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Ride one of America’s classic Road-trips



The Pacific Coast Highway motorcycle tour is a once in a lifetime luxury 16 day trip along the West Coast of the USA, this is riding in the States at its best. We have hand-selected gorgeous mountain, desert and coastal roads all the way from Portland, Oregon to Long Beach, California for you to ride on your choice of rented motorcycles. You’ll explore the length of the West Coast down to San Fransisco before detouring inland to visit Yosemite, Death Valley, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon to join an old section of Historic Route 66 into Joshua Tree national park and arrive at journey’s end in Los Angeles.

Each night you stay in style with your small group in great hotels, local lodges and the price you see is the price you pay. There are no additional costs for bike choice and we included the highest levels of insurance for the duration of the tour as part of the trip cost.

Why ride the USA with Magellan?

  • We stay in the best hotels and lodges on these tours and the food needs to be seen to be believed!

  • You ride top quality motorcycles with luggage all included and there are no surcharges no matter what steed you choose

  • We are fully bonded with ABTOT so you can book in total confidence

  • No other operator includes all of this and also top tier CDW, Third party SLI insurance and Global rescue cover by default. Everything is included in the price you see, no hidden charges

Starting in Portland Oregon you’ll arrive at your hotel base before heading off to collect your motorcycle the following morning and hitting the road. The tour starts by riding the famed Pacific Coast Highway for several days, during this time you’ll stop off at at various seaside towns along the coast, ride through the Oregon dunes, stop off at a famous cheese factory, visit the sea lion caves and much more.

We stay in log cabins in the Redwood National park right on the Avenue of the Giants itself and you have plenty of time to go and explore, go hiking through the trails or get your picture taken at the ride through tree in Leggett before we continue our journey southwards towards San Fransisco the location of our first “off day”. From the ferry port next to our hotel you can go and tour the city, visit Alcatraz, go whale watching, take a seaplane flight or one of the many other possible activities on offer from our base across the bay for two nights.

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Crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge we then venture eastwards toward Yosemite national park, visit Castle air museum that hosts the old Airforce 1 presidential plane and explore some twisty backroads on the way up into the park. We stay in style in more log cabins for 2 nights right on the lake and have a rideout day planned in Yosemite for you to visit Bridalveil and Yosemite Falls, take in views of El Capitan, Half Dome, Cathedral Rocks/Spires, Three Brothers, North Dome, and much more. Alternatively if you fancy a day off the bike you can go hiking, rent a boat/jetski or just sunbathe by the lake.

We ride south from Yosemite stopping off in Kernville at the southern tip of the park and then cross the Sierra Mountains into Death Valley National Park to explore an old oasis before arriving in Las Vegas for a night on the town. Las Vegas is the location of our final “off day” and you can explore the many sights and sounds of this iconic city, take a sunset helicopter flight over the strip, get lost in the smorgasbord of Casinos and all you can eat buffets that make the city so famous. Its not all about gambling and sightseeing in Vegas though, there is a stunning rideout planned for this day for those that want to go up to the Valley of Fire national park, you could head out to one of the many shooting ranges or even try your hand at a supercar experience or dune buggy racing out in the desert too.

From the dizzying heights of the Vegas skyline we ride across the Hoover Dam separating Nevada from Arizona and then visit the Grand Canyon skywalk a glass observation deck hanging out over the rim. We continue from here to Laughlin and then get our kicks dropping onto a classic section of Route 66 and ride some tremendous desert switchbacks up the canyon to historic Oatman to bask in the old Americana charm (and be accosted by the wild donkeys that make the town so famous!).

After more miles on Route 66 and crossing the Mojave preserve our last but one night is spent just north of Joshua tree national park in Twentynine palms for some good ol southern hospitality. We go on to explore Joshua tree the next morning and our ride that day culminates in the epic Ortega Highway to bring us in from the South East into Los Angeles.

Live the American dream on this epic road-trip of a lifetime

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Tour Highlights

Ride Pacific Highway 1: This iconic road is bend after bend of glorious coastal and cliff views with minimal traffic along its whole length. Stop off and visit quaint little coastal towns, abandoned lighthouses and the Sea Lion caves.

Redwood national forest: Cruise through the epic redwoods, stay in a log cabin on Avenue of the Giants and ride your motorcycle through the middle of the drive-though tree in Leggett.

San Fransisco: Take a boat trip across the harbour, visit Alcatraz prison, ride a tram, go whale watching, take a seaplane tour or just spend the day getting lost exploring this multi cultural mecca.

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Yosemite national park: Enjoy your rideout day by visiting the Bridalveil and Yosemite Falls, take in views of El Capitan, Half Dome, Cathedral Rocks/Spires, Three Brothers, North Dome and more. For those wanting to relax in the park you can rent a jetski or dayboat from the lakeshore just in front of your cabin.

Death Valley and Sierra Mountains: The below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast and are a joy to ride though on the way to the Sierra mountains which straddle the central valley of California and the Great Basin itself.

