Wild West Riding Holiday Itinerary (Parts I & II Combined)
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Day 1: Los Angeles Arrival
Please take the shuttle bus to your Los Angeles airport hotel. EagleRiders representative will be present at the hotel lobby to give you information about the upcoming trip. Explore L.A.s night life in Hollywood or Santa Monica or just get a goodnight sleep.
Day 2 : Los Angeles – Palm Springs, CA
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 ride the winding mountain road down to Lake Elsinore. After lunch, the cool air warms as you soar like an eagle through the roads of San Bernardino National Forest and further into Palm Springs, where we spend the first night.
Day 3 : Palm Springs, CA – Laughlin, NV
Today we take a loop through Joshua Tree National Park. Enjoy the amazing colors and fantastic rock formations! At Twentynine Palms your trip gets legendary appeal, as we enter Historic Route 66 in Amboy, which is our road all the way up towards Laughlin. We cross the state line into Nevada and arrive in Laughlin, where we overnight
Day 4: Laughlin, NV – Grand Canyon, AZ
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 its 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!
Day 5: Grand Canyon, AZ – Monument Valley (Kayenta), AZ
We spend the morning at the Grand Canyon to get some fantastic views. Then well cruise along the South Rim for a few miles and leave Grand Canyon National Park at the East entrance. Now its off to the incredible Monument Valley. This is Navajo Country here and you are in for an authentic Navajo lunch today. 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. We head for Kayenta, where we overnight. Get into an Indian spiritual mood tonight.
Day 6: Monument Valley (Kayenta), AZ – Bryce Canyon, UT
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 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. We ride along the southern tip of Capitol Reef National Park, on to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and roar on up to the Devils Backbone through the Escalante Wilderness en route to Bryce Canyon, where we overnight.
Day 7: Bryce Canyon, UT – Las Vegas, NV
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.
Day 8: Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas, CA
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!
Day 9: Las Vegas, CA – Mammoth Lake, CA
From Las Vegas we head west and our ride will take us across Death Valley the hottest place on earth! Its 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. We will have an early lunch at Furnace Creek Ranch. After riding a series of mountain curves, youve fallen hundreds of feet below sea level and find yourself right in the basin of Death Valley. We continue further 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.
Day 10: Mammoth Lake, CA – Yosemite (El Portal), CA
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 canyonsmuscle 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 youd expect. We ride over to El Portal, where we overnight.
Day 11: Yosemite (El Portal), CA – San Francisco, CA
Today we ride along Yosemite National Park for a while and then head west towards San Francisco. We cross San Rafael Bridge, which will take us 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. We ride south to pretty, smug little Sausalito, where we stop for lunch. Sausalito is 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 dAzur. After lunch its off to the Golden Gate Bridge and right into San Francisco, our stop for the next two nights.
Day 12: San Francisco, CA – San Francisco, CA
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. We offer several optional excursions today, such as a trip to Alcatraz, a Bay Cruise, Cable Car rides, or a Napa Valley wine tour.
Day 13: San Francisco, CA – Monterey, CA
Today we ride along the rugged coast and get a first taste of one of the best motorcycle rides in the world, as we 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. We overnight in Monterey.
>Day 14: Monterey, CA – Pismo Beach, CA
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, Cambria and Morro Bay until we get to Pismo Beach, where we overnight at a beautiful ocean resort.
Day 15: Pismo Beach, CA – Los Angeles, CA
Today we take Hwy 101 and head towards Los Angeles. At Santa Maria we cut inland to enjoy the great back roads and scenery there. In Santa Barbara we get back on Hwy 101 and cruise straight into Malibu, the infamous beach colony. Twenty miles from here well come to Santa Monica and Venice. Santa Monica is LAs oldest and biggest resort once a wild beachfront playground, its 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 EagleRiders headquarters are located. Now its 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.
Day 16: Los Angeles, CA Departure
Departure. Please take the hotel shuttle and transfer to Los Angeles International Airport.