It would be worth your while to join the AAA/CAA (can do it on line) They have excellent travel advisory stuff, can help you plan trips, have offices in most major cities and and some not so major all over US and CA, lots of maps and books. Membership will also get you emergency towing anywhere you be, run out of gas and they will bring you a can of go (DAHMIK), boost your dead battery, etc., they also provide insurance and other stuff.
I have been a member for many years, they are excellent and they are everywhere. Membership is dirt cheap for value recieved, less than the cost of an SUV fill up when oil is $100+ a barrel, or less than the cost of an in city tow if you prefer. They might even be affiliated with some UK similar outfit such as the RAC, if so, it would be worth looking into. This applies to anybody travelling NA by MC as well, it is nice to have that emergency tow or run out of gas rescue card in your back pocket when far from home.