Southwest II Motorcycle Tour

Self-Drive Tour 9 Days / 8 Nights
Tour Map
  • 1175.0 mi = 1880.0 km
  • Summer, Spring, Fall
  • 60.0 - 120.0°F = 15.6 - 48.9°C

Southwest II Self Drive Tour through California and Nevada - 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 9 day adventure: Death Valley, Yosemite, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco. In between over one 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.

Tour Itinerary

Upon arrival in Las Vegas you transfer to your hotel. Overnight.
This morning you pick up your bike at EagleRider’s Las Vegas store and your adventure can begin! 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.
From Mammoth Lakes your trip takes you a little further north and you will enter the infamous Tioga Pass to cross Yosemite National Park. You push your bike 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. You overnight at the West Entrance of the park.
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.
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.
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.
Today you pick up Hwy 101 and head towards Los Angeles. At Santa Maria cut inland to enjoy the great back roads and scenery there. In Santa Barbara you should make a stop at the before you cruise straight into Malibu, the infamous beach colony. About twenty miles from here you 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 motorcycles and transfer back to you hotel. Overnight.
Today your exciting trip will come to an end with your departure flight back home.
2 User Reviews ADD REVIEW
Nigel Thorne October 18, 2016 06:13 am

TOTALLY AMAZING TRIP

We travelled all the way from the UK to undertake this trip. Just two of us and we decided to do it independently as opposed to being in a group. From the moment we picked up the bikes the experience was awesome.

The whole route as suggested by Eagle Rider totally exceeded our expectations in every way. The bikes, the scenery, the people we met, the places we stayed were all amazing. Every corner we swept around brought us a new magnificent vista. From the magnificent desolation of Death Valley to the truly awesome spender of Yosemite National Park and the stunning natural beauty of the West Coast. What a blast. Just do it. You won't be disappointed in any way shape or form. We'll be back for more without doubt. P.S. Don't forget your camera and a big storage card. You'll need it.

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Stefan Rosén August 20, 2014 09:54 am

One of the best trips

All of us agreed that this was absolutely one of the best travels/trips we ever done all categories. Even before it was finished we started discussing when to do the next one. and never tasted an IPA so good when reaching Mammoth Lakes

Hope to get back to you not next summer but the the summer 2016

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