Million Dollar Highway, Colorado (Hotel Prices & Photos)
The Million Dollar Highway follows a 25-mile stretch of US Highway 550 between Silverton and Ouray in southwestern Colorado. It features endless twists and turns along the edge of sheer cliffs, which is why many consider it to be rather harrowing, but it also brings some of the world’s most jaw-dropping views. As you wind around each bend, there are more and more dramatic vistas of the soaring, jagged peaks of the San Juan Mountains. You’ll find lots to do in the towns at either end as well, with Ouray offering a fabulous hot springs pool and a main street lined with century-old Victorian and old western mining town-style buildings as a National Historic District. Much of Silverton is also designated National Historic District and there are a number of places for uncovering the past, like the old county jail, Old Hundred Gold Mine, and the Mayflower Gold Mill National Historic Site.
Turquoise Trail, New Mexico (Hotel Prices & Photos)
The Land of Enchantment offers plenty of enticing rides, although the Turquoise Trail is truly one of the best of the best. Often ranked as New Mexico’s most scenic motorcycle drive, this historic National Scenic Byway links Albuquerque and Santa Fe traversing woodland areas and quaint historic mining towns while boasting breathtaking views of the mountains and wildlife.