/10
697847470_img_3325_1600x670 14XC0824_DEdwards_0254_1600x670 14XC0824_DEdwards_0299_1600x670 2169837847_IMG_0803_XC_1600x670 15XC0824_DEdwards0453_1600x670 IMG_0918_Guides_1600x670 15XC0824_DEdwards0055_1600x670 14XC0824_DEdwards_0481_1600x670 14XC0824_DEdwards_0285_1600x670 15XC0824_DEdwards0083_1600x670

Cross Country USA: Portland to Missoula

Experience the first stage of riding across the USA

We are excited to offer a limited number of spaces on the first leg of our Portland to Portland cross country trip. You will begin your trip in Astoria, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. From here, point your bike eastward for 10 more days of gorgeous riding through the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River; the wine country of eastern Washington; the wild open spaces of Idaho; over Lolo Pass and into the Wild West college town of Missoula, Montana. The riding will be challenging, as you will cover more than 800 miles, with six of out 10 rides being 90 miles or more, and climb over 42,500 feet. Your Trek Travel guides will be with you every pedal-stroke of the way, offering encouragement, mechanical and logistical support, camaraderie, and our renowned Trek Travel guest service. Our signature attention to detail—and exhaustive planning and provisioning—will leave you free to just ride as you take in stunning views of the American West. Your trip will conclude with a final well-deserved gourmet dinner with our intrepid Cross Country USA trip guests. Toast these hearty souls good luck before they press on for another 3000 miles through the heartland of America all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Who knows? Maybe at that point you'll be thinking about going all the way next time.
From:
$4699 Per Person
Duration:
11 Days & 10 Nights
Rider Type: ?
4 - Avid
Hotel Style: ?
Explorer
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 More options available
From $4699 per person View All Details
Trip Wows
Begin your journey in the shadow of the imposing Astoria–Megler Bridge at the mouth of the mighty Columbia River
Experience Walla Walla's small town charm from the scenic beauty of the surrounding countryside to the tasting rooms, boutiques, galleries, cafes, and restaurants on vibrant Main Street
Ride through the Columbia River Gorge, past panoramic viewpoints and breathtaking sights like Bridal Veil Falls and Multnomah Falls
Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, two of the world’s greatest explorers, as you travel the country like pioneers
End your ride by climbing Lolo Pass and then savoring the rugged, stunning scenery as you descend into Missoula
Watch the Experience
When I look at that map, and think of what was done, I just simply take a moment and smile (large) and shake my head. I'm lucky to do this with a country filled with the people and land that I love so much. Not everybody wants to do this, most cannot physically do this, fewer still take the time out to prepare, only a handful will bicycle every single mile!
-Frank

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the greater the rewards

Please note, due to the nature of the hotels on this trip, single occupancy is not guaranteed for 1-3 nights
Guaranteed
to run
?
Sold Out/
Waitlist
?
Private/
Reserved
?
Limited
Availability
?

Single Occupancy from: +$900
?
Group
Discounts
?
Aug 19  – Aug  29
Guaranteed Limited Availability
$4699 / Person, Double Occupancy / Single occupancy not guaranteed for 1-3 nights on our Portland to Missoula trip Book this date
Don't see your ideal travel date?
Call us at (866) 464-8735 for custom date availability
Looking for a one of a kind, once in a lifetime experience?
Look no further. All you need to do is pick any open trip date, get your group together and we will do the rest. Private trip pricing is as follows:
  • 10+ Guests Price as advertised*
  • 8-9 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 6-7 Guests +$1,000 per person to trip price*
  • 4-5 Guests +$1,500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$2,500 per person to trip price*
*Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Private pricing is not available on Ride Camp, Race, Special Edition or Cross Country style trips.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you and your fellow Cross Country riders at the Hotel Lucia (400 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 2- hour shuttle to the town of Astoria, you will enjoy a hearty welcome lunch and brief introductions, and your guides will take time to ensure you a comfortable fit on your bike. Please bring your measurements, as well as your saddle, pedals, personal GPS unit, and any other equipment you would like affixed to your bike to this meeting so your guides can set up your bike to your requirements. Following the bike fit, safety tips and some introductory information, it's time for a short scenic spin from Astoria to Fort Stevens State Park and down to the Pacific Ocean where you can dip your tire into the water to mark the official start of your journey. Use the rest of this ride to warm up your legs and make sure you are comfortable in the saddle. Your warm-up ride will be followed by a social hour and dinner, where your guides will discuss your upcoming adventure in more detail and answer any questions you may have.
Today's Ride:

