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Bike Travel Weekend and Bike Your Park Day are events that anyone can participate in. Whether you’re a beginning or elite bicyclist, eight or 80 years old, or whether you live in an urban or rural area, get inspired with the resources below to start planning your ride.

Get Started

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

Trip Planning

Find Your Park

Learn about the parks and public lands near you, as well as options for overnight stays and bicycle routes:

Overnight Opportunities

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

Bring Your Family

  • Every Kid in a Park: all fourth graders and their families can get a free pass to all national parks, lands, and waters.

  • Discover the Forest: A kid-friendly site that helps families connect to the forests and public lands near them.

  • Kids in Parks: The NPS offers many programs to engage kids and help them discover the outdoors.

  • 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.

Discover Urban Cycling Opportunities

You don’t have to drive hundreds of miles to start your Bike Travel Weekend or Bike Your Park Day ride 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.

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.

Bring Bikes Aboard

Put your bike on a bus, train, or boat and use public transportation to supplement your Bike Travel Weekend trip.

  • Use these planning tools to help you figure out which bike services each Amtrak route and station provides.

Be A Park Steward

Give back to your parks and public lands by participating in a service event on September 26, 2020 for National Public Lands Day when you bike your park.  It's possible to participate in both Bike Your Park Day and National Public Lands Day!

Photo by Saara Snow.