Destination Highway is usually not a major route and often
not even a secondary one. It’s the kind of road you’d travel to, to
journey on – it is the destination. And Destination Highways Northern
California is the most comprehensive guidebook ever produced for the
enthusiast touring Northern California motorcycle roads.
or the Total Integrated Road Evaluation
System, paved roads are
rated from a street motorcyclist’s unique perspective. TIRES identifies
and evaluates elements – some obvious, some not – that together
determine if a road is good enough to be called a Destination Highway.
In technically evaluating a road, TIRES counts and categorizes every
curve for Twistiness, classifies every mile (1.6 km) of a road’s
surface for Pavement, and assesses lane width, shoulder width,
sightlines and camber for Engineering. It also rates Scenery
and Remoteness according to specific criteria. A road’s
Character is determined by how the other five components blend
together, reflecting the overall quality of the riding experience – that
“feeling” you only get aboard a bike on a good road. You know the one.
A higher number of points is assigned to those TIRES components that
more directly result in a better motorcycle road. The total number of
points determines a road’s TIRES rating out of 100. With this, the road
earns its DH number – its ranking among Northern California’s 74
Destination Highways. More...
On our website the "Feature" Destination Highway is shown complete with
all its components, exactly as each of the 74 DHs is shown in the book,
"Destination Highways NorCal". That is, you see "At a Glance", "Access", "On
the Road", "Twisted Edges" (if there are any) as well as the DH's map
and its TIRES rating. The website shows all other DHs as "Non-Feature" DHs, with "At A
Glance", TIRES and a video clip to give you some sense of each road.