(ARIZONA – UTAH – WYOMING – MONTANA – SOUTH DAKOTA)
TOUR DATES: 14 – 29 July
DURATION: 16 days / 13 days bike hire – 2,690 Miles (4,330 km) ridden
PRICE: 7,000 / 2,900 Euro (Rider / Passenger)
Live the most exciting experience that America on the road may provide you with. How many times have you dreamt of going to see the places where the history of the West was written and Western films set? This is the theme of The Frontier Ride, the joining distant distinct lands, all equally significant in the parable of the conquest of the American frontier, with their breathtaking scenery and unforgettable views. From the cactus forests of Tucson to Tombstone where Wyatt Earp was the protagonist of the duel at the OK Corral to the red rocks of Monument Valley and the canyons of Utah (the scene of some of the most beautiful Westerns made by Hollywood). Not forgetting the great plains of Lakota, between Wyoming and South Dakota, where Dances With Wolves was shot, travelling through to Yellowstone and Little Big Horn, where the massacre of General Custer’s Seventh Cavalry took place. Black Hills with Mount Rushmore Presidents and Custer Park buffalo come right at the end of our long and extraordinary The Frontier Ride through the legend of the American West..
|14 July||Flight from Europe to Phoenix||–––||Phoenix|
|15 July||Phoenix – Bike hire / Tucson||160 Mi – 260 Km||Tucson|
|16 July||Tuscon / Tombstone||110 Mi – 175 Km||Tombstone|
|17 July||Tombstone / Holbrook||310 Mi – 500 Km||Holbrook|
|18 July||Holbrook / Monument Valley||280 Mi – 450 Km||Monument Valley|
|19 July||Monument Valley / Kanab||240 Mi – 390 Km||Kanab|
|20 July||Kanab / Bryce Canyon / Hanksville||230 Mi – 370 Km||Bryce Canyon|
|21 July||Hanksville / Salt lake City||230 Mi – 370 Km||Salt Lake City|
|22 July||Salt Lake City / Jackson||180 Mi – 290 Km||Jackson|
|23 July||Jackson / Yellowstone / Cody||190 Mi – 305 Km||Cody|
|24 July||Cody / Little Big Horn / Buffalo||270 Mi – 435 Km||Buffalo|
|25 July||Buffalo / Devil’s Tower / Rapid City||220 Mi – 355 Km||Rapid City|
|26 July||Rapid City / Mount Rushmore / Custer Park||100 Mi – 160 Km||Rapid City|
|27 July||Rapid City / Badlands / Rapid City – bike return||170 Mi – 275 Km||Rapid City|
|28 July||Return flight from Rapid City to Europe||–––||–––|
|29 July||Arrival in Europe||–––||–––|
Days shown in bold are with bike hire
THE TOUR DAY-BY-DAY
DAY 1 • Getting to PhoenixParticipants arrive in Phoenix. Accommodation in hotel at Scottsdale, dinner and then it's time to start the preparations for the day after...
DAY 2 • Saguaro and the DesertAfter collecting the bikes from Harley-Davidson® of Scottsdale, the tour starts heading down south to reach Tucson, surrounded by saguaro we must be in the Wild West… And the setting is perfect Old West one... .
DAY 3 • The Legend of the OK CorralAfter leaving Tucson, one of the icons of the Wild Frontier awaits us: Tombstone, the site of the infamous duel at the OK Corral, which had Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday as the protagonists. Everyday a re-enactment of the famous fight is staged, to the delight of hundreds of spectators. The saloon and the frontier flavour of Tombstone surround us for the evening.
DAY 4 • From Cowboys to IndiansThe next day, a different scenario. The wonderful Apache territories make today's background for the tour, reminding us of the famous stories by the great chief Geronimo. We end the day in Holbrook on Route 66 in a very native American atmosphere...
