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10 Best Bike Tours for 2022

view of Bryce and Zion canyons from above

Many people are looking at 2022 as the chance to get back to traveling. Because we know times are still uncertain, our flexible cancellation policy and no-risk deposit make it easy to book a trip now but change plans later if necessary. To help inspire your travel planning, we’ve rounded up some of our best bike tours for 2022, which continue to feature our enhanced safety protocols so you can travel with peace of mind. Our recommended trips include destinations that are selling out fast, some new options we can’t wait to explore, and some of our all-time favorite places to see by bike.

Where will you ride with us in 2022?

Acadia Bike Tour


Rider Level: 1 / 2 | Travel: June & July

Bike Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park, and discover Rockefeller’s serene carriage roads and the idyllic viewpoints like Jordan Pond along the way. You’ll admire Acadia from the water as you sail on a historic schooner and enjoy East Coast staples such as Maine lobster and treats full of fresh blueberries.

Andalucia Bike Tour


Rider Level: 3 / 4 | Travel: Sept & Oct

Ride around the limestone formations and in the unspoiled forested terrain of the Natural Parks of Sierra de Grazelema and experience the cultural and historical crossroads of Southern Spain between Granada and Ronda. Unmistakable flavors, sounds, and incredible cycling await you.

Croatia Bike Tour


Rider Level: 2/3 | Travel: July, Aug, Sept, & Oct

Savor views of the clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea as you ride along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. Combine the unforgettable riding with our world-class, luxury accommodations, added excursions, and local dining and you’re sure to enjoy the cycling vacation of a lifetime here.

Kentucky Bourbon Country Bike Tour

Kentucky Bourbon Country

Rider Level: 2/3 | Travel: Aug & Sept

Endless miles of shaded country roads lead you past world-class horse farms and straight to fine bourbon tastings. You will flow from the bustle of downtown Lexington to quiet, starlit lights at a well-preserved historic Shaker village, on to your own room in a castle near Versailles.

New Mexico Bike Tour

New Mexico

Rider Level: 3 | Travel: June, Sept, & Oct

Discover The Land of Enchantment as we explore Santa Fe and Taos. During the trip through America’s Southwest, we’ll pass through four different Native American Pueblos and ride along a segment of the famed High Road to Taos.

Norway Bike Tour


Rider Level: 3 | Travel: June, July, & Aug

Pedal against the icy blue backdrop of the gargantuan Nigardsbreen and Bergset glaciers as we uncover this undiscovered cycling destination. We’ll enjoy unparalleled views of the fjords and unforgettable Nordic cuisine.

Cross Country Portland to Bozeman Bike Tour

Portland to Bozeman

Rider Level: 4 | Travel: Aug

Get ready for an avid cycling adventure from the Pacific Northwest to the Rocky Mountains and Big Sky Country. You will begin in Portland and head eastward through the Columbia River Gorge, along the Lewis and Clark Highway, and over the Rockies at Lolo Pass before finally meandering to Bozeman.

Puglia Bike Tour


Rider Level: 2 | Travel: Sept & Oct

The “heel of Italy’s boot” will captivate you with its dramatic beaches and quiet roads lined by majestic olive trees. Indulge yourself as you enjoy private olive oil and wine tastings, private historic walking tours, delicious cuisine, and luxurious accommodations.

Under Canvas

Under Canvas

Rider Level: 2/3 | Travel: June, July, & Aug

Join us in the Black Hills of South Dakota or Glacier National Park to glamp in luxury safari-style tents, ride through stunning scenery, and search for wildlife. We’ve partnered with Under Canvas to offer a unique chance to sleep under the stars and explore America’s beautiful national parks.

Utah Bike Tours


Rider Level: 1 or 3 | Travel: June, Sept, Oct, & Nov

Whether you want a weekend getaway or a week-long trip, our Utah bike tours will show you the beauty of the American Southwest. From Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon, ride past stunning red rock formations, hike to photo-worthy views, and dine on delicious cuisine.


