Appalachian Cycling Vacation — Our First Bicycle Tour in the USA!

This Epic Cycling Tour Travels from Maine to North Carolina!

Find out all about our Appalachian bicycle tour here at Ride and Seek. This is a combination of some of the finest cycling in the USA with a historical and gastronomical focus that creates a wonderfully immersive travel experience. Taking inspiration from our classic European Cycling Tours, we created our first bicycle tour in the USA and we are extremely pleased with the result. Keep reading below to learn more, or click along the tabs at the top if you’d like to learn more, and please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

The Stages of Our Appalachian Bike Tour

Split over two distinct stages, our cycling route takes us through ten US States, from Bethel, Maine to Cherokee, North Carolina with the Appalachian Trail providing our thematic context. Starting with the rural and rustic splendour of Maine, we search out the road less travelled as we cycle southwards. Our journey explores the states of New England, skirts around NYC, before we complete the first stage in the historic town of Gettysburg.

The US Civil War provides an interesting historical angle as we travel close to some of the most significant battlefields. The scenery of the ride is enhanced by the numerous national parks we cycle through and the hillier second stage can lay claim to taking us on two of the best bike routes in the USA: the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. This US bike tour will be run in collaboration with our friends at Cycle of Life Adventures and is a wonderful addition to our Epic Tours collection. Over time, we are looking to add more tours to our Cycling Tours in US, but for now, we’re confident that we’re off to the best possible start!



Team Members on this Tour

Ben Weigl
Dylan Reynolds



Appalachian Bike Tour Highlights

> Ride through 12 States alongside the Appalachian Trail

> Cycle the longest linear park in the US on the extraordinary Blue Ridge Parkway

> Immerse yourself in the wilderness of northern Maine

> Visit the illustrious Norman Rockwell and Robert Frost museums

> Roll through the orchards of western Pennsylvania & Maryland

> Cross the mighty Hudson River as we skirt around New York City

> Explore the historic Civil War towns of Gettysburg and Harpers Ferry

> Discover the great Skyline Drive ridge ride in the Shenandoah National Park

> Delight in the quiet roads and rustic scenery of New Hampshire and Vermont

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Appalachian Bike Tour Dates 2023

Stage Start Date End Date Days Nights Cost (US$)
Stage 1 -Bethel, Maine to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 4th June 17th June 14 (13 nights) $ 5,590
Stage 2 – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Cherokee, North Carolina 17th June 1st July 15 (14 nights) $ 5,990
Appalachian Epic – Maine to North Carolina 4th June 1st July 28 (27 nights) $11,200
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We present a range of accommodation options across this tour. As with all of our tours we have searched out places that are not only ‘best available’, but also reflect the essence of the area in which we travel. Below we present a selection of some of our favourite abodes along the way.

Pisgah Inn (NC) is a quiet, natural place. Natural breezes and mountain views provide a comfortable atmosphere for our guests to enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains. Pisgah Inn has been accommodating guests since the first Pisgah Inn opened in 1919. Come for the food and stay for the views – or come for the views and stay for the food. Either way, you will love the Pisgah Inn.

The Palmer House Resort (VT). Tucked away in the heart of Green Mountain National Forest our boutique hotel is found in Manchester Center, VT. Located close to the local amenities it offers both convenience and a wonderful immersion into the natural environment for which Vermont is so well known.

Big Meadows Lodge. Situated at the start of the Skyline Drive our abode is another stunning National Park Lodge. Built-in 1939 with stones hewn from the Massanutten Mountains and native wormy chestnut (now virtually extinct), our abode has an easy, natural feeling and is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Peaks of Otter National Park Lodge. The only hotel on the Blue Ridge Parkway is found in a naturally serene location with the pristine Abbott Lake and majestic Sharp Top Mountain as the backdrop. With a wonderful restaurant and great hospitality, it is a great spot to take in the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Appalachian Bike Tour Ride Data

Our first foray into the USA takes us alongside the Appalachian Trail from New England to North Carolina. A journey that offers some of the finest cycling Stateside with a fascinating long and varied history. The ride data below provides a clearer insight into the flow of the tour via the average ride distances and elevations for each respective stage and the Epic as a whole.

