Cross Country USA • West Coast • North America
|Months To Go
||September | View Dates»|
|Price (USD)||From $15,999 | See Pricing»|
|Start & End||Santa Barbara, California | Isle of Palms, South Carolina|
|Trip Length||41 days | 40 nights|
|Rider Type||4 | Learn More»|
|Daily Rides||Options from 31 - 142 miles|
|Beyond Biking||Hiking, Historical Site Visit, Beach, Massage, Spa, Shopping|
|Trip Options||Make It Private or Choose Your Own Date|
Back by popular demand, our epic Cross Country USA trip is again in our lineup—sign up for the challenge in 2013! The goal: ambitious. The distance: 3,200 miles. The training: intense. The opportunity: unrivaled. If you're ready for the bike trip—and challenge—of a lifetime, join us on a cross country bicycle tour that stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic. We are one of the only tour operators to offer such a fully supported, all-encompassing cycling odyssey. On the trip you'll climb more than 135,000 feet over the course of 36 riding days—all from the seat of a top of the line Trek carbon fiber road bike which is included in your trip price. Although the challenge—and dedication to training—is substantial, your Trek Travel guides will be with you every pedal stroke of the way, offering encouragement, mechanical and logistical support, camaraderie, and renowned Trek Travel guest service. You'll accomplish more physically in 41 days than most people do in a lifetime!
- Ride a high performance, top of the line Trek Domane road bike. This lightweight machine will allow you to go further and faster each day of your trip.
- Savor the ceremonial tire dip in both oceans to begin and end your journey.
- Behold the surreal landscape of the Grand Canyon.
- Experience the scintillating nightlife of Nashville, listening to country music at its best.
- Discover the legendary beauty of the Mojave Desert.
Days 1 – 10 | The West | Santa Barbara, CA to Grand Canyon, AZ
Rest Day Hotel: Stay at The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon
Soak up sunshine and ocean breezes, while cruising the Pacific Coast Highway through “America's Riviera” | Traverse the sublime expanse of the Mojave desert | Scale the Southwestern flank of the Colorado Plateau, through red sandstone monoliths and forests of piñon and juniper | Celebrate your conquering of the West on your rest day - at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, AZ
Days 11 – 17 | The Southwest | Grand Canyon, AZ to Taos, NM
Rest Day Hotel: Stay at El Monte Sagrado Living Resort
Spot eagles, coyotes, and pronghorn antelope - in the canyons, mesas and monuments - as you glide through Utah's land of the Anasazi | Test your climbing skills on Colorado’s majestic, aspen-cloaked mountain passes | Sample the flavors of the Wild West in the historic and hip town of Durango, CO | Treat your legs to a soak in the natural hot springs at Pagosa Springs | Bask in the accomplishment of cycling from the Pacific Ocean to the Eastern Flanks of the Rocky Mountains with a celebratory dinner at a renowned restaurant in Taos, NM
Days 18 – 27 | The Southern Midwest | Taos, NM to Branson, MO
Rest Day Hotel: Stay at Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing
Hone your pace line skills as you gradually descend through Oklahoma’s fabled grasslands, ranches and prairies | Meander along wooded country roads, through the majestic Ozark Plateau of Missouri | Relax and recharge at your luxury hotel overlooking Lake Taneycomo and the lights of famed downtown Branson, MO
Days 28 – 33 | The South | Branson, MO to Nashville, TN
Rest Day Hotel: Stay at Hermitage Hotel
Tackle the challenging rollers of the eastern Ozark Mountains of Missouri | Experience relics of the Civil War as you cruise across the vast Tennessee River Valley | Ride through Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee in one day | Unwind in the country music capitol of the world, as you feast on Southern food and relax with Nashville's Southern hospitality
Days 34 – 41 | The Southern Appalachians to the Coast | Nashville, TN to Charleston, SC
Rest Day Hotel: Stay at Boardwalk Inn at Wild Dunes Resort
Let old-time bluegrass harmonize your journey through the turning forests of the southern Appalachian Mountains | Be welcomed into Asheville, NC with a fusion of hip and eclectic Appalachian style and southern hospitality | Descend upon the palm-fringed Atlantic as your cross country journey ends near the charming and historical coastal town of Charleston, SC | Savor the sweet taste of accomplishment, perched on the Atlantic Ocean with a celebratory toast on the Isle of Palms, before bidding farewell to your new friends
Rest day hotels are listed below. Please download the itinerary for a complete list of trip hotels.
The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon | South Rim Grand Canyon, AZ
The Grand Hotel is located on State Highway 64, in the village of Tusayan, just one mile from the South Rim entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. The spacious lobby with a fireplace, wireless internet, indoor pool and hot tub, and on-site guest laundry facilities make this a comfortable and convenient rest day hotel located near one of the most stunning National Parks in the country.
