A valid US motorcycle license and at least a year of heavyweight motorcycle experience are required to take part.
- 7-night tour of Historic Route 66 by Harley-Davidson from Los Angeles to Las Vegas
- Power along one of the world’s must-ride roads by iconic motorbike
- Discover old gold-mining towns, desert landscapes, canyons and national parks
- Enjoy jaunts along the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and more
- Ride alongside fellow motorbike fanatics and an experienced guide
- Enjoy 3-4-star hotel accommodation in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Laughlin, Grand Canyon Village, Kayenta, Bryce Canyon City and Las Vegas
What You Can Expect
While the road is home to several sleepy Wild West towns, Historic Route 66 is convenient for stop-offs in lively cities and towns, too. Besides overnight stays in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, your tour includes nights in Laughlin, Grand Canyon Village, Kayenta, Bryce Canyon City and, of course, Las Vegas where your experience finishes.
A welcome dinner and breakfast plus a farewell dinner are all included, but other meals are at your own expense. Stops at the famous eateries of Hell’s Kitchen and Roadkill Cafe are factored in, as well as a few of your guide’s personal favorites. On days where no recommendations are made, simply use your free time to check out local restaurants with riders in your group or on your own.
From Los Angeles International Airport, make your own way to your airport hotel by hopping on board the shuttle bus. Meet your tour representative inside the hotel lobby, check in and listen to all relevant information about your trip. Later in the evening, meet up with your fellow riders and guide in town to enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks.
Overnight: 3-4-star hotel in Los Angeles
Day 2: Los Angeles – Palm Springs (B)
After breakfast, travel to the rental shop in town to select your Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Models include the Electra Glide Classic, Street Glide, Road King, Heritage Softail Classic, Softail Fat Boy and Low Rider, and the rental staff will help pick out a bike that suits you best. Listen to a safety briefing and orientation session, put on your helmet, and then jump on board!
Following your guide, ride the winding mountain road down to Lake Elsinore, one of the largest natural freshwater lakes in Southern California. Take a detour off the Ortega Highway for lunch at Hell’s Kitchen, one of California’s top biker bars. Then, continue cruising through the shaded roads of San Bernando National Forest to reach Palm Springs, the capital ‘desert city’ of Coachella Valley. Your day’s route takes in dramatic scenery and epic rides, with a 28-mile (45-km) stretch of non-stop curves and an elevation drop of over 4,000 feet (1,220 meters)!
Ride to your overnight accommodation in Palm Springs, check in and then spend the evening doing whatever you please.
Overnight: 3-4-star hotel in Palm Springs
Day 3: Palm Springs – Laughlin
Start your day on the road with a loop through Joshua Tree National Park, where sweeping desert vistas are broken up by leafy yucca plants, boulders and rock formations. From the park, follow your guide to Amboy and on to Historic Route 66. Stop for a photo with one of the famous Route 66 logos on the old highway, and then enjoy the road all the way to Laughlin.
After checking in, take a cooling dip in your hotel pool, and then check out one of your guide’s favorite restaurants in town; the steak is said to be legendary.
Overnight: 3-4-star hotel in Laughlin
Day 4: Laughlin – Grand Canyon Village
Leave Nevada behind and continue along Route 66 to Oatman in the state of Arizona. Route 66 passes straight through, but since the old gold-mining town is famous for its wild burros (donkeys), a stop-off just has to be done. Ride onward to Kingman, and then enjoy another break in Seligman for lunch at the famous Roadkill Cafe.
Continue your afternoon with a loop through Hualapai Indian Reservation, a rugged area of landscape that lends itself to (your first) spectacular views of the Grand Canyon. Hit the South Rim in plenty of time to see the sun set over the canyon’s abyss, and relax with a cool drink. Check in to your accommodation in Grand Canyon village in the evening, and relax overnight.
Overnight: 3-4-star hotel in Grand Canyon Village
Day 5: Grand Canyon Village – Kayenta (Monument Valley)
Want to see the day break over the incredible Grand Canyon? Rise early and head out on a helicopter ride over the breathtaking gorge for a morning you’ll never forget. The ride is at your own expense, but the sight of the morning sun framing the Grand Canyon’s ochre rocks is well worth the cost. If you have no head for heights, or simply prefer a leisurely morning, just meet your guide and group in the late morning.
Wave goodbye to Grand Canyon Village with a ride along canyon’s South Rim and then head down into Monument Valley. Navajo country at its finest, Monument Valley boasts a classic Wild West landscape of towering sandstone cliffs and rocky vistas as well as a distinct cuisine. Take a break for lunch and feast on Navajo tacos while enjoying traditional Navajo music and dancing.
Hop back on your hog and ride to the Mexican Hat rock — akin to a sombrero — where your overnight accommodation awaits nearby in Kayenta. In the evening, cook steak over an open fire and make the most of a pool party with your guide and group.
Overnight: 3-4-star hotel in Kayenta
Day 6: Kayenta – Bryce Canyon City
Leave Kayenta in the morning and ride up to sleepy Mexican Hat town, once a busy gold-mining camp, before continuing through the Valley of the Gods. With its striking sandstone landscape, the Valley of the Gods has been used for filming countless commercials, TV programmes and movies such as Thelma and Louis.
Cross the Colorado River near the mouth of Lake Powell and gaze in awe at the lake’s impressive shoreline that stretches for some 1,960 miles (3,154km). Pass along the southern tip of Capitol Reef National Park to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and then power up to Devil’s Backbone, a panoramic ridge that was seemingly made for motorbikes.
After roaring through the Escalante Wilderness, stop in Bryce Canyon City and check in to your accommodation for the night.
Overnight: 3-4-star hotel in Bryce Canyon City
Day 7: Bryce Canyon City – Las Vegas (D)
Leave your hotel and ride on up to Bryce Canyon where a weird and wonderful rocky wilderness awaits. Cruise around the park’s limestone hoodoos and take in the different blends of colors spread on the rocks around you. From the canyon, roar onward to Zion National Park and challenge yourself by navigating the thrilling switchbacks of Zion. Dare to tear your eyes from the road, and the park’s stunning panoramas offer an apt reward.
From Zion National Park, it’s a short ride to the neon lights of Las Vegas, the final destination of your tour. Bid your Harley-Davidson a fond farewell as you drop it off at the bike rental shop just minutes from the legendary Las Vegas strip. Check in to your hotel, and then recap your tales of adventure with fellow riders over your farewell dinner in town.
Overnight: 3-4-star hotel in Las Vegas
Day 8: Las Vegas
Your 7-night Harley-Davidson experience finishes after checking out of your Las Vegas hotel in the morning.