What is Destination Highways
Destination Highway is rarely a major highway 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 Washington is the
most comprehensive guidebook ever produced for the enthusiast
touring Washington State motorcycle roads.
Using TIRES, 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 are 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 Washington’s 74 Destination
website the "Feature" Destination Highway is shown complete with all its
components, exactly as each of the 74 DHs is shown in the book,
Highways WA". 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. You also
can see a clip of the video taped when we researched the road. (Our helmet
cams provide a terrific rider point-of-view!)|
We change the Feature DH on an irregular basis so you can see what we say about different Destination Highways.
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
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