Best Tours for Beginners

Here are some of the best tours we offer for beginning bicycle travelers.

“I enjoyed the total experience. It was my first-ever Adventure Cycling holiday so I had no preconception of what to expect and it just blew me away, it was so good.” — Tour Participant
 
“The route and terrain were fantastic, offering many miles of solitude and quiet. I also really enjoyed the group — all very friendly and quite collaborative as a newfound travel family.” — Tour Participant
 

Photo by Charles Englefield

 
Leadership Training - Florida
Jan 21, 2019 - Jan 24, 2019
Leadership Training - Florida

Leadership Training Course. Our leadership courses are for more experienced touring cyclists looking to lead their own trips or become Adventure Cycling tour leaders.

Florida Gulf Coast
Mar 03, 2019 - Mar 10, 2019
Florida Gulf Coast - Van

Van Supported. Take a week this winter and swap the cold and snow for the warm, sandy beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Described as the “Forgotten Coast,” the “Undiscovered Coast,” and “Florida as it used to be,” this tour visits some of the most pristine beaches in America, along with other coastal and inland landscapes.

 

Leadership Training - Arizona
Mar 04, 2019 - Mar 07, 2019
Leadership Training - Arizona

Leadership Training Course. Our leadership courses are for more experienced touring cyclists looking to lead their own trips or become Adventure Cycling tour leaders.

Intro to Road Touring - Florida
Apr 07, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019
Intro to Road Touring - Florida

Self Contained. As the experts on self-contained bicycle travel, we’d like to share our knowledge by offering our Introduction to Road Touring (IRT) course. Two days of open-air, informal campground discussions will be followed by a fun, four-day tour of the Florida Panhandle area.

Outer Banks - Spring
May 11, 2019 - May 18, 2019
Outer Banks - Spring - Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn. Join us on this popular ride through one of the premier beach destinations in the U.S. Our loop tour of North Carolina’s Outer and Inner Banks offers a chance to explore the region’s history-rich harbor towns on the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds and the coastal communities nestled in the state’s barrier islands.

CA Gold Rush to the Bay
May 12, 2019 - May 19, 2019
CA Gold Rush to the Bay - Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn. There is no better way to see and experience the San Francisco Bay Area, along with a splendid section of Northern California, than from the seat of your bike. Add in a fabulous ferry ride and two convenient train connections, and you have all the ingredients for a fun, multimodal travel adventure that covers significant distances, with cycling at the heart of each day.

Intro to Road Touring - Virginia
May 12, 2019 - May 17, 2019
Intro to Road Touring - Virginia

Self Contained. As the experts on self-contained bicycle travel, we’d like to share our knowledge by offering our Introduction to Road Touring (IRT) course. Two days of open-air, informal campground discussions will be followed by a fun, four-day tour of the Williamsburg, VA area.

Leadership Training - Oregon
May 13, 2019 - May 16, 2019
Leadership Training - Oregon

Leadership Training Course. Our leadership courses are for more experienced touring cyclists looking to lead their own trips or become Adventure Cycling tour leaders.

C&O Canal/GAP - Spring
May 18, 2019 - May 26, 2019
C&O Canal/GAP - Spring

Self Contained. This spring, you won’t need to worry about traffic as you ride your hybrid or mountain bike some 330 miles on hard-packed, gently graded gravel and dirt trails from the heart of the nation’s capital north to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Leadership Training - Indiana
May 27, 2019 - May 30, 2019
Leadership Training - Indiana

Leadership Training Course. Our leadership courses are for more experienced touring cyclists looking to lead their own trips or become Adventure Cycling tour leaders.

California Wine Country Relaxed
Jun 02, 2019 - Jun 09, 2019
California Wine Country Relaxed

Fully Supported. Fulfill your craving for Northern California’s scenic and savory best on this incredible tour through some of the coast’s most breathtaking agricultural areas. We’ll pedal past dairy farms, vineyards, and orchards at the peak of harvest season.

Leadership Training - Colorado
Jun 06, 2019 - Jun 09, 2019
Leadership Training - Colorado

Leadership Training Course. Our leadership courses are for more experienced touring cyclists looking to lead their own trips or become Adventure Cycling tour leaders.

Great Lakes
Jun 08, 2019 - Jun 18, 2019
Great Lakes - Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn. Enjoy incredible scenery and some of the best riding you can imagine on this inn-to-inn adventure. You’ll enjoy great riding with minimal gear and the added luxury of a roof over your head and a warm bed each night. Coupled with the route’s moderate terrain and manageable daily distances, this trip makes an excellent choice for beginners or for those wishing to enjoy more time out of the saddle during their vacation.

