Maryland - West Virginia – Virginia – North Carolina – Tennessee
June 15 - 25, 2021
June 14 - 24, 2022
Registration Deadline: March 19, 2021
Duration: 11-day vacation, 9 riding days,
1 optional rest day, 2 travel days
Skill Level: (moderate)
Group Size: 6 – 12 motorcycles
Arrival: Hagerstown, MD
Departure: Hagerstown, MD
Total Distance: 1,525 mi / 2,445 km
Average Daily Mileage: 169 miles / 272 km
Average Temperature: 60–85ºF / 15-29ºC
Highlights: Blue Ridge Parkway • Skyline Drive • Harpers Ferry • Seneca Rock • Burkes Garden • Biltmore Estate • Maggie Valley • Great Smoky Mountains • Cherohala Skyway • Tail of the Dragon • Virginia Scenic Byways
Springtime in Appalachia means warm weather and amazing scenery—and for the two-wheel enthusiast; riding a host of legendary motorcycle routes. To satiate the true motorcycle enthusiast’s passion, Blue Rim Tour’s Appalachian Tour speaks to the soul of the bold with 1,525 miles that encompass a virtual smorgasbord of famous roads. Nine days traipsing through West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee via some of the nation’s most iconic, paved venues—Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, Deal’s Gap and the legendary Tail of the Dragon—the Appalachian Tour is the ideal spring escape.
Carving your way through the lush Appalachians and the grandeur of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Appalachian Tour rewards participants with some of America’s most spectacular, scenic, and thrilling motorcycling roads. The route includes visits to Harper’s Ferry, Burkes Garden, the Maggie Valley, riding the Cherohala Skyway and Virginia’s scenic byways, with a stop at the famously opulent Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Looping out from the start/stop point of Hagerstown, Maryland more than 1,500 miles of beautiful, serpentine roads await, reminding us why we ride, with all the makings of an unforgettable experience.
This springtime escape—with June temperatures averaging 60-85˚ (perfect motorcycling weather)—was crafted for riders who prefer to experience new adventures on their own motorcycle with challenging, twisting mountain roads that snake through this dynamic landscape requiring a high degree of technical riding savvy. In addition to savoring the beauty of this part of the country from the seat of your motorcycle there are visits to historic locations and famous landmarks, providing an opportunity to learn about the history of the region.
Accommodations cover a variety of establishments, from historic five-star inns to rustic lodges and modern hotels. Participants of the Appalachian Tour—which provides an experienced and knowledgeable guide to ensure smooth logistics—have the choice of riding with the group or on their own to allow shaping the days to personal liking, fueling individual recounts of the day while relaxing at dinner with fellow tour mates. For the restless enthusiast the rest day is offered as an optional ride day!
Blue Rim Tours crafted the Appalachia Tour for riders possessing moderate skill who seek out technically challenging routes. The weather is unpredictable in this region, and the tour continues in rainy conditions, so riders need to be prepared for and comfortable riding in wet conditions. As with all Blue Rim Tours the Appalachian Tour offers supreme enjoyment in a spirit of camaraderie, limiting the tour to just 6 – 12
motorcycles. Spring riding in Appalachia beckons.
What Your Tour Includes
Knowledgeable and experienced tour guide
Accommodations at comfortable hotels (10 hotel nights)
All breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners
Entrance fees to all parks and other points of interest
A detailed tour information package including maps, guide books, and a T-shirt
Support vehicle (if more than 6 riders)
Motorcycle rental is not included
Price (per person)
Not Included in the Tour Price
Lunches, dinners, and beverages
Personal items and hotel room charges
Accommodations and transportation to/from the starting point of the tour
The hotels are three- and four-star establishments. You will appreciate the modern amenities of the hotels. We will either eat breakfast at the hotel or travel to a restaurant nearby before starting our tour for the day. We will stop for lunch while on the road, and in the evenings, we will stop for dinner on the way to the hotel or eat at the hotel restaurant. Casual clothes for evenings are fine; there’s no need for formal wear.
If you trailer your bike to Hagerstown, MD, then you can park the trailer securely on the first hotel's parking lot.
The group will be between 6 and 12 riders.
Roads and Traffic
Most of the tour route will involve two-lane, asphalt roads. There will be increased traffic and possibly some parking challenges at National Park Service locations. Road surfaces are generally in very good condition, except for some of the less maintained, more remote roads. There will be frequent curves and elevation changes on many of the routes. The pace will be kept moderate with frequent stops at historic sites and for comfort as needed.
Bringing Your Motorcycle
We will be riding at least 1,525 miles or 2,445 km during this tour. Please make sure that your motorcycle is properly serviced beforehand. Tires should have adequate tread life remaining.
The rental motorcycle is not included. If you plan to rent one, Blue Rim Tours found the following rental or ride share options.
EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals and Tours Washington D.C.
9739 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22031
Alternatively, you can use one of these peer-to-peer rental platforms:
Luggage should be safely and securely attached to your motorcycle. If the group has more than 6 riders, then a support vehicle will follow the group. In that case, one piece of luggage per person will be shuttled by the support vehicle.
To ensure that you have the easiest travel experience possible, Blue Rim Tours can help arrange early/late lodging. Please indicate on your registration form if you plan to arrive early or leave later than the scheduled tour.
Deposit and Payment
NOTE: Due to the pandemic, we're currently reserving spots without requiring an immediate $1,000 deposit. The $1,000 deposit will be due 6 months before scheduled tour due to travel situation. The registration form reserves your spot on the tour.
(Does currently not apply: A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to reserve your place on the tour).
All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. We accept personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. On March 19, 2021, 50% of the tour price is due. The remaining balance of the tour is due before or on April 30, 2021.
The deadline for reservation is March 19, 2021.
If for any reason you need to cancel your trip, please do so in writing. Cancellations made between March 19 and April 29, 2021 will forfeit 50% of the total tour price. April 30, 2021 and after, the total tour price is non-refundable.
Minimum Tour Requirement
We reserve the right to cancel any tour if the number of participants booked does not meet the minimum requirement to operate the trip or due to force majeure. In the unlikely event that this should occur, your payment will be refunded minus the non-refundable registration fee. This fee can be applied to another tour of your choice.
Because we will be riding in high desert and mountainous terrain, temperatures can fluctuate significantly, likely range between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 29 degrees Celsius), but possibly cooler at the higher altitude. Dress in several layers so you can easily adjust to changing weather conditions. In case of heavy rain or other inclement weather, we will choose the shortest route to the next hotel whenever possible.
Blue Rim Tours
3601 Edgemoor Court
Clemmons NC 27012