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Traveling in style, your Harley Davidson tour will take you through the four states which are California, Arizona, Nevada, as well as Utah and leads through the beautiful and vast reservations of the Navajo, Hopi, Hualapai, Paiute, and Havasupai. Countless miles of scenic side roads, hours of riding without any traffic, and all the major famous sights of the west including 5 national parks of unparalleled beauty are incorporated in this fabulous tour.
You will be staying in three to four-star accommodations in prime locations throughout the tour. The hotels are biker friendly with motorcycle parking on site and also have restaurants on site or within walking distance.
On the ancient tribes, a dreamcatcher is a small hoop containing a horsehair mesh decorated with feathers and beads, believed to give its owner good dreams. Dreamcatchers were originally made by American Indians. Just like this early Indian relic does good to its owner, this tour has only positive effects on the rider.
Being the most diverse of all, this tour offers vibrant cities like San Diego and Las Vegas, the solitude of the Mojave Desert, the unforgettable impression of a sunset at Grand Canyon, a hike into Bryce Canyon, the mystic appearance of the iconic Monument Valley, and many more attractions. Discover things from a different angle as you maneuver your bike through sweeping curves and hairpin turns at Zion and Capitol Reef National Parks.
Welcome to San Diego! The southernmost metropolis at California’s Pacific coast is the most inviting one. Mild temperatures during the winter months and a refreshing ocean breeze in summer combined with hundreds of miles of scenic backcountry roads make this a mecca for any motorcyclist and the perfect starting point for this particular tour.
Dinner is on California Sunriders tonight. Now, it’s time to enjoy San Diego and check out the historic Gaslamp Quarter, but don’t stay out too late as you’ll leave early tomorrow for your first adventure.
Your private transfer is waiting for you in front of the hotel and within minutes you will be at the rental location. After you receive your motorcycle, you head north / east out of San Diego and cruise inland. A hidden spot in the San Jacinto Mountains offers the perfect lunch opportunity for you.
After that, you hook up with the Pines to Palms Highway and the continuously twisty and windy road takes you down to the oasis of the desert, Palm Springs. After refreshing your dusty throat with an ice-cold beverage, you jump into the hotel pool and enjoy the evening across the road along Palm Springs’ Indian Canyon Drive.
You say goodbye to Palm Springs and head north, passing through one of the oldest and largest wind power farms in the United States. Soon, you arrive in Yucca Valley, where you can stop briefly to go shopping for a picnic lunch you’ll have in the natural splendor of Joshua Tree National Park. You continue east into the desert and soon reach the Colorado River which builds the natural border between California and Arizona.
Some of you will find themselves right at home as you reach Lake Havasu City’s London Bridge spanning the river. It’s a relocated 1830 bridge that formerly spanned the River Thames in London, until it was dismantled in 1967, shipped to the U.S. and rebuilt stone by stone here at Lake Havasu. Crazy right?!
Today, you start out the day with a visit to the historic gold mining district of Oatman, Arizona, and its wild donkeys wandering the streets. Then it’s on to the curvy and twisty Oatman Road over Sitgreaves Pass to Kingman, where you can include an optional stop to do some shopping at the local Harley Davidson dealer if time allows.
Back on historic Route 66 and passing the Hualapai Indian reservation, you’ll hang out at Hackberry General Store on your way to lunch in the famous Route 66 town of Seligman. After lunch, you’ll have some time to get your hands on some Route 66 souvenirs offered in town. Climbing higher and higher in elevation until you’re reaching historic Route 66 town of Williams, your gateway to Grand Canyon.
Not everyone is an early bird, especially not while on vacation, but this morning it would really pay off to get up early and start rolling as you’ll have the opportunity to experience one of the most thrilling things to do at Grand Canyon, a helicopter ride through the canyon. After that, you leave Tusayan and take your time riding along the south rim of the canyon, stopping frequently at lookout points to take pictures and savor the mesmerizing vistas.
After leaving the park, you will stop at the Cameron Trading post for lunch and some more Navajo Indian artifact shopping. Back on the bikes, you’re up for a ride into Navajo Nation before you reach Page in the early evening. The nearby Glen Canyon Dam builds the water reservation known as Lake Powell which is the second largest artificial lake in the country.
Back on the bikes, you continue the ride through the Navajo Nation to one of the most beautiful locations in the Southwest, Monument Valley Tribal Park. Made famous by the numerous Hollywood movies filmed here over the last seventy-plus years, it somehow looks familiar. If you look closely you can almost see John Wayne riding his horse amongst the monuments (“Stagecoach”, 1938).
