Top 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in Washington (2021 Riding Season Year-End Review)

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We looked at a full collection of 2021 motorcycle riding season data when millions of riders visited to find the best motorcycles rides and routes in the USA, Canada, and abroad.  For over 20 years now, has been documenting the best/most-popular motorcycle roads, routes, and rides and for about a decade, we have published annual reports after diving into the website's statistics (which routes are riders researching the most, which routes are getting the most photo/video/comment uploads, etc., etc.) to determine which of the motorcycle routes have risen to the top in motorcycle rider popularity.  We look at a complex set of factors (see Note 2 below) to determine which of the motorcycle rides in each of the states and US regions are the most popular and rated to be the best by motorcycle riders just like you.  Our very popular annual "Top Motorcycle Rides per Region" guides cover the best rides for each of the four official riding regions of the USA: the Northeast, the South, the Midwest, and the West.  This year we took things a step further and decided to gone one level deeper and develop guides outlining the Top 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in for the US states and so you are seeing one of those such guides on this page.   

Washington has a vast diversity of scenery from its lush green coastal sections on the west coast, to its pristine alpine scenery of the eastern portion of the state, and it more arid desert environment found in the central portion and its awe inspiring river valleys of the Columbia River, you are sure to find beautiful scenery for motorcycle riding throughout this wonderful state.  So, starting from #5 and working our way down to the #1 best motorcycle ride in Washington.



After reviewing an entire year of activity of Washington motorcycle riders, here are the results:

Top 5 Most Popular Motorcycle Rides in Washington!


#5 Southernmost Portion Of Crowsnest Highway (British Columbia, Canada)

If you like rides that give you views of lakes & rivers, this will be a great ride for you as you'll see Silver Lake, Coldwater Lake, Spirit Lake, a few rivers. And to top it all off, amazing views of Mt. St. Helens and the destruction it caused from the Johnston Ridge Observatory.

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#4 The Mercer Island Loop

As you ride around Mercer Island, take in the breathtaking vistas of Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier, and the Cascade Range. It is easy to get to and come back from the city and the route has fantastic views of Lake Washington, Bellevue, and Seattle.

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#3 The Klickitat Loop

The Klickitat Route is an 80-mile trail that runs along the Klickitat River in the Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington. Throughout its thrilling course, the cycling and hiking track provides vistas of the river and canyon. It has challenging switchbacks with some long straights.

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#2 Rattlesnake Pass To Wallowa Lake

This 98-mile road journey is filled with breathtaking sights of the Wallowa mountain range, Eagles Cap peak, and Hells Canyon cliffs. You will follow the Snake River to Asotin before twisting and ascending to the summit of the Butte. This route starts from Joseph, Oregon and goes till Clarkston, Washington.

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#1 Highway 20 Washington Pass

On this distinctly Washington road trip, you will see historic, thriving communities as well as some of the Northwest's most magnificent landscapes. It is the northernmost route through the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington, located on the border of Chelan and Okanogan counties.

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Note 1:  All facts and figures below were gathered in Dec of 2021 and will change over time as new motorcycle roads are added to the collection.  For an update listing, you can go to at any time, search on a state of your choosing, and you'll be presented with a list of the best motorcycle roads in that state.  You can also search on the newest motorcycle routes to be registered in that state as well as sift through the routes based on other filters.  Some examples of filtered searches you can do is to filter results based on - only the routes in your state that have 5-star scenery ratings, or only routes with a 5-star driving excitement rating and at least a 3-star rating for scenery, etc. etc.

Note 2:  How were these popularity ratings calculated? 
A motorcycle road’s popularity can be based on a wide variety of factors.  Our analysis considered some obvious indicators of motorcycle road popularity such each roads’ “Rider Rating” scores (star ratings) and which motorcycle road description pages were visited the most.  But, the analysis dug deeper and looked at some less obvious yet valuable indicators of a motorcycle road’s popularity such as how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “To Ride” lists, how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “Rode it” lists and enthusiasm indicators such how often photos and/or videos were uploaded for a given road and which roads are attracting the most buzz among motorcycle roads indicated by those roads that are receiving the most number of new/recent comments.  For the sake of being consistent and as objective as possible we use a popularity algorithm that “crunches those number” and allows us to develop a ranking of the popularity of each of the motorcycle roads used as a basis for this guide.


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