Favorite Ride: The Loop and a Back Way to Destination Daytona
You may have heard about The Loop. This is one of the most beautiful routes in the Southeast (not that I'm biased!). But did you know that by taking The Loop and making a short detour, you'll find a shortcut to Destination Daytona? Destination Daytona, the world's biggest Harley-Davidson dealership and then some, is a popular spot for bikers during special events. Its popularity is well deserved as there is always something going on at Destination Daytona. But during peak event times, when bike traffic is heaviest, it can take a while to get to Destination Daytona from Daytona Beach on US1. That's why locals in the know take "the back way" to avoid event traffic.
Here's the scoop: Pick up The Loop at the intersection of Beach Street and Granada Blvd (SR 40) in Ormond Beach. Travel north on Beach Street, which will take you through the Tomoka State Forest and Park area. You'll ride under the canopy of moss draped oaks, through dense stretches of diverse Florida forest, across rivers and through marsh lands on the most scenic and peaceful two lane road you've ever traveled. Eventually Beach Street turns into Old Dixie Highway and swings west. Continue on Old Dixie Highway, over I-95 and you'll arrive at US1 just a few miles north of Destination Daytona. This is also where you'll find the White Eagle, a spot where local bikers gather year round for great burgers and cold beer.
Take US1 south to Destination Daytona and you'll by pass much of the traffic coming from Daytona Beach during peak event times. Plus, you'll get to enjoy The Loop!
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