This place is so iconic for so many reasons and as you tour Monument Valley, you may notice that many of the inhabitants still use horses as their main form of transportation. There are several weather-beaten trailers and archaic mud earthen hogans that are several generations old. The entire families live in the mound homes without the running water and electricity.
Many of them still herd sheep, cook outside, and create authentic handmade crafts and jewelry. As you leave this enchanting place, you’re up for one further scenic ride until you get to Bluff for the night. Follow the recommendation for the best place to eat in this town, you will not regret dining at the Cottonwood Steakhouse.
You head out North this morning and reach the easternmost point of your tour at Blanding. Then comes what everyone is secretly looking for; bends, curves, corners, and twisties that wind up into the Vermillion Cliffs to the top of the Colorado Plateau. From here, you continue onward through some of the most spectacular scenery the Southwest has to offer.
You pass Natural Bridges National Monument and glide through Fry Canyon National Recreation Area to your rest stop in Hanksville. It’s Buffalo Burger time! After lunch, you ride through Capitol Reef National Park and reach Torrey, your entrance to Highway 12, Southern Utah.
Up and over Boulder Mountain in Dixie National Forest, this particular stretch seems to be made in motorcycle heaven and you can’t really decide which one is better, the perfectly winding road or the amazing scenery. One last stop and a quick coffee before you reach Bryce Canyon National Park. You’re in awe of this place, you’ve never met anyone who didn’t admire the sheer beauty of this canyon.
There is enough time to visit two or three of the best vista points before you continue your ride. Now you’re making your way towards Zion National Park and the 60-mile stretch to the park entrance are reminiscent of mountain rides in the European Alps. Immediately, after entering Zion National Park, you know that this canyon is different.
While you usually look down from a vista point high above Zion’s switchbacks, you will lead through the bottom of the canyon, and it’s a real treat! Your hotel with the “majestic view” is just outside the west entrance of the park in Springdale.
After you’ve loaded on great breakfast, you continue on through southern Utah until you drop down into the hurricane and snake your way through the Virgin River George into the desert leading to Las Vegas. Avoiding the interstate freeway, you get off at the Valley of Fire and ride along Lake Mead’s Northshore Road which makes for a much nicer trip into Las Vegas.
For those that have never been here, you certainly recommend taking a stroll down the “strip”, as Las Vegas Boulevard is commonly called, and drop into some of the theme hotels. Your body will certainly thank you after all the time in the saddle. This is the entertainment capital of the world and besides countless shows like Cirque de Soleil or Blueman Group, there are things you can take-in that are absolutely free.
There is also the old part of Las Vegas with Fremont Street in its center. Here, you’ll have life bands play at each evening of the week while a free laser show with people zip-lining underneath has spectators drop their jaws.
There are three options today, you can leave early and visit Hoover Dam or you can catch a glimpse of Death Valley before heading south into the Mojave Desert. The third option is to directly shoot for the desert, pick up a stretch of the old Route 66 and then make your way to 29 Palms at the outskirts of Joshua Tree National Park. Here, you can see the Harmony Hotel which the rock band U2 chose to stay at when they were working on their Joshua Tree album.
The last riding day of the tour starts with a cruise through the National Park which is park number 5 on your Dreamcatcher tour. The bizarre rock formations will accompany you all the way to the southern part of the park. As you all like to avoid freeways, an unknown side street leads you to the Salton Sea and then to a hidden gem that hardly anyone knows about, a winter escape for temperature spoilt Californians.
From here, you’ll continue to increase the elevation via twisty mountain roads and end at the little town of Julian. Now, if you have a sweet tooth then this is your place, don’t miss out on the famous homemade pie this town is well known for. After that, it’s time for the last leg of the trip and you’ll dive back into the city limits of San Diego to return your motorcycle.
The farewell dinner offers perfect opportunity to recap a journey that has certainly captured your dreams for the past 10 days and is sure to keep you dreaming for many more days and nights to come.
Today is the day to pack your bags, filled with the experiences and memories of a great tour of the west, and head home. Have a safe journey home and California Sunriders hope to see you back for another motorcycling sunride through the United States, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, or Europe. Bon voyage, auf wiedersehen, adios, arrivederci, and see ya!
This tour will start and end in San Diego, California. You will explore several US national parks like Joshua Tree, Zion, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon as well as the bustling city of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Some hotels offer complimentary breakfast and evening reception.
Please take a taxi and arrive at the rental location as described in your travel documents from California Sunriders.