Distance: 2515 Miles / 4024 Kilometers
Temperature: 60° to 120° F / 16° to 49° C
Summer Special Southwest USA self drive motorcycle tours through California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah – the best of the Wild West! Solitary deserts, vibrant cities, deep canyons and high mountains – this Self Drive motorcycle tour has everything. You will see all the attractions of the South-West during this 16 day adventure: Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Death Valley, Yosemite, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco. In between over two thousand miles of fantastic roads and breathtaking scenery and just before the finish line the ineffable beauty of the California coast line on Highway 1 through Big Sur.
Day 1 Los Angeles Arrival – 0 miles
Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight.
Day 2 Los Angeles to Palm Springs – 190 miles
This morning you pick up your bike at EagleRider’s Los Angeles store and head south through the winding mountain road down to Lake Elsinore. You soar like an eagle through the roads of San Bernardino National Forest and further into Palm Springs, where spend the night.
Day 3 Palm Springs to Laughlin – 205 miles
Take a loop through Joshua Tree National Park, and enjoy the amazing colors and fantastic rock formations! At Twentynine Palms your trip gets legendary appeal, as you enter Historic Route 66 in Amboy, your road all the way up towards Laughlin. Cross the state line into Nevada and arrive in Laughlin, where you overnight.
Day 4 Laughlin to Williams – 190 miles
Your ride continues on legendary Route 66 into Arizona, stop for wild animals in Oatman and ride further on to Kingman, which is considered to be “The heart of Historic Route 66”, as it’s situated in the middle of the longest remaining stretch of the old “Mother Road”. From Kingman you head for Seligman, another one of those longest surviving stretches of Route 66, which heads off in a northern loop through the Hualapai Indian Reservation. Make a stop at the famous “Snowcap” in Seligman and continue to Williams, which will be your stop for the night.
This morning you should rise very early as you are in for the majestic Grand Canyon; be prepared for one of the greatest sights man has ever seen! Spend the morning at the Grand Canyon to get some fantastic views and perhaps catch one of the first helicopter flights over the Canyon. Cruise along the South Rim for a few miles and leave Grand Canyon National Park at the East entrance. Now it’s off to the incredible Monument Valley. You are travelling through Navajo Country here. The classic Wild West landscape of stark sandstone buttes and forbidding pinnacles of rock, poking from an endless expanse of drifting red sands, has an archetypal image. Only when you arrive at Monument Valley you will come to realize how much your perception of the West has in fact been shaped by this one spot. Such scenery does exist elsewhere, of course, but nowhere is it so perfectly distilled. Ride over to Kayenta, where you overnight.
Day 6 Kayenta to Bryce Canyon – 255 miles
From sleepy kayenta, briefly a frenzied gold-mining camp, continue to the Valley of the Gods, where much of the movie “Thelma and Louise” was filmed, and cross the Colorado River where it pours into Lake Powell. Lake Powell has 1960 miles of shoreline, which is more than the entire Pacific Coast and 96 water-filled side canyons. Ride along the southern tip of Capitol Reef National Park, on to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and roar on up to the Devil’s Backbone through the Escalante Wilderness en route to Bryce Canyon, where you overnight.
Day 7 Bryce Canyon to Las Vegas – 285 miles
This morning take time to visit the amazing Bryce Canyon before you continue to Zion National Park. Besides seeing the most beautiful rock formations found anywhere on earth, you are in for a most challenging ride here – the switchbacks of Zion! Compared to Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, Zion exudes a stronger sense of nature. From Zion it is only a short ride into the neon and gambling oasis of Las Vegas. Overnight.
Day 8 Las Vegas – 0 miles
This day is for relaxing, gambling, exploring or whatever your heart desires. Keep in mind you will have an early start on the following day!
Day 9 Las Vegas to Mammoth Lakes – 365 miles
You are leaving Las Vegas and head west – across Death Valley – the hottest place on earth! It’s almost entirely devoid of shade and its sculpted rock layers form deeply shadowed, eroded crevices at the foot of sharply silhouetted hills, their exotic mineral content turning ancient mudflats into rainbows of sunlit iridescence. After riding a series of mountain curves, you’ve fallen hundreds of feet below sea level and find yourself right in the basin of Death Valley. Continue west and ride along Sequoia National Park up to Mammoth Lakes, a place that is famous for skiing in the winter and mountain biking in summer. Overnight.
