Routes, Maps, Logistics

Find information about bike-touring routes, maps, accommodations, as well as tips and resources for shipping your bicycle. This section offers links to external resources, articles by staff and Adventure Cyclist contributors, as well as recent blog posts.

Photo by Russ Roca

Routes & Maps

Adventure Cycling Route Network

The Adventure Cycling Route Network features rural and low-traffic bicycling routes through some of the most scenic and historically significant terrain in North America. Since mapping our first route in 1976, the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, the Adventure Cycling Route Network has blossomed into an awe-inspiring network of 42,180 miles.

TrailLink.com

A free service of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy featuring more than 30,000 miles of bike trails, walking trails, equestrian trails, and hiking and running trails including interactive trail maps, trail descriptions, photos, reviews and more.

Trails.com

Road biking, rail-trails, and mountain-bike routes in the United States and Canada.

State DOT Bike/Ped Coordinators

Find the bike/ped coordinator in your state or a state in which you plan to travel.

How To Create Your Own Route
How To Create Your Own Route

Though our route network covers a lot of ground, there will be times when you want to ride somewhere in the U.S. we haven't mapped. Outside of doing an internet search on your proposed route, there are a few other tips I can offer that I hope will make your route creation process easier.

Riding Conditions on Route Maps
Riding Conditions on Route Maps

Based on some of the phone calls and emails we get, it seems the "Riding Conditions" section on our route network maps is often overlooked. Probably not on purpose; I mean, you just bought a map, right? So you open it up and are looking at the maps, and you can get engrossed in seeing where you are heading. However, reading the "Riding Conditions" is worth your time, I promise.

Early Season Conditions Resources
Early Season Conditions Resources

The actions of Mother Nature have an effect on the circumstances that bicycle travelers encounter as they pedal their routes. Road systems are impacted by flooding, snow pack melt and seasonal weather events. There are ways to find out about these issues and share them with traveling cyclists.

Shipping & Rentals

Boxing Your Bike at Maximum Capacity
Boxing Your Bike at Maximum Capacity

This is a busy time of the year for airlines, and if you are flying with your bike, get ready for some stiff baggage fees. But, as long as you're paying to get your bike on a plane, you may as well make the most of it.

Where To Rent A Bicycle On Your Travels
Where To Rent A Bicycle On Your Travels

One of the easiest and most liberating ways to travel by bicycle is traveling without a bicycle — renting, that is. For many, renting a bike after arriving at a destination is the perfect solution. If you have ever considered traveling to a far-off land and renting a bicycle once you arrived there, the following is a short breakdown of some of the places you might find a bicycle for rent.
 

Rent A Bike Now

A website designed to help people find bike rentals and to allow bike shops to advertise and book their rental bikes.

Guide to Shipping & Bike Cases

by Adventure Cycling Staff. A quick guide to shipping your bicycle by air or ground.

Boxing Your Bicycle

by the Tours Department. Although airlines, bus companies, and railways are generally accustomed to transporting bicycles, there is always a risk of damage. Proper boxing can minimize the risk of damage or loss.

Multimodal

New Developments for Bicycle Services on Amtrak
New Developments for Bicycle Services on Amtrak

When it comes to bicycle services on passenger rail, the U.S. lags behind many countries, especially in Europe. But this is changing as a partnership has formed between Adventure Cycling, Amtrak, and other bicycle and passenger-rail organizations across the country that are committed to making rail travel more bicycle friendly. 

Bikes on Transit Database

A database containing info about where you can take a bicycle on a bus, train or airplane.

Accommodations

Bicycle Travel Etiquette: Warmshowers or Couchsurfing?
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: Warmshowers or Couchsurfing?

In our Bicycle Travel Etiquette series, we focused on the Warmshowers.org community as well as the many spontaneous meetings randomly formed on the road over the Couchsurfing group to create our How To Guides for hosting cyclists and being hosted. There is a reason why.

Bicycle Travel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Host
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Host

If you happen to live in or near one of the thousands of communities along the Adventure Cycling Route Network, you have probably seen them — traveling cyclists riding bicycles, gear strapped onto their trusty steed. Wouldn't it be great to get to know some of them? This post features tips on how to be a good host. 

Bicycle Travel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Guest
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Guest

When you are planning your trip, where to sleep is a big part of the equation. Depending on the destination, it will probably involve a combination of camping, hotels, and homes of friends and family. This post features tips on how to be a good guest, it's the second in a series on Bicycle Travel Etiquette. 

An Introduction to Bicycle Travel Etiquette
An Introduction to Bicycle Travel Etiquette

In December of 2012, I wrote a blog post on Bicycle Travel Etiquette in response to some reports that had trickled into our office about less than courteous behavior by traveling cyclists. In an attempt to reverse the trend before it gained momentum, we began soliciting comments from cyclists and hosts, staff members, and representatives of WarmShowers.

Bicycle Travel Etiquette
Bicycle Travel Etiquette

In his October/November 2012 Adventure Cyclist " Letter from the Editor", Mike Deme responded to correspondence he had received from Gillian Hoggard, our 2006 Trail Angel Award winner. Gillian was writing to withdraw her name as a "Cyclists Only Lodging" on the TransAmerica Trail due to a string of bad experiences. Based on my observations in general — so, not scientifically speaking — over the last couple of years, to varying degrees, we have had an increase in the number of complaints about rude cyclists.

WarmShowers.org

The Warm Showers Community is a free worldwide hospitality exchange for touring cyclists. People who are willing to host touring cyclists sign up and provide their contact information, and may occasionally have someone stay with them and share great stories and a drink.

Cyclists Only Lodging: Monroeville, Indiana
Cyclists Only Lodging: Monroeville, Indiana

With the increasing number of Cyclists Only Lodging and Camping listings on our maps, we got to wondering how one of the first of these facilities was doing: the Community Center in Monroeville, Indiana. I was able to connect with some cyclists who had stayed there recently and asked.

Cyclists Only Lodging: Marion United Methodist Church
Cyclists Only Lodging: Marion United Methodist Church

I received an email from Wayne Garvey, the current pastor at Marion United Methodist Church in Marion, Kentucky, located on the TransAmerica Trail." Even though they had been informally serving as a Cyclist Only host, he wanted to be added to the map.

Twin Bridges Cyclists Only Campground
Twin Bridges Cyclists Only Campground

I'm so excited about this news, I can hardly sit still! Back in May, we mentioned that Twin Bridges, Montana, was setting up a cyclists only campground. Little did we know (though we did suspect) the impact it would have on this small, rural community.

Cyclists Only Lodging: Dalbo, Minnesota
Cyclists Only Lodging: Dalbo, Minnesota

In 2005, Donn Olson, a farmer near Dalbo, Minnesota, encountered a couple of traveling cyclists who were dealing with a nasty batch of construction in front of his house. The three got to talking and before long, Donn found himself inviting them in for refreshments and a place to sleep for the night. The two young men introduced Donn to Adventure Cycling and suggested that he offer himself as "cyclists only lodging" option on the Northern Tier Bicycle Route map.

Cyclists Only Camping: Chester, Illinois

Chester, Illinois is not only the home of the legendary Popeye the Sailor, it is also houses a first class Cyclists Only Camping location run by the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Cyclists Only Lodging
Cyclists Only Lodging

In addition to traditional campground facilities, Adventure Cycling route maps also list what we call Cyclists Only Lodging. These are places along the way only available to the traveling cyclist and are generally only known because of our map listings or word of mouth. The options run the gamut from church sanctuaries to ranches to cycling specific camping areas. All aim to help the traveling cyclist and have their unique take on how best to accomplish their goal.