Experience the very best of Northern California. Starting in Reno, NV, we will ride along Scenic Highways through Rugged Mountain Ranges and Lofty Passes, through Majestic Redwood Forests and along the Pacific Coast Highway all the while being surrounded by the awesome beauty and diversity of California. Highlights and attractions of this amazing tour include Redwood National Park, Pacific Coast Highway, California’s Wine Country, San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Whale Watching in Monterey Bay and Yosemite National Park.
August 13 – August 22
Our tour begins and ends in Reno, Nevada. Accommodations for this evening
are at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. For those flying in, call upon your arrival
for their free shuttle service to the property. Late afternoon check in is best. Once
checked in, a Ride America representative will be available to assist you with
collecting your bike and gear and to answer any questions you may have regarding
the exciting days ahead. Be sure to gas up your bike this evening in preparation for
the ride tomorrow. This evening is at your leisure in Reno. Try your luck at the
Casinos or simply relax after a long day.
After breakfast, we will head out for Redding California, our destination for
this evening. Today’s ride takes us over the Sierra Nevada Mountains where we
climb in elevation from just over 5,000 to over 10,000 feet as we ride through
National Forests and Mountain Passes. Be on the lookout for Dear and other wild life
in these rugged mountains. Our accommodations this evening are at the Holiday Inn
After breakfast, we will saddle up for an incredible ride through ShastaTrinity National Forest. Explore Canyons, Valleys and Adrenalin Pumping
Switchbacks as we make our way to California’s Coastline. We’ll have lunch in
Trinidad Bay, an Old Fishing Town that still has an operating Light House. After
lunch, have your cameras ready as we head north and into Redwood National Park
where you will be amazed by the sheer majesty of the Giant Redwoods. Afterwards,
we head south to Blue Lake where we have accommodations at the Blue Lake Casino
Today, be prepared for another great day of riding as we head south through
the “Avenue of the Giants” to our next stop in Liggett and the “World Famous Drive
Through Tree.” Have your cameras ready as you ride through this 2,000 years old,
276 ‘ tall Giant Sequoia. Afterwards, we make our way down the Pacific Coast
Highway to Albion, where we head inland through California’s wine country and to
Napa Valley. Accommodations for tonight are at the Best Western at the Vines.
A very exciting day is ahead as we continue south passing by the Sonoma
Raceway, NASCAR’s road course, crossing over the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge and
into San Francisco, AKA “The City By The Bay”, where we will have lunch at the
World Famous Fisherman’s Wharf. Afterwards, there will be time for casually
enjoying the many attractions at the Wharf, OR for taking an unforgettable tour of
Alcatraz Island. But be advised, the roads and walkways on Alcatraz Island are steep
and the distance from the dock to the Cell House is ¼ mile walk. Good walking shoes
are highly recommended. Leaving the city, we continue heading south along the
Pacific Coast Highway to Monterey where we will spend the evening at the Ramada
: Today we relax and enjoy the many attractions in Monterey. Suggestions
include Whale Watching, a visit to the Aquarium or Cannery Row, watching Sea
Lions playing at the Wharf (great restaurants too), a visit to Carmel or Pebble Beach
or just relax. The day is yours to simply enjoy and to think about the exciting days
After breakfast, we make our way south along the Pacific Coast Highway for
another amazing day of riding and incredible scenery. Along the way we pass by
Lighthouses, Hearst Castle, Elephant Seals basking in the sun, and Rocky Cliffs
overhanging the Pacific Ocean. Experience the ocean breezes as you ride through,
and sometimes above, the clouds while making our way to Cambria, California. Here,
we turn inland, traveling along Scenic Highways and passing through Vineyards, and
by Horse Ranches as we make our way to Fresno where we have accommodations at
the Best Western. Fresno is famous for its California Raisins grown in the most
fertile soil in the world.
Leaving Fresno, our ride today takes us back into the Sierra Nevada
Mountains and to Yosemite National Park. Make sure you have your camera ready.
Kodak Moments for sure. Attractions in the park include Half Dome, which rises
4,800 feet above the valley floor (watch for rock climbers); Yosemite Falls, the fifth
highest waterfall in the world; El Capitan (The Chief) and Ancient Sequoia Trees,
some over 3,000 years old. On our way out of the park, we ride through Tuolumne
Meadows, and over Tioga Pass (EL. 10,000+ feet) as we make our way to Bridgeport,
California. Accommodations in Bridgeport are at Silver Maple Inn.
Today we ride fantastic scenic highways, through awesome canyons and
mountain passes on our way to Lake Tahoe where we will have lunch and enjoy the
beauty of this cobalt blue lake, the second deepest lake in the country. We continue
our ride back to Reno and back to the Peppermill. This evening a casual dinner will
be hosted by Ride America Tours in appreciation of you and your fellow tour
participants. The event is always filled with good fun and great fellowship.
Today we must return to reality. A Ride America representative will be
available to collect your bike and luggage for loading upon arrival of the transport.
Other Tour Information: