Day 1 - Welcome to Las Vegas
This morning there will be time to visit the amazing Bryce Canyon before you continue to Zion National Park. Besides seeing the most beautiful rock formations found anywhere on earth, you are in for a gorgeous 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.
Day 2 - Mammoth Lakes (315 miles)
From Las Vegas, head west and your ride will take you across Death Valley – one of the hottest places 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’ll arrive below sea level and find yourself right in the basin of Death Valley. From here, continue west, riding amazing roads that wind up and out of the Valley and onto the foothills of the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains. Today you 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!
Day 3 - Yosemite (150 miles)
Leaving Mammoth Lakes you continue your trip a little further north and then take the infamous Tioga Pass to cross Yosemite National Park. As you ride 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 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 will later ride over to El Portal, where you overnight.
Day 4 - San Francisco (200 miles)
Head west today towards San Francisco. Leaving Yosemite National Park, you will descend through California Gold Rush country, passing through small mining towns such as Groveland, before descending the winding roads of Old Priest Grade. Leaving Gold Rush country behind, set your 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, Marin County has often ranked the wealthiest county in the US. From here, you will catch your 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! You’ll make your way to the heart of the city to spend the next two days exploring all that San Francisco has to offer.
Day 5 - San Francisco
This day is at leisure to enjoy the unique flavour and character of San Francisco, a funky, individualistic, and influential city, like none other in the US. San Francisco has a European flair and lots of opportunities for sightseeing. Feel free to take a city bus tour, grab a ride on a Cable Car, or stroll around North Beach, Chinatown and Union Square. Whatever your pleasure, be sure to soak up the culture, art, architecture and of course the iconic views that make up this amazing city.
Day 6 - Monterey (118 miles)
Today you head south on the legendary Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) which hugs the rugged California coast of the Pacific Ocean – the beginning of one of the best motorcycle rides in the world! For the next couple of days, the coastline is simply spectacular and there are plenty of opportunities for great photo stops. Breath-taking 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’.
Day 7 - Pismo Beach (152 miles)
You 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. You’ll cross bridges situated on gorges high above the raging Pacific surf, see artichoke fields perched precariously along rocky cliffs, stop for coffee and lunch, cruise past San Simeon, stop to see the Elephant Seal Rookery, wind through Cambria and Morro Bay and finally arrive at Pismo Beach. It’s a truly a great ride today!
Day 8 - Los Angeles (225 miles)
Today you will be taking Hwy 101 and heading towards Los Angeles, the Pacific Ocean to your right, and the coastal mountains to your left. You begin your ride passing through the vineyards that make up so many great California wines! After a stop for a coffee, get back on Hwy 101 and cruise through Santa Barbara and hug the coastline straight into Malibu. Santa Monica is LA’s oldest and biggest resort – once a wild beachfront playground, it’s now a self-consciously liberal and healthy community. From here you will ride over to Hawthorne to return your motorcycles and transfer back to your hotel to get ready for a recap of this great adventure at a ‘Good-bye’ dinner.
Day 9 - Farewell from Los Angeles
Today your exciting trip will conclude here in Los Angeles. You can add an extra night or two in L.A. if you wish to spend more time enjoying the sights. Otherwise it’s off to the airport to catch your scheduled flight home.
9 day Guided Motorcycle Tour - from £2399
With flights from £2945
- Add extra nights in Los Angeles or Las Vegas before or after your tour
- Add Inclusive Insurance from £53
- Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class
All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, 1 bike and include meals where shown. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1 April 2023 onwards.