed, it's hard to argue with a mode of transport that indulges the five senses as well as motorcycle riding—not to mention the instant street cred you'll earn pulling up anywhere on a bike. Here are a few great places to whet your palate for hitting the open road. Keep in mind, in the United States and many other countries, you'll need a motorcycle license to operate one.

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