It is that time of year when folks start to plan their summer vacations. If you haven’t already booked a trip, consider a family-friendly cycling vacation! Cycling is a great way to explore a new place, spend quality time together, and ensure the kids will sleep well at night.
I’ve compiled five of the best trips out there. From the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Loire Valley in France, there’s a trip for your budget and level of adventure. For bike-loving families, these vacations are sure to create the memories of a lifetime.
Top 5 Family Cycling Vacations
Western Spirit: Black Hills, SD
If you’re a mountain biker, chances are that you’re already familiar with Western Spirit. What you may not know is that they offer family trips. Their 5-day tour of the Black Hills in South Dakota includes long sections of singletrack, swimming in lakes, and spectacular scenery. Kids ages 4 and up are welcome on this trip; daily mileage ranges between 5 and 20 miles. Some days have shorter or longer distances depending on your family’s appetite and endurance. The cost is $1,145 for kids under 14, and $1,245 for adults and kids 14 and over. Rental bikes and camping equipment are available for an extra fee.
Learn more at WesternSpirit.com.
Trek Travel: Prague to Vienna
This Trek Travel vacation is a family-friendly tour thru the Czech Republic and Austria. In addition to daily rides (that average 15 miles), you’ll get to raft the Vltava river, take a cooking class at an organic winery, and explore the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionhart was captured. There’s no roughing it on this trip—most meals are included and your nights will be spent in hotels. The trip is 6 days/5 nights and starts at $3,399 per person. Kids 6 and up are welcome; kids under 9 must ride with a parent on a trailer-cycle.
Learn more at TrekTravel.com.
Adventure Cycling: Idaho Trails
The Trail of the Cour d’Alenes and the Route of the Hiawatha are two of the most famous bike touring routes in the U.S., and Adventure Cycling makes it possible to tackle these trails as a family. The 6-day trip averages 26 miles a day, with one rest day thrown in. All meals are catered and you have the option of camping or staying in motels along the way. The cost is $829 for adults, and $729 for kids. Children must be at least 8 years old to participate.
Learn more at AdventureCycling.com.
Backroads: Loire Valley
For this tour of France’s Loire Valley, kids as young as 4 are invited. (Kids must be 7 to ride their own bike). The six-day trip includes fencing, wine tasting for the adults, and cycling thru sunflower fields. A variety of routes each day, and a support van, mean that the whole family can pick a distance that suits them. The Backroads family cycling trips also include a Kid Coordinator “who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing.” The trip starts at $3,300 per person, but there are significant discounts available for kids based on their age.
Learn more at Backroads.com.
Self-Supported: Zion National Park, UT
If you are looking for a budget-option or you simply prefer to do your own thing, consider doing a self-supported bicycle vacation on your own. Zion National Park is closed to cars which makes it an enjoyable and safe route for biking with kids. Begin in Springdale, UT and spend the night at the Zion