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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.

Cape Cod Family Adventure
Cape Cod Family Adventure

Fully Supported. It’s more than a family vacation, it’s a Family Adventure! Make new friends and experience four days of family-friendly activities while cycling, swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, bird-watching, and camping, all while exploring beautiful Cape Cod.

Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania
Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania

Self Contained. Immerse yourself in a long weekend of cycling and camping in the spectacular Pine Creek Gorge of central Pennsylvania. Come join the challenge and fun of pedaling on an entirely car-free trail through the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, and gain a new natural perspective of this beautiful part of our country.

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.

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 Family Adventure
Idaho Trails Family Adventure

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.

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.

Intro to Road Touring - Virginia
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.

Intro to Road Touring - Wisconsin
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 will be followed by a fun, four-day tour of the West Bend, WI 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.

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.

Ragin' Cajun Country
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.

Sunshine and Space Coast
Sunshine and Space Coast

Van Supported. The Sunshine and Space Coast tour is a great way to see more of what Florida has to offer besides crowded theme parks. This tour will give you a backroad look at a quieter side of the Sunshine State and finish with a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. Possibly even a rocket launch! And what's more, our van will do the heavy lifting.

 

Tour Team Top Picks

Patagonia AZ Gravel
Patagonia AZ Gravel

Van Supported. Some of the best spring and fall gravel riding in the U.S. can be found outside southern Arizona's small, eclectic town of Patagonia, and we'll hit the dirt on this long-weekend gravel adventure.

Texas Hill Country
Texas Hill Country

Fully Supported. If you’ve been led to believe the Lone Star State is pancake flat, this weeklong bike tour through the rolling Texas Hill Country will prove otherwise. Plus, you’ll love the dazzling displays of spring wildflowers and Texas barbecue.

Death Valley
Death Valley

Van Supported. Pedal past sand dunes, hot springs, canyons, rock formations, and an incredible variety of plant and animal life as we explore the maze of wildly eroded and colorful badlands that are Death Valley.