California Trip Planning...
Late May-early June 16-day trip to California is in the planning stages right now. Comments and recommendations would be appreciated. See map links below.
Route takes us from the US border down through WA, OR and into California to the Golden Gate Bridge. The return route stays well east of the I5.
Any suggestions or advice re route modifications, “must see” places, eateries, campgrounds, and decent budget motels for really wet nights?
Thanks to those of you who have already posted trip reports on various parts of our intended route. We've had a good time reading them and seeing the pics.
Canada / US Border to Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge to Canada / US Border
Once you hit Leggett in Cali go to the Red Wood forest and take a pic going through the tree on your bike. When you see it you'll be amazed. After that take the 101 to the coast and hold on for dear life the road is the best twisties i've seen ever. The view is amazing and the 101 will take you all the way to Golden Gate Bridge.
buy yourself the Destination Highway Northern California book - it'll be well worth the bucks it costs.
Actually, the best twisties you will ever see on this route will be hwy 36 and hwy 299, especially because there won't be any cars on them. Route looks great, wouldn't change a thing, except I would probably skip San Francisco and play around North of Sacramento and explore
Originally Posted by armchairgm
- 36 West out of Red Bluff
- 299 West out of Redding
- Stay a night in Chico, CA at the Thunderbird motel downtown (remodeled Motel 6 style motel, but kind of funky, and its stumbling distance to the all girls college bars)
- 32 Northeast out of Chico to 89, around Lake Almanor, then 70 Southwest back to Chico. This is an amazing 1 day loop that follows rivers and its just endless, and I mean ENDLESS twisties, no cars, and billiard table smooth road.
looks like you've been doing your research! good routes...
1. if you think you have the time, it's possible to make a very enjoyable route to Eugene by staying west of I5. Scooter and I rode most of this going to and from Cannon Beach last May. it's posted at
with a map of the rather complicated Hood Canal to Columbia R section at
then west to Clatskanie, then south on 47 (superb!)
2. on your way back north, divert east from Redmond OR into the John Day country in NE Oregon for a couple days. the riding around Fossil, Spray, John Day, Heppner, Ukiah, etc is wonderful - lotsa open, dry, grassy, deserted country full of empty, well-paved twistiness. and the tiny towns are entertaining, to say the least...
again, there's a TR at:
16 days: I envy you!
this looks amazing, i might have to copy your route! im planning a trip end of may myself and this looks perfect
Looks good. CDG and doser both have great suggestions for tweaks to your overall route. I'd avoid Hwy 97 as much as possible.