SUPERLATIVE LAS VEGAS: MOTORBIKE TRIP OF A FANTASTIC KIND
Riding a motorbike along Las Vegas Strip is like a mini world tour. The famous infamous strip in the desert is lined with casinos and superlative hotels. The Luxor Hotel and Casino with its sphinx and pyramid entices you to make a stop-off in ancient Egypt. At the Las Vegas Paris you drive past a copy of the Eiffel Tower, while the Venetian has transported Venice to the USA: Instead of a pool there is a canal with gondoliers. But don’t worry, if you hire a motorbike in Sin City, you can simply decide to head the bike out of town, leave the neon and take in the luminous landscapes at your leisure.
RED ROCK CANYON: DESERT FOR BEGINNERS
Do you want to escape from Las Vegas and discover the desert? Then Red Rock Canyon some 27kilometres to the west in the middle of the Mojave Desert awaits you. The scenic loop ride leads you 20 kilometres through this national conservation area famous for its towering red sandstone peaks. The panorama road features a number of picnic stop-offs and viewpoints. For bikers the ride through the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area only costs three dollars.
DEATH VALLEY: DESERT FOR PROS
If you plan to ride through Death Valley you must love challenges. The moist winds from the Pacific simply don’t get here. Death Valley is one of the driest and hottest places on the planet. Yet, amazingly, there is life – you ride past agaves, yuccas and pine trees. You might even come across coyotes, mule deer or pumas. Death Valley National Park is home to more than 1,000 plants as well as extremely adaptable mammals, birds and reptiles. Which is hard to believe when you experience the dryness. Cruise along the meandering highway in the Mojave Desert. Marvel at the changing sunlit colours of the canyons, volcanic craters, a salt lake, sand dunes and majestic mountains. Stop off at the bizarre ghost town of Rhyolite at the entrance to the park. Rhyolite is an abandoned gold digger town and a favourite backdrop for film makers. A ride through the unforgettable Death Valley is worth the effort – but only with a full tank and four litres of water a day!