Las Vegas: Sin city needs no introduction, you can while away your free day in the wealth of Casinos restaurants, bars and shops along the strip, take a sunset helicopter flight over the city, drive a selection of supercars or dune buggies in the desert or hop on your bike and go and explore the Valley of Fire national park.

Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam: Ride across the Hoover Dam and then into the Grand Canyon National Park with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. Visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk a horseshoe-shaped bridge with a glass walkway over the rim.

Old Route 66 and Oatman: Live the American dream by riding sections of route 66, we ride the historic old route and also visit the town of Oatman a flourishing gold-mining center which is the home to the famous “Wild” Burros.

Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave Desert and Ortega highway: Joshua tree is a vast protected area  characterised by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert. You finish your day by riding Highway route 74 one of the most infamous roads in California, a real hidden biker’s paradise.

Motorcycle Tour of the Pacific Coast Highway Itinerary

Day 1 / arriving in Portland, Oregon. Hotel check in.

Day 2 / Portland, Oregon to Astoria: Collect your bikes and ride great back roads following the Columbia River on your way to Astoria, Oregon

Day 3 / Astoria, OR to Florence, OR: Visit historic Fort Clatsop, the Umpqua Lighthouse and more on route to Florence, Oregon.

Day 4 / Florence, OR to Trinidad, CA: Old growth forests, the Oregon Sand Dunes and Redwood National Park.

Day 5 / Trinidad, CA to Miranda, CA: Shasta-Trinity National Forest and the Avenue of the Giants

Day 6 / Miranda, CA to San Fransisco, CA: Chandler drive through tree in Leggett and a long section of twisty Highway 1 to San Fransisco.

Day 7 / Day off to explore San Fransisco, visit Alcatraz, go whale watching or just relax by the pool.

Day 8 / San Fransisco, CA to Yosemite National Park area: Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and ride fun back roads to Yosemite National Park

Day 9 / Yosemite Day off to explore the National Park

Day 10 / Yosemite, CA to Kernville, CA: Ride twisties through the mountains and explore Sequoia National Park on the way down to Kernville

Day 11 / Kernville, CA to Las Vegas, NV: Cross the Southern Sierra Mountains, ride through Death Valley National before heading to Sin City for a night on the town.

Day 12 / Las Vegas – Day Off, soak up the sights and smells of Sin City

Day 13 / Las Vegas, NV to Laughlin, AZ: Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon Skywalk – an amazing way to experience the canyon. Historic Route 66, Oatman Arizona and its free range donkeys!

Day 14 / Laughlin, AZ to Twentynine Palms, CA: More Route 66 and the Mojave Desert

Day 15 / Twentynine Palms, CA to Long Beach, CA: Through Joshua Tree National Park and the beautiful twisty mountain roads of the Ortega Highway.

Day 16 / Fly Home with memories of a tour of a lifetime!

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What’s included

  • Choice from a range of rental motorcycles all with full insurance.

  • 15 Nights accommodation in a variety of high end hotels, lodges and guesthouses.

  • Excellent breakfast each morning

  • Full use of all hotels’ leisure facilities

  • Detailed route plans and maps

  • GPS routes (Garmin / Tom Tom)

  • Detailed daily itinerary including sights and suggested coffee / lunch stops

Bikes and Insurance

  • All tour packages include a motorcycle rental of a choice with luggage included from: BMW R1200GS, BMWR1200RT, Harley Electra Glide, Harley Street Glide, Honda Africa Twin, BMW F700

  • At Magellan we have decided to make it simpler by including the top level of cover in all areas for all riders to include:

  • CDW insurance to limit any liability to $1000

  • SLI third party of $1,000,000 (This is the most critical and often overlooked insurance as far as we’re concerned. Its all well and good covering your bike from damage but if you have a bump the other party or their medical insurer can come after you personally to reimburse their medical costs. As you might imagine these can be crippling in the States so this insurance covers you for that).

  • Global Rescue cover: Medical, security, travel risk, and crisis response insurance to protect all riders from significant financial hardship in the case of an emergency.


  • We require a £595 deposit per person at the time of booking. The balance payment is due 10 weeks before the commencement date.

  • Two people – One bike of choice in a shared room £2995pp

  • One person – One bike of choice in a shared room £4295pp

  • One person – One bike of choice in a single room £5795pp


  • Airfare and Visas. Cheap flights can be found on SkyScanner, your best bet is a return to either Portland or L.A with someone like Norwegian air for circa £400. If you go to L.A just get a cheap internal flight up to Portland before the tour.

  • Travel / Medical Insurance

  • Meals and beverages not mentioned above

  • GPS. We don’t include SatNav units with the bikes as most people already have one of their own they are familiar with and bring this along. We can help fit these to the rental bikes on arrival and do have a few units in the office we can rent out too if required.

  • Fuel, National Park admission fees and optional excursions

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