Europe vs USA: Motorbike Road Trips Compared


Across the world, there are a huge number of incredible road trips which are perfect to be travelled on a motorbike. From the USA to Europe, if you venture out onto the open road, you are sure to find a route that will show you the world in a completely new light.

We’ve taken a look at some of the best motorbike road trips across Europe and the States and compared them to see where you should visit for your next motorbike road trip.

Europe – The NC500, Scotland


First up on the list is the NC500, a Scottish round trip which we’ve taken from a post from This route starts in the Scottish city of Inverness, winding through the other-worldly Scottish Highlands. It is just under 500 miles long and has roughly 12.5 hours of drive time. This road trip will treat you to some incredible views of the north coast of Scotland, even taking you to the northernmost tip of the mainland of Great Britain.

USA – Tail of the Dragon, North Carolina & Tennessee


This is not a road trip for the faint-hearted. In fact, you will need to be a pretty confident biker to take on this hair-raising route. It may be just 11 miles long, but it features an impressive 318 turns, according to a post from Roadtrippers. With tight corners and turns, winding through the thick woods on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, you’ll really be able to put your biking skills to the ultimate test.

Europe – The Iceland Ring Road


Iceland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and what better way to see it than on the back of a motorbike? This route, taken from an Expert Vagabond post, takes you around the whole island, showing you the wonders of this incredible place where you could even see the Northern Lights if you’re lucky. The route is roughly 828 miles long, so expect to be on the road for a good few days, often in poor weather conditions.

USA – Pacific Coast Highway, California


With over 620 miles of road, the Pacific Coast Highway runs along the coast of California between San Diego and San Francisco. You could opt to drive the whole way or just take a section of the epic drive. This post from details some of the best places to stop off along the route, showing just how incredible this drive is, as you can visit some of the most iconic US cities, including Santa Cruz, Big Sur and Malibu.

It’s hard to compare European and US road trips, but one of the biggest differences is the areas that you can cover. Being able to see a whole country in one road trip is one fantastic benefit of driving in Europe. However, with so much land to cover, there is no shortage of road trips in the States, many of which have some exciting and challenging routes which will put your biking skills to the test.