03. The Best of Southern California


Tour Overview

  • 3 Days / 2 Nights
  • 522 Miles / 840 Kilometers 
  • Season: April – November

Los Angeles – few places in the world can boast such an abundance of natural and diverse beauty within just a few hours of driving. This rich, classic and wonderfully diverse expedition explores the ‘best of’ Southern California, with an intensity that can only be experienced on a motorcycle. Winding mountain roads with vast views coupled with the calm beauty of the Mojave Desert will give you a sense of satisfaction and a serenity that is quintessential to California.


Daily Details

Day 1: Los Angeles to Twentynine Palms (206 Miles / 332 Kilometers)

San Gabriel Mountains

After heading east towards Angeles National Forest you will experience the amazing beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains while riding through their winding roads that rise up to 8000 ft (2438 m). Mt. Wilson offers fantastic views of the Los Angeles basin and on a clear day the beauty of Catalina Island rises over the Pacific. The changing altitudes and varying landscapes make this one of the most rewarding rides in California. After descending into the wide open plains of the Mojave desert you will reach the town of  Twentynine Palms where you’ll spend the night.

Day 2: Twentynine Palms to Palms Springs (126 miles / 203 Kilometers)

Joshua Tree National Park

Today you will head south and enter the famed Joshua Tree National Park, where you ride through colorful landscapes and amazing rock formations. A designated wilderness area, the park’s elevations range from 1,000 to 6,000 feet (305 to 1,829 m), which provides perfect viewpoints of the endless horizon and the peaceful beauty of the Mojave desert. At Keys View you will be able to take in the sweeping vistas stretching from the Salton Sea to the San Andreas Fault, the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. You move on to Palm Springs to spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the pool.

Day 3: Palm Springs to Los Angeles (185 Miles / 298 Kilometers)

Pines to Palms Highway and the Coachella Valley

The warm desert sun says good morning, as you are getting ready for day 3. Leaving Palm Springs you cross the San Jacinto Mountains via the legendary “Pines to Palms” Highway with its panoramic views across the Coachella Valley. After entering the lush landscape of San Bernardino National Forest you should take a break at beautiful Lake Hemet before continuing east. The highlight of the day is a spectacular, 28-mile stretch of non-stop s-curves, with an elevation change of over 4,000 feet.



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