Reveal your inner kid! A cycling vacation can be one of the best bonding activities that family members can experience. Family Adventure tours can include all the amenities offered on our fully supported trips! Every family adventure trip offers opportunities for off-bike access to historical sites, hiking trails or special events, and, of course, ice cream! It’s incredible to see the bonding among families and the youth on these events. Join us for the best kind of family getaway — a family bike tour!
Children must be at least eight years old to participate Family Adventure tours.
“We had the time of our lives! I will never forget our trip. I am already looking forward to next year’s family trip.”
*Meals start with dinner on day one and end with lunch on the last day, and include group meals. You may choose to supplement our traditional meal schedule with other meals on your own.
**The overnight for the last day of the trip is typically not included. Camping fees are included in the tour cost, but if you choose to stay indoors at one of the options listed, it will be at your own expense.
Our Family Adventure Tours are designed to help introduce kids into bike travel. The minimum age at the time of the trip to participate is 8 years old. Kids are encouraged to be able to ride the daily mileage on their own, but the use of a tag-a-long can help extend a younger kid's mileage.
On these tours, kids must be accompanied by adults, and adults must be accompanied by kids. We've had parents, grand parents, aunts and uncles, and groups of friends all take their kids on our Family Adventure Tours in the past.
Our fully supported tours offer you the highest level of service of any of our offerings, but you will still be an active participant as in any of our other tours. Our Event Director and Tour Leaders are there to help facilitate a great experience for you.
Tour Leaders: Our Tour Leader staff on our fully supported events consist of an Event Director, Professional Mechanic, and 2-5 additional staff members. As a well oiled machine, they'll take of the logistics and make sure you're set up to have a great ride.
Luggage Transport: Our luggage truck will haul your gear from overnight to overnight, keeping your riding load down. You can bring two pieces of luggage, each weighing up to 25 pounds, and all your items should fit within. Luggage will be picked up and dropped off at each campsite, and for those staying at the indoor option, luggage will be picked up and delivered to the hotel.
Route Markings: Your tour will use on the ground route markings to help you find the turns and focus more on the ride and the scenery than the cue sheet. Some tour locations have some restrictions on route markings, which will be discussed during your daily map meetings.
SAG Support: Our on tour vehicles will be able to provide SAG support for health and mechanical emergencies. You should come to the tour prepared to ride the daily mileage. Any rider under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult during any SAG support rides.
Activities: We'll set up some activities at some of our overnight locations for the whole family to be involved with should you choose to. We are unable to provide any childcare services.
Upon signing up for an organized tour, you will receive confirmation and preparatory materials, including a copy of Before You Go: A Handbook for Adventure Cycling's Supported Tours (PDF), which contains a packing list and training tips. About 60 days prior to your trip, you will receive a Tour Information Packet with specific logistical details about your starting location, the designated bike shop, shipping your bike, making travel arrangements, and much more.
Our catering staff will provide all meals, including a hot breakfast each morning. Lunches typically are a build your own sandwich, and the sandwiches are transported to the designated lunch stop for you to enjoy. Dinners offer a variety of options each night, and as much as possible, incorporate local food and flavor! Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and other special dietary needs can be accommodated when known about in advance. We know that sometimes kids can be picky eaters, so the menu is planned with that flexibility in mind.
Each day, you'll have a designated water stop and a lunch stop where our staff will be set up with snacks and water/energy drinks. These are a great chance to take a break and catch up with other riders about what you've seen so far.
Most of the overnights will be at private or public campgrounds with a variety of amenities. Depending on the nature and location of the trip, these facilities could range from RV parks with hot tubs, to more remote locations without running water. You will need a good freestanding tent with a ground cloth, a sleeping bag rated appropriately for the season and elevation of your tour, and a sleeping pad. Showers are available each night of the tour.
Adventure Cycling tours are a great way to get out and explore new places and meet new friends. You whole family should plan on coming to your tour prepared to ride, both physically and with the correct equipment. Check out our Before You Go booklet (PDF) for more information on training and packing. You shouldn't come to your tour planning to ride into shape, as coming to the trip ready for anything will have you enjoying it from day one.
Be sure to read the full tour itinerary, including the Adventure Level, Terrain, and Technical Difficulty ratings to make sure that you prepare fully for the tour. If you have additional questions about the tour, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weather on our trips is highly variable and can be unpredictable. Your Tour Information Packet will have some information about weather for your tour, but you should come prepared to ride in all riding conditions no matter where your tour is or what time of year it takes place.
Family Adventure tours provide an experienced mechanic who follows the route every day in a support vehicle or by bike to take care of mechanical emergencies. The mechanic will also be available each evening at the camping location. We carry a supply of tires, tubes, and spare parts, but you should come prepared with the equipment and tools to change a flat. Our mechanic will do a pre-tour safety check of each bike.
eBikes are allowed on some of our fully supported tours, denoted by the below icon. Read our FAQ for information about eBikes on Adventure Cycling tours.
Participation on an Adventure Cycling Association tour is physically demanding, strenuous, and potentially hazardous. By registering and joining the tour, you assume the risk associated with your participation.
While we strive to find routes that are off the beaten path, many of our trips must use roads that can be heavily trafficked in order to get us to our overnight location, a grocery store for grocery shopping, or an attraction along the way. Your leader will cue you in to these sections during your daily map meetings. Traffic volume, shoulder width, and road conditions are not part of a tour's difficulty rating system.
The number of participants on a tour may be adjusted in response to demand and facility availability. Adventure Cycling reserves the right to make route and accommodation modifications without notification and to make alterations and substitutions to the itinerary as needed to improve the quality of the tour or to accommodate the comfort and well-being of our guests.
Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity recreation provider that is an authorized permittee with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and departments of transportation. Adventure Cycling Association is working cooperatively with these agencies to secure the appropriate permits.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call 202.720.5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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