Tours in the Midwest

If you think the entire Midwest is pancake-flat, you’ve got another thing coming. The middle of America is a prime cycling destination with hundreds of miles of rail trails, paved cycling paths, and empty country roads — not to mention some incredibly vibrant communities large and small. A tour in the Midwest can take you through rolling farm country, along meandering rivers, and next to pristine lakes (including a few particularly “Great” ones), and — yes — up and down more hills than you might expect! 

Great Lakes - Inn to Inn
Great Lakes
Sep 09, 2017 - Sep 19, 2017

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.

Michigan's Lakeshore
Michigan's Lakeshore
Sep 09, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

Profiled in Santella’s book, Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die, this eight-day, self-contained tour centered in Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula is an adventure you won’t want to miss!

Leadership Training - Missouri
Leadership Training - Missouri
Oct 05, 2017 - Oct 08, 2017

Adventure Cycling’s Leadership Training Course (LTC) is designed for experienced bicycle travelers who wish to learn our philosophy of leadership and how it applies to self-contained and supported tours.

2018 Great Lakes
2018 Great Lakes
Jun 06, 2018 - Jun 16, 2018

Self Contained. Enjoy incredible scenery and some of the best riding you can imagine on Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas. The route’s moderate terrain and manageable daily distances make this trip an excellent choice for beginners or for those wishing to enjoy more time out of the saddle during their vacation.

2018 Minnesota-Wisconsin Rivers & Trails
2018 Minnesota-Wisconsin Rivers & Trails
Jun 09, 2018 - Jun 16, 2018

Fully Supported. Southwest Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota offer some of the best riding in the country. Rail trails, bridges, cheese factories, and wineries highlight this beautiful area.

2018 Intro to Road Touring - Wisconsin
2018 Intro to Road Touring - Wisconsin
Jun 17, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018

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 — including the classic panniers vs. trailer debate — will be followed by a fun, four-day tour in and around West Bend, Wisconsin.

2018 Lake Superior South Shore
2018 Lake Superior South Shore
Aug 19, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018

Self Contained. Join us on a tour of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the northwestern-most part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Keweenaw Peninsula is on Lake Superior, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, making it a place of rugged beauty and breathtaking vistas.

2018 Michigan's Lakeshore
2018 Michigan's Lakeshore
Sep 08, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018

Self Contained. Profiled in Santella’s book, Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die, this eight-day, self-contained tour centered in Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula is an adventure you won’t want to miss!

2018 Great Lakes Relaxed
2018 Great Lakes Relaxed
Sep 08, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018

Fully Supported. We’ve incorporated the quiet roads and pleasurable riding of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula into our popular relaxed tour format.

2018 Leadership Training - Missouri
2018 Leadership Training - Missouri
Oct 04, 2018 - Oct 07, 2018

Leadership Training Course. Our leadership courses are for more experienced touring cyclists looking to lead their own trips or become Adventure Cycling tour leaders.

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2018 CA Gold Rush to the Bay II
2018 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.

2018 CA Gold Rush to the Bay I
2018 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.

2018 Selkirk Splendor
2018 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.”

2018 C&O Canal/GAP - Spring
2018 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.