Didn’t see the dates you were looking for? With our custom and a la carte options, you can enjoy our best trips on your schedule. Some destinations also include self-guided trips, which offer even more flexibility to enjoy the trip at your pace.

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Your favorite Trek Travel picnic recipes from your awesome guides

picnic lunch set up on a table

Looking for some quick recipes this holiday season? Trek Travel has you covered! Our guides have been known to create beautiful picnic displays with delicious, easy, and homemade snacks that our guests cannot get enough of! Now, they want to share some of their favorite recipes with you to wow your family and friends!

Kale Salad

Kale Salad

As seen on our Yellowstone & Grand Teton trip by Claire Reierson

1 bunch of kale, stemmed and sliced into ribbons
1/3 cup dried cranberries (or cherries)
1/3 cup walnuts
1/3 cup feta cheese
2 tbsp chopped shallots
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Dash of salt & pepper

1. Place kale in a large bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, combine shallots, olive oil, red wine, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Whisk well.
3. Pour dressing over kale. Gently toss until all kale is coated. Top with cranberries, walnuts and feta cheese. Enjoy!

Very Berry Salad

Very Berry Salad

As seen on our Andalucia trip by Carlos Moreno

14 oz pack of mixed baby spring greens (spinach, arugula, lettuces, chard, radicchio)
8 oz strawberries, cored and sliced thin
8 oz blackberries
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
1/2 cup feta, crumbled
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
Dash of salt & pepper

1. Place spring greens in a large bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk well.
3. Pour dressing over greens. Gently toss with berries, almonds, and feta.

Roasted Chicken with Dates and Olives

Roasted Chicken with Dates and Olives

As seen on our Palm Springs trip by Megan Waldbillig

Boneless/skinless chicken thighs, about 6
Olive Oil
Herbs de Provence
Lemon zest
Dash of salt & pepper
1 leek
Pitted green olives, one small handful per chicken thigh
Dates, one small handful per chicken thigh
Caper berries

1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees F.
2. Use a 9×13 baking dish (glass recommended). Season boneless/skinless chicken thighs with olive oil and herbs de Provence, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Generously drizzle honey all over seasoned chicken.
3. Cook for 35 minutes or until the chicken thighs have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
4. Meanwhile, thinly slice 1 leek set aside and then chop pitted green olives and dates.
5. When chicken is halfway done, take it out and flip thighs. Add all of your leek slices, dates, and olives.
6. Once fully cooked, sprinkle with caper berries.
7. Slice chicken thighs when cooled and serve, or refrigerate and eat chilled with salad the next day.

Grilled Veggie Quinoa Salad

Grilled Veggie Quinoa Salad

As seen on our Santa Barbara Long Weekend trip by Megan Waldbillig

1 cup quinoa
Homemade chimichurri (recipe below)
Veggies of your choice (Megan uses summer squash, bell peppers, red onion, and asparagus, or broccolini and shishito peppers)
1/2 cup – 1 cup dried fruit of choice (Megan uses a blend of dried cranberries, cherries, and blueberries)
Dash of salt & pepper

1. Make 1 cup quinoa, let cool.
2. Make homemade chimichurri in a separate bowl. Blend in a food processor: 1 full bunch curly parsley, half pack of fresh oregano, handful of cilantro stems if desired (sometimes Megan throws in a small handful of other herbs too!), 5 cloves of garlic, 1/4 cup white or red wine vinegar, 1 tsp crushed red peppers, 1/2 sliced red onion, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 cup plus olive oil.
3. Grill your veggies. Let cool. Then chop. Mix with quinoa.
4. Add in 1/2 cup or more chimichurri.
5. Add dried fruit.

Melon With Serrano Ham

Melon With Serrano Ham

As seen on our Tuscany trip by Carlos Moreno

*A Trek Travel favorite since the beginning*

5.5 oz (150 g) serrano ham or prosciutto, thinly sliced
1/2 melon (crenshaw, galia, honeydew, cantaloupe, or other melon)
1 bouquet of parsley

1. Slice the melon in slices.
2. Wrap one slice of Serrano ham around each melon slice.
3. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top.

