Great Allegheny Passage Biking

Great Allegheny Passage Biking

Great Allegheny Passage Biking

Prices

From $3,950USD

Difficulty

Guided

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Highlights

Cycle the historic paths of Appalachia as you bike from Pittsburgh to the national capital

Enjoy riding away from traffic on the beautifully restored bike path of the Great Allegheny Passage.

Enjoy incredible scenic views of mountains, rivers, and countryside as you travel through the Appalachian region.

Learn about the history of the area as you cycle the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical trail that follows the canal.

Celebrate the end of your tour with a visit to the impressive national monuments of Washington, D.C., including Washington’s house.

The 9-day guided Great Allegheny Passage Biking Tour offers an extraordinary ride down the Great Allegheny Passage and the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Trail. Ride along the traffic-free historic bike trails that stretch through the beautiful landscapes between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.

It took 30 years to plan and restore the Great Allegheny Passage for public use, and it connects with the stunning Chesapeake and Ohio Trail, providing 335 miles of protected riding trail! Take in the tranquil riverbanks, scenic views, and dramatic tunnels and bridges as your bike the GAP. Make a pit stop at the famous Frank Lloyd Wright house “Fallingwater”, admiring the incredible architecture. As you cross the Mason-Dixon Line you’ll be following the historic path that follows the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. You’ll have the opportunity to visit Civil War battlefields to learn about the history of the nation before cycling into D.C. where your tour culminates at the inspiring sites at the National Mall. This tour is a dream for any cyclist-turned-history buff or anyone looking to appreciate the northeastern United States.

Great Allegheny Passage Biking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome Dinner and Bike Prep

Meet the tour shuttle at the Pittsburgh airport, then you’ll be driven to McKeesport, Pennsylvania. The group will assemble to prepare your bikes and gear, and then you’ll have a welcome dinner where your guides will go over important orientation information.

Overnight Location
Hotel in McKeesport
Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Start the Great Allegheny Passage

Today your bike ride will be along the gravel path that follows the Youghiogheny River. You’ll follow its shady banks as it meanders towards the town of Connellsville, where you’ll spend the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Connellsville
Distance
44mi
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 3 Ride to Fallingwater and Mount Davis

Continue along the river as you bike towards Ohiopyle in the Laurel Highlands. On the way, you’ll pass Fallingwater, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed heritage landmark. When you stop for lunch you can take the shuttle back to the house for a tour if it sparks your interest!

After lunch, you’ll be following the Casselman River as it skirts around the foot of Mount Davis. You’ll continue cycling all the way to Rockwood, where you’ll be stopping for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Rockwood
Distance
45mi
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 4 Tunnels, Bridges, and the Mason-Dixon Line

Your route today will bring you to the newly restored Pinkerton tunnel. This sequence of bridge-to-tunnel-to-bridge is finally open to bicycles and is a popular highlight of the GAP.

Then, you’ll be riding 30 meters above the Casselman Valley as you cross it on the Salisbury Trestle. Your route begins a gentle climb as you approach the Eastern Continental Divide, which separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Gulf of Mexico and is the highest point of the Passage.

Shortly after the Divide, you’ll reach the Big Savage Tunnel, which is a short trip through the mountain itself. Take in the spectacular view as you emerge from the tunnel and cycle past the Mason-Dixon Line to Cumberland

Overnight Location
Hotel in Cumberland
Distance
43mi
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Start the C& O Trail

Start today’s bike ride from the Western Maryland Scenic Rail Station and head east through the countryside to West Virginia (country roads, take me home…).

As you leave Cumberland you’ll have reached the end of the Great Allegheny Passage and begun the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail. You’ll find the paths are dirt trails now rather than the gravel track you’ve been on so far. You’ll be riding through some gorgeous, rugged country after passing through the Paw Paw Tunnel.

The day ends in Little Orleans, where you can relax for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Little Orleans
Distance
44mi
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 6 Ride to Williamsport along the Western Maryland Rail Trail

Today you can enjoy the nice paved Western Maryland Rail Trail, which runs parallel to the C&O Canal. You’ll be cycling to Fort Frederick and then on to Williamsport for an evening in this lovely waterside town.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Williamsport
Distance
42mi
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 7 Visit Antietam Battlefield

The group will leave the C&O Trail today to make a stop at the National Battlefield of Antietam. There will be time to walk the field and learn about this historic Civil War landmark.

Afterward, you’ll return to the trail and ride to Harpers Ferry, where you’ll take the ferry to make the crossing where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Harpers Ferry
Distance
44mi
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 8 Cycling in Great Falls Park

This morning you’ll ride along the trail as it follows the canal. You’ll pass the canal locks and the last auto ferry to still operate the Potomac crossing.

