Highlights of our self-guided Yellowstone and Glacier Harley Tour:
- Spouting Geysers and Fumaroles in Yosemite National Park
- Riding the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park
- Hell’s Canyon
- Jackson Wyoming and other authentic Old West towns
- Grand Teton National Park
- The open road in Big Sky Montana
- Twisties in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains
The Yellowstone and Glacier motorcycle tour will allow you to experience the old west from the seat of your Harley Davidson. Yellowstone, with its spouting geysers, boiling pools, and bubbling mud pits, has half of all the geothermal activity in the world. It’s an eco-paradise for roaming bison, bear, moose and wolves, many of which you will see from the seat of your motorcycle. American motorcyclists might tell you that riding the Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier National Park is the best ride in North America, with its sharp switchbacks up mountainsides overlooking wide glaciated mountain vistas. Touring Idaho and Montana is sunny and dry, and you’ll go through authentically restored old west towns, desert outcroppings, colorful canyons, and snow-dusted mountains
Day 1: Arrival in Seattle, Washington, USA
We’ll pick you up at the airport and deliver you to your hotel. Later that day, you’ll get a chance to check out your motorcycle and go over your tour itinerary. We’ll have dinner at a traditional Western-style American Bar-B-Que restaurant, before taking you back to your comfortable hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Day 2: Seattle to Hood River, Oregon
You’ll leave Seattle and wind your way up Mount Saint Helens, an enormous active volcano which erupted in 1980 and is still steaming. Then you’ll head down through the Cascade Mountains to ride along the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, an 80 mile canyon filled with towering rock formations and housing the mighty Columbia River.
Day 3: Hood River to Baker City
Motorcyclists love riding the route overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, stopping at picturesque viewpoints along the canyon. Eventually, you’ll turn south, passing through authentic Old West towns and terrain. From here on, the towns show a history of the Oregon Trail, the path the pioneers who moved West across the country forged.
Day 4: Baker City to McCall, Idaho
Hell’s Canyon, a 10 mile canyon carved by the Snake River and overlooked by the Seven Devil’s mountain range, is the destination today. Hell’s Canyon is the site of a motorcycle rally which draws thousands of riders every June who come to ride The Devil’s Tail. The roads through the mountains in Idaho are empty and full of curves. Tonight we stop in McCall, a great mountain town on the shores of Lake Payette.
Day 5: McCall to Sun Valley
You’ll continue to ride the curves through Central Idaho’s Rocky Mountains, skirting the cliffs, to Stanley at the base of the jagged and snow-dusted Sawtooth Range. From there it’s more fun riding to the pretty town of Ketchum, the base for the world class ski resort town of Sun Valley.
Day 6: Sun Valley to Jackson, Wyoming
Today you’ll pass Craters of the Moon National Monument, a vast stretch of black lava flows which blanket part of the route. Then you’ll climb the mountains into the Bridger-Teton National Forest to end the day in the awesome cowboy town of Jackson, Wyoming, the gateway to the Grand Teton National Park.
Day 7: Jackson to Yellowstone National Park
The road from Jackson into the valley of the Grand Tetons, with their jagged peaks towering over tranquil Jackson Lake, is fantastic. Then it’s onward into Yellowstone, with its geysers, bubbling pools, waterfalls, meadows, animals, and wetlands. You’ll stop the bike a lot to just stare in wonder. Tonight you stay in Yellowstone.
Day 8: Rest Day in Yellowstone National Park
There are 200 spouters in a 1.5 mile area, including Old Faithful which sends 8000 gallons of water 180 ft into the air every 90 minutes. Head to the colorful Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, stopping to walk the boardwalks around the bubbling mud pits and boiling hot pools. You’ll stop to view passing buffalo on the road or a moose marching through a meadow. You can spend all day out and about, and it will barely be enough time.
Day 9: Yellowstone to Glacier National Park
Today you enter Montana, known as “Big Sky Country” for its vast expanse of blue sky as seen from its wide-open golden valleys between towering Rocky Mountain peaks. Picturesque along every stretch, the riding here is about the natural scenery. Ranches and rivers, quant old towns, and glaciated mountains make Montana on a motorcycle special.
Day 10: Rest Day in Glacier National Park
The must-do ride today is the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 50 mile long switch backed, cliff-hugger, up the mountains and over the Continental Divide, with stunning views of the glaciers and peaks from every side. One of the best motorcycle rides in North America, you’ll share the road with mountain goats and big horn sheep, and have lots of places to pull out for pictures.
Day 11: Glacier National Park to Republic, WA
Today there’s some curvy riding through the Kootenay Mountains into Idaho again. We’ll stop at scenic Lake Pend Orielle and Kootenai Falls, then continue the curves into the Selkirk Range. This part of Idaho is practically uninhabited, so you’ll have the mountain roads to yourself. Then it’s a desert valley ride to the Old West Town of Republic.
Day 12: Republic to Winthrop
Ride through the sunny pine forests of the foothills of the Cascade Mountains to the Old West town of Winthrop. Stroll the main street, eat lunch and have a beer at one of the many frontier saloons. Winthrop is a popular destination for Harley riders and the bikes will be parked up and down the street. If you get a table outside, you can watch them roar through town.
Day 13: Winthrop to Seattle
More mountain curves await your riding today, as you ascend into North Cascades National Park. Today’s route passes through the most remote peaks and lakes of the park. A few horseshoe bends get you through, then you’ll make for Seattle via the back roads through small towns and farmland.
Day 14: Depart from Seattle
Today you can relax or explore the sights of Seattle, including Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Or if your flight leaves today, we’ll bid you a fond farewell and take you to the airport.
- 2013 Harley Davidson Road King FLHR with lockable hard luggage cases and rear luggage rack.
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure (if you arrive and depart on your tour start and end day).
- Garmin Zumo GPS.
- Marked map.
- Detailed route booklet with ride information, sights along the way, and best restaurants to stop at.
- First night dinner and orientation.
- Rescue and recovery service.
- Unlimited mileage.
- Luggage storage.