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Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

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Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip
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Ride one of America’s classic road trips from Portland to LA across Oregon, California, Arizona & Nevada.

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16 Day Self-Guided Tour

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Ride one of America’s classic road trips from Portland to LA across Oregon, California, Arizona & Nevada.
Ben Spear and Felix Billington.
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The Pacific Coast Highway tour is a once in a lifetime trip with an all-star lineup. Starting in Portland you will ride the length of the West Coast and over the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco before going inland to Yosemite, Death Valley, Las Vegas and the epic Grand Canyon to join the infamous Route 66 into Joshua Tree national park and coming to a big bang finish in the city of angels L.A. Equipped with your rental bike and the highest levels of insurance riding the states has never been so easy!
Self Guided Tour
16 days
2500 miles
May to September

You kick off this epic tour in Portland and after collecting your rental bike you hit the road in style riding the famed Pacific Coast Highway. For several days you will follow this beautiful, twisty coastal road with views out to the turquoise sea stopping off at quaint little seaside towns. As you ride through the Oregon dunes you will also stop at a famous cheese factory for some amazing grilled cheese and visit some sea lions at the sea lion cave.

You then journey from the beautiful coast and onto the foreboding Avenue of the Giants to stay right in the heart of the Redwood national park in true American style - in log cabins. Here you have time to go and explore the trails through these gargantuan trees and even get a photo op riding through one of them! You then leave the Giants and head to San Francisco. Here you have a day off to visit Alcatraz, go whale watching, take a seaplane flight, take a ride on the infamous tram cars up and down the hilly streets or get a quick snap of one of our favourite character’s digs, Mrs Doubtfire’s house.

The Amazing Grand Canyon

Crossing the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge you head east onto the twisty roads of Yosemite national park with a visit to Castle Air museum which houses the old Airforce 1 presidential plane. Once in the park you have a 2 night stay in luxury log cabins right on the lake. You can take the planned rideout to visit Bridalveil, Yosemite Falls, El Captain, Half Dome, Cathedral Rocks, Three Brothers and more, alternatively if you fancy a day out of the saddle you can go hiking, rent a jetski or just soak up the rays by the lake.

Riding south from Yosemite you start heading towards the ultimate sin city - Las Vegas, but not before crossing the stunning Sierra Mountains into Death Valley national park to explore an old oasis. Las Vegas is the location of your final “off day” and you can explore the many sights and sounds of this iconic city. Take to the sky with a sunset helicopter flight over the bright lights of the strip, get lost in the wide range of casinos and all you can eat buffets that make the city so famous. It’s not all about gambling in Las Vegas though, as always we have a planned ride out to the Valley of Fire for those wanting more time on the bike and if you really want to get into the American spirit you can head to one of the many shooting ranges or even try your hand at a supercar or dune buggy experience out in the desert.

Get your cheesy grins on at the Tillamook Cheese factory.

Get your cheesy grins on at the Tillamook Cheese factory.

Explore the Redwood national park.

From the bright lights of Vegas you ride across the Hoover Dam separating Nevada from Arizona before visiting the epic Grand Canyon and taking a nerve wracking stroll on the skywalk observation deck hanging at a dizzying 500ft out over the rim. You then continue to Laughlin and get your kicks riding on a section of the infamous Route 66 and with some amazing desert switchbacks up to the historic town of Oatman. Here you can stop for a coffee and get accosted by the wild donkeys that make this small town so famous.

After more miles on Route 66 you cross the Mojave preserve and your last but one night is spent just south of Joshua Tree national park in Palm Desert for some good ol’ southern hospitality. The next morning you ride the epic Ortega Highway bringing you into Los Angeles. Here you drop off your bike and stay in style in the heart of Long Beach to enjoy your final night before flying home the next morning with memories of the tour of a lifetime.

Ride Route 66, marvel in the bright lights of Las Vegas, stand right on the edge of the Grand Canyon and more on the ultimate road trip of the United States.

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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-through tree in Leggett.

San Francisco: 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.

'I’ve always wanted to do a classic American roadtrip and this tour exceeded my expectations on all fronts. The roads were sublime and nothing beats making your way from one famous area to another on your own motorcycle. The whale watching tour in San Francisco and Helicopter flight in Vegas were memories that will stay with me for ever. I couldn’t recommend this tour highly enough, totally hassle free touring on all fronts... thanks Magellan!'
Naomi S

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.

Now where did those wild donkeys get too?

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Tour Map / Itinerary

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Arriving in Portland, Oregon. Hotel check-in and a nice relaxing evening to get over any jetlag!

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 Palm Desert, CA: More Route 66 and the Mojave Desert.

Day 15

Palm Desert, CA to Long Beach, CA: Through Joshua Tree National Park and the beautiful twisty mountain roads of the Ortega Highway. Arrive in Long Beach and drop off your motorcycle.

Day 16

Fly Home with memories of a tour of a lifetime!

What's included
Choice from a range of rental motorcycles.
Highest level of insurance on all rental bikes. CDW limiting max liability to $1000 and SLI cover of $1,000,000.
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.
What's not
Airfare and Visas. Cheap flights can be found on SkyScanner.com, 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. Our team 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.

Common questions about this trip

Can I combine this trip with your other USA tours?

Yes and many people do, we have designed them to be ridden back to back, just give us a call or drop us an email to discuss if this takes your fancy.

What level of insurance is included with the bike rental?

At Magellan we don’t mess around with different insurance packages and bolt ons we just included the top level as standard. The Collision Damage Waiver limits any liability to $1000 and SLI third party of $1,000,000. This second one 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.

Are flights included?

We don’t include flights with any of our tours but are happy to offer advice on where to fly into and your best options for trips that start and end in different locations.

Can you help me sort my Visa?

Yes of course, we include full details on how to arrange a visa in the pre trip documentation and tour pack.

Do I need a SatNav?

You will need to bring a SatNav with you to load up the routes and ensure you have the correct map coverage for this. Full details on SatNav prep and setup are provided in the tour pack and we're always here in the office to help if you get stuck

Can I do this trip on my own motorcycle?

Yes of course, if you live in the USA just select “own motorcycle” on the booking box for a price without cycle rental.

More information
For general information on planning and preparing for motorcycle trips including what to pack please see our Prepare for your trip section.
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