Want to pedal through crunchy leaves, feeling the crisp, fresh air in your face and exploring New England's winding roads spotted with the yellows, reds and oranges of autumn? A biking trip is an ideal way to leaf peep at your own pace. Whether you join a guided trip or choose a self-guided ride, there's no better time of year to explore New England on two wheels.
Best Guided and Self-Guided Fall Foliage Bike Tours in New England
Here are some New England fall foliage bike tour companies that can show you the way:
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
This enduring, Vermont-based tour company is a leader in making New England autumn biking trips accessible. With supportive and encouraging tour leaders and a variety of itineraries to match your scenic dreams, VBT does the planning leg work, so you can focus on enjoying every moment of your journey. This fall, bike trip possibilities include six days of cycling Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, a six-day classic Vermont experience highlighting local cuisine and the state's natural beauty, a shoreline trek along Vermont's Lake Champlain that will even take you out to pedal lake islands, and a sure-to-be-memorable Maine coast adventure in Acadia National Park.
Discovery Bicycle Tours
Discovery Bicycle Tours has a variety of guided and self-guided biking tour itineraries available this fall, whether you're looking for a quick, two-night getaway or a longer trip.
There's even a four-day "Earn Your Brew" bike tour centered around Stowe, Vermont, with departures in September and October. The trip features rides incorporating stops at craft brewers like The Alchemist, the brewery that makes the famous and still-in-demand Double IPA Heady Topper.
The Fall Foliage Classic
Looking for an epic biking experience that showcases both the colorful interior of New England and the storied coast?
Join America by Bicycle for this 333-mile ride through brilliant fall scenery in three New England states: Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The dates for 2018 are October 13 to 20, and 2019 dates are October 12 to October 19. For information, call 603-382-1662 or toll free, 888-797-7057.
Summer Feet Cycling
Explore Maine under your own power this fall, even if you only have a half-day. This cycling tour company provides a variety of guided group adventures, from a five-lighthouse tour that takes only a few hours to weekend- and week-long biking trips along the coast. If you're independent-spirited, self-guided tours are an option, too.
Easy Rider Tours
Easy Rider is offering a fabulous Autumn in the Berkshires biking tour this fall from September 30 to October 5, 2018. Stay in charming country inns and explore all of western Massachusetts' best-loved sights and cultural attractions.
Bike the Whites
This tour company offers three-day, inn-to-inn bicycle tours along New Hampshire's scenic backroads. Bike tour packages, available through November 2, include lodging, dining, maps, luggage transfer, roadside assistance, bike storage and a complimentary water bottle. Bike rentals are available if you don't own or aren't arriving in New Hampshire with a bike.
Country Inns Along the Trail
This tour company designs self-guided, inn-to-inn road biking tours in Vermont's Lake Champlain Valley. Your luggage will be transported between inns while you cycle miles of safe, scenic, paved back roads. Your trip can be customized to your ability level and the number of days you have available.
Great Freedom Adventures
The Best of Vermont Fall Foliage Tour offered by Great Freedom Adventures is a six-day trek that begins and ends in picturesque Woodstock. It's a tour suitable for those up for a moderate challenge. Along the way, you'll visit a cheese factory, a brewery, covered bridges and a president's birthplace. Great Freedom Adventures also offers a New York Fall Foliage bike trip in the historic and scenic Hudson Valley region.
Three 2018 departure dates are available for this guided trip that winds past covered bridges and along country roads and lands you at lovely inns each evening. A stop for homemade cider and donuts is guaranteed. Sojourn offers bike trips in Maine's Acadia National Park and Massachusetts' Cape Cod this September, too.