Self Contained Tours

Self-contained camping tours have been an Adventure Cycling tradition for 40 years. To many cyclists, this style of travel is the ultimate. Relying on your own power, cooking your own meals, and carrying your “home” with you — it’s a sense of freedom that must be experienced to be understood.

An Adventure Cycling leader accompanies each group of up to 14 riders traveling between 40 and 70 miles per day. Our shorter self-contained trips have fixed itineraries, but on our longer self-contained trips, only the starting and ending dates are fixed, so groups can adapt daily riding distances to the weather, terrain, and attractions along the way. The leader, with the group’s input, plans each day’s adventure. Schedules typically include a rest day every seven to 10 days. Riders share cooking duties and camp for the vast majority of overnight stays.

“The experience of riding 700 miles over 14 days, camping near beaches, going to sleep hearing crashing waves, forgetting my work password, and forgetting the day of the week: this all allowed me to come back feeling a little younger physically and mentally. It also helped me to prioritize the rest of my life.”  — 2014 Tour Participant

Click here for more details on meals, lodging, and mechanical support with our self-contained tours.

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Tour Team Top Picks

2017 Great Smoky Mountains Adventure - Van
2017 Great Smoky Mountains Adventure
Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017

Van Supported. This eight-day, van-supported tour explores the challenge of the terrain and the awe-inspiring beauty and diversity of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina.

2017 WA San Juan Islands - Inn to Inn
2017 WA San Juan Islands
Sep 09, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

Inn to Inn. This week-long inn-to-inn tour weaves along the glorious northwestern coastline of Washington’s Puget Sound and through its famous San Juan Islands, offering an irresistible combination of manageable daily mileages and world-class scenery.

2017 Great Divide Colorado Alpine I
2017 Great Divide Colorado Alpine I
Aug 05, 2017 - Aug 14, 2017

Self Contained. The Alpine section of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route winds through Colorado past some of the Rocky Mountains' biggest peaks, with most of the riding at elevations above 9,000 feet. Bring along your lung capacity, and come pedal among many of the most spectacular "fourteeners" in Colorado.