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.

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.