US West Coast Tour
Welcome to the magical and legendary Pacific HWY 1 and the U.S. west coast. This 10-day tour along the Pacific coast starts in Seattle and continues all the way to sunny California and Los Angeles. We drive unforgettable motorcycle roads with scenery that will take your breath away. Along the way, we stop in both Redwood National Forest and fun San Francisco. This is the tour for those who want to experience something special.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Seattle/SEA – Los Angeles/LAX|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
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“At Explorify Tours we believe that good experiences and camaraderie are at least as important as the tour. Our goal is to fill your tour bag with as many positive memories as possible, so you go home with a big smile on your face. And with friends, you didn’t have before you started your adventure tour.”
Day 1: Departure - Arrival Seattle, Washington
Day 2: Seattle - Port Angeles
(Driving day 1: 136 km/85 miles)
We start the day with an information meeting, where we cover information about your tour on the West Coast Tour & your stay in Seattle. We also cover practical information and preparations regarding mc and car rental checkout. Afterward, we drive to Explorify MC Rentals to pick up our bikes. The bike you have booked for the tour is prepared, all necessary insurance is included.
When everyone is ready on their bikes, we embark on our 2.640 km long journey on legendary Pacific 101/ HWY-1 that stretches down the West Coast from wet & wild Seattle to San Diego. Seattle disappears behind us as we head south for a unique adventure full of adventure & fun. The tour begins with a ferry ride. Residents and tourists pile together on board in Edmond’s Ferry, which takes us across Puget Sound. We drive to the Olympic National Park before we continue on the road to Port Angeles, where we will enjoy the views and a nice evening together.
Day 3: Port Angeles - Ocean Shores
(Driving day 2: 391 km/244 miles)
We start our day driving to America’s westernmost point; Neah Bay. With the wind in your hair and the cool saltwater smell, enjoy yourselves in the small fishing village with only 865 inhabitants, named after the Makah Indian chief. The majority of residents (77%) are Native Americans. We make short trips to Cape Flattery and the most northwestern point in the U.S., with views across straight to Canada and the Pacific Ocean.
We continue our journey along Highway 101 on the Pacific coast to the coastal town Ocean Shores. The warm coastal breezes call our name as the Siren in the legendary story. On our way, we pass the Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest, before we drive by beautiful Lake Quinault. Afterward, we surrender to the coast and today’s last stop; Ocean Shores on Point Brown Peninsula. Ocean shores is the most popular destination in the state of Washington for beach enthusiasts since the town has about 10 km of easily accessible sandy beaches, in addition to many fun activities for all ages.
Day 4: Ocean Shores - Newport
(Driving day 3: 381 km/238 miles)
We leave Ocean Shores and head south around North Bay. We spend most of the day on magical Pacific Highway 101, which runs between the states of Washington and Oregon.
This tour is definitely for adventurers enjoying themselves on the curvy inlets of the West Coast. On our way, we drive past Port Bruce and “Lewis and Clark National Historical Park”. We will also spend some time on a two-lane bridge with large, treacherous waves breaking below us until we arrive at Cannon Beach. Cannon Beach is located almost on the border of Oregon and is characterized by its famous landmark Haystack Rock. Here we secure one of the tour’s best vacation pictures.
Cannon Beach is a memorable little town, where major US chains like Safeway and McDonalds have been advised to stay away, to maintain the local economy and the good old small-town feeling. We eat a good lunch here. We continue south in spectacular surroundings and wonderful roads; colorful cliffs along the Pacific Coast Highway 101, waves splashing on one side and hills on the other. Guarantee an experience you will remember. Our final stop is Newport, Oregon, a small coastal town we are going to enjoy this evening
Day 5: Newport - Crescent City
(Driving day 4: 378 km/236 miles)
We continue south along the pacific coast and drive through many beautiful small coastal towns; Florence, Reedsport, Coos Bay, Bandon and Brookings. Our end stop is the picturesque beach town of Crescent City, named and known for its crescent-shaped and rocky coastline. The drive into Crescent City marks the beginning of our adventure in “The Golden State” California, where we will spend the rest of our adventure along the spectacular Pacific coast and legendary Pacific Highway 1.
Day 6: Crescent City - Fort Bragg
(Driving day 5: 350 km/219 miles)
Admiration is the most descriptive word for what you will experience on our day through Redwood National Park on the road to Fort Bragg. Redwood trees in this part of California, are some of the tallest and most massive trees on earth. They are towering 100 meters high and is up to 7.5 meters wide. We continue south through the damp fog to Fort Bragg. This is also the day we leave the Pacific HWY 101 and begin driving on legendary Pacific Highway 1.
