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Spectacular California Guided Motorcycle Tour

Discover the spectacular beauty of California’s coastline, mountains and deserts on our 9 day adventure. Starting with the entertainment and gambling town of Las Vegas, with its opulent casinos, luxury hotels and endless entertainment options. Our tour will explore the vast deserts of Nevada and California, the towering and stunning Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite National Park and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. As well as riding Pacific Coast Highway 1 through Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel and the cliff edges of Big Sur! Then back inland, passing Bakersfield (country music capital of California), through Sequoia National Park’s towering trees and back across the mountains. Finally, we ride the bends that start our descent into the hottest, driest place in North America, Death Valley, then out the other side for a beautiful ride back to Las Vegas. With a variety of roads and scenery it’s a journey you’ll be sure to remember for a very long time.

Every curve along the way, you’ll be in good hands with Orange & Black’s experienced guides who will lead you safely through some of the most stunning views and amazing roads in the USA.

 

Total mileage c. 1500

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  • Yosemite

    Yosemite
  • Death Valley

    Death Valley
  • San Francisco (Napa wine valley, Alcatraz)

    San Francisco (Napa wine valley, Alcatraz)
  • Golden Gate Bridge

    Golden Gate Bridge
  • Pacific Coast Highway

    Pacific Coast Highway
  • Big Sur

    Big Sur
  • Sierra Nevada Mountains

    Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Las Vegas glitz and glamour

    Las Vegas glitz and glamour
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Day 1 Hello Las Vegas! Arrive
Day 1 Hello Las Vegas!

From the airport, just take the brief shuttle ride to our hotel, and we’ll be at the hospitality desk to meet you, followed by a welcome drink at 18.30. and dinner. Then if you're still awake, we think you’ll find something to do this evening! Please be sure to arrive by 2.30 pm.

Day 2 Las Vegas – Mammoth Lakes - 290 miles, 4.5 hrs
Day 2 Las Vegas – Mammoth Lakes

It’s a relaxing day’s ride today as we shake Las Vegas out of our system, heading north out of Vegas. Skirting Death Valley on our left and the Nevada nuclear test sites on our right, we find ourselves at the infamous Cottontail Ranch (not our lunch stop!). From here head west into the mountains, with a lovely winding ride bringing us to Mammoth Lakes.

Day 3 Mammoth Lakes - Oakhurst - 150 miles, 4 hrs
Day 3 Mammoth Lakes - Oakhurst

Today is spent exploring the wonders of Yosemite including stopping at the slightly weird Mono Lake.  We continue climbing through the winding granite canyons of the famous Tioga Pass, rising to over 3000 m, stopping to take a trail etched into a vertical cliff as the mist from a 900 m waterfall keeps you cool, and just enjoy the park's natural wonders. Yosemite is just as beautiful, wild, rich and sublime as you’d expect, only more so! The riding fun isn't over yet, as we head south down scenic Highway 41 through the California goldfields to Oakhurst.

Day 4 Oakhurst - San Francisco - 265 miles, 6 hrs
Day 4 Oakhurst - San Francisco

We ride along the Merced River before picking up a lovely back-road over the mountains towards San Jose. Some urban interstate brings us round Oakland, where we cross San Rafael Bridge 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. We then ride south to pretty Sausalito and the chance to see San Francisco from across the Bay. Once a hotspot for drunken sailors and bawdy saloons, Sausalito is now much more like the Cote d’Azur. Then it’s over the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco.

Day 5 San Francisco Free day
Day 5 San Francisco

A free day to enjoy the beautiful city of San Francisco, a funky individualistic, surprisingly small place – and certainly the most liberal city in the USA. We offer several excursions today, such as a trip to Alcatraz, a Bay Cruise or a Napa Valley wine tour.

Day 6 San Francisco – San Simeon - 220 miles, 5 hrs
Day 6 San Francisco – San Simeon

Roll out of the city on the beautiful, winding Skyline Boulevard for coffee at Alice's Restaurant, then onto the Pacific Coast Highway, the famous Route 1, to Santa Cruz for lunch, fun and sun on the beach. This is yet another great ride, and we end with the coastal grandeur of the Monterrey Peninsula, whose crescent shaped bay and cypress groves have been celebrated by poets, authors and artists. We’ll stop for lunch, take in the shops, Steinbeck's Cannery Row and the great ambience before our incredible afternoon ride – the Big Sur. 90 miles along cliff edges, this road is universally considered the best section of Highway 1. Rocky cliffs form a sublime landscape, redwood groves line river canyons and the Santa Lucia Mountains rise out of the blue-green Pacific. About halfway along we come to Esalen, named for the long-gone native tribe who once enjoyed the natural hot springs on a cliff top high above the raging surf. We cruise up to Hurst Castle, where you may take a guided tour of this grand mansion, and our overnight in San Simeon.