Avocado Goat Cheese

Avocado Goat Cheese

As seen on our Glacier National Park trip by Megan Waldbillig

Goat cheese
Dash of salt

1. Halve and slice avocados.
2. Crumble your favorite goat cheese on top of the halved avocados.
3. Add a heavy drizzle of honey on top.
4. Sprinkle with salt to taste.

Gingered Fruit Salad

Gingered Fruit Salad

As seen on our New Mexico trip by Andrea Fair

1 small watermelon, chopped into 1 inch cubes
1 quart blueberries
1 quart strawberries, halved
5-7 fresh mint leaves
Crystallized ginger*
(Serves ~20 people. Adjust ratios as you see fit.)

1. In a medium-size bowl, toss together the watermelon, strawberries, and blueberries.
2. Finely chop the mint. Coarsely chop the crystallized ginger.
3. Mix the mint with the fruit and, just prior to serving, mix in the ginger! Garnish with a large bunch of fresh mint.

Note: Prepare this a day early by putting the watermelon in a bowl first, then layering the strawberries and blueberries on top. Cover and refrigerate. As per above, add the mint and ginger at the last minute.
*Crystallized ginger can usually be found by the clear, plastic container-packed bulk nuts and candy section in grocery stores. Typically near the produce department.

Banana Bombs

Banana Bombs

As seen on our Provence trip by Thomas English

Melted chocolate or Nutella

1. Spread melted chocolate or Nutella on top of one Oreo.
2. Add a slice of banana.
3. Bon appetit!

While preparing some easy and fun dishes, start cooking up your 2022 Trek Travel vacation plans with your family and friends!

Find Your Trip

The Perfect Trip for Your Travel Style

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At Trek Travel, we have trips designed for every traveler, whether you want a vacation all about food or all about big miles. Maybe you know what you want to experience but haven’t decided yet where you want to go. Let us help with our top suggestions for both domestic and international destinations.


Trips for Foodies



Domestic Option

Asheville Bike Tour

Asheville, North Carolina

Rider Level: 3 – Active

According to Bon Appetit, Asheville is one of America’s best small cities to eat and drink in, and it was voted “Beer City USA” four years in a row. Come join us as we taste, sip, and ride our way through this gorgeous place.

International Option

Provence Bike Tour

Provence, France

Rider Level: 2/3 – Recreational/Active

Life in Provence is about discovering a slower way of being, from savoring each bite of cuisine to chatting with the locals as you walk through the market or enjoying a glass of wine.


Trips for History Buffs



Domestic Option

Kentucky Bourbon Country Bike Tour

Kentucky Bourbon Country

Rider Level: 2/3 – Recreational/Active

Lose yourself in a bygone era as you learn about the history of the Pleasant Hill Shakers on a guided hayride tour and take a cruise on the Kentucky River aboard the Dixie Belle Riverboat.

International Option

Normandy Bike Tour

Normandy, France

Rider Level: 1/2 – Leisure/Recreational

Join us in Normandy where D-Day beaches meet 1000-year-old châteaux and rides skirt the coast to visit some of France’s most important historical sites.


Trips for Climbers



Domestic Option

Aspen CO Bike Tour

Aspen, Colorado

Rider Level: 3 – Active

Surrounded by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, conquer one of America’s highest paved roads, Independence Pass, and enjoy hiking through Maroon Bells, the most photographed peaks in North America.

International Option

Dolomites Bike Tour

Classic Climbs of the Dolomites

Rider Level: 4 – Avid

Ride the storied climbs of the Giro d’Italia including Passo Sella, Stelvio, Mortirolo, and Gavia as you explore the dramatic Dolomites.


