NorthWest – The Cowboy Tour
The Northwest “Cowboy Tour” is an amazing ride across America’s Great Northwest. The tour starts in Los Angeles and ends in Chicago. We ride over 4.000 miles during 13driving days on some of the US’ best motorcycle roads; legendary Pacific Coast Highway 1(ranked #5), “The Loneliest Road in America” (US 50), Wild West run, Black Hills Run& Beartooth Highway(ranked #1 of US’ best motorcycle roads). You will experiencespectacular scenery and fun attractions: Los Angeles, Pismo Beach, San Francisco, Virginia City, Yellowstone, Old Faithful Geyser, Buffalo Bill’s Cody (2 nights), Black Hills, Sturgis, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer Nat Park, Wildlife loop (w/wild buffalo), Badlandsand much more. Thisis a 14-day adventure tour for those who love motorcycle riding, on unforgettable roads, spectacular scenery and great adventures!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Los Angeles – Chicago|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before tour start|
|TOUR GUIDE LANGUAGES|
“There’s something uniquely satisfying about touring by motorcycle. The enhanced sense of freedom and the heightened feeling of adventure as you sweep through twisties and curves. Join us for a once of a lifetime experience!”
Day 1: Arrival Los Angeles, California
When all tour participants have arrived, we meet for a welcome greeting and refreshment, with introductions and information about your tour on the North West Cowboy tour.
The evening’s program is getting to know each other; we head to the legendary Santa Monica Pier for a fun evening. We take a group shot with the famous Route 66 Trail sign in the background.
Day 2: Los Angeles to Pismo Beach, California
(Driving day 1: 197 miles)
We check out of the hotel to start our Cowboy adventure. When everyone is ready on their bikes, we embark on our +4.000 miles long North West-Cowboy tour. Los Angeles disappears behind us as we head west for a unique adventure full of history, adventure, and fun. As we ride out of LA, get ready for some amazing driving experiences on the legendary and spectacular Pacific Coast Highway 1.
On our first taste of one of the most amazing motorcycle roads in the world, you will experience the spectacular coastline, stunning views of caves and rock formations (there will be plenty of opportunities to take great pictures). We cruise to the famous Malibu & Neptune’s Net biker restaurant, where we eat lunch. We continue to the “Danish” Solvang (sister town of Aarhus), where we visit a Danish Gjæstgiveri, before we head to a legendary surf city; Pismo Beach.
Day 3: Pismo Beach to San Francisco, California
(Driving day 2: 283 miles)
We say goodbye to Pismo Beach and continue our wonderful trip in southern California. 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 Coast 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 head towards Monterey before we stop at the famous biker bar “Alice’s”. We continue to fun San Francisco, where we will stay near the city center and all its attractions.
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!
Day 4: San Francisco - Virginia City, Nevada
(Driving day 3: 295 miles)
We drive out of San Francisco on the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge, where we will take the time to enjoy the view of the bridge and beautiful San Francisco. Afterward, we head north to Sacramento, to start our fascinating drive on “The loneliest highway in America (Hwy 50)”. On our way, we drive along the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe, a very popular vacation resort but summer & winter time (hiking, skiing & summer fun). We drive our final stretch to fun & historical Virginia City.
Day 5: Virginia City to Ely, Nevada
(Driving day 4: 265 miles)
Today you will discover how “The loneliest highway in America (Hwy 50)” acquired its name. We will spend the whole day in dry desert-like territory with very random & few settlings/cities. We will make a stop on the famous Shoetree by Middlegate, which has a fascinating story. Thereafter we continue our spectacular ride on Hwy 50 to Ely, where we spend the night.
Day 6: Ely to Ogden, Utah
(Driving day 5: 233 miles)
Today complete our ride on “The loneliest road in America (Hwy 50)” as we start our descent north towards spectacular Yellowstone National Park. On our way, we will also partly drive on another famous road; “The Lincoln Highway” (US 93). We drive to the famous Bonneville Salt Flats International Racing Track, the home of many speed records & movies. Please be aware of the sign: “Harley owners, do your best..”.
We continue with a short “transport leg” on I-80 towards Salt Lake City, before we turn north into Hwy-89 towards our last stop, Ogden.
Day 7: Ogden to Jackson, Wyoming
(Driving day 6: 232 miles)
Today we head towards magical Yellowstone National Park and “Wild West Run”. We depart north to beautiful Bear Lake, before continuing to Montpelier, where we will visit the historic site of Butch Cassidy’s bank robbery. Thereafter, we drive fun twisty roads to Jackson, located in the valley Jackson Hole, a vacation spot for rich Californians. We spend the evening at the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
Day 8: Jackson to Cody, Wyoming
(Driving day 7: 263 miles)
Welcome to another tour highlight! It will be a long day packed with unique and rare experiences. We drive into wonderful Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park and start driving one of the US most popular motorcycle routes; Wild West Run (Jackson – Yellowstone Lake). We drive by Jackson Lake before we proceed to the spectacular Old Faithful Geyser, which remains one of the most active (cone) geysers with its’ predictable eruptions approximately every 35 to 120 minutes. Old Faithful was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to receive a name.
