Biketoberfest & East Coast Blues Tour

16 days
Difficulty Level
4200 km

Biketoberfest & East Coast Blues Tour

Embark on an unforgettable 16-day tour along the US Historic East Coast, delving into the heart of the legendary Blues Route & Smoky Mountains, culminating in a spectacular finale at Biketoberfest in Daytona “Biker” Beach. This journey invites you to ride along the enchanting Blue Ridge Parkway, celebrated as the US’s #2 best motorcycle road, tackle the challenging Tail of the Dragon, ranked #3, and traverse the Cherohala Scenic Skyway, ranked #7, among other thrilling routes like the Devil’s Triangle and Diamondback, showcasing the best back roads in the US.

In addition to the exhilarating rides, we’ll immerse ourselves in the legendary Blues District, experiencing the vibrant cultures of New Orleans, the historic charm of Memphis including Elvis’ Graceland, and tracing the roots of blues music along Highway 61.

Our adventure reaches its peak with two days at the world-famous Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach, where we’ll join the vibrant festivities and cruise down the iconic Main Street. This tour is not just a ride; it’s a journey through the heart of America’s musical and motorcycling heritage, promising an experience filled with thrilling roads, cultural exploration, and unforgettable memories.


Motorcycle/Car rental w/unlimited milage
1st choice vehicle model class
Shared room in biker-friendly hotels
Continental breakfast at most hotels
Entrance fees Nat. parks
Welcome meeting
Multi-lingual Tour leader
Transport to rental company
Support van w/ luggage
State min. SLI insurance
Loss damage Waiver
Half-shell helmet
Tour PDF w/route description.
Pictures from the tour
NOT Included
Optional attractions
Vehicle model guarantee
Security deposit for LDW
Food and beverages
LDW Zero & insurance upgrades
Anything not listed in “Included” above



Day 1: Arrival Orlando, Florida

Upon the arrival of all tour participants, we convene for a warm welcome and refreshments, initiating our journey with friendly introductions. The evening is dedicated to fostering connections among us, as we engage in a program designed to help us get to know one another. Culminating in a communal dinner, we embrace the spirit of camaraderie, dining together in true American style, setting the tone for a journey filled with shared experiences and discoveries. This initial gathering not only serves as an icebreaker but also as a foundation for the adventures that lie ahead, promising a tour enriched with new friendships and cultural insights.


Day 2: Orlando - Homosassa

(Driving day 1: 192 km/120 miles)

Our day kicks off with an informative meeting, where we’ll dive into details about your upcoming East Coast & Blues Adventure. We’ll discuss the itinerary, provide practical tips, and go over the final preparations for motorcycle and car rentals at Explorify Motorcycle Rentals, ensuring you’re all set with your chosen vehicle. Following this, we’ll collect our bikes or cars and gear up for the journey.

Once everyone is mounted and ready, we embark on the 4,125 km long adventure, waving goodbye to Orlando and heading west. Our first highlight is the scenic drive past Lake Opopka, leading us to the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing. Here, you’ll gain intimate insights into the sport’s origins and development. After enjoying lunch, we’ll take a pleasant ride along Florida’s west coast, culminating in our arrival at Homosassa, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey ahead.


Day 3: Homosassa - Destin

(Driving day 2: 550 km/343 miles)

Today’s journey promises a breathtaking ride along Florida’s coast and beaches. We begin by weaving through the lush Apalachicola National Forest, a refreshing start with nature’s beauty enveloping us. Our adventure then takes us past the stunning Cape San Blas, where the pristine shores and tranquil waters are a sight to behold.

Continuing our coastal exploration, we ride along the sun-kissed beaches of Mexico Beach and Panama City, soaking in the vibrant beachside atmosphere and picturesque views. Our final destination for the day is Destin, known for its crystal-clear waters and soft, white sands.

In Destin, we’ll cap off the day with a relaxing evening on the pier, a perfect spot to enjoy the serene sunset and reflect on the day’s journey. Today is all about the spectacular coastal scenery that makes Florida a paradise for riders and beach lovers alike.


Day 4: Destin - New Orléans

(Driving day 3: 433 km/268 miles)

Our journey unfolds further along the stunning Gulf shores, tracing the edges of the Mexican Gulf as we traverse through Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Our route is adorned with scenic harbors, majestic bridges, and the unique landscapes of sumps, with stops in Moss Point, Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis, adding depth to our coastal adventure.

