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Cross Country USA: Portland to Bozeman Bike Tour

From the Columbia River Gorge to the Gates of Yellowstone

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 venture eastward through the Columbia River Gorge, past amber waves of grain near Walla Walla, along the Lewis and Clark Highway and scenic Clearwater River, and over the Rockies at Lolo Pass before finally meandering to Bozeman. The riding will be challenging, as you will cover nearly 970 miles, with 6 out of 13 rides being 90 miles or more, and climb just over 50,000 feet. If you are ready to test your endurance and revel in the spectacular scenery of the American West, join us for this epic 13-day journey.
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$6599 Per Person
Duration:
13 Days & 12 Nights
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Trip Wows
Ride through the Columbia River Gorge past panoramic viewpoints and breathtaking sights like Bridal Veil and Multnomah Falls
Experience charming Walla Walla, from the scenic beauty of the surrounding countryside to the tasting rooms, boutiques, galleries, and cafes of vibrant Main Street
Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, two of the world’s greatest explorers, as you travel the country like pioneers
Climb Lolo Pass and then savor the rugged, stunning scenery as you descend into Missoula
Watch the Experience
I loved it!! This was Trek Travel's inaugural trip across the northern tier, and I expected some hiccups along the way. I'm grateful to Dave, Amy, Michael, and Scott for working so incredibly hard to make the trip arrangements appear seamless. The course was beautifully scenic and challenging. This trip far exceeded my expectations!
-Beth, Cross Country Guest

Dates & Prices

Please note, due to the nature of the hotels on this trip, single occupancy may not be guaranteed for up to 2 nights.

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2020 Departure Dates:
  • 6+ Guests    Price as advertised*
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2021 Departure Dates:
  • 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*
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Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Portland Marriott Waterfront at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a welcome lunch and introductions, your guides will take time to ensure that you are comfortable on your bike before you set off for your warm-up ride. This evening, we will gather for social hour and dinner during which your guides will share details about your upcoming cross country adventure.

Today's Ride:

Portland Warm-Up Ride
Approximately 20 miles with 1,561 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Marriott Downtown Waterfront

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

You'll depart Portland this morning on a network of popular bike trails. 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 for a spectacular view of the gorge and visit the Vista House, which was built as a rest stop for early travelers. We also highly recommend stopping for a photo at Multnomah Falls as you pass by. Your ride ends in Hood River, which is renowned as one of the best windsurfing locations in the country. Tonight, this quaint town is yours to explore. Take a stroll down Oak Street and enjoy dinner in one of the many tasty bistros.

Today's Ride:

Portland to Hood River
Approximately 74 miles with 3,624 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hood River Hotel or Hampton Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

This morning, your route continues along the Columbia River following the Lewis and Clark Trail. Cycle the five-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 through the rocky grasslands and canyons of the breathtaking John Day River Territory and Cottonwood Canyon State Park. 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 to Condon
Approximately 101 miles with 8,281 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 to Hermiston
Approximately 92 miles with 4,163 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Holiday Inn Express

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today is a relatively short ride as we make our way into Washington for the second time. Pedal through high-desert sage and the farmlands that produce the sweet onions, wheat, and wine that Walla Walla is known for. Finish your day at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel. Tonight, dinner is on your own, which allows you the opportunity to explore this hip town. Venture out along the tree-lined streets and stop in at one of the 120 tasting rooms that feature the region's world class wines before settling in at one of the many restaurants for a delightful dinner.

Today's Ride:

Hermiston to Walla Walla
Approximately 72 miles with 3,449 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 on 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 to Lewiston
Approximately 99 miles with 4,859 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hampton Inn

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. With many areas to hunt, fish, hike, and farm, the Nez Perce made this area home well before settlers began exploring the region. 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 space and bathrooms, as well as a fireplace, hot tub, and deck to enjoy with your cabin mates.

Today's Ride:

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

Hotel:

River Dance Lodge

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today you reach the Rocky Mountains and get to tackle Lolo Pass. 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. The road climbs gently 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 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 to Lolo
Approximately 92 miles with 5,614 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Lodge at Lolo Hot Springs

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Enjoy a relaxed morning with your fellow riders as you get used to the time change. Today is a rolling recovery day as the ride is short and nearly all downhill. 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 and dinner today so take the opportunity to rest up for the big rides to come, perhaps with a relaxing float down the Clark Fork River.

Today's Ride:

Lolo to Missoula
Approximately 37 miles with 655 feet of climbing

Hotel:

DoubleTree Missoula - Edgewater

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Saddle up! Today you'll take advantage of your well-rested legs to tackle 125 miles as you work your way through the fourth largest state in America. Follow the Blackfoot River out to the plains and enjoy the cool breeze as it wicks down the surrounding mountains and stirs the wildlife below. Keep a careful eye on the sky and passing fields to catch a glimpse of a bald eagle, mule deer, antelope, elk, or maybe even a grizzly bear. You'll cross the Continental Divide at the top of MacDonald Pass (6,312 feet) before enjoying a gradual descent into Montana's capital city for the evening.

