Explore your own backyard on two wheels – right here in the United States.

Why do a cycling tour in the United States? Because where else are you going to share the road with a cowboy, or cool off beneath a waterfall on the San Juan river? Where else can you wake up to stunning views over Utah’s red rock cliffs or cycle through Death Valley? Where else will you dance the night away in some country bar and then cycle out to see a pod of passing orcas? Going on a bike tour in the United States isn’t just about the road. More than anywhere else, it’s about the color and the diversity and the culture. It’s about kicking back with a glass of wine in Napa, taking a dip in the waters around Acadia National Park or riding through the same remote canyons that Butch Cassidy once rode. 

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Highlights of cycling in the USA

View of Zion National Park

Hike and bike in Zion

Packed with giant slot canyons, towering sandstone cliffs and gorgeous river gardens, Zion National Park is an adventure playground for cyclists. Enjoy a freewheeling descent through serpentine switchbacks that snake through steep-sided canyons, or climb the virtually car-free Floor of the Valley Road beneath the towering red rock cliffs past the megaliths such as the Mountain of the Sun, Mount Majestic, and The Great White Throne. You can even swap your biking shoes for hiking shoes and tackle one of Zion's iconic trails.

Napa Valley vineyards

Cruise through Napa Valley

Sometimes the best thing about cycling is when you stop, and that’s never been truer than when you're cruising through California’s stunning Napa Valley. After cycling through winding hills lined with vineyards as far as your eyes can see, hop off and quench your thirst with a refreshing glass of wine (or two) and some delicious local produce. With the sun on your back and the occasional cool Pacific Ocean breeze in your hair, cycling in Napa Valley is all about going at a slow and steady pace. 

San Juan Island Orca

Discover San Juan Islands

For cyclists, the San Juan Islands have it all – a stunning lighthouse, rugged coastlines, a sea of lavender fields, quiet roads between delightful fishing villages, and a little known yet fascinating piece of American history that you can cycle right through. It’s also known as one of the best places in the world to view whales, and you can do it without even putting your bike down! Pair the islands' natural beauty with relaxed island life and amazing cuisine, and this is a cyclist's paradise.

Acadia National Park Maine sunset

Explore Acadia National Park

From the moment the sunrise touches your eyes you’ll be enchanted by Acadia National Park. Recognized as one of the United States’ most beloved parks, you can explore a stunningly rugged coastline, glacier-carved mountains, iconic viewpoints and fascinating wildlife all from the seat of your bike. This is the best of America captured in 77 square miles, and best of all, it’s practically made for cycling, especially along the famed ‘carriage roads’ – John D Rockefeller Jr’s greatest gift to cyclists of all abilities.

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah

Adventure through Arches National Park

Brimming with wonderfully eroded sandstone cliffs, giant pinnacles and natural rock formations in all shapes and sizes, Arches National Park has the world's largest concentration of natural sandstone arches and your feet (and eyes) will be kept busy as you weave uphill beneath striking coloured rocks before hopping off to explore on foot. Stop at the awe-inspiring Windows Section and walk past countless natural arches while listening and learning about these incredible landscapes.

Goldfield Ghost Town in Nevada, USA

Discover Nevada's dramatic desert scenery

After enjoying a bit of glitz and glamour in Las Vegas, change into your lycras and get ready to experience a different side to Nevada. Whether you want to explore dramatic desert scenery and colourful canyons in Valley of Fire, walk along the vast salt flats and otherworldly sand dunes in Death Valley or cycle through a historic Hoover Dam Railroad or ghost town where time stands still, there's so much to discover in this sun-drenched state. 

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Trips on or before 31 December 2022

If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy

To take the hassle out of preparing for your trip, we've included bike hire on all our USA cycling tours. Alternatively, you can bring your trusty bike from home. If you're bringing your own bike, let us know when booking so we can make sure your bike is appropriate for that particular tour.

Bringing your own bike – If you are a dedicated cyclist or just want to take your bike on a holiday, you can usually bring it along for the ride. If you need to box it up for transport, the easiest way to do this is to go to your local bike shop and ask if they will do it for you (a fee may apply). They often have boxes on hand from old stock and have the tools to remove the pedals and secure your handlebars. Fees may also apply if you're travelling by plane or public transport, so check with your transport provider about costs. It's worth remembering not all trips will be able to accommodate your own bike, so let us know what you're planning at the time of booking.

Hiring a bike – The bikes we use are from proven brands, very well maintained, typically less than 3 years old (most are newer) and specifically chosen to suit the terrain you'll be cycling on the trip. They come in the full range of sizes from extra small to extra large and usually have front suspension, flat bars, and 27 gears. The only thing you need to do is advise us of your height at the time of booking. We’ll handle the rest. If you'd like, you can always take your own saddle (seat) or gel over-cover for comfort sake, and if you want to use cleats, bring your pedals and shoes too. 

On all of our cycling tours, your accommodation is pre-booked and your luggage is transferred between each place we stop. All you have to carry is a small, lightweight day bag for your water bottle, snacks, gadgets, purse and a few layers to keep you dry and warm. 

Helmets are compulsory on all our bike tours, so you can either bring your own (to save on luggage space) or buy one at a local bike shop once you arrive at the starting destination. We also recommend you bring your own water bottle/hydration pack and closed sports shoes. You may also wish to bring cycling shorts, and (if you ride regularly at home) your own saddle and pedals. Many of our travelers who do not ride regularly find a gel seat cover helpful in making the ride more comfortable. For more info on packing, check out the What to Pack section of your Essential Trip Information.

All you need to enjoy our cycling trips is the ability to ride a bicycle and a passion for seeing the USA's great outdoors on two wheels. And that’s about it. There may be some longer days on certain itineraries, but the vast majority of our cycling days are between 20-37miles (30-60kms) and are done at a leisurely pace with plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery or take a breather. Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness will get by with no trouble.

Our cycling trips are done predominantly on sealed roads (with the odd unsealed section), but none of the trips require any advanced cycling skills. We’ve also researched extra riding routes in each of the destinations we visit, so if you want to stretch your legs a bit more, you're welcome to do so. 

We run risk assessments on each and every one of our US cycling trips to make sure they’re up to scratch, and your cycling leaders have personally ridden every inch of the itinerary in advance. We’ve assessed the road conditions, the level of traffic and any potential blackspots. Our leaders are trained in cycling health and safety, as well as basic first aid, and we usually have a vehicle following us if an evacuation ever becomes necessary. We’ve also made sure our bike tours depart during the milder months when the weather isn’t too hot or too cold, so the ride should be as pleasant (and safe) as possible. 

Travel insurance is compulsory on all Intrepid trips, but you may not need specialist cycling insurance. Any injuries you might suffer while riding should be covered by the more reputable comprehensive policies (we can recommend some good brands if you’re unsure of what to get). It’s always important to double-check the fine print before departure. 

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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