Epic Tours

Someday, I’m going for it — the big one, the moon shot. People will talk about me when I’m not around. Hardship and ecstasy will leave their marks on me forever. We’re talking about a 21- to 93-day, self-contained or van-supported adventure, an Adventure Cycling Epic Tour. Since 1976, we’ve made people’s dreams a reality. A small team with a qualified leader, shared gear, and one goal can make dreams come true. This is your year to grab your bike and GO on an epic adventure that will leave you with a lifetime of memories.

“I enjoyed the physical challenge of being in the mountains with the reward of beautiful nature — mountains, waterfalls, farmland, geysers. Some of the most lovely spots took a lot of effort to get to, climbing hills. It was quite a personal journey. I feel both fortunate to have had the opportunity and proud of making it through.” — 2016 Tour Participant

“Truly there is nothing about this tour that I did not love. As cliche as this sounds, it was the best experience of my life and truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our leader was the best leader in the history of great leaders. The camaraderie in the group was spectacular, and of course the scenery was incredible. Anyone I talk to about the TransAmerica will receive a hearty, “Just do it!”’ — 2015 Tour Participant

Photo by Dennis Coello

Southern Tier I
Mar 04, 2018 - May 01, 2018
Southern Tier I - Van

Van Supported. The Southern Tier has become one of our most popular tours, and it’s easy to see why. This cross-country route is 1,200 miles shorter than either the Northern Tier or TransAm yet offers epic quantities of scenery and shoulder-season sunshine.

Southern Tier II
Mar 11, 2018 - May 08, 2018
Southern Tier II - Van

Van Supported. The Southern Tier has become one of our most popular tours, and it’s easy to see why. This cross-country route is 1,200 miles shorter than either the Northern Tier or TransAm yet offers epic quantities of scenery and shoulder-season sunshine.

UGRR: North to Niagara
Apr 07, 2018 - May 17, 2018
UGRR: North to Niagara - Van

Van Supported. Explore America’s legendary route to freedom on our incredible Underground Railroad (UGRR) tour. We’ll be immersed in history as we ride from the Deep South to Niagara Falls through the landscapes and communities that provided shelter and aid to freedom seekers.

TransAm Westward
May 05, 2018 - Aug 05, 2018
TransAm Westward

Self Contained. Thousands of cyclists have pedaled the 4,253-mile TransAmerica Trail and will tell you they captured a lifetime’s worth of memories along their tour. For many traveling cyclists who haven’t yet experienced the TransAm, it remains the holy grail of American bicycle tours.

TransAm Westward
May 20, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018
TransAm Westward - Van

Van Supported. Thousands of cyclists have pedaled the 4,253-mile TransAmerica Trail and will tell you they captured a lifetime’s worth of memories along their tour. For many traveling cyclists who haven’t yet experienced the TransAm, it remains the holy grail of American bicycle tours.

TransAmU30 Westward
May 29, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018
TransAmU30 Westward

Self Contained. Thousands of cyclists have pedaled the 4,253-mile TransAmerica Trail and will tell you they captured a lifetime’s worth of memories along their tour. For many traveling cyclists who haven’t yet experienced the TransAm, it remains the holy grail of American bicycle tours. Designed especially for adults under 30 years of age.

Chicago to New York
Jun 03, 2018 - Jun 25, 2018
Chicago to New York - Van

Van Supported.  Any way you look at it, traveling between the Windy City and the Big Apple is a tour of epic proportions. We’ll spend the tour exploring the heart of the Midwest and the beauty of the Appalachians as we cycle by farmlands, rivers, and streams; up and over some spectacularly green mountains; through old coal-mining country; up the Delaware River through the Delaware Water Gap; and down the Hudson River and into the metropolis of New York City.

North Star I
Jun 16, 2018 - Aug 15, 2018
North Star I

Self Contained. Beginning in Adventure Cycling’s hometown of Missoula, Montana, we’ll strike out northward through a continuum of spectacular country, including some of the wildest areas remaining in North America, as we traverse the remote roads of northern British Columbia, the Yukon Territory, and the great state of Alaska.

North Star II
Jun 20, 2018 - Aug 19, 2018
North Star II

Self Contained. Beginning in Adventure Cycling’s hometown of Missoula, Montana, we’ll strike out northward through a continuum of spectacular country, including some of the wildest areas remaining in North America, as we traverse the remote roads of northern British Columbia, the Yukon Territory, and the great state of Alaska.

Route 66: The Mother Road West
Sep 09, 2018 - Oct 29, 2018
Route 66: The Mother Road Westward - Van

Van Supported. The phrase “Route 66” evokes visions of the Great American Road Trip. Today the bicycle is the vehicle of choice for many looking to get their kicks on the Mother Road.

Pacific Coast
Sep 10, 2018 - Oct 23, 2018
Pacific Coast

Self Contained. Join us for this bike touring adventure along a gorgeous segment of the West Coast and experience some of the most beautiful and remote sections of Adventure Cycling’s Pacific Coast Bicycle Route, its most popular.

Southern Tier
Sep 16, 2018 - Nov 20, 2018
Southern Tier

Self Contained. The Southern Tier has become one of our most popular tours, and it’s easy to see why. This cross-country route is 1,200 miles shorter than either the Northern Tier or TransAm yet offers epic quantities of scenery and shoulder-season sunshine.

Tour Team Top Picks

CA Gold Rush to the Bay II
CA Gold Rush to the Bay II - 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.

CA Gold Rush to the Bay I
CA Gold Rush to the Bay I - 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.

Selkirk Splendor
Selkirk Splendor

Self Contained. Pack your passports for this international tour through some of the finest cycling terrain that the U.S. and Canada have to offer along “The West’s Best Scenic Drive.”

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.