15 Days / 14 Nights
The West Tour offers everything you gotta see on the West Coast. From Los Angeles through the desert on the Route 66 to the breathtaking Grand Canyon. Las Vegas, San Francisco and the amazing ride back along the coast to Morro Bay will be remembered forever.
“Welcome”. After a long flight you have finally reached your goal for today and arrived at the “City of Angels” or simply Los Angeles. First, you check-in at the hotel in the immediate vicinity of Venice Beach where you can relax and recover from the strains of the long flight. In the early evening your “California Dream” begins. We meet in order to have dinner at the hotel and then you go to the typical American sports bar. Here you will be offered the typical American “welcome drink”.
After a well spent first night on American soil, today begins our journey. First, we pick up our bikes that will takes us for the next two weeks on the highways and interstates of the American West. After storing the luggage in our support vehicle which includes chilled soft drinks for you during the whole tour, you are free to familiarize yourself with your dream bike. “Life is a Highway”. We leave the City heading south crossing the San Bernardino Mountains and making a stop at the “Lookout” where we take our lunch and enjoy a fantastic overview of the Lake Elsinore. Our trip takes us via Perris and Romoland, the desert town of Hemet – then by the San Bernardino National Forest and Mountain Center to Palm Desert. Here we go to the US 111 riding the remaining miles under the wheels. About Rancho Mirage and Cathedral City we reach our destination: Palm Springs, located in the middle of the desert, is an artificially crafted oasis where alternate exclusive shops and fancy restaurants can be found. No wonder that Palm Springs is the destination of many Hollywood stars and is considered the place where one finds the most millionaires in the United States. We will stay here at our hotel pool and look back on our first driving impressions with a cold beer.
Freshly rested we continue today. We pass by Yucca Valley and a few miles behind Twentynine Palms we reach the Joshua Tree National Park which is named after its impressive rock and cactus landscape of the park. A little later we reach the road which you have heard and dreamed a lot about, the “Mother Road,” Route 66. After a few miles on this historic street, we stop at Roy’s Café, which is well-known from several music videos in order to take a photo. We continue along the 66 parallel to Interstate 40 east. On this road, we pass Needels and while driving through Topock we will cross the Colorado River and also the Arizona border. (Just FYI: In Arizona there is no helmet law and everyone can, of course, at their own risk and responsibility, drive “helmet-free”.) For the rest of the day we keep driving down the Route 66 while we pass the desert, cross the border to Nevada and finally reach our destination Laughlin.
Our current destination is Lake Havasu – Williams. Along the way, we have two alternatives. The majority decides. But first things first. Our route takes us again via the State Highway 95 to Interstate 40, which brings us to Kingman. Here we make a stop at the local Harley dealer “Mother Road”. We follow the “66” on its further course via Valentine to Seligman. In the sleepy town of Seligman, where years ago there was such sheer traffic one could barely cross the street, we make a stop. Those who wish to take any mementos of the road with the “double six” should now be able to find whatever their hearts desire.
After leaving town we hop back on Route 66 until we reach Interstate 40 heading east towards the Grand Canyon. From here to the Grand Canyon, there are still about 50 miles ahead. We arrive at the southern edge of the Grand Canyon where the Colorado River blazed its way through the rock. Those who wish can take a 30-minute helicopter ride through the canyons of the canyon or be fascinated only by the magnificent panorama.
Today is the day of contrasts. On the one hand we see the pure nature of the grand canyon but on the other hand we get tempted by the glitter of Las Vegas, which is our today’s destination. We drive again for 30 miles east on the Interstate 40 and reach Flagstaff. The street leads us towards Sedona on Highway 89A. This route offers a beautiful stretch of woods and natural red rock stones. We approach Sedona which is city in the Verde Valley in northern Arizona in the Coconino and Yavapai Indian County. Sedona is located 48 km south of Flagstaff, here we can have a look at the beautiful Oak Creek which flows through the city. This unique landscape – also known as “red rock country” is renowned throughout the years as a fascinating area surrounded by monoliths of red rock.