Trips for Luxury Lovers



Domestic Option

Blackberry Mountain Bike Tour

Blackberry Mountain

Rider Level: 2/3 – Recreational/Active

Escape. Relax. Evolve. Included activities on your luxurious trip range from a relaxing spa treatment to a unique foraging experience, cooking demonstration, craft classes, and more.

International Option

Puglia Bike Tour

Puglia, Italy

Rider Level: 2 – Recreational

Indulge yourself in a luxurious tour of Puglia overflowing with discovery as you enjoy private olive oil and wine tastings, ancient architectural marvels, private historic walking tours, and luxurious accommodations.


Trips for Culture Enthusiasts



Domestic Option

New Mexico Bike Tour

New Mexico

Rider Level: 3 – Active

For millennia, people have gravitated to the Rio Grande Rift Valley and the flanking Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains. The heritage they left behind is still thriving in the culture, cuisine, and landscape we will experience along our route.

International Option

Japan Bike Tour


Rider Level: 3 – Active

Let us show you Japan, steeped in traditional arts, nature, and history. We’ll go deep into the hidden world of Buddhist pilgrims, ancient temples, and the Nara region—the cradle of Japanese civilization.


Trips for Wine Aficionados



Domestic Option

California Wine Country Bike Tour

California Wine Country

Rider Level: 2 – Recreational

In the vineyards of northern California, we’ll ride to local wineries, savor their favorite varietals, and saturate ourselves in the culinary culture of this foodie heaven.

International Option

Tuscany Bike Tour

Tuscany, Italy

Rider Level: 3 – Active

Soak in the rich sights and smells of the endless vineyards from the saddle of your bicycle, then sample a Chianti Classico in Radda and perfect your “cucina Italiana” at a private pizza-making class.


Trips for Seaside Views



Domestic Option

Santa Barbara Bike Tour

Santa Barbara

Rider Level: 2/3 – Recreational/Active

There are few gems like the American Riviera. On this weekend Santa Barbara bike tour, you’ll experience the sun, surf, and mountain skyline of the city and the vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley.

International Option

Croatia Bike Tour


Rider Level: 2/3 – Recreational/Active

The clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea offer an ever-present and inspiring view from both your bike and our private boating experience.


Didn’t see the dates you were looking for? With our custom and a la carte options, you can enjoy our best trips on your schedule. Some destinations also include self-guided trips, which offer even more flexibility to enjoy the trip at your pace.

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20 Bike Routes That Are Begging for a Fall Road Trip – Bicycling Magazine

Monument Valley: “It’s just an unbelievable landscape,” says Dave Edwards, a guide with Trek Travel for 16 years, of the desert scenery you’ll encounter on the approximately 45-mile ride that stretches along Route 13 from northern Arizona to southern Utah through Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley Tribal Park.

In terms of difficulty level, the route, which is slightly hilly and open to cars, is best suited to intermediate riders, Edwards says. Extend your stay overnight and experience yet another pinch-me panorama: an “unreal” sky of stars, he says.

Read the full article on Bicycling Mazinge’s website »

Our Top 4 Trips for Solo Travel

Our trips are designed to be solo traveler friendly and we’re proud to say our solo guests that book without a travel companion keep coming back for more.

With two experienced guides on-trip to show you the ropes, along with guests from all walks of life, you’ll have built-in friends to explore with every step of the way. Plus, 30% of our guests are solo travelers, so chances are, you won’t be the only one. Read on for our top 4 trips to take as a solo traveler.

Trek Travel Top Solo Trips

1. Andalucia

If you’ve dreamt of Spain, you’ve dreamt of Andalucia. Andalucia is limestone peaks, mountain passes and spectacular views. It is exquisite tapas, rich olive oils, classic Spanish wines and the special Jamon Ibérico. It’s a place you can explore with new friends or let the beauty of Spain wash over you as you explore on your own.


Trek Travel Top Solo Cycling Trips

2. Under Canvas

We’re thrilled to partner with Under Canvas to bring to you special glamping and cycling adventures in South Dakota and Glacier National Park. After exciting days in the saddle, return back to camp where you can enjoy sleeping under the stars in a safari-style tent.


