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When it's too hot in the desert, the smart riding is along the coast and into the coastal mountains of Southern California. Starting in San Diego, you will ride to Crestline, high in the San Bernardino Mountains. From there, you'll find your way around (not through) Los Angeles then ride the scenic California coast on famous Highway 1 to San Francisco. This tour follows an inland route through the coastal mountains with hundreds of miles of great back-road riding.
During this tour, you will be accommodated in hotels where the tour will pass through.
Upon you arrival, California Motorcycle Tours will pick you up at the airport. They will also provide you with welcome dinner.
You will start your adventure by exploring some of the San Diego County backroads as you ride through Pauma Valley on your way to have lunch in Old Town Temecula. After lunch, you will stop at Diamond Valley Lake and Oak Glen before climbing more than 6000 feet into the San Bernardino Mountains to the mountain resort of Lake Gregory in Crestline.
You will ride passing Lake Gregory and Silverwood Lake before crossing the Cajon Junction on your way through the San Gabriel Mountains. From the town of Wrightwood, you will follow the beautiful Angeles Crest Highway to Tujunga Canyon. From here, you will drop into the San Fernando Valley before riding famous Topanga Canyon to the Pacific Ocean near Santa Monica. Venice Beach is just a short cruise south.
You will follow the Pacific Coast Highway north through Malibu and Ventura on your way to Santa Barbara. This is a great day to cruise the beaches or for those who want more "twisties", you can ride Mulholland Highway in the nearby coastal foothills. You may take the route through Ojai and a ride around beautiful Lake Casitas, then through Montecito before arriving at your motel near the beach in Santa Barbara.
You will ride through the Los Padres National Forest in the coastal mountains and stop in the Danish village of Solvang. You will skirt around Vanderberg Air Force Base before your lunch stop at the Far Western Tavern. After lunch, you will return to the coast near Pismo Beach and take a break in Morro Bay before continuing to the small town of Cambria on Highway 1.
It is time to explore the beautiful inland valleys, go wine tasting in nearby Paso Robles, or take a tour of the fabulous Hearst Castle.
You will ride the most famous part of Highway 1 through Big Sur and Carmel. From here, it is only a short ride to Monterey.
You will follow Highway 1 around Monterey Bay to Santa Cruz, then continue along the coast to the city by the bay, San Francisco. You will cross the Golden Gate Bridge for a scenic view of the city before riding to your hotel in the famous Fisherman's Wharf area. A chance to rest, relax, and maybe do a bit of sightseeing in one of the great cities of the world.
You will ride through the fabulous Santa Cruz mountains in the San Francisco peninsula between the beach and the bay before turning inland. There are plenty of back-roads to explore on the way to San Juan Bautista and Hollister, birthplace of the American "biker".
Highway 25 south from Hollister is a terrific ride along the spine of the Diablo Mountains. You will cross the mountains once on a side-trip to Coalinga and again on the way to Paso Robles. There isn't a freeway anywhere.
You will ride the beautiful rolling hills east of Paso Robles before crossing the Temblor Range and dropping into the western part of the San Joaquin Valley near the historic oil well towns of McKittrick and Taft. From here, you will ride the scenic and entertaining roads through the Los Padres National Forest before arriving in Ojai. Ojai is a small town nestled in the foothills above Santa Barbara and home to many of Hollywood's rich and famous.
You will head east to Canyon Country and Bouquet Canyon before crossing the high desert near Palmdale. From here, you will find your way into the San Gabriel and San Bernadino Mountains before ending the day in the quaint mountain town of Big Bear Lake.
All good things must come to an end, but not before one last day of great riding. There are plenty more mountain roads before you stop for lunch in the historic mining town of Julian. From here, there are even more scenic and challenging roads as you find your way back to the starting point in San Diego. Wow, what a great ride!
On your last day, California Motorcycle Tours will provide you with the airport transfer and departure dinner.
During this tour, you will visit Diamond Valley Lake, Oak Glen, Lake Gregory, Venice Beach, Santa Barbara, Los Padres National Forest, Solvang, Morrow Bay, Cambria, Monterey, San Francisco, San Juan Bautista, Hollister, Paso Robles, Coalinga, and Big Bear Lake.
This motorcycle tour will take you through San Diego, Crestline, Venice Beach, Santa Barbara, Cambria, Monterey, San Francisco, San Juan Bautista, Paso Robles, Ojai, and Big Bear Lake.
You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will also have a welcome dinner on the first day and a farewell dinner on the last day of the tour.
San Diego International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at San Diego International Airport (SAN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. California Motorcycle Tours will pick you up from the airport.