Looping western national Parks

Discussion in 'Americas' started by mrjones, Oct 3, 2017.

  1. mrjones

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    HI am planning a trip in mid may, starting in either San Fran or Vancouver, depending on rental or bring my own from Europe, to Grand Canyon, to Jackson, Yellowstone, Bend then the coast and Highway 1 down to San Fran. Planning on 3 weeks with some resting days ie sightseeing. My questions are which routes, to go, what not to miss, timing of trip, camping or hotel/motels, which rental company to use, anybody brought a bike over by air, experiences etc. etc.

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    /Loren
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  2. holckster

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  4. bikerfish

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    can't help you with the bike rental, but I'm sure there are plenty of places to choose from. I will caution you about traveling the mountain west in mid may, if this coming winter is anything like last winter, you will most likely find high mountain passes still snowed in, so be prepared to change your route as needed. That said, it's a great time to travel, especially in the southwest, school is still in, people aren't on summer holiday yet, so you won't have such big crowds to deal with. Good luck with your trip, lots of awesome things to see out there!!
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  5. Sjoerd Bakker

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    If you have only three weeks and want to travel on your own itinerary in USA and Canada for three weeks I think a talk with Tuckers would be a good idea. Buying from him and selling back a bike would set you up for a fast start and easy resolution at end . LA would be the ideal place to start as it is an easy ride to Las Vegas , Grand Cayon etc .
    Buying form Tuckers would certainly be much less costly and NO trouble as compared to shipping a bike in from Europe, and most likely cost less in the end than renting .
    Rentals seem to be geared to folk with big budgets willing to stick to the region and hotels specified with not too many free flow days to do or go as or where you please .
    If you get to British Columbia be sure to ride the Trans Canada up through the Fraser River Canyon and do ride the Okanagan Valley . May have time to hit Banff and then south through Alberta south from Calgary back to the US
    Dodge the really high passes , or just check locally before trying any .
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  6. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    I am currently in Northern California heading down hwy 101 and hwy 1 having flown my bike from London to Vancouver with air Canada. It is simple and easy to fly the bike with no time lost as I flew in and rode away on it but price depends on whether air Canada repeat their deal next year and for three weeks the idea for renting or buy back could be better.
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  7. froger

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    Idaho's Sawtooth mountains and Hells canyon are on the way to 101, If it's Bend Oregon your talking about. But like Yellowstone, their going to be damned cold on a bike that time of year. Oregon might be nice, or it could rain buckets, specially on the coast. Keep a low elevation plan B handy while your in the mountains.
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  8. High Country Herb

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    You could probably include some of southern Utah between Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. Monument Valley, Moki Dugway, Bryce Canyon.

    While at Yellowstone, also check out the Grand Tetons. There is a gondola to the top that allows a great view.
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  9. Hueyflyer61

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    Avoid Idaho that time of year. If its not snowing/raining the wind will get you! You may sneak into Yellowstone from the southern Grand Tetons route but its touch and go. Even the North Rim of the Canyon can still and likely be closed during that time. This is in the Sawtooth area and you will be hard pressed to get there on a bike during your time here. Enjoy your trip and remember that what you can do and expect in the PNW is not the same as where your at now. IMG_20170720_120922617_HDR.jpg IMG_20170720_115948986_HDR.jpg
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    Check out The Lost Coast.
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