Bike Overnight Ideas

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Save the date for Bike Travel Weekend in 2018, June 1–3, and enjoy going on bike overnights all year long!

Bike Travel Weekend is for everyone from experienced bike travelers to people who have never gone on a bike overnight. It’s for people who like to camp and for those who would rather stay overnight 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 hardcore cyclists who want to bikepack into the mountains or complete a century ride. 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 bicycling, 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.

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

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

Trip Planning

Overnight Opportunities

Where you sleep can range from remote 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

If you live in an urban area or you are visiting an urban area, you don’t have to drive hundreds of miles to start your trip. 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, bike share can be a great way to check out urban parks on two wheels.

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

Ride on a Trail

  • Find a rail trail through the Rails to Trails Conservancy.
  • The American Hiking Society is celebrating the 25th National Trails Day in 2017. The event began in 1993 to highlight the importance of the National Trails System and to enhance its quality and accessibility for the public. If your trip is all or partially on a trail, consider registering it as part of National Trails Day too. 

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’s (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.

Bring Bikes Aboard

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

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

  • Bike/Train Travel Map Tool: Adventure Cycling bicycle routes are overlaid with Amtrak routes on this map.

  • Boxing a Bike? Learn tips and tricks for the task dreaded by all bicycle travelers.

Be A Trail Steward

National Trails Day (June 3) overlaps with Bike Travel Weekend. Consider participating in a trail stewardship project as part of your trip.


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