A sunny day on the Pacific Coast Highway, with a hillside along the ocean.

5 West Coast Motorcycle Rides that will Change Your Life


Break out your bike, the warm summer season is finally here. There are so many incredible bike routes all across the country, but the California Coast definitely takes the cake. We did the research and are breaking down the best routes and where to eat, drink and stay while you’re there. Make the most of your summer with these rides to remember.

Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway - Map of Motorcycle Route

Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most well known scenic drives in the world and stretches from the Oregon border all the way to San Diego. Whether you’re looking to ride the entire thing or just a portion, there will be no shortage of sights and views along the way. Pro Tip: Start your trip in Santa Cruz and head north towards San Francisco to ride across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. 

Length: 655 miles

Where to Eat: If you start in Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Flying Fish Bar & Grill is an incredible lunch option where you can enjoy tacos, salads, sandwiches and more. 

Where to Stay: Carmel by the Sea, just adjacent to Monterey, is the ideal place for an overnight stay. The Carmel Country Inn is a charming bed and breakfast in the heart of Carmel. The Inn is motorcycle friendly, pet-friendly and offers a generous daily breakfast buffet.

Palomar Mountain Loop

Palomar Mountain Loop - Motorcycle Route

To start, find route 76 near I-15 about 15 miles north of Escondido, CA. The route starts nearly 21 miles east of the freeway. If you follow the road, you’ll discover an extremely diverse ride with panoramic views of the beautiful Palomar Mountain. Beware! Although the scenery is incredible, make sure to keep your eyes on the road. This route is said to be one of the most technical Motorcycle Rides in Southern California.

Length: 30 miles

Where to Eat: Mother’s Kitchen Restaurant is a must stop! The menu is full of comfort food and breakfast favorites and you’re guaranteed to run into friendly fellow motorcyclists hanging out, trading stories and having a good time.

Where to Stay: Looking to stay the night in Palomar Mountain? The rustic Bailey’s Palomar Resort or more lavish Pala Casino Resort and Spa are both perfect spots for a good night’s rest.

Highway 74

Highway 74 Motorcycle Route Map

If you ride east on Highway 74 to Indian Wells, CA an easy 50-mile journey awaits you. You’ll start your cruise surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest and suddenly transition into the dry, desert brush. Riders love the climbing altitudes and the twists and turns of the roads of this barren landscape.

Length: 50 miles

Where to Eat: Halfway through the trip, grab breakfast, lunch or dinner in the mountains at Paradise Valley Café on Highway 74. There are plenty of activities and attractions nearby, so this is a great place to stop.

Where to Stay: Indian Wells Resort Hotel is a boutique style hotel that offers contemporary luxury hotel accommodations at a reasonable price. Enjoy dining, entertainment and amenities after a long day on the road.

Angeles Crest Highway

Angeles Crest Highway Motorcycle Route Map

Welcome to one of the most scenic mountain roads in California. Stretching 66 miles through the Angeles National Forest, this scenic bypass is an adventure seeker’s dream.

Length: 66 miles

Where to Eat: With views of the San Gabriel Mountains, Newcomb’s Ranch Restaurant & Bar is a great casual restaurant & bar to stop for a bite to eat, a glass of wine or a local-brewed beer. Bikers flock to this spot since it’s open 7 days a week.Where to Stay: After riding through the spectacular mountains kick up your feet at Canyon Creek Inn. This lodge-style quaint motel is nestled in Wrightwood, CA.

Where to Stay: After riding through the spectacular mountains kick up your feet at Canyon Creek Inn. This lodge-style quaint motel is nestled in Wrightwood, CA.

Redwood Ride

Redwood Ride Motorcycle Route Map

Every inch of this ride is absolutely breathtaking. If you’re looking to be surrounded by Redwood trees, gorgeous green forests, and creeks then Redwood Ride is your next West Coast ride.  

Length: 123 miles

Where to Eat: Plan ahead! The stretch between Legget and Hardy is completely barren. The Redwood Ride will take you through Fort Bragg where you can indulge in delicious California Cuisine at Café One or casual fine dining at Cucina Verona.

Where to Stay: If you’re looking to stay the night Beach House Inn is your next ocean getaway. Enjoy the beautiful California North Coast at this affordable lodging accommodation.

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