Day 10 – Mammoth Lakes to El Portal 105 miles
Day 11 El Portal to San Francisco 255 miles
The morning sun’s rays cast a golden shimmer on the meadows and you continue your ride along Yosemite National Park for a while and then head west towards San Francisco. We cross San Rafael Bridge, which will take you into Marin County, an unabashed introduction to Californian self-indulgence: a pleasure zone of conspicuous luxury and abundant natural beauty, with sunshine, sandy beaches, high mountains, and thick redwood forests, often ranked the wealthiest county in the US. Ride south to pretty, smug little Sausalito, a quaint seaside town, once a hotspot for drunken sailors, bawdy saloons, today a very refined place that makes you feel like being at the Cote d’Azur. You cross the Golden Gate Bridge and arrive in San Francisco, your stop for the next two nights.
This day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful city of San Francisco, a funky, individualistic, surprisingly small place – certainly the most liberal city in the US. San Francisco has a European flair and lots of opportunities to do some sightseeing. How about an excursion to Alcatraz, a Bay Cruise, Cable Car rides, or a Napa Valley wine tour? Overnight.
Day 13 San Francisco to Monterey 120 miles
Today you ride along the rugged coast and get a first taste of one of the best motorcycle rides in the world, as you head down south on legendary PCH (Hwy 1) along the Pacific Ocean. Breathtaking views of the coves and inlets of the Pacific are yours en route to Monterey. Monterey is home to the world famous Laguna Seca Automobile and Motorcycle Racetrack and the spectacular “Aquarium of the Sea”. The coastline here is simply spectacular and there are plenty of opportunities for great photo stops. You overnight in Monterey.
Day 14 Monterey to Morro Bay 130 miles
Continue your ride on scenic Hwy 1, along the edge of the cliffs of the Big Sur Coast – 90 wild and undeveloped miles of rocky cliffs form a sublime landscape where redwood groves line river canyons and the Santa Lucia Mountains rise out of the blue-green Pacific. Roughly midway along the Big Sur Coast you come to Esalen, which is named for the long gone native tribes who once enjoyed its natural hot spring, situated on a cliff top high above the raging Pacific surf. Cruise past San Simeon, Cambria and into Morro Bay where you stay for the night.
Day 15 Morro Bay to Los Angeles 180 miles
Take Hwy 101 and head towards Los Angeles. At Santa Maria you cut inland to enjoy the great back roads and scenery there. In Santa Barbara we recommend a stop at the pier before cruising straight into Malibu, the infamous beach colony. Twenty miles from here you will come to Santa Monica and Venice. Santa Monica is LA’s oldest and biggest resort – once a wild beachfront playground, it’s now a self-consciously liberal and healthy community. Venice Beach is probably the reason why most people come to Venice – nowhere else does LA parade itself quite so openly as along the wide pathway of Venice Boardwalk. From here you ride over to Hawthorne, where EagleRider’s headquarters are located. Now it’s time to return your motorcycle and transfer to your hotel. Overnight.
Day 16 Los Angeles Departure 0 miles
|2018 price $ per person||HVT price per person|
|2 people, 1 bike, 1 room||$2880||£2099|
|2 people, 2 bikes, 1 room||$3960||£2895|
|1 person, 1 bike, 1 room||$5460||£3999|
Owing to exchange rate fluctuation, please contact us for today’s best price
If a larger group of bikes are going on the tour, please ask us for a quote.
Summer Special Southwest USA self drive motorcycle tours, what’s included
- All accommodations
- Late model Motorcycles
- Unlimited mileage
- Co-pilot book
- Helmets for the driver and passenger
- Transportation between hotel and EagleRider location (restrictions may apply at certain locations)
- Detailed day by day or hour by hour itinerary
- Routing with scenic drive specific for motorbikes
- Hotel Information
- Tips for local areas
- Sales tax
- Environmental surcharge
- VIP check-in at location
Summer Special Southwest USA self drive motorcycle tours, what’s not included:
- Food and snacks
- Fuel and oil
- Insurance / Theft & Damage Waiver
- Personal souvenirs
- Parking fees, park entrance fees, road or toll charges
- Seasonal surcharges
- Rally surcharges
- Transfer airport-hotel-airport
The itinerary may be subject to change owing to availability of accommodation or road conditions. All mileages are approximate. In the case of major exchange rate fluctuations, we reserve the right to alter prices and issue a currency surcharge/refund as necessary. Flights not included.
A deposit of £300 per bike is required if you book your tour more than 24 weeks before the tour starts. 50% of the tour price is required to be paid 24 weeks before the tour starts and the balance paid 12 weeks before our Summer Special Southwest USA self drive motorcycle tours starts.
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