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.
If you’re new to cycling, these resources can help you get started:
Bike overnight gear checklist.
Don’t have bike-travel gear? Make these DIY panniers.
Give your bike a pre-trip tune-up.
Connect with a Bike Travel Weekend Advisor. Local experts in your area can provide recommendations for bike overnights in your area.
Have a question about bike travel or an Adventure Cycling route? Check out Adventure Cycling’s forums.
Find a Bike Travel Weekend trip on the map and join an existing ride or get inspired to plan your own.
Comprehensive planning guide.
How to plan your own route.
Use international bike route networks for bike trips outside of the U.S.
Many states have bike travel routes including Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Oregon's 14 Scenic Bikeway routes. Contact your state’s department of transportation to see if similar resources in other states.
Where you sleep can range from wild camping to a five-star hotel.
Camp or rent a cabin on federal land.
Reserve a campsite on Hipcamp.
Introduce bike travel to your kids. Kids 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.
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.
Bikeabout provides bicycle tourism information for a list of major U.S. and Canadian cities. Find routes, maps, public transportation resources, lodging, and more.
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.
Turn your mountain bike ride into an overnight adventure. Make sure that biking is allowed on the trails before you ride them.
How to tour on a mountain bike.
Bike overnight examples on a mountain bike.
Get familiar with the International Mountain Biking Association's (IMBA) code of conduct, Rules of the Trail.
The Bureau of Land Management has many amazing mountain biking trails. Find maps, site information, and more on this site.
Search for mountain biking trails in any state and find maps, photos, and other resources on MTB Project.
Find mountain bike trails, what their conditions are, photos and videos of trails, and track your rides with Trailforks.
Put your bike on a bus, train, or boat and use public transportation to supplement your Bike Travel Weekend trip.
Amtrak has many different services that allow people to bring bicycles on trains.
Use these planning tools to help you figure out which bike services each Amtrak route and station provides.
National Trails Day, June 6, overlaps with Bike Travel Weekend. Consider participating in a trail stewardship project as part of your trip.
June is also Great Outdoors Month. Great Outdoors Month encourages all of us-- outdoor rookies and experts alike-- to connect with and enjoy America's great outdoors.
Photo by Saara Snow