The coronavirus continues to reshape our lives, and our beloved summer motorcycle rallies, like Laconia Motorcycle Week 2020, are no exception.
Normally scheduled for June, this year’s rally was postponed until Aug. 23-30 for obvious reasons.
As the world’s oldest bike rally, Laconia Motorcycle Week has perfected the rally model among a backdrop of some of the best scenery in the country. It pretty much takes over the state of New Hampshire, and if you’re making the trek back east, be sure to hit these must-see sites.
Weirs Beach is home to Rally Headquarters and holds the majority of the action along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Known as Ground Zero, this is the entertainment and vendor hub of the rally. Consider it your basecamp and the place to see and be seen in between rides.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Twenty minutes from Weirs Beach is another anchor destination for bike-week riders. New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosts demo rides, OEM vendors, live entertainment and, of course, racing. Check out more on what NHMS has to offer throughout the week here.
If you only choose one extracurricular activity during your trip to Laconia Bike Week, make it a trip up Mount Washington. It offers breathtaking views and a feeling of being on top of the world. It’s also home to Mount Washington Observatory where scientists work to understand weather patterns.
You can reach the summit by motorcycle, car or train. If you want to ride, do it on the Mount Washington Ride to the Sky bikes-only tour. Bring a sweater; there’s probably snow up there. Yes, even in June. Otherwise, the train is an excellent way to sit back, relax and enjoy the views while climbing 6,288 feet to the top.
Ride the Winding Roads of New Hampshire
One of the biggest and best draws of Laconia Motorcycle Week is the picturesque landscape of rolling hills, lakes, waterfalls and wildlife. Riders will find themselves on open roads that lend endless opportunities to get in touch with Mother Nature with views straight from a storybook.