Trek Travel Solo Getaways

3. Ride Camp

Trek Travel Ride Camp cycling vacations are among the most unique cycling vacations we offer. They’re specially designed for the confident, independent cyclist looking to achieve riding goals, build fitness or log big miles in a beautiful place. Here, we focus on nothing but rides, rest and relaxation in world-class destinations during the best riding season on the calendar with 4, 5 and 7-day trips. You’ll climb the giants of Sa Calobra, Caesars Head or Mount Figueroa on a race-ready Trek Domane with Di2 electronic shifting, and leave with legs that are ready for anything.


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4. Alaska

Some would say the deep beauty of the last frontier is better experienced on your own. Explore the wonders of one of the last great American ski towns around Alyeska Resort, hop a train and marvel at the 360-degree views under the shadow of the massive Chugach range, cruising through the broad Mat Su Valley and to the authentic outpost town of Talkeetna. And, take the Alyeska aerial tram up to the unique mountain top luxury restaurant Seven Glaciers for a truly unique Alaskan dining experience.


Safety Over Everything

Great rides are safe rides, and Trek Travel provides the best gear when it comes to keeping you safe and seen on the road. From the most advanced helmet tech, disc brakes, and powerful Flare R lights to certified mechanics on every trip, you can enjoy the scenery without the worry. It’s safe to say, no other tour operator goes the extra mile like we do.

WaveCel Helmets

Trek Travel offers superior helmet technology to our guests. Helmets on trip feature WaveCel, Trek’s newest in advanced helmet impact protection that disrupts 30 years of accepted safety conventions.

Created by a team of doctors, researchers, and engineers, WaveCel protects your head and can help absorb the energy created by an angled impact. WaveCel has been shown in a recent study to be up to 48x more effective than traditional foam helmets in protecting your head from injuries caused by certain cycling accidents.*

*See Evaluation of a Novel Bicycle Helmet Concept in Oblique Impact Testing, Accident Analysis and Prevention 123 (2019) 58-65. Based on reduction in rotational acceleration at impact (6.2 m/s at 45°) of head + neck model wearing traditional EPS foam helmet vs. helmet modified with WaveCel insert. Probability of injury in an actual accident depends on numerous factors, including nature of impact and individual health.”

Be Seen with Flare R

We make every ride even more safe by providing you with Bontrager Flare R lights. Flare R is ultra-lightweight, durable, and rechargeable, and it’s equipped with optics and flash patterns proven to be the most eye-catching for drivers. Most importantly, it’s the first tail light designed for daylight visibility, so you can be seen from over two kilometers day or night. Find it exclusively with Trek Travel.



Domane Disc, a Ride that Can’t be Beat

What do you get when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety, high performance, and stopping power of disc brakes? The cycling vacation of a lifetime with the industry’s best bike along for the ride.

Why disc brakes you might ask? Disc brakes are the next level of safety and offer a whole new kind of reliability and stopping power. They provide more consistent, easier and precise braking, giving you the confidence to enjoy your favorite rides and descents without hand fatigue.

Domane Disc on Trek Travel Cycling Vacations

Certified Mechanics

Did you know that all Trek Travel guides complete a mechanical certification designed by some of the world’s top mechanics? It means that our guides are experts in the field, from fine-tuning electronic Di2 to fixing a broken chain on the fly. And with two certified mechanics on every trip, you know you’re in the best hands.

Trek Travel Certified Guides
Trek Travel Pro Mechanic Guide Certification

Safety is our top priority, see what else sets us apart.

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6 Ways to Stay Comfy on a Long Flight

Long, trans-Atlantic or Pacific flights can be a beast to get through. But with a little preparation, your journey can be one that’s more daydream than nightmare.

1. Bring a neck pillow and eye mask

Nothing is worse than your head flopping around while you’re trying to catch some precious zzz’s. So while it may look goofy, a neck pillow will be your best friend. Also, if you are flying during daylight, an eyemask is critical to get a jumpstart on beating jetlag.

