Tour dei laghi
This epic ride is an adventure on its own for motorcyclists. Cross the vast terrains of America’s deserts and gaze at alien-like rock formations and numerous National Parks. This rural expanse is filled with rolling hills and country roads. Visit the iconic cities of Las Vegas, San Francisco and Hollywood. Dip into history and visit Washington DC’s treasured museums. Get nostalgic in Elvis’s Graceland and cruise on the Mother Road – Route 66. This diverse journey will take you from sand dunes to snow capped mountains, from the massive Grand Canyon to enormous Sequoia trees that will remind you of Avatar. You’ll roll on roads stretching to the horizon and twisty narrows of high passes. Get into your groove while riding endless miles surrounded by Mother Nature. We’ll conclude this North American leg in the Capitol of the world, New York City!
Please note that this is an indicative route. It is not 100% accurate. The route we offer is way more twisty and fun!
Dates & Prices
11 National Parks, 4 Unesco World Heritage sites, 3 times zones, 2 countries and 1 capital.
- Pacific coast
- San Francisco
- Yosemite National Park
- Sequoia National Park – home of general Sherman – the biggest tree in the world
- Kings canyon National Park
- Yosemite National Park – home of El Capitan the biggest granite monolith in the world
- Death Valley National Park- home of the hottest temperatures and low elevations
- Las Vegas
- Hoover Dam
- Route 66
- one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world- Grand Canyon National Park
- Navajo Nation and Monument Valley
- Sand Dunes National Park
- Hot Springs National Park
- Memphis- home of Elvis Presley’s Graceland
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Blue Ridge Parkway – home of 750 km of epic riding
- Shenandoah National Park
- Washington DC
- New York City
- Niagara Falls
From Los Angeles on the Pacifist coast road to San Francisco. Yosemite and Sequoia National Park
From California we enter in Nevada crossing the Death Valley National Park,
Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Route 66, Grand Canyon National Park, Navajo Nation and Monument Valley, Utah.
From Utah to Colorado and Great Sand Dunes national park. New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas and a relaxing bath in Hot Spring National Park. Memphis home of Elvis Presley.
Mississippi, Alabama , Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Washington DC
New York, Niagara falls , Toronto
All nights will be spent in comfortable mid-range hotels- 3-4 stars
- Assistance acquiring necessary documentation and logistics
- Motorcycle purchase support
- Pick up and drop off at the airport
- All accommodations (comfortable mid-range hotels)
- Welcome dinner and Goodbye dinner
- Motorcycle tour guide
- Driver and support vehicle 4×4 that can accommodate up to 2 motorcycles and luggage transportation (1 baggage piece of 10kg per person) and space for passengers (limited) on entire tour. Emergency first aid kit and fire extinguisher equipped
- Our staff is motorcycle mechanical experienced and first aid qualified
- Morning briefings
- City walking tours on rest days
- National Park fees
- Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley Park fee
- Niagara Falls entrance
- Thermal bath entrance
- Although we do not offer breakfasts, they are included in some hotel bookings
- All services not mentioned and all personal items
How many “no riding days” are in the tour?
There will be 10 no riding days during this tour including arrival and departure days
How many km do we ride daily?
The total trip average is 145 miles/day (233 km/day). Obviously some days we will ride more than that and some day we will ride less.
Can I join the tour later or leave earlier?
Sure you can, write us about your needs.
How much motorcycle experience do I need ?
You don’t need an extensive riding experience but you should be comfortable riding a motorcycle during a city’s rush hours as well as mountains roads.
What kind of motorcycle do I need?
All motorcycles are suitable for this tour. These are our only recommendations:
- The bike should be fully serviced before the start of the trip
- To maintain your speed, a 500 CC engine will ensure you keep up with the group.
Is possible ride 2 up?
Yes! You are welcome to travel with a companion.
The passenger must be at least 12 years old.
He/she should be able to place place both feet flat on the passenger foot pegs of the motorcycle.
