Epic Tours

This year, you're going for it — the big, cross-country bike pilgrimage. Make the commitment. You'll have nothing to regret when all's said and done and a lifetime's worth of stories to tell. We’re talking about a 28- 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.

Photo by Dennis Coello

Southern Tier
Mar 01, 2020 - Apr 28, 2020
Southern Tier - 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 05, 2020 - May 15, 2020
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, 2020 - Aug 05, 2020
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 Express Westward
May 07, 2020 - Jul 26, 2020
TransAm Express Westward - Van

Van Supported. This take on a classic route should entice people who love riding trail systems. By riding the entirety of the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Trail in the east and Katy Trail in the Midwest before meeting up with the famed TransAm Trail, this will have over 500 miles of bicycle paths, and should be an experience of a lifetime for anyone looking for a transcontinental Ride.

Epic Gap Summer: TransAm Westward
Jun 08, 2020 - Sep 01, 2020
Epic Gap Summer: TransAm Westward

Self Contained. An Epic Gap Summer tour aimed at 18-35 year olds looking to tackle the historic 4,253-mile TransAmerica Trail. 

Alaska Great Northern Adventure
Jun 09, 2020 - Jul 06, 2020
Alaska Great Northern Adventure

Self Contained. A multimoldal adventure deep in the heart of Alaska beginning with a ferry ride along the costal tail of this wild state.

Epic Gap Summer: Great Divide Northbound
Jun 09, 2020 - Aug 27, 2020
Epic Gap Summer: Great Divide Northbound

Self Contained. An Epic Gap Summer tour aimed at 18-35 year olds looking to tackle the Great Divide from the bottom up!

Epic Great Divide
Jul 19, 2020 - Sep 21, 2020
Epic Great Divide - Van

Van Supported. It won’t take long to realize that “The Divide” simply isn’t enough — this trip’s greatness is on display from the first pedal stroke. Grab your knobbies (yeah, you’re gonna want some bigger tires for this one!), throw your gear in the support van, and prepare for nine unloaded weeks of day after day of epic riding and even better views. 

Pacific Coast
Sep 12, 2020 - Oct 22, 2020
Pacific Coast - Van

Van Supported. We’ll experience some of the finest terrain and tour some of the coolest cities in the world! From our border with Canada, we’ll head south through the lush forests of western Washington before following the Columbia River to the Oregon coast, where we’ll encounter some of the nicest state parks in the country. 

Southern Tier
Sep 13, 2020 - Nov 17, 2020
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.

 

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Great Divide Canada I
Great Divide Canada I

Self Contained. 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.