2. Escape from the noise

For long flights, noise-canceling headphones will be what gets you through. Pop those suckers on and you’ll be able to enjoy a ride without the disturbances of the plane engines and all other noise that comes with a packed flight.

3. Comfort above fashion

Keep it loose and comfortable and remember to layer for when it gets chilly. Loose-fitting shirts, comfortable pants with a little stretch, flats or tennis shoes, and a light jacket or sweater should be your uniform for the day. Also, make sure to pack an extra outfit in your carry-on in case your checked luggage doesn’t make it when you do.

4. Juice up your devices and plan ahead

Make sure to charge your phone, computer, tablets or whatever electronics you’re bringing aboard because the last thing you want is for your Kindle to run out of battery halfway through your 12-hour flight, or to have a dead phone upon landing.

5. Stay healthy & pack extra snacks

Sitting around at altitude for most of a day isn’t the best for your body. Fight off dehydration and deep-vein thrombosis by regularly drinking water, stretching, and walking around the cabin. And make sure to pack extra snacks like granola or a couple protein bars, as airline food isn’t often plentiful and you may get hungry in between scheduled in-flight meals..

6. Be polite to the crew

Make an active effort to be nice to those looking out for you in the air. You’re all up there together for quite a long time, and you never know, you might make a new friend or two.

Top 5 Reasons to Travel to Europe in the Spring

Traveling to Europe in the summer and fall can be great. Well, let’s be honest, traveling to Europe any time of the year is great-but going there in the spring can take advantage of some opportunities that the mass of tourists in the summer and fall miss out on. My last trip to Europe was in April when I was on our Portugal Explorer trip and I discovered the advantages to early season travel. Here are my top reasons to hit Europe in the springtime.

1. Fewer People

This is the no-brainer. “Off-season” travel means you won’t be held up by obnoxious lines at the ticket window, waiting endlessly to get that perfect picture, or turned away at the hot new restaurant. In fact, you’re more likely to have your choice of restaurant and reservation time by traveling in the spring. This even spills over to getting rooms at the best hotels with the best rates. In general, the hospitality industry will show their appreciation to tourists who visit outside of their peak months.

2. Airfare is Cheaper

Along with the hospitality industry, airlines will offer steeply discounted tickets to encourage people to travel outside of the peak months. Use this to your advantage! Have a few destinations in the back of your mind so when you see a deal pop up, you can jump on it and already have an idea of what you will do.

3. The Weather Might Suprise You

A common hesitation we hear about spring travel is the belief that the weather won’t be ideal. It’s a myth! There are plenty of days in July, August, and September that have lousy weather. Plus, the more mild temperatures in the spring are PERFECT for riding. And if your biggest fear is rain, rest easy. A few extra pieces of riding gear and a positive attitude will have you riding carefree and feeling like a kid again. Still not convinced? You can always skip the ride and spend some time at the spa or exploring some indoor attractions. Just let your guides know what you’d like to do and they’ll make it happen for you.

4. Everything is More Affordable

The savings goes beyond the airfare when you do Europe in the spring. Hotels, entrance fees, rental cars and even restaurants often have off-peak pricing to encourage tourism throughout the year. If your dream vacation and your budget don’t see eye-to-eye, traveling in the spring might finally bring the two together.

5. Meet the Locals

You might not notice it right away, but locals tend to disappear in the high travel months. I can’t blame them, their city is taken over and the prices on everything can go sky-high. They slowly return to the coffee shops, bakeries, and restaurants throughout the winter. When you visit in the spring, you get to strike up conversations with them, learn about the best cafe in town, and they tell you where their favorite restaurant is that hasn’t made it on all of the travel blogs yet. These chance encounters are often left only to those who choose to travel when most others don’t. The locals recognize this, and you get a sense of their genuine appreciation for your visit and their vested interest in you getting to know the area. You see the pride they have for their city and often get a better look at the town than a book or blog could ever give you.