DAY 5 • John Wayne's ValleyWe leave Holbrook and visit the spectacular Canyon De Chelly, site of the massacre of the Navajo by the troops of General Kit Carson and also the setting for the film MacKenna's Gold. We finish our day at the symbol of the West and Western cinema: Monument Valley. Countless films hae been shot here, some of which made John Wayne an immortal icon. It's to this start that we dedicate the evening to the sacred land of the Navajo.
DAY 6 • Welcome to Little HollywoodLeaving Monument Valley the road never ceases to amaze, alternating between red rocks and scenery which takes your breath away, from Lake Powel to Marble Canyon. The road fills us with emotion and leads us to Kanab, renamed Little Hollywood because of the amount of films shot in the area. The decor of Parry Lodge welcomes us as it has done to many Hollywood stars before us. An inevitable stop in our tour to conquest the West...
DAY 7 • Heading to Zion and BryceLeaving the quiet atmosphere of Kanab, the landscape features one of the more evocative spectacles of the region. The spectacle offered by the amphitheater of Bryce Canyon is unique and unrepeatable. After Bryce Canyon we travel on Highway 12, one of the most spectacular roads in the United States. A paradise for bikers, made up of views, vistas and vantage points which take your breath away. We then ride through truly some of the most stunning natural scenery in Utah, the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monumnet and Capitol Reef are among the most celebrated ones.
DAY 8 • At the Mormon's placeFrom the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado Plateau the road continues north through grasslands and forests until we reach Salt Lake City. A stop which transports us to the town of the Mormons, a peaceful and orderly community which hosts the group for the evening and night.
DAY 9 • From Salt Lake City to JacksonThe journey continues, made up of scenarios that go from the red rocks of the canyons to the green of the forests and mountain slopes. We are heading north to the culmination of this stage and to Jackson, where the Old West is still alive and where scenes from Dances With Wolves were filmed. A visit to Jackson Hole Harley-Davidson® and then time to relax before spending the evening in the motorcyclist den...
DAY 10 • From Mustangs to Buffalo BillIn leaving Jackson our route points us again to the north, across the plains of the Mustangs and the spectacular scenery of Grand Teton National Park and the fantastic Yellowstone Park, the first national park in America (created in 1872). Nature at its most spectacular surrounds visitors, including geysers, gorges, lakes and waterfalls. A day full of nature our final stop of the day is in the picturesque town of Cody, the home of Buffalo Bill and his Old West show.
DAY 11 • Custer's massacreThe tour continues to the great plains of the north, those of the most famous battles of the West. We cross into Montana to visit the Little Bighorn where General Custer and the 7th Cavalry were massacred by the Lakota tribe. We spend the night in Buffalo.
DAY 12 • From Devil's Tower to the Black HillsToday takes the group from Wyoming to South Dakota and the beautiful natural scenery of the Black Hills. Along the way, we can't miss the stop at Devil's Tower, made famous by Spielberg's movie, and at Sturgis, home of the biggest motorcycle rally. A few miles and we get to Rapid City, end of the stage.
DAY 13 • Presidents and wild buffaloAfter leaving Rapid City, we stop to see the heads of the Presidents at Mount Rushmore. But let's not forget Custer Park and it's wildlife. These are the lands in which we see a strong Indian spirit, the same spirit that inspired Dances with Wolves. Then it's Rapid City again for the evening.
DAY 14 • The Badlands of Sioux NationThe final stage of the tour takes participants east of Rapid City to the Badlands National Park, one of the most fascinating regions in the South Dakota territory. So we ride through a series of lunar rock formations rising from the deep green of the prairies. Then, a must-see stop at Wall Drug store before getting back to Rapid City to drop the bikes at Black Hills Harley-Davidson® for the end of the tour.
DAYS 15 / 16 • Participants fly back to Europe and get to their final destination. End of the tour.
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Images and music are the property of Coast2Coast Communication – All rights reserved. Music by Steve Anderlini / Lead Guitar by Bob Lonardi