From Sedona we just need to drive a few miles to reach Jerome. Jerome is an old western town built on hillsides afterwards we pass the Tuzigoot National Monument (the name Tuzigoot comes from the language of the Apaches and means “curved” or “curved water”). Our ride goes along a beautiful winding road towards Prescot and continues to Interstate 40. After a short refueling stop we drive towards Kingman. Time for some individual experiences, you can drive the next 90 miles on your own to Kingman. From Kingman it’s only 1 hour left until we can gaze in wonder at the famous Hoover Dam. The 223 meter long dam dames the Colorado River and the Virgin River and creates thereby 185 km long Lake Mead. The accumulated water of the two rivers is not just a swimming and water sports area, but it is also used for hydropower systems for Vegas and the surrounding villages. To drive to Las Vegas you should again put your helmets because we happen here the state line into Nevada. It’s now only 2 miles left until we reach the glittering and glamorous city of Las Vegas and the your first real casino, where we could have dinner. At nightfall we finally rolling to Old Las Vegas Down-Town, where the world-famous Neon Cowboy “Vegas Vic” warmly welcomes us. The famous light show at Freemont Street is waiting for us afterwards The Freemont Street is a 500 meters long, 30 meters high, vaulted ceiling, which is equipped with more than 12 million light bulbs. Let’s be enchanted by the unique flair of Las Vegas. After capturing the first impressions in Vegas we drive along the Old Las Vegas Boulevard – known as the “The Strip” – to our hotel, which is located on the Strip across from the “Ceasars Palace”. After a short break we will enjoy our first evening in Vegas on the “Strip”, where “the city that never sleeps” lies ahead in all its glittering glory.
Today you have a free day in Las Vegas and you can roam the city and its surroundings on your own. There is an infinite number of possibilities. Make a trip to the 223 meter-high Hoover Dam which dammed the water of the Colorado River and the Virgin River. Make a trip to the nearby Valley of Fire. I can give you some tips of how to spend the day in Las Vegas. Anyway, in the evening we regroup and I have a surprise for you. After that we can visit one of the numerous shows, such as Legends in Concert” a unique music show.
Today we leave “the city that never sleeps” after two exciting days. We pass Lake Mead National Park on our way to Overton Beach. Once again you can enjoy the next 40 miles on your own. We meet in Overton Beach and take a break next to the crystal clear waters of Lake Mead. After our little recovery break we continue our journey through the Valley of Fire. Although the Valley of Fire it is not as well known as the Grand Canyon or the Death Valley it will inspire and fascinate you just as much. Our path continues to the west to the Red Rock Canyon on Highway 160, where we ride on a fantastic biking route towards Pahrump. After arriving at our hour hotel (the Nugget) we will have a typical American dinner and enjoy the rest of the evening at the hotel bar with live country music 😉
is nothing for late risers, since we are cruising through the Death Valley. It is necessary to leave very early, since it is almost unbearably hot in the Death Valley. After about 2 hours, we will reach Pahrump. A rich and fortifying breakfast is waiting for us. But here we go after driving a few miles southbound, we have to say good bye to the beautiful state of Nevada while crossing the border to California. Slowly but steady we come closer to the incredible Death Valley. At the entrance of the Valley, we take a short break in order to take some photos. Our next stop is the “Hotel California”. It is said to be the hotel, which is mentioned, in the eponymous song sung by the Eagles. After enjoying a cool refreshment from our service Van. I’ll give you time to explore the infinite expanses of the Valley. We’ll meet again after a 55 miles drive through a stunning scenery at our next stop in Panamint Springs(our breakfast location). After a recreational break we continue towards Lone Pine to Mount Whitney. The mountain is well known because of its imposing height of 4,418 meters. It is the highest mountain in the USA (outside of Alaska). On today’s tour we visited the highest with 85 miles and below the sea level the lowest point with 86 meters in America. Today’s destination is California winter sports hot spot Mammoth Lakes. After checking in to our hotel we’ll talk about today’s experience and gather fresh powers while having a BBQ with the whole group.
