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Travels with Harley has been happily telling all who will listen about great Harley Davidson day trips, weekend trips and trips that may take a week or two. Travels with Harley has also shown you some of the best biker bars in the United States, and now that spring is around the corner, Travels with Harley wanted to share some more biker bars that we haven’t told you about before.

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As you all know, Travels with Harley can’t get enough of Cooks Corner in Trabuco Canyon in Southern California, but there are plenty of other biker bars in the sunshine state that you can visit this weekend.

California has had one of the warmest February’s on record, and if that is any indication of what March will be like, Travels with Harley suggests that you get on your bike and ride with some great additions to our last Travels with Harley Best Biker Bars in California blog.

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Hit the road and head up to Big Bear. Regardless of what route you take, either the 330, the 38 or Highway 18 out of Lucerne, you will get your fair share of twists and turns. Once you hit the mountain head over to Murray’s Saloon and Eatery. A local favorite, Murray’s has a nice selection of craft beers on tap and a menu that will make it tough to decide what to sink your teeth into. Located at 672 Cottage Lane, Murray’s Saloon and Eatery is one place that you will not want to miss.


Travels with Harley has enjoyed its fair share of biker bars in California, but has never had the pleasure of tucking into a great meal at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas.

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The Sagebrush Cantina has what some biker enthusiasts say is the best brunch in the state. For just $29.95 per person, you can enjoy crab legs, shrimp, and bottomless champagne. With live music and plenty of atmosphere, you will want to check this place out. The bike corral is secure making the Sagebrush Cantina the perfect stop if you are heading from the Pacific Coast Highway up to Mulholland Highway to Old Topanga.

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Hell’s Kitchen is an infamous biker bar and restaurant in California and another on the Travels with Harley bucket list. Located at 32685 Ortega Highway in Lake Elsinore, Hell’s Kitchen has a full bar, with handcrafted Bloody Marys, and indoor and outdoor dining. With plenty of bike parking, Hell’s Kitchen has a full menu featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tuck into an extreme burrito, or drop by for a tri-tip or hot pastrami sandwich. Oh, and don’t forget to tell the proprietors that Travels with Harley sent you!

Harley Davidson Day Trip Out of Las Vegas

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The best Harley Davidson Day Trip is a spontaneous one. However, some Harley Davidson Day Trips are best planned in advance.

Everyone loves Las Vegas, for obvious reasons, but most people have no idea that the City of Sin has some great Harley Davidson Day Trips.

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon is about an hour’s drive just west of Las Vegas. The 13-mile Harley Davidson Day Trip loop offers plenty of well-maintained pavement with lots of overlooks, vistas, and sightseeing. If you are short on time, check out the Calico Vista Point when you head out for this Harley Davidson Day Trip.

Valley of Fire

Nevada’s oldest state park is also a great place to head out for a Harley Davidson Day Trip. The Valley of Fire State Park was dedicated back in 1935 is just 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Mt. Charleston Lodge


The Mount Charleston Loop is another great Harley Davidson Day Trip that you will love. Just take Highway 95 out of Las Vegas where you will ride through Lee and Kyle Canyon. The roads are very well maintained with plenty of twists and turns that will take you up and back down the mountain. Best fill up before you go, and don’t forget to stop for a bite at the Mount Charleston Lodge for an Angus burger and fried cheesecake for dessert.

Death Valley

More than a Harley Davidson Day Trip, the Death Valley Run is spectacular, especially during the spring. This year promises to be one of the best in decades when it comes to the wildflowers that have been eluding the area for a few years. The 161-mile trip offers some of the best scenery in the world with wrinkled and rugged mountains towering over the gorgeous cavalcade of spring flowers.

Furnace Creek Resort

Although quite desolate with very few amenities, Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells do have a general store and a gas station. You can enjoy a meal at the Toll House restaurant or quench your thirst at the Badwater Saloon. Death Valley really is a must for anyone, but especially if you are looking for a great Harley Davidson Day Trip.

If you are heading to Las Vegas, take your bike and enjoy a Harley Davidson Day Trip. Jim and I plan on it if the weather ever starts to improve.

Three California Motorcycle Day Trips this Winter

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The weather is wrecking havoc all over the country, and isn’t the best for motorcycle day trips. However, California has the warmest temperatures on record for February, and if you are lucky enough to live in California there are some awesome motorcycle day trips that you can enjoy.

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There is still quite a bit of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains, so if you are thinking about motorcycle day trips you may want to stick to central and southern California where you can enjoy the twists and turns that California is famous for when it comes to motorcycle day trips.

The Miners Diner

The Montezuma Valley Road from Ranchita to Borrego Springs motorcycle ride is a Southern California favorite when it comes to motorcycle day trips. The road has some drop offs and can be very steep reaching to an elevation of just over 3000 feet. The road leads you into the town of Julian where you will find plenty of places to eat including The Miners Diner that has some of the best specialty sandwiches in the area. If you live or plan to visit San Diego this is one of the best motorcycle day trips that you will find.

Cucina Italiana

Another great example of motorcycle day trips in California is one that you will not want to miss. The CA 121 Napa to Winters ride is for serious enthusiasts. As you take off from Napa, the road takes you up the hills towards Lake Berryessa. With the never-ending curves and smooth pavement the 121 is like an E-ticket ride at Disneyland. Stop for a bite at Cucina Italiana at Lake Berryessa in Napa, which is one of the best Italian restaurants in the area.