Stage 1 – Bethel to Gettysburg

Number of ride days: 12
Number of rest days: 1
Distance: 1104 km / 686 miles
Elevation: 10,550 m / 34,630 ft
Daily Distance Average: 92 km / 57 miles
Daily Elevation Average: 880 metres / 2,886 ft
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(Not including long route options – Shorter routes may also be available some days)

Stage 2 – Gettysburg to Cherokee

Number of ride days: 13
Number of rest days: 1
Distance: 1168 km / 726 miles
Elevation: 21,020 m / 68,960 ft
Daily Distance Average: 90 km / 56 miles
Daily Elevation Average: 1,617 metres / 5,305 ft
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(Not including long route options – Shorter routes may also be available some days)

The Epic- Bethel to Cherokee

Number of ride days: 24
Number of rest days: 3
Distance: 2272 km / 1412 miles
Elevation: 31,570 m / 103,590 ft
Daily Distance Average: 90 km / 56 miles
Daily Elevation Average: 1257 metres / 4,124 ft
Grading: Ride and Seek Bike Tours Espresso Cup
(Not including long route options – Shorter routes may also be available some days)

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Team of Rivals (Doris Kearns Goodwin)

Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln’s political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. (Recommended by fideli Irwin G as an outstanding and very readable, though lengthy, biography of Abraham Lincoln)

A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson)

The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America—majestic mountains, silent forests, sparkling lakes. This book focuses on the hike but at the same time is applicable to the route we’ll be taking on the Appalachian Epic too. Bryson introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way—and a couple of bears. (Recommended by fideli Bernie N as a quick, easy and entertaining yarn about the area we’ll be cycling through)

Killer Angels (Michael Shaara)

A great historical novel about Gettysburg and the days preceding and following it. It is a wonderful blend of historical fact and fictional characterization. Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published. (Recommended by fideli Martha F who told us that her great-great-uncle, Prentiss Fogler, fought with the 20th Maine under the command of Joshua Chamberlain at the decisive battle for the Union at Little Round Top.)

Arundel (Kenneth Roberts)

This is the classic series from Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novelist Kenneth Roberts, all featuring characters from the town of Arundel, Maine. Arundel follows Steven Nason as he joins Benedict Arnold in his march to Quebec during the American Revolution. (Recommended by fideli Martha F who highlights that Arnold’s march from Maine actually started close to the starting point of our tour).

Bicycling the Blue Ridge: A Guide to Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway (Elizabeth & Charlie Skinner)

Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway are arguably the most quintessential scenic roads east of the Mississippi. Bicycling the Blue Ridge is the definitive guide to this ribbon of highway. (Recommended by fideli Jim C who describes the book as the single best source for riding the Blue Ridge and essential reading for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of this great route).

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Appalachian Bike Tour History

Our Appalachian Epic is divided into two stages with the rest day in the town of Gettysburg. Reading through Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address the pertinence of his words is particularly apt at this time – it truly is a great speech. As with all our tours, we embrace the history of the places we travel through to give us a better sense of today. Our interactive cycle tour through the battlefields of Gettysburg is just one way in which we give you a chance to embrace the history along the route we ride.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Trip

Ride through New England and then alongside the Appalachian Trail from Maine to North Carolina.

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Tour at a Glance

    The Tour – Appalachian 2023

    Time period:  June – July
    Countries: USA (12 States)
    Number of days: 12-28 days
    Number of stages:  2
    Price: From US$5590 – US$11,200
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    The Epic – Bethel, ME to Cherokee, NC

    Dates: June 4th – July 1st, 2023
    Number of days: 28
    Price: US$11,200
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    Stage 1 -Bethel, ME to Gettysburg, PA

    Dates: June 4th – June 17th, 2023
    Number of days: 14
    Price: US$5,590
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    Stage 2 – Gettysburg, PA to Cherokee, NC

    Dates: June 17th – July 1st 2023
    Number of days: 15
    Price: US$5,990
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The Trip

Ride through New England and then alongside the Appalachian Trail from Maine to North Carolina.

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Tour at a Glance

    The Tour – Appalachian 2023

    Time period:  June – July
    Countries: USA (12 States)
    Number of days: 12-28 days
    Number of stages:  2
    Price: From US$5590 – US$11,200
    Grading: to

    The Epic – Bethel, ME to Cherokee, NC

    Dates: June 4th – July 1st, 2023
    Number of days: 28
    Price: US$11,200
    Grading:

    Stage 1 -Bethel, ME to Gettysburg, PA

    Dates: June 4th – June 17th, 2023
    Number of days: 14
    Price: US$5,590
    Grading:

    Stage 2 – Gettysburg, PA to Cherokee, NC

    Dates: June 17th – July 1st 2023
    Number of days: 15
    Price: US$5,990
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