The Southern Tier route offers challenging terrain right from the start, with some longer climbs leaving San Diego all the way up to In-ko-pah Pass, about 70 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. In New Mexico, Emory Pass at 8,228 feet, is the route's highest point. The Gila Cliff Dwellings Alternate, just north of Silver City, New Mexico, goes to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and offers some steep, challenging, rolling climbs and descents, as does the hill country west of Austin, Texas. East of Austin the route flattens out as it meanders through piney woods, by bayous, along farmlands and woodlots, and past the Gulf Coast all the way to St. Augustine on the Atlantic Ocean.
The classic route to cross America by bicycle! Grand parks along the TransAmerica Trail include Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, among the best in the United States. One additional treat: because this route has been ridden by cyclists for years, many of the cafes, restaurants, and overnight accommodations along the route have kept journals consisting of entries written by cross-country riders from previous years, providing you with a cyclist's history of the route. Plan on around three months (give or take) for the crossing. Some traverse the route quicker, but this leaves less time for sightseeing.
The scenic Pacific Coast Route travels from Vancouver, B.C., to Imperial Beach, California. Breathtaking cliffs, redwood forests, lighthouses, beaches, and a rugged coastline makes this a very popular route. Discover the beauty to be found between Canada and Mexico.
For over 50 years, motorists traveled the legendary U.S. Route 66 – popularly known as Route 66 or the Mother Road – from Chicago, Illinois to the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, California. Now it’s the cyclists’ turn.
In view of the strong association between the historic roadway and America’s love affair with the automobile, it is perhaps ironic that hundreds of travelers will now attain independence from the motor vehicle by traveling Bicycle Route 66 under their own steam. While the cafes and grocery stores along the way remain important fuel stops for them, traveling cyclists can enjoy a certain satisfaction as they whiz past the many gas stations found in the towns and cities they visit.
Cities, small towns, farmland, forests, roads and trails – this route has it all! Heading east from Chicago you’ll go through Indianapolis, Columbus, and Pittsburgh. You'll cross the state of Pennsylvania into New Jersey, then into New York. The route follows a signed bike route along the Hudson River into New York City from the north. Or, in Pittsburgh, you have the option to continue on the Philadelphia Alternate. The route follows the Great Allegheny Passage and a portion of the C&O Canal Trail in Maryland. After leaving Philadelphia, the route goes east to the New Jersey shore and ends with a ferry ride into New York City from the south.