Riding 2 up requires more skill. The passenger should have experience traveling on the back of a motorcycle. You can also book a seat in the support vehicle for the passenger if they do not want to ride with you the entire time.
What about visas ?
Usa required an easy visa process online for Europeans and Australians. Canada do not required visa for Europeans and Australians.
Will there be a support vehicle?
Yes. Our support vehicle is 4×4 pickup truck. The support vehicle can carry up to 2 motorcycles and 3 passengers. It is possible to reserve 2 places for the entire trip in the support vehicle.
Our support vehicles will carry our spare parts, tools and up to 10 kg of baggage per passenger.
What about vehicle service ?
At the start of the tour, your motorcycle must arrive fully serviced and with new tires.
We begin our tour in the City of Angels – Los Angeles. After arrival, we will spend one extra day for acclimatization, bike pick-up, last minute shopping, a briefing of the trip, and a tour of Hollywood. The following day, the adventure of a lifetime begins! We will spend two days riding on the famous Pacific coast State Route 1 where we will cruise past Malibu beach and stop at the elephant seal beach. We will twist and turn on the cliffs towering the ocean, devour delicious seafood and finish in one of the most unique cities in the US, San Francisco.
From the home of Golden Gate Bridge we will begin by going inland to view the beautiful scenery of California – endless orchards and farms as well as roadside stands where you can sample the freshest fruits and vegetables this region has to offer. We will then enter the Sierra Nevada mountain range which will take us to higher elevations, offer views of the deep greenery, and lead us into of one of the natural wonders of the world, Yosemite National Park. It’s a monumental valley carved by glaciers and flanked by granite monsters; the biggest of them all being the renowned climbing paradise of El Capitan. Our journey continues to the only place of it’s kind, where you feel like a dwarf thrown into fairy tale. This is the forest where largest trees in the world have stood for thousand of years. The most massive of them all awaits you- General Sherman tree inside Sequoia National park. If curving is something that attracts you to biking mania, you’ll get more than your share during this leg of the tour. The next day we will cross the other side of the Sierras to lovely town of Lone Pine at the base of the mountain, which skyrockets the highest summit in the contiguous United States – Mt Whitney.
If you have never ridden in US before there are many aspects that are different than in any other place. You are allowed to make a right turn on red light (except in the state of New York), some states allow riding without a helmet, a lot of intersections are controlled with the stop signs, in some places there are ” suicide lanes “, and so on. Further detail will be explained during the briefing. Everything is big in the USA. Lanes are much larger than in Europe, vehicles are huge and bikers feel small in such traffic. The good news is that US drivers are used to motorcycles; they respect distances and lanes. Road signs are some of the best in the world. There are plenty of them and they are well distributed (it is really hard to miss them).
Roundabouts are very rare and lane splitting is just legal in California. Police presence is not very high but you must respect all of the riding rules. Gas stations are everywhere. Every gas station has a toilet, coffee and usually a mini store for snacks and other basic necessities. More good news is that if you are coming from abroad, fuel is really cheap! Roads are in mostly perfect conditions. The only danger in the US is that there can be wild animals crossing the road, though it is very unlikely to happen.
Food of the week:
California is one of the biggest farmlands in the world. A varied range of micro-climates, dominated by a mild Mediterranean climate, and health-conscious diets and lifestyles in California, promote the production, use and consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats, many of them organic.
In Northern California, with wine country nearby, French, Italian, and Mediterranean inspired food is prominent, as well as Asian-inspired fare. Many of the restaurants, cafes, bistros, and grills use ingredients sourced from local growers and farmers’ markets.
The California coast, especially the North Coast and Central Coast regions, is a source of seafood, which is a staple in the California diet. Battered and fried foods are not as common in California as they are in other regions, but there are several exceptions, such as fish tacos, tempura and french fries.
