DAY 1 Seattle, WA - Arrival 0.0 mi / 0.0 km
Welcome to one of the most beatiful cities in the United States, Seattle, Washington. Enjoy a long leisurely stroll down the famed Seattle waterfront, enjoy a ferry ride on Elliot Bay, visit the Space Needle, or try your hand throwing salmon at the world famous Pike's Place Market. Tonight we will take in a great dinner at a local landmark restaurant.
DAY 2 Seattle - Winthrop, WA 235.0 mi / 376.0 km
Today we say goodbye to the City of Seattle and quickly make our way to some of the most beautiful back roads in the State of Washington. Highway 9 is a Northwest treasure that winds through the carnation and tulip fields as we head north towards the Mt. Baker and North Cascades National Parks. Highway 9 drops us off at the North Cascades Highway as we head east through what is quite literally some of the most stunning scenery south of the Canadian Rockies. Our stop for the night is the small western town of Winthrop, Washington where we will sit along the river sipping an ice cold drink or glass of wine and reflect on the incredible day we just shared
DAY 3 Winthrop - Kamloops, BC 317.0 mi / 507.2 km
We'll enjoy our morning coffee along the river before heading north and crossing the border into the heart of Canada's wine country, Oliver, B.C. After crossing the border, we will explore roads that wind through vineyards and fruit stands and lunch along the shores of Canada's beautiful Lake Okanogan. From here we head northwest, riding through the majestic mountains rising in the distance as we make our way to our home for the night in Kamloops, B.C. where we will enjoy some Canadian hospitality.
DAY 4 Kamloops - Jasper, AB 292.0 mi / 467.2 km
Today we head towards Alberta, and the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Our ride will take us along the north Thompson River on the beautiful Yellowhead Highway. There is a good chance of seeing eagles, deer and moose along this stretch, as well as stopping to take in the stunning waterfalls near Clearwater. We will also enter Mt. Robson Provincial Park for a stunning view of the 5000’ Emperor Face on Mt. Robson. From here, our ride will take us to the heart of Jasper National Forest and the great mountain village of Jasper, Alberta. Jasper holds a special place in our hearts as it marks the beginning of Canada's amazing Route 93, or Icefield Highway, that runs from Jasper to the breathtaking lakeside village of Lake Louise, Alberta.
DAY 5 Jasper - Banff, AB 217.0 mi / 347.2 km
Get ready to ride a stretch of highway that the team would definitely rank among the top ten motorcycle rides in North American. Canada's Highway 93, also known as the Banff - Jasper Highway, takes us along glacial peaks and across some of Canada's most stunning ice fields. Today promises to be one of the great riding days of your life, guaranteed! Tonight we enjoy the vibrant Rocky Mountain village of Banff, Alberta, known for friendly people, good food and great nightlife.
DAY 6 Banff - Waterton Lakes, AB240.0 mi / 384.0 km
This trip seems to be leading our group from one incredible destination to the next, and today promises to continue with that theme. We will ride over the stunning Kananaskis Pass where you are likely to see Big Horn sheep wandering along the road. We will lunch in the small pioneer town of Pincher Creek and then head to Waterton Lakes National Park for the night. Waterton is on the Canadian side of Glacier National Park, one of the most visually stunning places in North America. In Waterton we will enjoy a quiet, serene afternoon and evening on the glassy waters of a crystal clear lake. It is hard not to feel as if you are becoming a part of this place. Soak it in. This is what life is all about.
DAY 7 Waterton Lakes - Whitefish, MT 146.0 mi / 233.6 km
What better way to welcome our group back to the United States than with a ride through the amazing vistas of Glacier National Park. Glacier, the nation’s 10th National Park, is known for its deep glacial valleys and rugged peaks. For motorcycle enthusiasts, it is simply an assault on the senses and offers some excellent riding terrain on one of the National Park’s oldest, historical roads – the Going to the Sun Road. Tonight we will explore the Montanan town of Whitefish to explore it’s markets, bars and live music.
DAY 8 Whitefish - Anaconda, MT240.0 mi / 384.0 km
As we leave the stateside Glacier National Park, we turn our bikes southeast and explore why Montana is knowns as the Big Sky State! We will stick to the two-lane roads, passing by lakeshores and through the cattle country that defines this area. A stop for lunch in the small, pioneering town of Ovando will give you a chance to feel the extensive Montana history of this area. For thousands of years Native American tribes have made this area home, and later explorations by Merriweather Lewis and mining discoveries created this town. Our day ends at the resort of Fairmont Hot Springs where we can soak in the hot water and celebrate our day.
