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14 Days Best of California Motorcycle Tour in USA

Guided Motorcycle Tour USA

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.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike
  • Mileage: 2945 kilometers / 1830 miles
  • Daily rides: around 277 kilometers / 141 miles
  • Meals: all meals

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in San Diego
  • Ride via Los Padres National Forest
  • Amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Harley-Davidson big twin motorcycle rental
  • Professional tour guide services
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


12 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer included: San Diego International Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in hotels where the tour will pass through.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

Upon you arrival, California Motorcycle Tours will pick you up at the airport. They will also provide you with welcome dinner.

Day 2: San Diego to Lake Gregory in Crestline (305.7 kilometers / 190 miles)

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.

Day 3: Lake Gregory to Venice Beach (257.4 kilometers / 160 miles)

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.

Day 4: Venice Beach to Santa Barbara (193.1 kilometers / 120 miles)

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.

Day 5: Santa Barbara to Cambria (265.5 kilometers / 165 miles)

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.

Day 6: Cambria

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.

Day 7: Cambria to Monterey (217.2 kilometers / 135 miles)

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.

Day 8: Monterey to San Francisco (201.1 kilometers / 125 miles)

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.

Day 9: San Francisco to San Juan Bautista (241.4 kilometers / 150 miles)

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".

Day 10: San Juan Bautista to Paso Robles (305.7 kilometers / 190 miles)

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.

Day 11: Paso Robles to Ojai (321.8 kilometers / 200 miles)

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.

Day 12: Ojai to Big Bear Lake (354 kilometers / 220 miles)

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.

Day 13: Big Bear Lake to San Diego (281.6 kilometers / 175 miles)

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!

Day 14: Departure

On your last day, California Motorcycle Tours will provide you with the airport transfer and departure dinner.

Intermediate

  • Can ride for three to four hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Included excursions

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.

Location

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.

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Capture photos of the sceneries
  • Dine out in the nearby restaurants
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Relax in your hotel room
  • See the stunning views

What's included

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Farewell dinner on the last day
  • Liability and physical damage insurance
  • Professional guide services
  • Taxes
  • Transfer to and from San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • Welcome dinner

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

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.

Airport: San Diego International Airport Airport transfer included: San Diego International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 12% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 46 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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