By Natalee Haldeman, Uniquely Northwest Project Manager
Much of America’s beauty sits outside the cities in the great outdoors! This summer I had the pleasure of taking an incentive travel group through the many natural beauties the American West Coast has to offer on the ultimate road rally. With 5 days and 4 nights, 10 Harley Davidson motorcycles and 5 Ford Mustang convertibles, we ventured from Las Vegas to San Francisco with stops in Bakersfield, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park and Napa.
Each day brought new sights and endless team bonding for the high-achieving group; each night we all met for dinner, trading stories of the sights and experiences of the day. The custom-designed route was made specifically for the enjoyment of motorcycle riders which meant we stayed off the major highways and enjoyed the winding, scenic back roads. The best part of the length of the drive is that it allowed for incredible variety; we went from dessert to mountain, forests to vineyard and ended along the beautiful Pacific coastline.
Although every view and gathering was truly a wonder, everyone in the group was truly humbled as we made our way into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Our overnight right next to June Lake was breathtaking with our cabins literally just at the foot of Carson Peak. But Mammoth Lakes was just the beginning as the next day we ventured into Yosemite National Park and had a fantastic catered picnic at the Swinging Bridge picnic area with clear site of the surrounding rock walls.
The very best part of the incentive trips, as far as winding roads and incredible views, was the last day. Winding down the coast on California’s Highway One we passed cliff side after cliff side with endless views of the ocean to our right. The estimated three hour drive took us close to five as we could not stop pulling over for photos ops. With this fantastic group we had to finish big so we climbed to the very highest point of the Golden Gate Recreation Area to Hawk’s Hill where you can truly see it all – an unobstructed view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the entire city of San Francisco beyond.Association of Destination Management Executives International”