Death Valley – Who hasn’t heard about this national treasure? It is one of the largest depressions in the world and the hottest and driest of all of the National Parks in the US. Thankfully we’ll be there in April because 56 C doesn’t seem like fun. We’ll spend the entire day going across this scorching land and finish off in the famous Sin City, Las Vegas. There, we’ll take much needed rest unless……. well, ” What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!!” A short trip from this gambler’s paradise will lead us to the engineering marvel, Hoover Dam as well as the recently opened bridge spanning Colorado river and Lake Mead, another astonishing construct. Shortly after we will hit probably the most well known road in the world, the Mother Road – Route 66, as well as the towns of Hackberry, Seligman and Williams. This riding experience literally make you feel like going back in time. If your head is reeling from the abundance of attractions, beware that the the pace won’t slow down anytime soon. Shortly after, the road will lead us to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – the majestic Grand Canyon. Next, we cross the border to the country within the country, the Navajo Nation. This is the land of empty spaces, incredible vistas and rock formations, and it’s grand jewel – Monument Valley. You have ” seen ” it thousand times, in western movies, a favorite place of John Wayne and the epic spot where Forrest Gump decided he’s done with running across the continent. Shortly after we’ll enter our 4th state, Utah where out-of-this-world rock formations and moon-like landscapes we’ll lead us to the outdoorsy and heavenly city of Moab. There we’ll stop for another day of rest, but the city itself offers two amazing National Parks: Canyonlands and Arches.
Roads are perfect and views of this week will make you cry from happiness and scream inside your helmet. Huge elevation changes in the valleys make for big temperature fluctuations even in one day (especially in Death Valley). We will be there during the best time to visit those areas climate-wise, so overheating (either us or our motorcycles shouldn’t be a problem). It is still best stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
Food of the week:
Thanks to a big presence of Latin Americans, especially Mexicans, all the south states offer delicious Mexican food almost everywhere. Nevada plants about 235 million pounds of onions, so a popular dish as you can image is onion rings. Plus Spaniards from the Basque region, who settled in Nevada, also brought foods like Basque-style chateaubriand a steak dish.
Some other popular foods are buffet dishes, shrimp cocktail, paella, seafood, pigs feet and onions. Because most places throughout Nevada are open 24/7, many restaurants serve breakfast all day, everyday. People of Nevada LOVE breakfast food.
The contrasts continues. Utah and her truly unearthly surroundings wave us goodbye as we cross to the 5th state of Colorado. The red-yellow rocks give way to snowy capped mountains and lush forests, quaint farmlands, and lavishly green fields. At the end of the second day, we’ll enjoy a biker’s playground as we enter yet another National Park, the Great Sand Dunes. It boasts one of the highest dunes in the world. If your mind starts to wander towards deserts and ocean sides, take a detour because you are going to end up at the top of a mountain-like dune with sand stretching to the horizon next to ….. snow covered mountains. Possible? You’ll see. From there we’ll explore the heart of America for the next several days, including the states of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Think about rolling hills, country music, family values and tradition, apple pies, farmers, smiling and friendly, yet hardworking folks and fields of endless crops. We’ll stop for another day of rest in the beautiful and relaxing National Park, Hot Springs. After that much deserved break, we’ll continue to our 10th state of Tennessee and one of this countries greatest musical landmarks, the home of the late Elvis Presley, also known as Graceland.
If you already felt “small” while riding in the US, Texas will make you feel even “smaller”. In Texas it is rare to encounter regular sized cars; everyone has huge pickup trucks. Speed limits in Texas are the highest compared to the other states. This time of the year is the best time to ride the southern states as the summer it gets very hot. Traffic on roads is very sparse and will make our journey enjoyable and smooth.
Food of the week:
Tex-Mex refers to a style of cooking that combines traditional Mexican cuisine with American tastes and cooking techniques.. Dishes associated with Tex-Mex cooking include guacamole,chile con queso, tortilla soup, nachos,tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas, chimichangas, burritos,tamales, and carne guisada.