DAY 9 Anaconda - Red Lodge, MT 322.0 mi / 515.2 km
Today we will continue to explore some of the pioneering history of Montana, stopping in the historical gold-mining towns of Virginia and Nevada cities. If you haven’t felt it before, you will definitely feel as if you’ve stepped back into time in the old West. Our ride will continue through the city of Bozeman, eventually turning off onto the small roads that climb towards the mountain town of Red Lodge. Get a good's night sleep, as tomorrow we tackle the Beartooth Highway and Chief Joseph passes!
DAY 10 Red Lodge - Cody, WY 114.0 mi / 182.4 km
Get ready to ride what many consider to be two of the top motorcycle rides in North America, Chief Joseph and the Beartooth Pass. There is simply no way to put into words what lies ahead today. We will cruise at a nice easy speed, stopping often to capture awe inspiring photos of the scenery and glimpses of wildlife. When this day is over we will all look at one another with a big grin and wonder out loud if today was all just an amazing dream. We will stay tonight in the classic western town of Cody, Wyoming, once home to Buffalo Bill Cody. After dinner you can walk down the street to enjoy some local history or head to the local Cody Rodeo to watch cowboys on bucking broncos and bulls. It’s the Wild West!
DAY 11 Cody, WY, Free Day 0.0 mi / 0.0 km
Today is your day to simply kick up your boots and relax in Cody. Incorporated in 1901, Cody, Wyoming is located 52 miles from Yellowstone National Park's east entrance. Cody was founded by Colonel William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody who passed through the region in the 1870s. He was so impressed by the development possibilities of irrigation, rich soil, grand scenery, hunting, and proximity to Yellowstone National Park, one of the most amazing landscapes and wildlife habitats on the planet, that he returned in the mid-1890s to start a town. Cody has many activities to offer - from white water rafting to experiencing the amazing Buffalo Bill or Cody Firearms museums.
DAY 12 Cody, WY to West Yellowstone, MT 178.0 mi / 284.8 km
We are running out of adjectives to describe this incredible region of the world and today is no different. Today will be spent winding our way through parts of Yellowstone National Park, stopping to experience the majesty of Yellowstone Falls and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Hayden Valley and all of its extraordinary wildlife. Tonight we will stay on the edge of the park in West Yellowstone so we’ll be primed for more Park exploration in the morning!
DAY 13 West Yellowstone to Jackson, WY 128.0 mi / 204.8 km
This morning we will ride through geyser country to have a coffee and watch the greatest geyser of all do its thing – Old Faithful! From here we will make our way along Jackson Lake and in Grand Teton National Park for scenic stops and lunch. Our home tonight is nestled in one of the most famous and exclusive ski resort areas of the United States, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jackson is home to sprawling cattle ranches, celebrity estates and roaming herds of buffalo. Tonight we will enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Jackson Hole.
DAY 14 Jackson, WY to Ogden, UT 256.0 mi / 409.6 km
We will start our ride today by descending through the twisty Snake River Gorge as we leave the Grand Teton National Park and spend the morning exploring the gentle landscapes of Idaho and Utah as we travel though areas with names such as “Tin Cup Pass” and “Soda Springs.” Lunch is along the shore of the impossibly-turquoise Bear Lake before we take a ride across the Wasatch Mountains through Logan River Canyon. Our evening will be spent exploring the bars and restaurants of Historic 25th Street. With nicknames like Notorious Two Bit Street and Electric Alley, this street was once home to brothels, political scandals, and the “dark ages” of gang rivalries so intense you couldn’t walk the three-block length in safety. Today, 25th Street is a mecca for travelers, art collectors, foodies, and adventurers.
DAY 15 Ogden, UT to Salt Lake City UT 100.0 mi / 160.0 km
On our last day of riding we will continue our exploration of the Wasatch mountains with its lakes, foothills, rocky peaks and famous ski areas such as Park City. A wonderful way to spend our last day on two-wheels together! Tonight we will celebrate our adventure at one of SLC’s famous brew pubs where we will enjoy one another's company one last time at our Farewell Dinner and raise our glasses to incredible journeys, lifelong memories, and, most important, the kind of friendships that can only be forged on the road.
DAY 16 Salt Lake City, UT - Departure 0.0 mi / 0.0 km
You are now part of the Motorcycle Tours family, a symptom of which is that you will never look at vacations the same way again. Let's meet over breakfast to start planning next year's ride. The best time to start dreaming is now.