2587.0 mi = 4139.2 km
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Wild West Motorcycle Tour

Guided Tour 16 Days / 15 Nights
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Enjoy the best of the Wild West on the back of your favorite motorcycle! Solitary deserts, vibrant cities, deep canyons and high mountains – this 16 day guided motorcycle vacation has everything. You will see all the attractions of the South-West: Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Death Valley, Yosemite, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco. When you have survived the Wild West you will have traveled over two thousand miles of fantastic roads and breathtaking scenery including the incomparable beauty of the California coastline on Highway 1 through Big Sur as the final leg of the tour.

Tour Itinerary

Today your Wild West journey begins! After checking into your hotel, you will meet your Eaglerider guides and fellow riders that will be sharing the road with you over the next two weeks. A great dinner at one of our favorite places, and a good night’s sleep will get you ready for the first day’s ride tomorrow!
After our Welcome Breakfast the moment has come - you will get transferred to EagleRider in Los Angeles to pick-up your bike. After an orientation we head south and west to ride the winding mountain road down to Lake Elsinore. After lunch, the cool air bathes us as we wind our way up more mountainous roads into the San Bernardino National Forest, skirting the slopes of San Jacinto Mountain. Our descent into Palm Springs is spectacular, and we will enjoy our first night on the road among the Palm Trees and night life that make up this iconic town.
Today we take a loop through Joshua Tree National Park an extraordinary park full of bizarre desert trees and fantastic rock formations. From here we descend into Twenty-Nine Palms and drop into the vastness of the Mojave Desert. From here, your trip gets legendary appeal, as we enter Historic Route 66 in at the famous Roys in Amboy. We will stay on RT 66 for the rest of the day as we cross the desert, and the state line, into Nevada, and arrive in Laughlin, where we overnight.
We continue our ride 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 the longest surviving stretches of Route 66, which heads off in a northern loop through the Hualapai Indian Reservation. After our lunch stop in Seligman we continue our ride towards the majestic Grand Canyon; be prepared for one of the greatest sights man has ever seen!
We spend the morning at the Grand Canyon to get some fantastic views. Then we’ll 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. This is Navajo Country here a classic Wild West landscape of stark sandstone buttes and forbidding pinnacles of rock, poking from an endless expanse of drifting red sands. Only when you arrive at Monument Valley will you 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. This evening we will descend into the Valley itself, and let our Navajo Guides treat us to a traditional dinner in the heart of this spiritual wonderland.
From Kayenta we will ride up to sleepy Mexican Hat, briefly a frenzied gold-mining camp, which takes its name from a riverside sandstone hoodoo – it actually looks like a south-of-the-border sombrero. We ride on past 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. We ride along the southern tip of Capitol Reef National Park, across aspen-covered peaks, along the buff-colored sandstones of the Devil’s Backbone, through the Escalante Wilderness, and finally to Bryce Canyon, where we overnight. This is a day you'll never forget!
This morning there will be time to visit the amazing Bryce Canyon before we 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. Those clients, who will end their trip in Las Vegas, will have a “Good Bye” Dinner this evening.
This day is for relaxing, gambling, exploring or whatever your heart desires. Keep in mind we will have an early start on the following day!
From Las Vegas we head west and our ride will take us 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. From here we continue west, riding amazing roads that wind up and out of the Valley and onto the foothills of the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains. Today we will have ridden from the lowest point in the United States, over 100’ below sea level, to the ski town of Mammoth Lakes at over 7000 feet. What a day!
Leaving Mammoth Lakes we continue our trip a little further north and then take the infamous Tioga Pass to cross Yosemite National Park. You push your Harley through the winding granite canyons…muscle flexing turns are rampant for the first several miles, and the road demands attention as you enter the mother of the mother of all National Parks. Yosemite conjures up thousands of images and raises expectations to dizzying heights and when you are there it is just as beautiful, wild, tame, rich, and sublime as you’d expect. We ride over to El Portal, where we overnight.
Today we head west towards San Francisco. Leaving Yosemite National Park, we descend through California Gold Rush country. We’ll pass through small mining towns such as Groveland, before descending the winding roads of Old Priest Grade. Leaving Gold Rush country, we set our sights on the coastal regions of 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. From here, we catch our first glimpse of this city’s most famous landmark - the Golden Gate – and traverse one of San Francisco’s great bridges to enter the city! A ride along the Marina and we are dropped into the heart of Fisherman’s Warf – our home 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 an European flair and lots of opportunities to do some sightseeing. The city offers several options today - from excursions to places such as Napa Valley or Alcatraz, to Cable Car rides and city bus tours, or simply walking the streets to breath in the culture and views that make up this amazing city.
Today we head south on the legendary Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) which hugs the rugged California coast of the Pacific Ocean – one of the best motorcycle rides in the world! The coastline here is simply spectacular and there are plenty of opportunities for great photo stops. Breathtaking views of the coves and inlets of the Pacific are yours en route to the seaside town of Monterey and its famous “Cannery Row.” Monterey is home to the world famous Laguna Seca Automobile and Motorcycle Racetrack and the spectacular “Aquarium of the Sea.”
We continue our 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. We cruise past San Simeon, stop to see the Elephant Seal Rookery, wind through Cambria and Morro Bay until we get to Pismo Beach.
Today we take Hwy 101 and head towards Los Angeles, the Pacific Ocean to our right, and the coastal mountains to our left. After a stop in Santa Barbara for a coffee, we get back on Hwy 101 and cruise straight into Malibu, the infamous beach colony. 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 we will ride over to Hawthorne, where EagleRider’s headquarters are located. Now it’s time to return your motorcycles and transfer back to our hotel to get ready for a recap of this great adventure at our "Good-bye" dinner.
Departure. Please take the hotel shuttle and transfer to Los Angeles International Airport.
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Sarah August 25, 2014 10:05 am

great experience!

I have just returned from an Eaglerider Wild West Tour, setting off from LA with my husband Chris, and wanted to write to thank you for such an amazing experience, and compliment you on your staff, who made the whole trip so memorable, and one of our best holidays ever.

From the booking process with Stephen Johnson, who answered all my questions and managed our booking, through to Don Carpenter, our excellent tour guide and Ralph Jaskulla, our support van driver, the whole experience was exceptional. Don and Ralph in particular are a real credit to your organisation, nothing was too much trouble, and they were at all times professional and good fun.

The quality of the tour was higher than we expected and the included breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners (including a limo ride in Las Vegas!), support vehicle with a supply of very welcome ice cold water, riding jackets and all park entry fees included made it great value for money.

This was our first experience of a guided motorcycle tour and will now definitely not be our last with Eaglerider, we are already saving for a Rocky Mountain tour!

Many thanks again for a great experience and please pass on our thanks to all your staff involved.

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Tim July 17, 2014 10:39 am

It's a happy journey!

The scenery was spectacular, the people with us were great, the roads were really good and I'm glad we chose Harley Davidson's for our first US bike trip. Our tour guide, Jeff, was excellent as was Mike who drove the van for the first half and Wilm who was learning the route to guide it in future and drove the van for the second half, and they all certainly made everyone feel relaxed, as well as keeping us all in order, dealing with any little problems and giving us plenty of hints and tips.

My bike broke down during the trip but having the support van following us meant it was straightforward to unload the spare from the trailer and I was on the way again after a very short delay.

We were sad to finish the trip and we're both thinking about what to do next!

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