Barbecue in Texas has distinct characteristics which make it different from barbecue in other parts of America. Unlike forms of barbecue which use pork as the primary meat, Texas barbecue depends heavily on beef. Smoked brisket (slowly cooked in a “pit”) is one of the most used cuts of meat, along with smoked sausage and beef ribs. New Mexico food culture is a fusion of Spanish and Mediterranean, Mexican, Pueblo Native American, and Cowboy Chuckwagon influences. “New Mexican food is not the same as Mexican and Tex-Mex” foods preferred in Texas and Arizona. New Mexico is the only state with an official question—”Red or green?”—referring to the choice of red or green chile.
The next two days we will continue onto states 11 and 12 through Mississippi and Alabama where we take a leisure day to explore another symbolic location, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The abundance of green hills, misty vistas, vast valleys and thousands of curves, twists and hairpin turns will overwhelm even the most seasoned rider. It will be our companion for many days to come as we cover, considered one of the best rides in the world , the Blue Ridge Parkway. It will take us through our 13th and 14th states of North Carolina and Virginia and another Shenandoah National Park. We’ll stay for a rest day in another urban gem – Washington DC. Historical monuments, countless museums and stunning architecture will be a huge change of scenery after hundreds of miles of previously covered, “Country roads, take me home to the place where I belong …”
Infinite curves and breathtaking landscapes will welcome us on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Roads are in perfect shape as everywhere else in the US. The only danger is the addiction that this road can create.
Food of the week:
Besides the general cuisine of the Southern United States, Virginia maintains its own particular traditions. Smithfield ham, sometimes called Virginia ham, is a type of country ham which is protected by state law, and can only be produced in the town of Smithfield. A nationally-famous cuisine from North Carolina is pork barbecue and bacon. Mississippi Mud Pie: the name “Mississippi mud pie” comes from the dense cake which resembles the banks of the Mississippi River. It is a chocolate-based dessert pie that is likely to have originated in the U.S. state of Mississippi.The treat contains a gooey chocolate sauce on top of a crumbly chocolate crust. The pie is usually served with ice cream. Sure crawfish, or “mud bugs,” are most commonly associated with New Orleans but Mississippians can’t get enough of this local favorite either. These spicy mud bugs are often served with an array of other items including corn, potatoes, garlic, sausage and mushrooms to name a few.
After visiting capital of the USA, we continue to the Capital of the world, the Big Apple, New York City! We’ll take another leisure day to enjoy the ocean of skyscrapers, bustling, vivid diversity, every ethnic food imaginable, the rich and famous, the poor and homeless, all packed into one city. NYC is a one of a kind experience. The next two days take us through our 15th state of New York. Picturesque rides, numerous lakes, and thick forests lead to yet another natural wonder, one of the most coveted waterfalls of this planet – Niagara. From there it’s a short excursion to our second country of the trip where we’ll explore Toronto, Canada, our final destination in North America.
It could be a voyage all on it’s a own, the adventure of the lifetime, the dream come true, epic ride, the ever postponed seemingly unreachable cruise but… it’s just the beginning ladies and gentleman. See you on the road and may the horizon be your home.
We are getting closer to the most populated area of the United States. Obviously the numbers of the cars on the road will increase, but still the traffic is not as scary as in many other cities out there. The majority of people use public transportation so this helps to decrease the total number of vehicles on the road. Riding in New York is great, it really feels like you are in a movie.
How many riders do you know that crossed the US from the west and arrived to New York? Yeah, we know that feels great! Passing the border to Canada next to Niagara Falls will be an easy task.
Food of the week:
The cuisine of New York City comprises many cuisines belonging to various ethnic groups that have entered the United States through the city. Almost all ethnic cuisines are well represented in New York City, both within and outside of the various ethnic neighborhoods. If you are missing your national food or you want to try any other ethnic cuisine, New York City is the place for that. Toronto, our last city, also has cuisine from all over the world. You can not leave Canada without trying Poutine and Maple Syrup. Poutine is originating in the province of Quebec, made with french fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce.
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