The ride continues, bringing us to the enchanting city of New Orleans, where we check into our hotel in the historic French Quarter. This area, known for its vibrant energy and cultural richness, sets the stage for an unforgettable stay.

Once settled, we convene for dinner on the renowned Bourbon Street, immersing ourselves in the quintessential New Orleans experience. The evening promises an exploration of this lively city’s heart, from its flavorful cuisine to the rhythmic beats of jazz and blues that echo through the streets. New Orleans, a city pulsating with life and festivity, offers us a chance to experience its unique charm and spirited atmosphere, making for an extraordinary night in one of the most exciting cities in the US.


Day 5: New Orlèans

(Explorer & fun day)

Today, we embark on an exploration of New Orleans, a city renowned for its captivating charm and global allure. Its rich tapestry is woven with a diverse blend of historical legacies and cultural influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, and beyond, creating a vibrant mosaic of traditions, flavors, and rhythms. In New Orleans, every corner offers a tantalizing feast for the senses, from savory plates of gumbo to the soul-stirring melodies of jazz and blues that echo through the night in atmospheric clubs. Explore its historic neighborhoods steeped in stories, and immerse yourself in the endless stream of festivals that animate the city year-round. New Orleans promises an unforgettable journey of discovery, where every experience is infused with the spirit of celebration and adventure.


Day 6: New Orléans - Vicksburg

(Driving day 4: 389 km/243 miles)

We journey northward on Highway 61, famously known as The Blues Route, making our way towards Baton Rouge with our ultimate destination being historic Vicksburg. Vicksburg holds a pivotal place in American history, particularly during the Civil War, where General Grant and Lee famously clashed in the war’s latter stages. Upon arrival, we’ll explore the significance of this battleground at the National Monument and Old Courthouse, where echoes of history resonate. Additionally, we’ll pay homage to another iconic aspect of Vicksburg’s legacy by visiting the Coca-Cola Museum, as this city marks the birthplace of the renowned beverage. It was here that the first bottle was produced by the Biedenharn Candy Company. As night falls, we’ll immerse ourselves in the lively atmosphere of one of Vicksburg’s vibrant blues clubs, concluding our day with music and memories.


Day 7: Vicksburg - Memphis

(Driving day 5: 357 km/223 miles)

Embarking on our Blues & Music tour, we journey northward along Highway 61, a legendary route steeped in musical history. Our first stop brings us to the renowned “Gateway to the Blues” in Tunica, where we explore the Blues visitor center and museum, immersing ourselves in the rich heritage of this iconic genre. Continuing our journey, we pause at “The Crossroads,” where the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 49 serves as a poignant symbol from Robert Johnson’s legendary 1936 blues song.

Johnson, often hailed as the “Father of The Blues,” famously performed the song solo with his acoustic guitar in the Delta blues style, embedding it within his mythos by referencing a pact with the devil to master his craft. This haunting melody has since been reinterpreted by luminaries like Elmore James and Eric Clapton. Highway 61, also immortalized by Bob Dylan’s seminal album “Highway 61 Revisited,” continues to echo with the soulful rhythms and enduring tales of the blues.


Day 8: Memphis - Graceland - Nashville

(Driving day 6: 396 km/248 miles)

Welcome to one of the tour’s absolute highlights – Graceland, the cherished home of the legendary King of Rock’n Roll, Elvis Aaron Presley. From 1958 until his passing in 1977, Graceland served as Elvis’s primary residence. It was here, on August 16, 1977, that he was discovered deceased in the bathtub by his fiancée, Ginger Alden. Today, Graceland welcomes thousands of pilgrims annually, offering a glimpse into how “The King” lived and breathed. Visitors pay their respects at his gravesite, where Elvis rests alongside his parents and one of his grandmothers in the expansive park.

Spend the morning immersed in the captivating story of this remarkable man and artist, and depart with no doubt: “The King still lives” in the hearts of his admirers worldwide. Leaving Graceland behind, we venture towards another iconic music city, Nashville, also known as “Music City.” Our evening unfolds at the renowned Music Drive, where melodies and memories intertwine, leaving us enriched by the musical tapestry of Nashville.


