The Great Getaway USA

The north-west of the USA is perfect for motorcyclists. Freedom is tangible along the Pacific coast.

Freedom is not just a word

Experience freedom: Pacific north-west
You’ll experience the American Way of Life in a very special way along the Pacific coast in the north-west of the USA. A tour of three states packed with fantastic experiences: along rugged coastlines and breathtaking mountain routes, you will experience traditional craftsmanship and the Mount Rainier National Park as well as the Mount St. Helen’s National Volcanic Monument. Typical barbecues and outdoor glamping are just as much part of the tour as is soaking up that urban feeling in Portland and Seattle. Cruise from one highlight to the next on a BMW R 18 and experience the perfect combination of vibrant cities and outdoor lifestyle in a relaxed way.

This is what is waiting for you

Discover the north-western United States on two wheels

You’ll experience the American Way of Life of the north-west between Washington and Oregon: for example, the breathtaking Mount Rainier volcano or on tours through ancient forests, wine-growing regions or along the fantastic coast. However, urban life is never far away: delve into the vibrant megacities of Seattle and Portland.

The perfect combination of motorcycling and enjoyment

Experience the ride of your life on a BMW R 18 with The Great Getaway. Relaxed cruising on breathtaking routes, combined with first-class accommodation, culinary experiences and a selection of excellent local activities create an overall experience you’ll never forget.

BMW Motorrad-certified tour guides

You are in the best hands of our BMW Motorrad-certified tour guides. They will guide you along carefully selected routes from one highlight to the next and ensure that you can enjoy the journey in a relaxed way.

Services included

  • 10 days support by our partner
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport shuttle on arrival and departure day
  • Catering with 3 meals per day
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages during the day
  • BMW Motorrad-certified tour guides
  • Support vehicle for technical support and luggage transport
  • BMW R 18
  • Petrol
  • Access to all activities on site
  • Welcome package

Alcoholic beverages, airline tickets, cancellation insurance and all services not listed above are not included.

     


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to Portland: We recommend booking a flight that arrives in the early part of the day. Settle in, get comfortable. You will have a welcome dinner with the group and our partner will introduce you to the upcoming tour.

Day 2

Urban Day Portland: You will go for a very nice ride around Portland to explore everything this great city has to offer. A scenic ride through the nearby Skyline boulevard followed by a visit to iconic Portland locations.

Day 3

Portland to Skamania: You leave Portland behind and ride through the scenic roads of the Columbia River Gorge and the historic Columbia River highway. You end the day at Skamania lodge and partake in some cool evening activities.

Day 4

Skamania to Crystal Sky Camp: An amazing day lies ahead of you as the group winds their way through the twisty roads of nearby Mt St Helens and towards the wonderful National Park of Mt Rainier. You spend the night on top of the mountains close to the stars with a bonfire and american style BBQ.

Day 5

Crystal Sky Camp to Suncadia: You leave the Mt Rainier national park behind and head towards the Yakima Valley and river. Hamburguers, shakes and fries are on the menu today at the world famous Twin Pines Burgers. You finish at Suncadia resort and everyone interested can go for a nice hike along the Cle Elum river.

Day 6

Suncadia to Seattle: You cross the Snoqualmie pass on the way to Seattle. You can’t ride through this area without stopping at Twede’s Cafe, before rolling into Seattle in the early afternoon to explore this wonderful city.

Day 7

Seattle to Long Beach: You start the day with a ferry crossing and head on over towards the coast. You stop at the impressive Tillamook creamery before making your way towards Long Beach. You will spend the night by the ocean.

Day 8

Long Beach to Salishan: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so the first stop on this ride will be the famous Pig 'n Pancake. Followed by a wonderful mix of forest covered roads and coastal riding. The destination of this day will be the Salishan Coast lodge.

Day 9

Salishan to Portland: Our last riding day will bring you back to the city through some of Portland’s most iconic motorcycle roads. Upon your arrival to Portland you will head out for a farewell dinner. After riding together for 8 days there will certainly be plenty of stories to share.

Day 10

Departure: Return home with unforgettable memories of Americana, motorcycles, friendships and so much more.

      

   

Motorcyclists riding one behind the other on a paved road

Frequently asked questions

How can I book a Fuel For Life experience?
  • Click the trip you are interested in
  • Find out about the details
  • Enter your details and booking preferences
  • We will then send a contact form to our operating partner who will contact you with the offer tailored to your requirements
Who organises The Great Getaway USA?

The Great Getaway is an offer provided by our partner Elephant Moto. The Fuel For Life partner independently organises the experience and offers it to participants on their own behalf. All information about this offer, including details on prices, has been provided by the Fuel For Life partner.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Elephant Moto’s team will be happy to help you with any questions you may have about The Great Getaway. Simply get in touch with them using our request form.

The Fuel For Life team will be happy to help you with any further questions you may have. You can reach us at: fuelforlife@bmw-motorrad.com

In which languages do you offer Fuel For Life Experiences?

English is spoken throughout The Great Getaway. Please contact our partner Elephant Moto for further information about the languages spoken by tour guides.

When will new dates be published?

We are constantly working to expand our range of Fuel For Life experiences for you. Consequently, we recommend you check regularly to discover new offers and more dates.

Can I put myself on the waiting list for an already fully booked tour?

You can still enquire about the desired travel dates via our contact form and our partner will let you know if you can be put on a waiting list or offer you possible alternatives.

Can certain requirements with regard to catering, allergies, etc. be taken into account?

Yes, of course. Simply include specifics in the contact form. 

Which physical or athletic demands must I meet?

Check the booking details for participant requirements. If you require further information or are unsure, the operating partner will be happy to advise you in more detail.

Can I participate with my own motorcycle?

Unfortunately not, but it gets better: a BMW R 18 or BMW R 18 Classic will be made available to you for the entire journey.

Logo of BMW Motorrad partner Elephant Moto

Organising partner

The Great Getaway is organised by BMW Motorrad partner Elephant Moto. 

Elephant Moto is a motorcycle travel provider in Colombia, Costa Rica and USA. When riding a motorcycle, the two owners Chris White and Mauricio Escobar focus on unforgettable memories and shared discoveries. That’s why their motto is “stories to tell for a lifetime”.

At The Great Getaway USA, you can count on Elephant Moto’s team to provide you with an unforgettable experience.

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