Day 7 San Simeon – Lone Pine - 305 miles, 5.5 hrs
Day 7 San Simeon – Lone Pine

We set off through tiny seaside art communities and miles of sandy beaches to Morro Bay. Here we head inland and take the Carillo Highway across mountains and farmland to Bakersfield, country music capital of California. From here we head back into the hills, following the Kern River to Lake Isabella Reservoir and Sequoia National Park. Both Isabella and Kernville towns were moved following the damming of the Kern River and the creation of Lake Isabella reservoir in the 1960s. As with many of our small-town stops on this tour, this area is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers, with no major industries or businesses, reliant almost totally on tourism. Our day’s ride ends with the descent to Lone Pine, and our historic hotel. Hopefully there’s time to visit Alabama Hills and the local film museum too.

Day 8 Lone Pine – Las Vegas - 275 miles, 4.5 hrs
Day 8 Lone Pine – Las Vegas

Well, we’re nearly there, but we have one more spectacular ride for you today. We descend down switchbacks that zig-zag into Death Valley, the vista is immense, like looking across a sea of sand and stone. After lunch at Furnace Creek (aptly named!) we rise up from the valley floor to over 600 m elevation at the once thriving Death Valley Junction, current population 4! From here, it is an easy run into Las Vegas. If there’s time we’ll visit Red Rock Canyon before we return our motorcycles and enjoy our Farewell Party.

Day 9 Depart Las Vegas Depart
Day 9 Depart Las Vegas

The end of the road, as we say farewell and you prepare for the flight home. We hope you've got plenty of photos because you've got an awful lot of memories to bring home. Have you just ridden the most scenic motorcycle tour on Earth – very possibly!

  • Our Tour Price Includes
    • Harley-Davidson® authorized rental motorcycle (current year model, dealer owned, under 20k miles with factory warranty)
    • Just 8-15 bikes per tour, never more
    • American licensed tour guide on motorcycle and assistant in support vehicle
    • Standard motorcycle insurance cover including CDW and State minimum liability cover
    • Support/luggage vehicle includes:
      • Coolbox/complimentary soft drinks
      • Spare motorcycle for emergencies
      • Trauma / First Aid kit
    • Personal hardcopy tourbook including maps
    • Fuel and oil on tour
    • Accommodation in 2-4* hotels
    • National Park, State Park and National Monument entrance fees
    • Welcome Dinner & Farewell Party
    • Some breakfasts
    • Hotel parking fees
    • Hotel to dealership transfers
    • Unlimited mileage
    • All taxes and one way fees
    • Helmets (if requested). We strongly recommend you bring your own
    • GBP pricing – we take the currency risk
    • Guaranteed financial and legal protection, for your peace of mind, from our Travel Trust Association membership and ATOL Bond
  • Pre-bookable Options
    FREE ‘Try before you Fly’ Harley-Davidson® 2 hour Orientation Ride Flights (we are an ATOL bonded, UK company) Specialist Travel insurance for motorcyclists (EU residents only) Optional CDW & SLI motorcycle insurances Excursions/activities Pre and post tour accommodation Pre and post tour motorcycle hire UK airport hotels and parking US Airport to hotel transfer Trike Surcharge
  • Our Tour Price Does Not Include
    • Meals except where specified (allow c. £30/person/day)
    • Riding gear
    • Additional activities
    • Personal expenses, souvenirs, tips
    • Airport to Hotel transfer

Our Main Motorcycle Models

  • Electra Glide Ultra Limited
  • Road Glide Ultra
  • Electra Glide® Ultra Classic®
  • Street Glide®
  • Heritage Softail® Classic
  • Fat Boy®
  • Dyna® Switchback ™
  • Sportster® Iron 883
  • Tri Glide Ultra Classic
  • Bring Your Own

  • Other models may be available upon request

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