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51-84°F
11-29°C

1 May-30 Sep

California Dreamin’ Self Guided Motorcycle Tour

 

What could be more pleasurable than 12 days riding in “the land of milk and honey” that is California. If you want the essence of California in one motorcycle tour, then California Dreamin’ is the tour for you. Take in the spectacular rocks of Yosemite and the twisty turny roads through the giant redwoods in Sequoia National forest. Visit the playground of Lake Tahoe and ride the world’s most famous coast road, Route 1 or Pacific Coast Highway, pounding the cliff edge of Big Sur.  Experience what may be the World’s favourite city, San Francisco, and the rolling countryside and vineyards of the Napa Valley. We enable you to take your time, kick back California style and pack in as many of the great sights and places you can.

 

Total mileage c. 1500

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  • Yosemite

    Yosemite
  • Lake Tahoe

    Lake Tahoe
  • Napa Valley wineries

    Napa Valley wineries
  • San Francisco

    San Francisco
  • Pacific Coast Highway

    Pacific Coast Highway
  • Big Sur

    Big Sur
  • Hearst Castle

    Hearst Castle
  • Giant redwoods, Sequoia National Park

    Giant redwoods, Sequoia National Park
  • Sierra Nevadas

    Sierra Nevadas
  • Los Angeles, Santa Monica beach, Getty Museum, Angeles National Forest

    Los Angeles, Santa Monica beach, Getty Museum, Angeles National Forest
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Day 1 Arrive in Los Angeles
Day 1	Arrive in Los Angeles

Welcome to LA! After you pass through the airport exit doors catch one of the complimentary hotel shuttles which depart from the middle isle outside the terminal. Check in at your hotel and then we suggest you head straight out to the beach, Santa Monica is a taxi ride away. Get a good night’s rest because tomorrow you begin the first part of an exciting journey.

 

If you’re planning to arrive a day or two early, we’ll be happy to arrange that. There’s lots to do, but here’s something you may not have thought of - the Getty Museum, an art museum at the Getty Center, just 12 miles from our hotel. There’s no entrance fee, just parking if you travel by car or motorbike. And the tram that operates from the parking garage to the museum offers amazing views. As you arrive at the main buildings, designed by famous architect Frank Gehry, you know this is well worth the visit – a peaceful environment in a striking landscape. There are four buildings of art of stunningly beautiful quality, and the architecture and grounds are worth the trip alone. And check out the outdoor cafe with its great views of LA. The art collections are amazing with work from Van Gogh, Cezanne and Monet just to name a few.

Day 2 Los Angeles – Bakersfield 200 miles
Day 2	Los Angeles – Bakersfield

Take a look out the window and savour the amazing sunrise that signals the beginning of a new day. Start it with a good American breakfast and then pack your bags to go and pick up your bike A few signatures later you’re sitting in the saddle of your favourite motorcycle, cruising along the foothills and into the Angeles National Forest. This road is a 66 mile scenic drive with breath taking views of Los Angeles, and it’s a dream road for motorcyclists. Temperatures can easily drop from 35C to 15C as you climb to 2000 m elevation from the LA basin. The air now smells of sage, eucalyptus and pine and it’s a welcome change from the heat that sits below you at the foothills.

The road is twisty and lets every rider’s heart beat faster. Stop for lunch at Newcomb’s Ranch restaurant to relax and grab some food, but you may be getting kind of itchy to continue the thrilling ride through the San Gabriel Mountains. As you ride over the ridge you enter Palmdale and then Bakersfield, gateway city to Sequoia National Park.

Day 3 Bakersfield – Oakhurst 280 miles
Day 3	Bakersfield – Oakhurst

Early in the morning you leave Bakersfield and ride toward Lake Isabella which lies peacefully in the Sequoia National Forest. The fun begins right away on a fantastic twisty road. Kern River accompanies us all the way to Lake Isabella and invites to stop at each layby. You really wouldn’t expect this kind of terrain and scenery right outside Bakersfield. Lake Isabella and Kern River offer white water rafting, kayaking, boating, sailing, water skiing, jet-skiing, windsurfing and fishing.
You follow the beautiful scenery and the road hugs the edge of the National Forest. Sequoia is one of nineteen national forests in California and takes its name from the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree, which grows in more than 30 groves on the forest's lower slopes. Sequoia's landscape is as spectacular as its trees: soaring granite monoliths, glacier-torn canyons, roaring white water, and more, await your discovery at the Sierra Nevada's southern end. Elevations range from 300 m in the foothill region to peaks over 4,000 m in the rugged high country, providing some of the most spectacular views of mountainous landscape in the entire west.

As you make your way north, you pass Fresno and reach your destination, Oakhurst, on the edge of that rather well known recreational area - Yosemite National Park.

Day 4 Oakhurst – Lake Tahoe 260 miles
Day 4	Oakhurst – Lake Tahoe

After a hearty breakfast swing into the saddle and ride your iron horse into Yosemite National Park. Before you enter the park you take a ride through the countryside. With rolling hills and gray-blue clouds in the distance and dark green trees among endless fields of yellow grass you’re vividly reminded of the 1970s TV show Little House on the Prairie. You get to Mariposa, follow the road to Jamestown and boy, is this some ride! It might sound old by now but yes, the road is twisty! There are some pretty narrow and tight bends, then the road opens up, straightens and offers a stop in Coulterville. The old historic Hotel Jeffery, est. 1851, is unoccupied and a sign reads “4 SALE”. A neat town where time seems to have stopped years ago.

A little further down the road you pass Don Pedro Reservoir and head up to Jamestown in California Gold Country, where a walk down main St is a step back in time.