Day 7: Fort Bragg - San Francisco
(Driving day 6: 287 km/179 miles)
If you’re an early bird, take a stroll on the rocky coastline and get a glimpse of the whales that reside in this area of the Pacific. If you sleep a little longer, you can look forward to today’s ride, which will be just as exciting on our way to Mendocino and San Francisco. A picturesque coastline, rugged terrain and sapphire waves crashing against us. We drive to Mendocino, a haven for those who are artistically interested.
We continue driving on the stunning Pacific Highway 1. We continue to the Golden Gate Bridge, where we will take the time to enjoy the view of the bridge and beautiful San Francisco. Afterward, we drive across this famous bridge and into San Francisco, where we will stay near the Embarcadero and all its attractions.
Day 8: San Francisco
(Fun and explorer day)
When you wake up in funny San Francisco you might understand why Frank Sinatra left his heart in this city. The city is a funky, individualistic and a surprisingly small place – certainly the most liberal city in the US.
San Francisco really has a European feel and you have many more opportunities for sightseeing than it is possible to adapt to our short stay here. Make sure you visit Fisherman’s Wharf while dropping by small shops and street cafes famous for some of the best seafood dishes in the world. Feel free to hop on one of the city’s famous “Cable Cars” which is a moving landmark and the heart of this amazing city! Other good options are the prison island Alcatraz (must be booked in advance), harbor cruises, Chinatown, Lombard Street (one of America’s curviest streets). Those who wish can take a road trip to Napa Valley and taste wines.
Day 9: San Francisco - Monterey
(Driving day 7: 192 km/120 miles)
Get ready for some amazing driving experiences – this day is one of the tours’ definite highlights! We drive on the legendary Pacific Highway 1, the spectacular coastline and experience our first taste of one of the most amazing motorcycle roads in the world. Stunning views of caves and rock formations, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to take great pictures. We also stop by the famous biker bar “Alice’s” & drive through Big Basin Redwood State Park, which is packed with curvy & narrow motorcycle roads and the famous wide Redwood trees. We make several stops along Pacific Highway 1 and the Redwood forest before we head to Monterey.
Monterey is home to the world-famous Laguna Seca Automobile (known motorcycle race track). When we arrive at this spectacular seaside city, we will spend the afternoon along Cannery Row, which is packed with beautiful hotels, shops, and restaurants. We eat dinner at the famous Fisherman’s Wharf.
Day 10: Monterey - Solvang
(Driving day 8: 339 km/212 miles)
We’ll say it again: it is hard to believe that nature can be more beautiful, but today’s ride will simply take your breath away. We drive the highly appraised Pacific Highway 1 with mountains on our left side and the Pacific Ocean on our right side. As we continue past the Big Sur, you will feel the warm California sun together with delicious salty sea air on your skin. There will be several miles with fantastic views and great formations where the Santa Lucia Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean, creating one of the most beautiful stretches of the California coast. Today you will feel a delicious warm breeze and take in a spectacular sunset.
We drive through the beach resort Pismo Beach to the “Danish” city; Solvang (sister town of Aarhus), where we live in a Danish Gjæstgiveri, eat at a Danish beer restaurant and eat breakfast at a Danish bakery. We can even go behind the scenes to greet the Danish baker.
Day 11: Solvang - Los Angeles
(Driving day 9: 238 km/149 miles)
When we drive out of Yosemite National Park we will ride on great motorcycle roads. We are confident you will have a big smile on your face. When we are out of Yosemite, we continue west to Sausalito and Golden Gate Bridge, where we will take the time to enjoy the view of the bridge and beautiful San Francisco. Afterward, we drive across this famous bridge and into San Francisco, where we will stay near the Embarcadero and all its attractions.
Day 12: Departure Los Angeles - Home travel
We say goodbye to America’s West Coast, LA and return home. Group travel by shuttle to the airport. Thanks for a great ride, good times and sincerely thank you for choosing to tour with Joyrides. We wish you a safe trip home and hope to see you again on one of our other tours in the US, South America, Asia, Oceania or Europe.
Note: Because of the time difference travelers from Europe will arrive home the date/day after departing the US.
Also: This program is a guideline for activities and experiences on the tour. Deviations may occur, but we guarantee that our positive tour leaders will do their utmost to execute the program as described – as far as it is feasible and circumstances allow. We are continually working to improve the program, thus you may experience positive surprises.
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