El Monte Sagrado Living Resort | Taos, NM
Set near the historic Taos Plaza, yet surrounded by acres of natural space and sweeping mountain views, El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa takes a sustainable approach to luxury accommodations and services. Experience the world-famous art collection, award-winning restaurant, and extensive spa facilities in this secluded sanctuary.
Hilton Promenade Branson Landing | Branson, MO
Located on the banks of Lake Taneycomo, the Hilton Promenade is one of Branson’s most luxurious hotels, in the newly rejuvenated Branson Landing District. You will be within walking distance of the historic downtown for your two nights in town. With great shopping as well as nightly entertainment and a plethora of top-notch restaurants along the landing, you’ll have no shortage of entertainment options on your day off.
Hermitage Hotel | Nashville, TN
Opening its doors in 1910—originally advertising “fireproof, noise-proof, and dust proof, for $2.00 and up”—The Hermitage Hotel embodies a long-term commitment to true Southern Hospitality. Having hosted six presidents, a slew of dignitaries and celebrities, and Nashville’s elite, it is the best choice for our guests. The Hermitage is a mixture of rich history, supreme luxury, and cutting-edge technology—making it the ultimate rest day hotel in the heart of downtown.
The Boardwalk Inn at Wild Dunes Resort | Isle of Palms, SC
Nestled amidst the dunes and palm trees on the northern end of the Isle of Palms, this full-service resort offers outstanding hospitality and luxury accommodations in a genuinely relaxing atmosphere. Multiple pools, spacious rooms and private beaches await you at the end of your journey.
What’s Included in the Trip Price
- 40 nights of accommodation
- Daily breakfast, 36 lunches, 8 social hours, 32 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
- The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
- Daily route support
- The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike (limited selection)
- The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
- Trek Travel water bottles
- Private tours
- Entrance fees to all group events/activities
- All luggage transfers
- All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
- Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
- All gratuities for special events, local guides, transfers, hotels, and restaurants
- $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Domane or Madone, or Project One purchased at your local Trek retailer
- Airfare to and from the trip
- Transportation to the trip pick-up location
- Lodging before and after the trip
- Gratuities for Trek Travel guides
- Personal items purchased during the trip
- Some meals are not included in each destination, which allows you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. Your guides are happy to make recommendations should you so desire.
What is the weather going to be like?
Extremely varied. Expect all conditions including, rain, snow, wind, sun, heat, cold, in both humid and arid climates. Extreme weather conditions may exist in certain parts of the country and guides will monitor the safety of riding in such conditions. Bring layers for riding in any and all conditions.
What are the daily rides like?
|Rider Type | 4||Average Daily Mileage | 90
|Terrain | mountainous||Average Daily Elevation | 3,500|
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. Cross Country USA is best suited for our Type 4 Riders. The terrain is extremely varied, including rolling coastal roads, long gradual climbs and descents across deserts, as well as long and steep climbing and descending in the Rockies, the Ozarks, and the Southern Appalachians. Roads are primarily two-lane secondary highways with good shoulders, but include some stretches of primary highways and interstates with wide shoulders, and smaller local roads and surface streets with little or no shoulder. Some road surfaces, particularly in the Mojave Desert, are quite rough but unavoidable. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.
What are the options for a non-rider travel companion?
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.
How do I train for my trip?
We work with Vision Quest Training to give you that little boost before your Trek Travel bike trip. Vision Quest offers custom training plans that will get you ready to tackle your trip with confidence. The coaches consider the amount of hours you can train per week, what you need to focus on based on your goals and milestones you need to hit in order to achieve them. They develop a detailed write up and training plan just for you!
Didn’t find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don’t necessarily pertain to a specific trip.
|Cross Country USA 2013
||Sep 15-Oct 25, 2013
||Guaranteed Date*||$15,999 per person | $3,500 single occ. | Minimum age 16|
|Cross Country USA 2014||Sep 7-TBD, 2014*||Subject to change||Coming soon
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Wow’s From Our Guests & More Photos
When we asked our guests what their favorite WOW’s were from their Cross Country USA bike vacations, here is what they said…
The support and spirit of the guides was wonderful.—Alan
The guide team was always on top of everything.—Austin
Overall, and amazing, outstanding, over the top TEAM! We had a wonderful time thanks to Trek and the great people we rode across the US with.—Kelli
Route choice was great. The scenery and quality of roads far exceeded my expectations. The guides and soigneurs were excellent. Generally, they all went out of their way to be helpful! —Steve
Accolades, News & More
Celebrate Living's "Pushing it to the Edge" article
Follow the 2008 Cross Country USA bike tour with guest and rider, Richard Hanke