This popular bike tour features six days of sensational cycling through the beautiful countryside of Pennsylvania and Maryland, followed by leisurely days riding through West Virginia and Virginia along the peaceful C&O Canal towpath that parallels the Potomac River into the outskirts of Washington, D.C. What makes this tour even more special is that we include professionally guided tours of some of the iconic sites of the Civil War such as Gettysburg and Antietam and include a visit to Harpers Ferry. We end the tour with a gentle ride along a bike path that passes by some of the most famous landmarks in our nation’s capital.
You begin your tour with two days in Gettysburg and then head south following quiet farm roads to Antietam, where the National Park Service will lead you on a biking tour of the area. The following day we bike along the Potomac River to where it joins the Shenandoah at Harpers Ferry, a handsomely restored historic village made famous by John Brown’s ill-fated raid in 1859. On Thursday we are guided along surprisingly peaceful bike paths that take us past many of Washington’s greatest monuments and buildings, ending appropriately, at the Lincoln Memorial. On our final day we visit George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon. Tour his estate, including a host of colonial-era buildings, beautiful gardens, a working distillery and a gristmill.
Surfaces for this tour: 73% Paved and 27% Gravel.