Bike Overnight Ideas

Bike Travel Weekend is for everyone from experienced multi-day cyclists to people who have never gone on a bike trip. It’s for people who like to camp and for those who would rather spend the night in a hotel or B&B. It’s for families who want to pack up young kids in bike trailers or ride tag-along-bikes or strider bikes a few miles down the road or bike path to spend the night at grandma’s house. And it’s for cyclists who want to complete a century ride or go on an epic ride into the mountains. Whatever Bike Travel Weekend is for you, get inspired with the resources below and start planning your trip.

Get Started

If you’re new to cycling, these resources can help you get started:

  • Bike Travel How-To’s: If you’re new to bicycling and bike travel, check out Adventure Cycling’s how-to resources to get started.

  • Adventure Cycling’s Bike Overnights website is a how-to resource with information about going on a bike overnight. The website is also a source of inspiration and offers bike overnight examples and trip ideas.

  • Plan Your Route: Use these resources to find a route.

  • Gear Lists: Start thinking about what kind of gear you’ll need to pack for your trip.

  • Don’t have bike-travel gear? Make these DIY panniers.

  • Give your bike a pre-trip tune-up.

  • Connect with an Advisor: Local experts in your area can answer your questions about Bike Travel Weekend and provide recommendations for bike overnights in your area.

  • Forums: Have a question about bike travel or an Adventure Cycling route? Check out Adventure Cycling’s forums.

  • Radavist: Get bikepacking inspiration and tips.

Trip Planning

Overnight Opportunities

Where you sleep can range from wild camping to a five-star hotel.

Bring Your Family

Bring kids of all ages on your Bike Travel Weekend trip. They can ride their own bike from two wheelers, bikes with training wheels, to strider bikes. Little ones can sit in a bike trailer, bike seat, or tag-along bike.

  • Bicycling with kids: Adventure Cycling’s How-To resources can help you introduce bicycling to your kids.

Discover Urban Cycling Opportunities

You don’t have to drive hundreds of miles to start your Bike Travel Weekend trip from an urban area. Explore out your front door.

  • Riding in the city: Bikeabout provides bicycle tourism information for a list of major U.S. and Canadian cities. Find routes, maps, public transportation resources, lodging, and more.

  • Bike Share: If you live in an urban area and don’t own a bike, use a bike share to explore urban parks by bike.

  • Bikemunk also offers a comprehensive list of bike share companies by state.

  • CycleLifeHQ is a bike tourism platform that will help you find the best rides, accommodations, restaurants, bike transportation, and more in any of their curated destinations.

Ride on a Trail

  • Find a rail trail through the Rails to Trails Conservancy.

  • This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. Celebrate by riding on a trail during Bike Travel Weekend. If you do, you’ll be part of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, 2018, too. The American Hiking Society initiative inspires people to enjoy trails and participate in a trail service project. If your Bike Travel Weekend trip is all or partially on a trail, it will automatically be counted as part of National Trails Day.

Go Mountain Biking

Turn your mountain bike ride into an overnight adventure. Make sure that biking is allowed on the trails before you ride them.

  • Check out bike overnight examples on a mountain bike.

  • Rules of the Trail: Get familiar with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) code of conduct.

  • Bureau of Land Management: The BLM has many amazing mountain biking trails. Find maps, site information, and more on this site.

  • Mountain biking in National Parks: IMBA provides a list of the 45 park units that allow mountain biking on dirt trails and roads.

  • MTB Project: Search for mountain biking trails in any state and find maps, photos, and other resources.

  • Trailforks: Find mountain bike trails, what their conditions are, photos and videos of trails, and track your rides with this app.

Bring Bikes Aboard

Put your bike on a bus, train, or boat and use public transportation to supplement your bike overnight.

  • Amtrak Bicycle Services: Amtrak has many different services that allow people to bring bicycles on trains — check out the options for the routes in your area.

Be A Trail Steward

National Trails DayJune 2, overlaps with Bike Travel Weekend. Consider participating in a trail stewardship project as part of your trip.

Photos 1, 5 & 8 Tom Robertson | Photo 2 Wesley Boomgaarden | Photo 3 John Sieber | Photos 4, 6 & 9 Saara Snow | Photo 5 | Photo 7 Erick Cedeno

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