Day 9: Nashville

(Explorer & fun day)

Dedicated to music enthusiasts, today is yours to shape as you desire. Whether you prefer leisurely strolls through the vibrant streets of Nashville, soaking in the rhythms of Music Drive’s iconic venues, browsing the local Harley Davidson store, or delving into the city’s rich musical heritage, the choice is yours.

For those intrigued by Nashville’s musical legacy, we begin the day with a visit to the renowned Country Music Hall of Fame and the historic RCA Studio B, where Elvis Presley left his indelible mark with several timeless recordings. Following this immersive experience, we journey to the captivating Johnny Cash Museum, delving deeper into the life and career of the legendary “Man in Black.”

Afterward, return to the hotel for a well-deserved rest before we reconvene for another exhilarating evening on Music Drive, where the city’s musical pulse beats strongest. Whether you’re drawn to the honky-tonks, blues bars, or jazz clubs, let Nashville’s vibrant melodies weave their magic into your night.


Day 10: Nashville - Sevierville

(Driving day 7: 386 km/241 miles)

Leaving Nashville behind, our hearts brim with fond memories as we set our sights on the illustrious Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a beacon for adventurers and nature lovers alike. Renowned as the most visited national park in the United States, it beckons with promises of breathtaking vistas and exhilarating motorcycle routes, some of the finest you’ll ever traverse.

Our day unfolds amidst the winding curves of picturesque roads, each bend revealing a new vista of natural splendor. As we navigate the awe-inspiring terrain, we conquer the legendary Devils Triangle, a thrilling testament to the beauty and excitement of the journey.

Arriving in Sevierville, we settle in for a cozy evening, reflecting on the day’s adventures and anticipating the grandeur that lies ahead. With joyful memories in our hearts and the promise of further exploration on the horizon, we eagerly await the next chapter of our great adventure amidst the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountain.


Day 11: Sevierville - Smoky Mountains

(Driving day 8: 339 km/210 miles)

Today promises to be an unforgettable adventure etched into the fabric of memory. We embark on some of the most renowned motorcycle routes in the world, traversing the legendary US 129, known as the “Tail of The Dragon,” ranked as the #3 best motorcycle road in the US, and the breathtaking “Cherohala Skyway,” ranked #7.

The best part? You have the freedom to choose which route to ride twice, ensuring an experience tailored to your preferences. As we journey, we prioritize safety while relishing the journey and the awe-inspiring scenery that surrounds us. It’s worth noting that the “Tail of the Dragon” poses challenges, with motorcycle accidents occurring yearly, so let’s exercise caution while enjoying the thrill.

For those seeking a more leisurely pace, Sevierville offers a haven for relaxation. Unwind by the pool or indulge in some retail therapy at the nearby Tanger Outlet, conveniently situated just across from our hotel.


Day 12: Sevierville - Little Switzerland

(Driving day 9: 323 km/202 miles)

Having traversed the winding back roads of the Great Smoky Mountains, we now turn our wheels southward toward the enchanting city of Historic Savannah. As the sun sets, we arrive to immerse ourselves in the captivating ambiance that defines this picturesque destination.

With its cobblestone streets, moss-draped oaks, and historic architecture, Savannah beckons with a charm that is truly timeless. Spend the evening wandering through its storied squares, each brimming with tales of bygone eras. Take in the haunting beauty of Bonaventure Cemetery or savor the flavors of Lowcountry cuisine at one of its renowned eateries.

In Savannah, every corner whispers of history and romance, inviting us to lose ourselves in its allure. As night descends, let us surrender to the magic of this historic city, where every moment is infused with the spirit of Southern hospitality and grace.


Day 13: Little Switzerland - Savannah

(Driving day 10: 496 km/309 miles)

Kicking off the day with another exhilarating ride, we tackle the twists and turns of “The Diamondback” along Highway 226A, ready to conquer its challenges and revel in its scenic beauty. Afterward, we set our sights on Savannah and the sun-kissed shores of the Florida coast.

En route to our coastal destination, we make a unique detour, albeit not the European countries themselves, but rather the charming towns of Norway, South Carolina, and Denmark, South Carolina. Despite their small size, these towns offer a taste of European-inspired architecture and culture, adding a delightful twist to our journey.