Today's Ride:

Missoula to Helena
Approximately 125 miles with 5,865 feet of climbing

Hotel:

DoubleTree Helena Downtown

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Another picturesque day of riding awaits as you work your way south through Big Sky Country. You'll end up in Three Forks, near where the Jefferson, Gallatin, and Madison rivers converge to form the Missouri River. Sacajawea, who was interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark, was kidnapped near here as a child and recognized it as her homeland when the explorers arrived here in 1805. Tonight, you'll stay at the historic Sacajawea Hotel, which was originally built in 1910 and restored in 2009 by the Folkvord family, who runs it today.

Today's Ride:

Helena to Three Forks
Approximately 89 miles with 3,575 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Sacajawea Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today's ride is a short 40 miles to Bozeman. As you reach your day's destination, glance east to the Bridger and Bangtail Mountain ranges. These two ranges, separated by Bridger Canyon, were once home to a pair of bickering brothers who pastured horses. Their constant quarreling over which horses belonged to whom made one brother decide to "bang," or cut short, his horses' tails to identify them, and so the name was born. Tonight, you'll stay at The Lark, a one-of-a-kind hotel in the heart of downtown Bozeman. Enjoy a well-earned post-ride snack from the Victory Taco food truck parked outside before getting settled. Tonight, we'll head out for a final social hour and farewell dinner to celebrate all the miles you've conquered.

Today's Ride:

Three Forks to Bozeman
Approximately 40 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Lark

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Opt for a relaxed breakfast and leisurely morning in Bozeman or take a final spin out toward Wheeler Mountain as you reminisce over the past 12 days of riding and perhaps plan your next adventure.

Today's Ride:

Final Spin around Bozeman
Approximately 24 miles with 980 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Marriott Downtown Waterfront

Portland, Oregon

Located on the fringe of downtown Portland and overlooking the Willamette River, the Marriott Downtown Waterfront is an ideal place to start this cross country bicycle trip. Rooms feature modern decor, pillow top mattresses for a good night's sleep, and spa-like bathrooms with luxurious waterfall showers. Visit Proof Reader for a delicious dinner or to sample your choice of more than 150 types of whiskey. Start your day at Press Release Cafe, which features locally roasted coffee and pastries, or with a full, hot breakfast at Truss.
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The Lark

Bozeman, Montana

The Lark is a unique boutique hotel ideally located in downtown Bozeman. The design is modern and stylish and the layout is welcoming. Linger over your morning espresso from Treeline Coffee Roasters in the comfortable lounge area. Relax at the day's end with a beer by the outdoor fire pit as you decide on your next adventure. Each guest room is uniquely decorated with custom, local artwork from Bozeman artists and comes with comfortable pillow-top beds and a walk-in tile shower.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel cross country 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.

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Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019, we upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 11 nights of accommodation at the best available hotels
  • At least two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 11 lunches, and nine dinners
  • Two social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • 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 (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals)
  • 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 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • 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:
74 miles
TOTAL MILES:
967 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
4,167 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
50,006 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is extremely varied, including rolling hills, long climbs, and descents. Roads are primarily two-lane secondary highways and a mix of local roads and surface streets. We endeavor to find the roads with the least traffic, but some stretches will undoubtedly have traffic. Some roads have a shoulder and others do not. Some road surfaces may be rough, and you may encounter short stints on gravel roads. Our Portland to Bozeman trip is best suited for 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
  • Crater Lake and the Oregon Cascades
  • Provence
  • Glacier National Park

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks 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, the 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 "Today's Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Portland International Airport (PDX)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
The Lark, Bozeman, 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. You can hail a taxi outside baggage claim, which will cost approximately $45 plus gratuity and takes about 30 minutes, depending on traffic. Alternatively, book a seat on Blue Star Transportation's shuttle for $14 (www.bluestarbus.com, 503-249-1837) or take the Red Line from near baggage claim for $2.50.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront (1401 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, Oregon) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a welcome lunch, your guides will do a thorough bike fit before you head off for a warm-up ride. 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, Marriott Downtown Waterfront (503-226-7600), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at The Lark Hotel in Bozeman, Montana. We recommend that you fly out of the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), which is located about 10 miles from the hotel. The front desk staff can assist you with calling a taxi when you are ready to head to the airport or elsewhere for your next adventure.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

While average high temperatures in August are in the 80’s for the duration of this trip, the weather can vary considerably as you ride through the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains. Layering is recommended in any mountain climate, as things can change quickly. A wind/waterproof shell is a necessity. Tights, fleece pullovers, and synthetic layers are recommended. 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.

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After: Bozeman

Rimmed by mountains and rivers, and blessed with 300 days of sunshine per year, Bozeman is a perfect place to spend a few days recovering and exploring. Day hike opportunities abound. Head up to Hyalite Reservoir and hike to Palisade Falls. Visit Missouri Headwaters State Park where the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers merge to form the 2,300 mile Missouri River and spend the day hiking or floating. Bozeman is also known as the Gateway to Yellowstone because it is relatively close to two of the park entrances. If you venture to the Lamar Valley in search of wildlife, exit via the northeast entrance and drive the breathtaking Beartooth Highway. It's only open during the summer, so now is the time. At the end of the day, enjoy a beverage at MAP Brewing, Bridger Brewing, or Wildrye Distilling and take in a show at the Rialto Theater.

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

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.

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