Paradise Valley Cafe

Highway 74 takes you from Hemet to Indian Wells and is an awesome example of motorcycle day trips. As you head towards the top, you will experience lots of twisty corners before straightening out. Once you start descending into the Coachella Valley, you will experience more twists and turns. Although there are not many amenities, make sure you gas up before you go; there are quite a few hiking trails and campsites. If you want to stop for a bite to eat, try the Paradise Valley Café, which is located at the intersection of Highway 371 and Highway 74. This great café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has something for everyone including burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Drop in for breakfast and enjoy a breakfast beer and some of the best biscuits and gravy that you will ever have.

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When it comes to motorcycle day trips, it doesn’t get much better than California. I know if Jim and I were in my home state, we would be enjoying one right now!

Harley Davidson and Valentine’s Day

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If you are looking for something fun and unique to do this Valentine’s Day weekend, why don’t you take your Harley Davidson out for a spin? Even if you don’t have a Valentine and avoid the day like the plague, you can still enjoy yourself and your Harley Davidson.

Lake Erie Harley Davidson

Lake Erie Harley Davidson is holding a Battle of the Biker Blood Drive this coming Saturday the 13th of February. Located at 38401 Chester Road in Avon, Ohio this event starts at 11:00 am and runs until 4:00 pm. This event is the perfect time to shop for Harley Davidson Valentine’s Day gifts while giving blood at the same time.

Harley Davidson Museum

If you are in or around the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, WI enjoy a multi-course dinner at the MOTOR Bar and Restaurant. Each course includes locally crafted beers, spirits, and great food. Tickets are just $59.95 with reservations highly recommended. Museum tickets are not included, but if you are a H.O.G. member you can see the Museum for free with the purchase of your dinner ticket. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Adam Smiths Harley Davidson

The Adam Smith’s Lumberjack Harley Davidson dealership at 2518 N.W. Stallings in Nacogdoches, TX is having a Sweetest Couple Contest. The event starts at 10:00 am and runs until 2:00 pm. So how can you become the sweetest couple? All you have to do is visit every department in the dealership and attempt to, “Sweet-talk,” your way to the $250.00 gift card. Judges will remain anonymous so make sure that you are sweet to everyone. Chocolate dipped strawberries and mock-tails will also be served.


Head over to Mathews Harley Davidson in Fresno, CA if you are itching to get on your bike and ride. The Craw-daddy Lunch Ride takes place at 555. N. Abbey St. in Fresno on Valentine’s Day and starts at 9:00 am, with kickstands up at 9:30 am.

Bruce Rossmeyer's Harley Davidson

Renew your vows on your motorcycle this Sunday February 14th at Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley Davidson in Ormond Beach, FL. Located at 1637 this Valentine’s Day event starts at noon. For more information be sure and check out the Bruce Rossmeyer’s website.

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This Valentine’s Day celebrate with the one you love, or with your Harley Davidson. I know that Jim and I plan to. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Motorcycle Riding and Much More

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Motorcycle riding in the winter can be fun, especially if you are riding with a big group, or have a trip planned that you have never done before. Jim and I enjoy motorcycle riding with our friends, but are always interested in finding out what else is happening with the other HOG chapters, especially during February. However, if the weather we have had is any indication of what the rest of the month is going to be like, you just may want to head over to an indoor H.O.G. event instead of venturing out with the brave on a motorcycle ride.

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Lone Wolf Harley Davidson always has lots of motorcycle riding events, and if you are a member of the Harley Davidson Owners Group head over to Lone Wolf for its annual pizza party. The event starts at 6:00 pm with free pizza for members. Located at 19011 E. Cataldo St. in Spokane it promises to be a great evening for all Lone Wolf registered H.O.G. riders.

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Thursday February 4th is a great night for a fun event if you are anywhere near Adam Smith’s Texas Harley Davidson. The Masquerade Bike Night runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and offers guests live music, a bead toss for prizes, cold beer, and Cajun food for purchase. Get ready to party and don’t forget your costumes for the contest. Located at 1921 Shoalmont Road in Belford, TX this is something that you will not want to miss.

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Barbs Harley Davidson always has great rides and events, and this coming Friday night isn’t any different. February 5 is the annual Wing Bowl held the Friday before the Super Bowl. The Wing Bowl is located at Barbs Harley Davidson 3601 S. Broad St. in Philadelphia, PA.

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Dillon Brothers Harley Davidson in Omaha, NE is gearing up for a great event this coming Saturday, February 6. Starting at 10:00 am and running until 4:00 pm the Cabin Fever Poker Run is an in-store poker run featuring parking lot games, calendar girls, food on the grill and ice cold beverages. Who knows, you might get lucky and win a prize or two.

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It’s a busy weekend for Harley Davidson and motorcycle riding in general with too many events to list happening this coming Saturday February 6, however, some that you will not want to miss include the 25th annual H.O.G. Chili Cook-off and Service Seminars at Silver Eagle Harley Davidson, 4022 Sergeant Road in Waterloo, IA. This annual fundraising event starts at 10:00 am with proceeds going to the Girl and Boy Scouts of America.

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Another must attend motorcycle riding event happens on Saturday February 6 and is sponsored by the Harley Davidson of Dallas. The Panther Creek Sweetheart Ride starts at 10:30 and is located at 304 Central Expressway S. in Allen Texas. This closed Panther Creek H.O.G. Members only ride is a must if you want to ride with your sweetheart.

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Of course, there are plenty more motorcycle rides and events to enjoy. All you have to do is check out the Harley Davidson website for more information.