As we continue our adventure southward, may the memories of thrilling rides and unexpected discoveries linger, enriching our journey through the diverse landscapes and cultural gems of the American South.


Day 14: Savannah - Daytona Beach

(Driving day 11: 388 km/244 miles)

As we journey southward in search of warmer climates and Florida’s pristine beaches, our route leads us to the historic city of St. Augustine, once the capital of Florida and now a bustling tourist destination. Embarking on the renowned Highway 1, we trace the path to this storied city, where centuries of history await our exploration.

Continuing our tour along the scenic Highway A1A, we find ourselves cruising beside the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the salty breeze whispering tales of adventure. Our destination? The iconic Daytona “Biker” Beach, where the world-famous Biketoberfest Daytona awaits.

Joining the ranks of fellow enthusiasts, we dive into the festivities of this legendary mini biker festival, soaking up the vibrant atmosphere and camaraderie that define the biker community. Venturing downtown to the hallowed Main Street, we join thousands of bikers in a leisurely cruise, capturing memories beneath the iconic Daytona “Biker” Beach sign.

Amidst the roar of engines and the laughter of kindred spirits, we embrace the spirit of freedom and camaraderie that permeates the air, knowing that we are part of something truly special on this sun-kissed stretch of Florida coastline.


Day 15: Daytona Biker Beach

(Explorer & fun day)

Enjoy a thrilling day at the renowned Biketoberfest, where we recommend immersing yourself in all the events and exhibits at International Speedway and Destination Daytona, home to the world’s largest Harley Davidson dealer, Bruce Ross Meyer. Here, amidst the roar of engines and the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts, soak in the vibrant atmosphere that defines this legendary gathering.

Kickstart your day with a scenic adventure along the famous “Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail,” a 50 km double loop road that winds through some of Northeast Florida’s most stunning and diverse landscapes. As you navigate its graceful curves and bask in the sunshine, revel in the freedom of the open road, a dream come true for motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere.

For a truly comfortable ride, head to Destination Daytona, where a sumptuous lunch awaits amidst the sprawling 109,000 sq. ft. showroom of Bruce Ross Meyer’s Harley Davidson dealership. Here, surrounded by gleaming chrome and the hum of engines, savor the camaraderie and vibrant energy that fills the air.

Before returning to Main Street, make a pit stop at the legendary Iron Horse Saloon, where you can enjoy the lively atmosphere and the company of fellow bikers, swapping stories and forging new friendships.

Finally, cruise down International Speedway and downtown Daytona Beach, where the legendary Main Street awaits, thronged with thousands of bikers from near and far. Amidst the revving of engines and the cheers of the crowd, embrace the spirit of freedom and camaraderie that defines the biker lifestyle, knowing that you are part of something truly special on this iconic stretch of Florida coastline.


Day 16: Departure - Home Travel

(Driving day 12: 96 km/60 miles)

As we near the conclusion of our Florida adventure, we embark on our final leg, starting with a visit to the legendary Sopotnick’s Cabbage Patch Bar, a renowned Biketoberfest destination that has evolved from its humble beginnings as a fruit shop “on the corner.” Here, amidst the lively atmosphere, you’ll witness the famous cabbage wrestling, where brave contenders vie for glory. Additionally, enjoy bike shows, shopping opportunities, and endless fun at this iconic venue.

Next, we make our way to Orlando to return our bikes or cars, marking the end of our exhilarating journey together. As we gather to celebrate our safe return and bid farewell to the America’s East Coast Blues & Blue Ridge Parkway Adventure tour, we express our gratitude for the camaraderie, laughter, and unforgettable memories shared along the way.

Thank you for choosing to tour with JoyRides. We extend our best wishes for a safe journey home and look forward to the possibility of welcoming you back on one of our other tours across the globe, whether in the US, South America, Asia, Oceania, Africa or Europe.

Please note: Due to time differences, travelers from Europe will arrive home the day after departing from the US.

Lastly, while this itinerary serves as a guideline for our activities and experiences, deviations may occur. Rest assured, our dedicated tour leaders will strive to execute the program to the best of their abilities, providing you with positive surprises and unforgettable experiences along the way. We are committed to continuously improving our programs to ensure your satisfaction and enjoyment. 

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