Are you itching to experience a self-contained adventure, but your busy schedule gets in the way? Do you like the idea of carrying your own gear, but you prefer to stay indoors and explore local food? Then Adventure Cycling’s inn-to-inn tours are for you! These tours are typically 7 to 10 days in length, and like our traditional self-contained trips, inn-to-inn tours feature a small group of riders, usually around 14 cyclists. Each night you will rest in a hotel or motel and enjoy dinner and breakfast at local restaurants. Carrying your own personal items and just enough clothes for the week, you’ll be free to spend each evening reminiscing about the day’s riding adventures.
“I really enjoyed the immersion in the group experience. There is nothing like stepping away from your normal life and engaging in a trip like this, doing new things and seeing new places.”
*Meals typically 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.
Our inn-to-inn tours are completely self-contained and you are required to carry all your own personal items. There is no vehicle support on these tours. We typically have one tour leader who traditionally rides 'sweep' as the last person in the group.
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 Inn-to-Inn Tours (PDF/3,533 KB), 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.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided for each day of the trip. On inn-to-inn trips, breakfast and dinner are provided in eating establishments on the route; lunch is prepared in the morning and you carry it with you on your bike. Vegetarian and special dietary needs will be accommodated, though food selection may be limited in some locations.
Participants will stay at prearranged motels and hotels each night. Price is based on double occupancy. Single supplements may be available if you would like to be guaranteed your own room. If you are traveling solo and do not require your own room, we will pair you with another solo traveler of the same gender. Occasionally an inn-to-inn tour will use a hostel for overnight accommodations when the hostel is key to accessing other attractions that would otherwise be inaccessible. Single supplements are not available for nights in hostels.
Adventure Cycling tours are a great way to get out and explore new places and meet new friends. You 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.
Our inn-to-inn tours require a degree of mechanical self-sufficiency. You should have the tools and skills necessary to change flats and perform minor mechanical adjustments. We will carry a group kit with general tools that will work for most bikes. You should bring any specialty tools and parts that you may need, especially on more remote tours where access to bike shops is limited. Our leaders have some basic mechanical skills, but are not trained mechanics.
eBikes are allowed on some of our inn-to-inn tours, denoted by the icon below. 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.
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