You can dine at the Willow Steak House (established 1864), where the builders of the Sierra Railway once hung out in the bar. You can have lunch or ice cream at Here's the Scoop, with its old-style decor including a bar that came from a historic San Francisco saloon. In the early summer of 1848 - a few months after the famous discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento that started the Gold Rush - an Oregon man named Benjamin Wood discovered the first gold in the area in what is now known as Woods Creek. The discovery site is about 1 mile west of what is today downtown Jamestown.

It’s hard to get away from this town as there is so much to see but you’ve got to get back on our bikes. Sonora Pass rises to almost 3,000 m above sea level and it's like walking on air. One Bonanza episode, called Stallion’, was filmed here in 1972, and was the most dangerous episode ever filmed.

You then drop down onto Hwy 395, hang a left and make your way to your hotel, which is of course located right at the lake.

Day 5 Lake Tahoe free day
Day 5	Lake Tahoe

This is action day! You can choose from the pre-bookable lake adventures we have on offer – jetskiing or sailing - do your own thing, or go for a ride out, the choice is yours. Just have fun!

Day 6 Lake Tahoe - Santa Rosa 230 miles
Day 6	Lake Tahoe - Santa Rosa

Dropping down from the peaks around Lake Tahoe, you cross the valley floor again and enter California’s main wine-growing region, Sonoma County, and more specifically Napa Valley, riding past world-famous wineries to Santa Rosa, the heart of America’s wine making. And we’ve included a wine-tasting session for you as well!

Day 7 Santa Rosa – San Francisco 120 miles
Day 7	Santa Rosa – San Francisco

We haven’t finished with the fun yet, as you can start the day early with a hot air balloon ride over the Napa Valley. You then ride the Silverado Trail and explore Napa Valley some more before heading on to the Pacific Ocean and a beautiful ride to Bodega Bay. You head back south, catch up with hwy 101 and cross the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. Tonight is a chance to experience the city’s vibrant nightlife and have time to recover tomorrow.

Day 8 San Francisco free day
Day 8	San Francisco

Today is a free day for you to explore this beautiful city – voted one of the world’s top 5 cities – by motorcycle, foot or tram. Again, we’re offering you prebookable activities – a relaxing sunset catamaran cruise in the Bay, or a great winery tour to Napa Valley – that we just know you’ll love! Or you can ride back over the Golden Gate Bridge into pretty, snug little Sausalito and Tiburon. Sausalito is a quaint seaside town, once a hotspot for drunken sailors and bawdy saloons, today a very refined place that feels like the Cote d’Azur. Marin County is 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 USA. Or, as a complete contrast, how about Alcatraz?

Day 9 San Francisco – Monterey 130 miles
Day 9	San Francisco – Monterey

Heading out of San Francisco, you pick up Highway 1 again and continue your ride along the Pacific Ocean. This is one of the best motorcycle rides in the world. Breathtaking views of the coves and inlets of the Pacific are yours. The coastline here is spectacular and there are plenty of opportunities for great photo stops. You could end the day with a late afternoon visit to Monterey’s Cannery Row, pier and aquarium.

Day 10 Monterey - San Simeon 280 miles
Day 10	Monterey - San Simeon

90 wild and undeveloped miles of rocky cliffs, which form a sublime landscape – 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. You glide like eagles through the turns high above the rugged and remote ocean and arrive at the famous Hearst Castle, one of California’s landmark houses. After a tour you carry on the few miles to San Simeon.

Day 11 San Simeon – Los Angeles 235 miles
Day 11	San Simeon – Los Angeles

San Simeon is best known for Hearst Castle, and no visit would be complete without a castle tour, so we can arrange one for you! After that, you continue your ride on scenic highway 1 taking in Cambria, Morro Bay and Pismo Beach before heading inland on hwy 101 to enjoy the great back roads and scenery, continuing through Solvang and the Santa Ynez Mountains and back to LA.

Day 12 Depart Los Angeles.
Day 12	Depart Los Angeles.

Today is the day to pack your bags, filled with the experiences and memories of a fantastic tour of California: it’s time to head home. Have a safe journey and we hope to see you back for another great tour soon.

  • Our Tour Price Includes
    • Harley-Davidson® authorized rental motorcycle (current year model, dealer owned, under 20k miles with factory warranty)
    • Standard motorcycle insurance cover including CDW and State minimum liability cover
    • Emergency roadside assistance
    • Personal hardcopy tourbook including maps
    • Accommodation in 2-4* hotels
    • Some breakfasts
    • Hotel to dealership transfers
    • Airport to hotel transfers in Los Angeles
    • Bike locks
    • Unlimited mileage
    • All taxes and any one way fees
    • Helmets (if requested). We strongly recommend you bring your own
    • Luggage storage at dealership
    • SatNav included in selected models
    • 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
    ‘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 Trike
  • Our Tour Price Does Not Include
    • Meals except where specified (allow c. £30/person/day)
    • Riding gear
    • Additional activities
    • Personal expenses, souvenirs, tips
    • National Park Fees
    • Fuel and oil on tour (allow c. £15/motorcycle/day)
    • Hotel parking fees

     

Our Main Motorcycle Models

  • Electra Glide Ultra Limited
  • Road Glide Ultra
  • Electra Glide® Ultra Classic®
  • Road King®
  • Street Glide®
  • Heritage Softail® Classic
  • Fat Boy®
  • V-Rod Muscle
  • Sportster® Iron 883
  • Tri Glide Ultra Classic
  • Bring Your Own

  • Other models may be available upon request

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