Astoria to Fort Stevens and Return
Approximately 30 miles with 789 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Cannery Pier Hotel

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour |Dinner

Your adventure begins today as you depart Astoria and head for Portland on your first long ride of the trip! It's time to bid farewell to the West Coast and turn east as you ease into your first pedal strokes along Youngs River and through the beautiful and densely forested Clatsop State Forest. As you ride, the enclosed green canopy and winding roads gradually open up to bring you just north of Portland where you will continue southeast on the Scappoose-Vernonia Highway and directly into downtown Portland. Explore one of America's most bike-friendly cities this evening as you relish the feeling of accomplishment from completing your first full day in the saddle.
Today's Ride:

Astoria, OR to Portland, OR
Approximately 97 miles with 4,683 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Silver Cloud Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

You'll depart Portland this morning on a network of popular bike trails and lanes. Once in Troutdale, you will ride on the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway 30 that separates Washington from Oregon. The north side of this 75-mile scenic byway boasts spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge while the south is blessed with a collection of astonishing waterfalls. Take the time to stop at Columbia Point, one of the most scenic outlooks on the journey, and visit the Vista House which was built as a rest stop for early travelers. Don't miss small hikes along the way to view Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Multnomah Falls, to name just a few. As you finish your ride, don't forget to look out onto the river, as Hood River is renowned as one of the best windsurfing locations in the U.S. Tonight it is yours to explore. Take a stroll down Oak Street tonight and dine in one of the many tasty bistros.
Today's Ride:

Portland, OR to Hood River, OR
Approximately 77 miles with 3,750 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hood River Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Depart this windsurfing and mountain-biking hotspot to continue following the Lewis and Clark Trail along the water. Cycle the 5-mile Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail that passes through two climate zones and is bordered by numerous types of foliage and plants. In order to avoid considerable time on the highway, we'll cross the bridge at The Dalles to enter Washington and follow the north side of the river before crossing back into Oregon. Finish the day’s ride winding past rolling ranch lands, and tackling the climbs through Cottonwood Canyon State Park and Recreation Area. We’ll be spending the night in Condon, a proud, century-old farming community nestled between miles of rolling, golden wheat fields in Eastern Oregon. Built in 1920, the historic Hotel Condon offers classic charm with a quaint, “small town America” atmosphere.
Today's Ride:

Hood River, OR to Condon, OR
Approximately 101 miles with 8,302 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Condon

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After a hilly start this morning, we'll reach the small town of Heppner, known as the “Gateway to the Blues.” Pedal a short stretch of the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway before gradually descending back towards the Columbia River. Enjoy dinner at Nookie’s restaurant, home of the Hermiston Brewing Company & Tap House. This historic building housed a Plymouth dealership for many years in the early 1940’s, but now offers over 15 beers produced in-house! Spend the night in Hermiston, once known as home of Six Mile House, an old-west hotel that served as a stopover for weary travelers, and is now famous for watermelon farms.
Today's Ride:

Condon, OR to Hermiston, OR
Approximately 93 miles with 4,087 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Holiday Inn Express

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today is a relatively short ride as we make our way to Washington for the second time. Pedal through high-desert sage and the farmland producing the sweet onions, wheat, and wine that give Walla Walla its flavor. Finish your day at the historic Marcus Whitman hotel. Tonight, venture out to find a cozy wine tasting and dinner of your choice. Walk down the tree-lined streets of downtown for a funky mix of vintage shops, boutiques, cafes, and bookstores.
Today's Ride:

Hermiston, WA to Walla Walla, WA
Approximately 72 miles with 3,575 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Marcus Whitman Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Climb out of Walla Walla on gently rolling hills as you make your way through eastern Washington's beautiful golden fields of wheat. Today you will work hard to get to Idaho, the third state of your journey, but the effort will be well worth it as you enjoy a long, winding descent into the state alongside the gentle Asotin Creek and the powerful Snake River. Shortly after crossing the border you will find yourself in Lewiston, located at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers. Due to a system of locks and dams, Lewiston is accessible by some ocean-going vessels and is the easternmost port on the west coast.
Today's Ride:

Walla Walla, WA to Lewiston, ID
Approximately 99 miles with 4,870 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Red Lion Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Soon after departing Lewiston you will enter the land of the Nez Perce Native American tribe. Cruise through undulating hills and scattered towns as you uncover this magnificent gateway to the West. The Nez Perce have made this area home since before the history of the West was recorded with many areas to hunt, fish, hike, and farm. Enjoy the striking views from the banks of the Clearwater River into the hills above. Tonight, you will stay in a hand-built log cabin on the banks of the free-flowing Middle Fork of the Clearwater. Each cabin has two or three bedrooms and shared living spaces, bathrooms, a fireplace, hot tub, and deck to enjoy with your traveling companions turned cabin mates.
Today's Ride:

