The Shortest Distance Between Two Coasts Is The Southern Tier. 

January 2, 2017 - Whitney Ford-Terry is a tours specialist at Adventure Cycling.

Winter can be tough, especially if you live up in the cold, dark north. However, short days and long nights can be the perfect time to dream up your next adventure, and if you’re looking to hit the road this spring, you may want to check out Adventure Cycling’s Southern Tier bicycle route. Warm temperatures, scenic vistas, and a rich cultural heritage — plus, it’s our shortest cross-country route between the two coasts. Adventure Cycling offers three tours on the Southern Tier. The first one is already full!

Veteran Southern Tier enthusiast Linda Baldwin says, 

“Besides accomplishing over 3,000 miles from coast to coast, there’s a total immersion into the diversity and fabric of this country that can change your life.” 

In her recent blog post on this cross-country route, Linda also included a quote from Mark Twain that seems to sum up her experience with the route quite nicely (and here are some more thoughts on Mark Twain).

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” –Mark Twain

For even more goodness on the Southern Tier, pop on over to to read Tom Carrigan’s 2015 account of his coast-to-coast trek.

“I had wanted to do an epic ride for the past few years and learned about Adventure Cycling’s guided tours last summer. They look to be well documented and tried and true for several years. Adventure Cycling is the authority on bike-route mapping, so I felt safe that this was going to be a well-run ride. My primary goals are to enjoy the ride first and foremost, marvel in the sites and feel of this part of our great country, to make new friends, to meet some of the people who live on the route, and pick up something unique each day.”

Space is still available on Adventure Cycling’s van-supported Southern Tier departing March 12, so sign up now and start planning your next big adventure!

Photo 1 Dennis Coello | Photo 2 Tom Kerigan | Photo 3 Arlen Hall


ON THE ROAD is written by the tours team— Paul, Mandy, Emma, Mike, and Arlen — tours specialists and intrepid bicyclists, helping you bring your cycling dreams to fruition. Check out our 2018 Guided Tours today!


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