Minnesota-Wisconsin Rivers & Trails
Jun 08, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019
Minnesota-Wisconsin Rivers & Trails

Fully Supported. Southwest Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota offer some of the best riding in the country. Rail trails, bridges, cheese factories, and wineries highlight this beautiful area.

Intro to Road Touring - Wisconsin
Jun 16, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019
Intro to Road Touring - Wisconsin

Self Contained. As the experts on self-contained bicycle travel, we’d like to share our knowledge by offering our Introduction to Road Touring (IRT) course. Two days of open-air, informal campground discussions — including the classic panniers vs. trailer debate — will be followed by a fun, four-day tour in and around West Bend, Wisconsin.

Idaho Trails Relaxed
Jul 07, 2019 - Jul 12, 2019
Idaho Trails Relaxed

Fully Supported. This incredible bike tour takes in a pair of the most spectacular trails in the U.S., featuring easy riding through wetlands, lakes, and meadows, along with some fascinating regional history.

Family Fun, Erie Canal Niagara Falls
Jul 13, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019
Family Fun, Erie Canal Niagara Falls

Fully Supported. Our adventure will travel the beautiful Erie Canalway Trail and nearby roadways to the edge of world-famous Niagara Falls at the U.S./Canada border.On this fully supported Family Fun tour, we’ll take care of transporting your gear and provide you with meals and daily lunch and snack stops so that you and your family can enjoy 100 miles of car-free trails, with only about 30 miles of road cycling.

Family Fun, Idaho Trails
Jul 14, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019
Family Fun, Idaho Trails

Fully Supported. With its gentle terrain, short daily distances, and gorgeous scenery, this trip is a great choice whether you’re a beginner seeking a great introduction to supported bicycle touring or a cycling veteran craving a mellow, traffic-free adventure.

Family Fun, Great Allegheny Passage
Jul 21, 2019 - Jul 28, 2019
Family Fun, Great Allegheny Passage

Fully Supported. Our latest Family Fun tour covers the entire length of the heralded Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cumberland, Maryland. Featuring moderate mileages and 150 miles of bike trail with an average gradient of under 1 percent, this is an ideal trip to introduce family members of all ages. 

Cabot Trail Nova Scotia
Aug 03, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019
Cabot Trail Nova Scotia

Self Contained. This self-contained adventure will take you to the far reaches of Nova Scotia. The rocky highlands up against the Gulf of St. Lawrence will be the highlight as you circumnavigate the island of Cape Breton.

Colorado Alpine Trails Relaxed
Aug 03, 2019 - Aug 09, 2019
Colorado Alpine Trails Relaxed

Fully Supported. Enjoy the mountain terrain of central Colorado, pedaling mostly on paved, car-free pathways that provide nonstop views of the spectacular Rockies. Your gear will be carried for you and your meals catered — and the daily distances will be shorter than on many of our tours.

Lake Superior South Shore
Aug 18, 2019 - Aug 29, 2019
Lake Superior South Shore

Self Contained. Join us on a tour of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the northwestern-most part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Keweenaw Peninsula is on Lake Superior, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, making it a place of rugged beauty and breathtaking vistas.

Maine Coast and Lighthouses
Aug 25, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019
Maine Coast and Lighthouses - Van

Van Supported. Take a ride through the best of what the Maine coast has to offer — quaint oceanside towns, rocky coastlines, and lighthouses galore! Along the way, you’ll have the chance to see up to 10 iconic Maine lighthouses and get a taste of local cuisine.

Cape Cod & The Islands
Sep 07, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019
Cape Cod & The Islands

Self Contained. Spend a week cycling along the beautiful Atlantic Ocean shoreline. On this tour, we’ll view the seaports, glacially formed kettle ponds, and lighthouses of southeastern Massachusetts, visit historic sites from the days of colonial America, and explore quaint shops on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

Michigan's Lakeshore
Sep 07, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019
Michigan's Lakeshore

Self Contained. Profiled in Chris Santella’s book, Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die, this eight-day, self-contained tour centered in Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula is an adventure you won’t want to miss!