We continue our ride in spectacular Yellowstone, and start driving on Grad Loop Rd, before stopping at breathtaking Artist Point. Thereafter, we visit live buffalo herds up close. Be ready for exciting encounters, but beware of the wildlife (bears, wolves, elk, buffalos). We finish the day by riding into Buffalo Bill’s (William F. Cody) home turf; Cody, where we eat dinner at Buffalo Bill’s historic Irma Hotel.
Day 9: Cody - Beartooth Hwy - Cody
(Driving day 8 or rest day: 378 miles)
Today’s will be the tour highlight for many. Welcome to the world-famous “Beartooth Highway”, (ranked as USA’s best, No. 1, motorcycle route). Beartooth Highway has not achieved its iconic status among bikers worldwide without reason; be prepared for unique winding mountain roads up and down the mountain, with hairpin turns and spectacular views. This will also be the tour’s most demanding driving leg, so we will drive at a comfortable & safe pace, to ensure everyone remains safe and gets plenty of time to enjoy the ride and views. Have your camera ready, you will drive on one of the world’s best motorcycle roads. Enjoy!
On our way to Beartooth Pass, we drive Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, which also is a lifetime experience! After our return to Cody, you can visit the spectacular Buffalo Bill’s Center of the west.
Day 10: Cody to Gillette, Wyoming
(Driving day 9: 255 miles)
It will be another day of driving on spectacular curvy fun mountain roads. We drive into Big Horn Canyon & National Forest and breathtaking scenery. We are confident your smile will be glued on. We stop for lunch & cowboy-shopping in Sheridan. Thereafter, we drive by the “Spotted Horse” bar on our way to Gillette.
Day 11: Gillette to Deadwood, Wyoming
(Driving day 10: 275 miles)
Today we start our fun adventures in the Black Hills, the location of the Sturgis Bike Rally (the mother of all bike rallies). Get ready for a lifetime experience!
We start by driving to the famous Devil’s Tower, a very popular destination and location of the sci-fi movie “Encounters of the 3rd degree”. We enjoy the surroundings and these spectacular rock formations. Our next stop is Sundance, home of the Sundance Kid. Thereafter, we drive through the beautiful Spearfish Canyon; natural surroundings as in a painting that only nature can create.
We drive through Deadwood, where we visit the “No 10 Saloon” where Wild Bill Hickok was shot when he played poker. Deadwood is within an Indian reservation and has all gambling rights. It was also here Calamity Jane (the famous female sharpshooter) met Wild Bill the first time (later they became a couple).
Day 12: Deadwood to Sturgis, South Dakota
(Driving day 11: 384 miles)
Today we will drive the famous and popular Black Hills Run, experience all the amazing attractions around Sturgis, and get a feel for the world-famous Sturgis Bike Rally.
We enjoy driving the Black Hills Run until we get to Crazy Horse, the world’s largest monument carved in the rock. We continue to Custer and Custer State Park, the area that captivated General George A. Custer because of its beautiful scenery and surroundings. We drive Needles Highway and Wildlife Loop, where we might encounter live buffalos. We eat lunch outside in Custer State Park, before driving to Mt Rushmore (the three presidents’ heads carved in the mountains). Afterward, we drive the famous Iron Mountain Road. Be ready for a unique experience.
After we have absorbed the Black Hills, we drive to Sturgis, a small town and the center of all activities around the Sturgis Bike Rally, America’s oldest and legendary Motorcycle Rally. We park the bikes and visit the world-famous Knuckle Saloon. It’s time for a Biker party!
Day 13: Sturgis to Fairmont, Minnesota
(Driving day 12: 506miles)
We say goodbye to Sturgis and head east. Our first stop is in the famous Wall Drug, a truly unique experience, and our last opportunity to cowboy up. We continue to spectacular Badlands National Park. Badlands’ rugged beauty draws visitors from around the world. These striking geological deposits contain some of the richest collections of fossils. Old mammal rhinoceros, horse and saber-toothed tigers walked here once. The park’s 244,000 acres consists of an expanse of mixed grass and prairie where bison, bighorn, prairie dog and blackfoot-ferrets live today.
Having digested Badlands, we start another adventure, as we drive into Cheyenne Indian territory where the famous movie “Dancing with wolves” (Kevin Costner) was recorded. We will drive through this beautiful territory all the way to the small-town Fairmont, where we will spend the night.
Day 14: Fairmont to Chicago, Illinois
(Driving day 13: 500 miles)
Our Cowboy adventure is approaching the end as we start on our last driving day. We drive all the way to Chicago. We enjoy our last riding day together before we have our last tour dinner together. Congratulations on completing a successful North-West Cowboy tour adventure!
Thanks for a great ride, good times, and sincerely thank you for choosing to tour with us.
Note: 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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