Not a straight road in sight
You start your PNW tour in Portland and after collecting your rental bikes you hit the road! You follow the Columbia river, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest of America past the 620ft Multnomah Falls and West along the winding back roads to the imposing Mount Hood, the Eastern side of the Cascade mountain range and across the Deschute river.
You continue through eastern Oregon along the Umatilla gorge, Eagle Cap wilderness and the Snake River past Hell’s Canyon - North America’s deepest river gorge, through an impossibly forested paradise to your hotel right on the lake in McCall Idaho. You visit abandoned ghost towns and then more curves and ponderosa forests lead you to your first rest day in Salmon where you can visit some local hot springs, tour the museums, go on a rafting trip, try your hand at horseback riding or even tackle the 36 mile off-road loop championed by the local dual sport riders.
Not a straight road in sight
Crossing into Wyoming you make your way over the plains and into Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone on a motorcycle is an experience like no other, the scenery needs to be seen to be believed and you will be sharing the road with Bison, Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Deer, Wolves, Bears and more as you traverse the Lamar Valley. You have another rideout/rest day in Yellowstone itself where you can ride a loop visiting the Canyon, Old faithful, Mammoth hot springs and the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody. Alternatively you could choose to go hiking in the park, horse riding, fishing and more.
Hailed as the most beautiful drive in America you leave Yellowstone and cross the epic Beartooth pass and wind west into the big skies of Montana, visiting the Grizzly Bear Discovery Centre and crossing the Rockies once more to the headwaters of the Missouri River. You can tour a mining museum and go down the shaft kitted out with hard hats and torches then stop off at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on your way to another of the greatest riding roads in the USA.
The spectacular 99 miles of highway 12 that make up the Lolopass along the Lochsa river in Idaho is one of the highlights of this tour and you stay right on the pass in luxury cabins surrounded by wild deer. This area has gained notoriety not only for the riding but also its famous road sign that reads “Winding Road Next 99 Miles.” You travel northwards from here past Spokane Washington and up through fruit country to Winthrop the gateway to the North Cascade range.
The North Cascade Highway stands out in a trip full of superb roads and after summiting the pass it brings you north of Seattle to your last overnight stop in Enumclaw. Your final riding day sees you riding across the foothills of Mount St Helens and Mount Rainier before dropping back down into Portland. You drop off your bike and enjoy your final night before flying home the following morning with memories of a tour of a lifetime.
Following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clarke: In 1803 The Corps of Discovery Expedition was the first American expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States and this tour follows closely in its footsteps, giving you a real sense of the adventurous spirit of these early trailblazers.
Colombia river gorge, Cascade Mountains, the Deschutes River, Hell’s Canyon and Snake River: This highlights reel of natural splendour and the smoothly paved roads that take us from point to point is just the start of this trip and a sign of things to come on your adventure.
Lemhi Pass and Valley: Your first rest day in Salmon Idaho gives you the opportunity to visit some local hot springs, tour the local museums, go on a rafting or horse riding tour or even tackle a 36 mile off-road loop.
Beartooth Pass & Rocky mountains: The 11,000ft pass from Cooke city rivals any to be found in Europe and is one of several crossings of the Rockies on this trip
Yellowstone National Park: Famed for its wildlife and natural landscapes Yellowstone is guaranteed to impress. We have another rest day here in the the park where you can ride a loop visiting the Canyon, Old faithful, Mammoth hot springs and the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody. Alternatively you could choose to go hiking in the park, horse riding, fishing and more.
Lolopass and hway 12: The 99 miles of winding roads that make up the Lolo Pass are some of the most famous anywhere in North America surpassed in our opinion only by…
North Cascades: A truly jaw dropping ride over the Cascades is something every biker should experience once in their lives, nothing in Europe quite compares to this.
Mount St Helens and Mount Rainier: Riding through the devastation still apparent from Mount St Helens’ eruption in 1980 give you some idea of the power nature can unleash on the landscape, while the views of the iconic 14,000ft peak of Mount Rainier on our approach back into Portland are a perfect way to end the tour.
Hotel check-in and a nice quiet evening to get over any jet lag!
Portland, Oregon to Dalles, Oregon: Ride west pass Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge, cross the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains and ride along the Deschutes River basin.
Dalles, Oregon to Joseph, Oregon: Back roads of eastern Oregon. The Umatilla river and Eagle Cap wilderness.
Joseph, Oregon to McCall, Idaho: Hell’s Canyon, the Snake River and Ponderosa Pine country.
McCall, Idaho to Salmon, Idaho: The Payetter and Salmon Rivers through rugged Idaho.
Free Day, Salmon, Idaho: Hot springs, museums, rafting or horse riding tours and the 36 mile offroad loop.
Salmon, Idaho to Cooke City. Follow the Salmon River to Yellowstone National Park, your destination for the next 2 nights.
Cooke City Yellowstone free day. Head on out into the park, go for a hike, a horseback ride, fishing trip, explore the local town, go shooting… the options are endless today.
Cooke City to Butte, Montana: The 11,000ft Beartooth pass up into the Rockies, the Grizzly Bear centre and Big Skies of Montana.
Butte, Montana to Great Falls, Montana: Mining museum, Three Forks and the start of the Missouri River. White Sulfur Springs and The Lewis and Clark National Forest and Interpretive Centre.
Great Falls, Montana to Lolo Pass, Idaho: Follow the Missouri River to the foot of Lolo Pass.
Lolo Pass, Idaho to Spokane, Washington: Ride one of the best roads in North America at Lolo Pass then motor through the Palouse of eastern Washington.
Spokane, Washington to Winthrop Washington: Traverse wheat fields and farming country to the fruit farms of Winthrop.
Winthrop Washington to Enumclaw Washington: North cascade road,
Enumclaw Washington to Portland, Oregon: Ride beneath Mount St Helens and Mount Rainier and then arrive in Portland to drop off your motorcycle.
Fly Home with memories of a tour of a lifetime!
I see you run a number of tours in North America, can I combine this one with some others?
Absolutely the tours we run are designed to be ridden alongside one another, if you want to combine a number of our tours to make an even bigger road trip contact us for a special high miler bonus.
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 include Basic Liability Insurance (BLI), and Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI) as standard. This means the max liability on damages to a rented motorcycle is $2,500.
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.
Can I do this trip on my own motorcycle?
Of course, if you have your own motorcycle in the states then we can price this up without hire or we can also now help to arrange for your motorcycle to be shipped from abroad to the start point and then returned to you after your holiday. Just drop us an email and we’ll price one of these options up for you.
STARTS Anchorage, Alaska
BEST TIME TO GO: June to September
See bears up close and personal and visit some of Canada’s most treasured national parks on this extensive tour of the world’s second largest country.