Find your European spring getaway.

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Escape to Norway

When the opportunity struck to ride a bike in Norway, nothing prepared me for such a unique cycling experience. Waking up while the fog lifts from the fjord builds the anticipation for the riding ahead of us and one can’t truly know what to expect.

On the bike, the roads perfectly snake their way along the cliffs and fjords in truly one of the most idyllic and serene settings to pedal through. Around every curve is a new scene that left us silenced and with a true sense of wonder that set in as we embraced the surroundings. The monumental days ended perfectly right back on the fjord in the quaint, historical villages as we reminisced about the day over fine local cuisine and tried to imagine what the next day might entail.

Words and photos by Trip Designer Michael Moreland

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Bears, Bison, Bald Eagles and Bikes

Close Encounters of the Wildlife Kind in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Growing up, I was a bit of an animal fiend (okay, I still am). When asking for a puppy every Christmas and birthday did not work, I had every small animal I could sell my parents on, from gerbils to rabbits. Spending summers camping in the many Wisconsin state parks, I had a blast catching minnows off the beach, fishing, and exploring the many trails in hopes of running into a friendly deer or raccoon (spoiler alert: friendly raccoons do not exist). So, to say I was ecstatic to join our Yellowstone and Grand Tetons trip this July, a destination that always makes the top 5 list of National Parks for wildlife spotting, is an understatement.

Our adventure began with a bike ride to the Jackson Lake Lodge, which has an unobstructed view of the Teton Range and Willow Flats, an area prime for wildlife spotting. It did not take long for us to spot our first animal of the trip–a moose–while we watched the sun creep below the mountains.

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Our second day of the trip began bright and early, with a day trip into Yellowstone National Park in safari-style vehicles. It became quite apparent within a half hour of our excursion that there is a valid safety reason we do not bike within the park itself. As our guide, Paul, started to explain how we likely will not see a grizzly bear due to their dwindling population within the park, we began to slow down for a traffic jam ahead. It was what they call a “bear jam”, due to there being, yes, a grizzly bear, within 40 yards of the road.

With our safari vehicle capabilities, we opened our roof hatches to get unobstructed views of the massive predator without putting ourselves in danger. It was clear we were in the bear’s territory, and that it did not feel threatened by our presence. We were each provided with a set of binoculars to get a better look at the bear, which spent about an hour digging around in the tall grass.

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Throughout the day, the park continued to provide us with up-close viewings of bison, elk, and mule deer. With a spotting scope in tow, we were all able to get telescopic views of herds of bison with their babies. Paul knew exactly where the hotspots were, and the other cars gave us further hints as to where to get the money shots.

As our day within the park came to an end, we had one more amazing encounter with a black bear crossing the road (there’s a knock-knock joke in their somewhere).

Though Yellowstone National Park had the highest concentration of wildlife we saw all week, our sightings did not stop there. Throughout each day’s ride, we witnessed mule deer grazing right off the bike path in Grand Teton National Park, two bald eagles fighting over food, a fox carrying a mouthful of food, a moose and its baby on our way up the tram in Teton Village, ospreys in their massive nests, and a river otter playfully swimming parallel to our boat while whitewater rafting on the Snake River.

Absolutely go on our Yellowstone and Grand Tetons trip for the riding. It is stunningly beautiful, and relatively mild in terms of the hills (my dream). However, don’t forget about the other reason that our National Park trips are so popular–the wildlife encounters that you will remember forever.

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What is the Difference?

Ultimate Luxury:

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.


Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.


These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.


On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of hotel levels, from Explorer to Luxury to Ultimate Luxury. Rest assured, no matter which level of hotel you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Activity Level

Level 1:

Road: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Level 2:

Road: 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Level 3:

Road: 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Level 4:

Road: 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel: 4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discover:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Ride Camp:

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

Pro Race:

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.


Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

Single Occupancy

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself