What better way to explore the open roads of the US and Canada than on a motor bike? Imagine the curves in the Rocky Mountains, the long straight sections of Route 66, or biking the Big Sur on the Californian Coast. There are three ways to organise this. You can rent a motorcycle and head off on your own from any number of locations around America and a few in Canada. The range of bikes on offer is extraordinary; EagleRider offer 182 different motorcycles ranging from classic Harleys to trikes and Slingshots. You can follow a pre-planned route with all your accommodation arranged in advance for you. Self-drive tour packages include a late model motorcycle, hotel accommodations, a day-by-day itinerary with driving directions. Set routes have been carefully planned to guide you along the most scenic and attractive roads in the area or you can plan your own and still have the reassurance of a bed at the end of the day. The third, and the most popular, is to join a guided tour. These are great in that, not only are you riding with like minded people, but you will have the security of knowing that should there be a problem, your guide will sort it out for you; they will also sort out all the logistics leaving you free to enjoy yourself! Some hidden roads are easy to miss if you are riding on your own. On a guided tour, your guide will make sure to lead you along all the best riding stretches and also on certain tours like Route 66, uniquely you also have access to gated roads. There is a vast choice of routes both long and short, taking in all the must-visit places in America. Aside from the obvious Route 66, there is a 15 night holiday exploring the Wild West starting in Los Angeles and going inland as far as Monument Valley seeing the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Yosemite and San Francisco. You can go from coast to coast in 16 nights, enjoy a short on/off road adventure around Baja California, or perhaps my favourite: riding from Seattle up into the Canadian Rockies (Banff and Jasper) and then following the Continental Divide all the way south through Glacier National Park and Yellowstone finishing in Colorado. Harley-Davidson’s big 115th Anniversary is all planned for August 29 – September 2, 2018 in Milwaukee. The event is a call to all motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world to join in the grand, citywide celebration. The party is not just about a landmark anniversary of a brand that began in a wooden shed over 100 years but a chance for a great party attended by tens of thousands of motorcyclists. Judging by past events, there will be headliner music, racing, foods from around the world, museum tours, custom bike shows, marriage ceremony packages, bike parade (which drew 6,000 motorcyclists for the 110th), probably dancing and extreme camaraderie. The line-up has yet to be announced but at the 110th Anniversary the likes of Kid Rock, Aerosmith, ZZ Top and the Blue Oyster Cult were a few of the 28 headliner acts and 60 bands. To make the party even more special, EagleRider, the exclusive US provider of rental and tours for Harley-Davidson, have put together four amazing trips riding through some of the most iconic motorcycling destinations in the world, culminating in Milwaukee in time for the party. There will be plenty of celebrations along the way as each city along the route where there is a Harley-Davidson dealership is celebrating. The routes start in Portland, Maine, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale and San Diego. Sandra Potter is Founder of Frontier Travel. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.
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