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Best Tours for Beginners

Whether you're looking to embark on your first cycle tour, you're looking to get back into touring, or you're an experienced traveler looking to take a different type of adventure than you're used to, our Best Tours for Beginners are a great place to start. These tours typically fall in the Physical Difficulty Adventure Level of Levels 1 and 2. Check out the options below.

“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.” — Rebecca H.

“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.” — Mark B.

Photo by Charles Englefield

Acadia and Mt. Desert Island
Acadia and Mt. Desert Island

Inn to Inn. Spend a long weekend riding the scenic roads that bring you through Maine’s only National Park - Acadia. Relax by the rocky Otter Cliffs, listen to Thunder Hole, and maybe even take a trip on the famous Carriage Roads.

C&O Canal/GAP
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.

Cape Cod & The Islands
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, Nantucket Island, and Martha's Vineyard.

Great Lakes
Great Lakes

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.

Historic Virginia
Historic Virginia

Self Contained. Spend a long weekend biking and camping through colonial Virginia. Experience history on wheels!

Idaho Trails
Idaho Trails

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.

Idaho Trails Relaxed
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.

Intro to Gravel Touring & Bikepacking - Montana
Intro to Gravel Touring & Bikepacking - Montana

Self Contained. As the experts on self-contained bicycle travel, we’d like to share our knowledge by offering our Introduction to Gravel Touring & Bikepacking course. Two days of open-air, informal campground discussions will be followed by a fun, four-day tour of the Whitefish, MT area.

Intro to Road Touring - Oregon
Intro to Road Touring - Oregon

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 Oregon coastal area.

Katy Trail
Katy Trail

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.

Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain

Self Contained. Lake Champlain and the picturesque views that it offers is the perfect spot for a relaxed, long-weekend getaway. By bike and boat, we'll loop around the lake, catching views and creating memories from both Vermont and New York.

Maine Coast and Lighthouses
Maine Coast and Lighthouses

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.

Olympic Discovery Trail
Olympic Discovery Trail

Van Supported. Traverse the Olympic Peninsula and be immersed in the landscape so unique to Washington State: rocky coastlines, snow capped mountains, marine wildlife, and temperate rainforests combine to make cycling across the peninsula a truly one-of-a-kind bike touring experience.

 

Tour Team Top Picks

Cycle the Divide - Montana
Cycle the Divide - Montana

Fully Supported. Here’s your chance to sample our heralded Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, fully supported and load-free! We’ll travel from the lively resort town of Whitefish, located near Glacier National Park, to the southern end of the spectacular Swan Range, one of Montana’s less-visited geologic gems.

Acadia and Mt. Desert Island
Acadia and Mt. Desert Island

Inn to Inn. Spend a long weekend riding the scenic roads that bring you through Maine’s only National Park - Acadia. Relax by the rocky Otter Cliffs, listen to Thunder Hole, and maybe even take a trip on the famous Carriage Roads.