Lewiston, ID to Kooskia, ID
Approximately 103 miles with 6,377 feet of climbing

Hotel:

River Dance Lodge

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today you get to conquer Lolo Pass, your first of the Rocky Mountains! You'll follow historic Route 12 as it winds alongside the Lochsa River which is lined by the majestic pines of the Clearwater National Forest. This historic route is a very gentle climb until the last few miles, which greet you with steeper terrain and sweeping views. You'll top out at 5,225 feet when you reach the Montana border. Say hello to state number four and a new time zone! All that's left is a short descent to the Lodge at Lolo Hot Springs. It's a great place to rest and soak your legs after the day's climb.
Today's Ride:

Kooskia, ID to Lolo, MT
Approximately 92 miles with 5,614 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Lodge at Lolo Hot Springs

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Enjoy a lazy morning with your fellow riders as you get used to the time change, because this short day is nearly all downhill! Today you finish descending the gorgeous, winding road from Lolo Pass into the town of Missoula—home of the University of Montana. Take a look around at the peaks dominating the horizon, as this town lies at the convergence of five separate mountain ranges. It's your choice for lunch so enjoy your favorite foods as you soak in the scene in this fun college town. Tonight, we will gather for a farewell social hour and dinner at a favorite local hot spot to celebrate your trip and send your well-wishes along with those riders continuing their cross country journey.
Today's Ride:

Lolo, MT to Missoula, MT
Approximately 37 miles with 655 feet of climbing

Hotel:

DoubleTree Hotel Missoula - Edgewater

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

A relaxed breakfast and a leisurely morning in Missoula on the banks of the Clark Fork River provide the opportunity to revisit the triumphs and challenges of the past 10 days. Your ride across a portion of the American West has come to a close, but the friendships and memories produced by this epic journey have just begun.
Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

hotel image

Cannery Pier Hotel

Astoria, Oregon

Built on the site of the former Union Fish Cannery, the Cannery Pier Hotel is located 600 feet into the Columbia River. From this unique and enviable position, it offers guests unparalleled views of a real working river, as well as views out to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and the impressive Astoria–Megler Bridge. Each room has a private balcony and a fireplace, hardwood floors, and luxurious amenities. Take advantage of the authentic Finnish sauna before embarking upon the first ride of your long journey.
hotel image

DoubleTree Hotel Missoula - Edgewater

Missoula, Montana

The Doubletree Edgewater is located in the heart of the college town of Missoula, on the banks of the Clark Fork River. The campus of the University of Montana is only three blocks away and the restaurants and main attractions of downtown are within walking distance. You may decide to take advantage of the world-class fly fishing right out the door, or maybe just kick back and take in the stunning views of Mount Sentinel and watch the river flow past.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Portland International Airport (PDX)
MEETING TIME:
9:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hotel Lucia, Portland, Oregon

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Missoula International Airport (MSO)
DEPARTING TIME:
10:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
DoubleTree Hotel Missoula - Edgewater, Missoula, Montana

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Portland International Airport (PDX), which is approximately 12 miles from downtown Portland.

All major airlines serve this airport and there are numerous options for getting downtown. The least expensive option is the MAX Light Rail Service. The Red Line picks passengers up in the baggage claim area and costs about $2.50 per person for a ride downtown, which takes about 40 minutes. If you are staying at the pickup hotel, Hotel Lucia, get off at the Pioneer Courthouse Square stop and the hotel is a three block walk up Broadway. Alternatively, contact Blue Star Transportation (www.bluestarbus.com, 503 249 1837) to book a seat on a regularly scheduled shuttle from PDX to downtown for $14 per person. This will take between 40 minutes to an hour, depending upon traffic. Or, you can simply hail a taxi outside baggage claim, which will cost approximately $35 plus gratuity and should take about 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Lucia (400 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You will then shuttle approximately 2 hours to the Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria, Oregon. If you prefer to drive to the first hotel to meet the group, you may use Enterprise to rent a car at PDX and drop it off at the Enterprise office just across the street from the Cannery Pier. Please let your Trek Travel Trip Consultant know if you will be meeting the group here instead of Hotel Lucia. After a welcome lunch at the hotel, your guides will do a thorough bike fit to ensure your comfort and answer any questions you have about your trip. Please come prepared with pedals, shoes, saddle, bike fit measurements, and anything else you would like affixed to your bike. Have these items and your riding clothes packed in a small, easily accessible bag. The hotel can store your larger pieces of luggage until check-in time.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Cannery Pier Hotel (503 325 4996), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. Your guides will be aware that you are late and will be in contact with the hotel. If you need to book transportation on your own from downtown Portland to Astoria we suggest contacting Northern Lights Towncar (www.northernlightstowncar.com, 503 760 2478). You can arrange a private shuttle for up to 3 people for around $210.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the DoubleTree Hotel Missoula - Edgewater, Missoula, Montana. We recommend that you fly out of the Missoula International Airport (MSO), which is located about 7 miles from the DoubleTree Hotel Missoula-Edgewater. The hotel has a courtesy car that runs frees shuttles to the airport upon request. If you need transportation to the airport and the courtesy car is already booked, the front desk staff can assist you with calling a taxi, which will cost approximately $15.