After having a good German breakfast à la JC we start our today’s stage. We’re heading towards Virgina City on the 395 northbound. Western movie lovers will recognize this place as it is the film location of many famous movies. You can visit a gold mine, a lot of souvenir shops or good old saloons. One of my insider tips is visiting the old cemeteries in Virgina City. You may be familiar with our today’s accommodation, because it is a replica of the “Ponderosa Ranch” from the television series Bonanza, played in the ’60s. Tonight we meet at the “Red Dog Saloon” to listen to live music.
With today’s stage we leave the romantic Wild West locations and make our way to the “Flowerpower City” San Francisco. While driving on Highway 395, we pass Crestview and Lee Vining. A breathtaking route lays in front of us. We cross the Sonora Pass, where we drive through a magnificent natural landscape. This pass is very special; you can enjoy pleasant temperatures and snow right next to the road sometimes. After leaving Sonora behind, we are heading towards Manteca. After turning onto the interstate, we pass Hayward and Oakdale and cross the Bay Bridge to San Francisco. Our hotel is located right on the famous Lombard Street in Marina. An area full of bars and restaurants. The Lombard Street is probably the most famous street in San Francisco with its eight serpentines. Another well-known sight is the probably most distinctive bridge in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge.
Today we will take a special sightseeing tour of San Francisco in an incomparable way namely on our bikes. No city is so well known and fascinating as the “Pearl of the Pacific”, San Francisco. It is built on 43 hills and exudes the flair of a European city with its colorful diversity and its manifold facets. From our hotel we drive to the popular lookout point, “Twin Peaks” from where you can almost see the whole city. Now it goes to the most famous landmark, which was completed in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge. This masterpiece of art, a 2,789-meter-long bridge made of steel connects the city with the Northern Marine County. It is a unique experience to drive across the bridge on your favorite motorcycle! After crossing the bridge we take a little photo break to take some photos of this famous sight. Now we head back across the bridge to Lombard Street. This street is one of the steepest in the whole city with 27% slope. In order to make the slope less dangerous they built 8 switchbacks. Today it is considered one of the most winding roads of the world.
It’s time to say goodbye to the “Pearl of the Pacific”. I know it’s hard, but don’t worry the best is yet to come. Say hello to the “dream road in west America” the Pacific Coast Highway No. 1. After a few miles along the Pacific Coast Highway you will be able to enjoy the intense beauty of the landscapes around the street. Today’s destination is about halfway between San Francisco and LA. Morro Bay, which was founded in the 1870s, is our accommodation for today. Let’s relax and have a cheerful and funny evening in “Otter’s Rock”
We start our last ride with a bit of melancholy. We take the last few miles on our bikes under the wheels and we’re heading back to our start point Los Angeles. We are driving the last 150 miles on the PCH and the 101. The last few miles of this beautiful route lead us completely along the coast. We pass Malibu, where we can look at the Villas of Hollywood stars and millionaires before, we pass Santa Monica and as a consequence there of the Will Rogers Highway and the end of Route 66. From here we head towards Hawthorne, where we finally return our bikes. Tonight we will have a nice dinner in Marina del Rey.
It’s your last day off in L.A. and you decide what to do.Like relax at the Beach-Venice or you go to the Shopping Street in Santa Monica, the 3rd Street-Promenade.
But JC is offering a City- Sightseeing tour in his home town for a cost of 40,-$ where he shows you the Special points like:Venice Beach,Santa Monica,Malibu,Sunset Blvd,Beverly Hills,Hollywood-Walk of Fame,Universal City and the Hollywood Sign..
Tonight we have our official farewell drink in my favorite Bar and talk about the experiences and the friendships we’ve made.
I hope you enjoyed the tour. There is no doubt, at some point it is “time to say good bye”. I wish you all a nice and turbulence-free flight home and I hope that I see you all again either on one of my other tours or on my Christmas party in Germany in December.
See you there, Your Jörg Cremer, known as Alias- JC.
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The West Tour offers everything you gotta see on the West Coast.