Nova Scotia Countryside
Sep 07, 2019 - Sep 16, 2019
Nova Scotia Countryside - Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn. This inn-to-inn trip will explore northwest Nova Scotia’s countryside and skirt the Bay of Fundy. Beautiful landscapes and quiet roads make for great riding, and charming small towns will be a relaxing respite after each day in the saddle.

Great Lakes Relaxed
Sep 07, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019
Great Lakes Relaxed

Fully Supported. We’ve incorporated the quiet roads and pleasurable riding of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula into our popular relaxed tour format.

Idaho Trails
Sep 08, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019
Idaho Trails - Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn. This incredible bike tour takes in a pair of the most spectacular trails in the U.S., featuring easy riding through wetlands, lakes, and meadows, along with some fascinating regional history.

Katy Trail
Sep 14, 2019 - Sep 21, 2019
Katy Trail - Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn. There might not be a trail in the U.S. better suited for a relaxed ride than Missouri’s popular Katy Trail. Car-free, virtually flat, and featuring a crushed-limestone surface, the trail dishes up plenty of towns and attractions (and ice cream stands) along the way to keep things interesting. This tour is perfect for any wanderer who enjoys meandering through small towns and stopping to smell the roses.

C&O Canal/GAP
Sep 14, 2019 - Sep 21, 2019
C&O Canal/GAP

Fully Supported. This fall you won’t need to worry about traffic as you ride your hybrid or mountain bike 330 miles on gently graded gravel and dirt trails from the heart of the nation’s capital north into Pennsylvania.

Outer Banks - Fall
Oct 05, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019
Outer Banks - Fall - Inn to Inn

Inn to Inn. Join us on this popular ride through one of the premier beach destinations in the U.S. Our loop tour of North Carolina’s Outer and Inner Banks offers a chance to explore the region’s history-rich harbor towns on the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds and the coastal communities nestled in the state’s barrier islands.

Ragin' Cajun Country
Oct 12, 2019 - Oct 18, 2019
Ragin' Cajun Country

Fully Supported. Bicycle through the heart of Cajun Country and partake of all the food, music, and culture that Acadiana has to offer. On this relaxed tour you can enjoy jambalaya, crawfish pie, and gumbo, and you’ll find that the spicy cuisine of southern Louisiana is complemented by its mellow terrain.

So. Charm: Savannah-Charleston
Oct 20, 2019 - Oct 26, 2019
Southern Charm: Savannah to Charleston - Van

Van Supported. It all starts in the Old Southern city of Savannah, known for its beautiful squares, old oaks dripping with Spanish moss, fabulous history, and fascinating stories. Then it is off to explore the South Carolina Lowcountry, known for its sweeping waterway views, shrimp boats resting comfortably on their docks, unforgettable sunsets, beautiful antebellum homes, and more than 300 years of unique history.

So. Charm: Savannah-St Augustine
Oct 27, 2019 - Nov 03, 2019
Southern Charm: Savannah to St Augustine - Van

Van Supported. It all starts in the Old Southern city of Savannah, known for its beautiful squares, old oaks dripping with Spanish moss, fabulous history, and fascinating stories. Then it’s off to explore coastal wildlife refuges and the pristine stretches of Georgia’s Golden Isles — vibrant, thriving coastal communities rich in history and full of traditions with historic landmarks around every bend.

Florida Gulf Coast Fall
Nov 09, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019
Florida Gulf Coast Fall - Van

Van Supported. Take a week this fall and swap the cold and snow for the warm, sandy beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Described as the “Forgotten Coast,” the “Undiscovered Coast,” and “Florida as it used to be,” this tour visits some of the most pristine beaches in America, along with other coastal and inland landscapes.

 

 

Tour Team Top Picks

Cycle Montana - Missoula
Cycle Montana - Missoula

Fully Supported. Beginning in Adventure Cycling’s hometown of Missoula, we’ll cross the Continental Divide more than once as we ride along many of the rivers that run through Western Montana and visit small towns, soak in few hot springs, and take in massive views under the Big Sky! 

Great Divide Canada I
Great Divide Canada I

Self Contained. The world’s longest mountain bike route turned 20 last year — and you can join the party. Ride the Great Divide’s spectacular Canadian section and see why Outside magazine called it one of “The Best Backcountry Adventure Trips in America.”

C&O Canal/GAP - Spring
C&O Canal/GAP - Spring

Self Contained. This spring, you won’t need to worry about traffic as you ride your hybrid or mountain bike some 330 miles on hard-packed, gently graded gravel and dirt trails from the heart of the nation’s capital north to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.