View our post hotel recommendations

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories.

bike

Trek Domane SL 7

Trek’s latest innovation has led to the best bike on the road—a light weight, stable and technologically advanced machine to make even the hardest roads seem easy. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world. Upgrade your bike with carbon wheels for only $200. Learn More

bike

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Now you never have to miss another view with Trek’s most popular upright hybrid that refuses to sacrifice performance for comfort. You’ll have 10 speeds for any hill, a carbon fork with vibration dampening for any bump in the road, and Shimano components for every advantage. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 10 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 9 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Social hour of drinks and hors d’oeuvres on your first and last night of the trip
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Three daily route options
  • Snacks and drinks for each day’s ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL cycling jersey and socks
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals of your choice
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike to use
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL cycling jersey and socks
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle to use
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Flat pack
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 4 - Avid?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
80 miles
TOTAL MILES:
801 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
3,882 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
42,702 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is extremely varied, including rolling roads along rivers, long gradual climbs and descents across the plains, as well as long and steep climbing and descending in the Rockies. Roads are primarily two-lane secondary highways with good shoulders, but include some stretches of primary highways with wide shoulders, and smaller local roads and surface streets with little or no shoulder. Some road surfaces may be rough. Cross Country USA: Portland to Missoula is best suited for our Type 4 Riders, due to the extreme physical demands of the trip.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
This destination is best suited to guests who want to cycle every day. Because of the terrain and/or remoteness of the hotels and riding routes, there are few, if any, non-riding options available. If a non-rider wants to accompany a rider guest on this trip, they would need to spend many hours in the van and/or at the hotels on the trip. Due to this, we strongly discourage non-riders from this destination. As an alternative, call a Trek Travel Trip Consultant at 866.464.8735 for trip suggestions where more non-rider activities are available, such as:
  • Costa Brava
  • California Coast
  • Crater Lake and the Oregon Cascades
  • Provence

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Avid Ride" options.

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

The weather during this trip can be extremely varied. Expect all conditions including, rain, snow, fog, wind, sun, heat, and cold, in both humid and arid climates. Extreme weather conditions may exist in certain parts of the country. Your guides will monitor the safety of riding in such conditions and will delay or cancel rides if they deem the conditions to be too dangerous. Bring adequate layers and riding gear for riding in any and all conditions. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

before

Before: Portland, Oregon

We recommend spending a few days in the vibrant, bustling city of Portland, Oregon. An excellent public transit system makes it easy to get around the City of Roses (so named because its climate is very conducive to growing rose bushes). Portlanders are widely known for their enthusiasm for local food, microbrews, coffee, art, and bikes. The Willamette River flows through downtown and constitutes the boundary between east and west sections; Burnside Street divides north and south; and the North section is defined by the river to the west and Williams Avenue to the east. Locals use these sections to give directions, so it's good to be familiar with the general idea! Farm to table restaurants, food carts, bike shops, fun and funky architecture, book stores (don't miss Powell's City of Books in the heart of downtown!), parks, and museums are abundant in this quintessential city of the Pacific Northwest. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel.

after

After: Missoula, Montana

The college town of Missoula, Montana is an excellent place to spend a few extra days unwinding after your long ride from Portland. This mountain town is located at the confluence of the Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers and is known as the "Hub of Five Valleys" because five mountain ranges converge here as well. Here you will find world-class fly fishing; opportunities to go whitewater rafting or kayaking; and 60,000 acres of wilderness in which to hike and play. Or kick back downtown if you prefer, with a cup of coffee from a local coffeehouse or a beer from a local brewery to toast your trip across the West! We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel.

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

Similar Trips See all trips