Enjoy the relaxing ride through Great Falls Park, where you’ll see the water falling over the jagged rocks that had once been an imposing impasse on the Potomac. A shuttle will pick you up here to bring you to the hotel on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel near Washington, D.C.
Distance
42mi
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 9 Reach Mile 0 of the C&O Trail

Your day starts with a ride along the last stretch through Maryland into Washington, D.C. The paved path is undergoing refurbishment, but you’ll still be able to visit the plaque that marks Mile 0 and signifies your completion of the C&O Canal Trail. Congrats!

From here you’ll take the paved path into the capital to visit the National Mall. You’ll have time to explore the area and visit the inspiring Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. The final leg of your journey takes you to visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon home, where you can reflect on his contribution to the building of the very canal you’ve been following. This is where your tour ends, and your shuttle will bring you to the airport.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
36mi
Meals
Breakfast

Great Allegheny Passage Biking Price and Dates

This guided cycling tour of the Northwest Passage is run as a private tour for your group only and the price is fixed per person. Please note, that the prices below might vary based on the season, accommodation availability and other factors.

The prices below are per person:

  • Guided groups of 4+: $3,950USD per person
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Accommodation on the Great Allegheny Passage Biking Tour

This tour is based in 3 and 4-star hotels and B&Bs. All the rooms provided are clean and comfortable with private washrooms.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel. Please contact us if you would prefer this option. Rooms are double occupancy and solo travelers may be required to pay a supplement.

Night 1

Hotel near McKeesport

Spend the night in a comfortable 3 or 4-star hotel or bed and breakfast along your route.

Night 2

Hotel near Connellsville

Spend the night in a comfortable 3 or 4-star hotel or bed and breakfast along your route.

Rockwood Trail House Bed & Breakfast in Rockwood

This welcoming bed and breakfast sits at the trailhead for the Allegheny Passage. Enjoy the period antiques in this turn-of-the-century colonial home.

Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cumberland

Enjoy the clean comfortable rooms you’d expect from a Marriott Inn & Suites property. Relax in the indoor pool and whirlpool with an adjoining outdoor terrace.

Town Hill B&B in Little Orleans

Nestled in the mountains of western Maryland, this cozy bed and breakfast oozes charm. Relax on the porch and enjoy the view or unwind at the outdoor fire pit.

Night 6

Hotel in Williamsport

Spend the night in a comfortable 3 or 4-star hotel or bed and breakfast along your route.

Night 7

Hotel in Harpers Ferry

Spend the night in a comfortable 3 or 4-star hotel or bed and breakfast along your route.

Night 8

Hotel near Washington, D.C.

Spend the night in a comfortable 3 or 4-star hotel or bed and breakfast along your route.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in Bike the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Tour?

Meals

8 breakfasts and 8 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 8 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour in Pittsburgh and after the tour in Washington, D.C. are not included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you, your luggage, and your bike are included as outlined in the itinerary. Airport transfers are included.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide
  • Support van
  • Park entrance fees
  • Trail maps

Not included

  • Cycling equipment such as bikes, helmets, gloves, and shoes
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to Pittsburgh or from Washington, D.C.
  • Lunches and dinners or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment
  • Fees not mentioned as included
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, servers, or hotel staff

Optional Extras

  • Various bicycle rentals, including touring saddles, odometers, pumps, tire irons, and patch kits
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Great Allegheny Passage Biking

How hard is the Great Allegheny Passage Biking Tour?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. You will cycle up to 45mi per day for several days in a row. The trails are sometimes paved but often gravel and dirt bike paths with an occasional moderate incline. You should be used to cycling long distances on consecutive days to get the most out of this tour.

Do I need to tip my tour guides?

Tipping in the United States of America is customary, but much appreciated. It is recommended to tip 10-20% for exceptional service.

Do I need a visa to travel to the United States of America?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Great Allegheny Passage Biking Tour?

8 breakfasts and 8 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Pittsburgh to start this tour?

The best way to reach Pittsburgh is to fly to the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). The city is also accessible by train from within the state and various US cities. You will be picked up from the airport.

Is the Great Allegheny Passage Biking Tour guided?

Yes, you will have an English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour.

Where does the Great Allegheny Passage Biking Tour end?

This tour ends in Washington, D.C. Your tour includes a drop-off at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

Are equipment rentals included?

Bike rentals are not included but can be added as a supplement. There are various style and size options available to rent to mitigate the challenges of shipping your bike. Please bring any additional equipment desired.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, you can bring your own bike. If you would like to do so it is recommended that you use a reputable specialty company to ship your bike ahead of time to the first hotel. You can also bring your own saddle and pedals to combine with your rental bike. This tour includes trails on gravel paths, as well as dirt paths that can get soft or muddy. If you bring your own bike, a hybrid or cross bike with wider tires is recommended.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to the United States of America?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for the United States of America?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to the United States for this tour?

The best time to travel to the northeastern United States for this tour is between April and October when the weather tends to be most favorable for biking.

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Prices

From $3,950USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, B&Bs

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 4/5. You will cycle up to 45mi per day for several days in a row. The trails are sometimes paved but often gravel and dirt bike paths with an occasional moderate incline. You should be used to cycling long distances on consecutive days to get the most out of this tour.


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