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Offline Joshjoni

Suggestions needed for favorite 7-day trip in US
« on: May 24, 2013, 10:42:24 am »
We are looking for suggestions for a week long bike trip in the US. We care mostly about good roads or trails, camping options and charming small towns to eat and browse around in. We live in Minneapolis MN and have biked extensively in WI (both N to S and W to E). What's been your favorite state for a self-supported ride?

Offline Itinerant Harper

Re: Suggestions needed for favorite 7-day trip in US
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2013, 12:40:26 pm »
The San Juan Islands in WA State up to the Gulf Islands in British Columbia is an excellent place to tour. Could do tons in a week, though of course it's one of those places you could spend a lot more time. Lots of good camping, incredible sights, quaint little towns, nice trails on Vancouver Island, ferry boat travel and so on.

Offline nthabiseng

Re: Suggestions needed for favorite 7-day trip in US
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2013, 05:31:31 pm »
We have done a lot of 7-9 days trips in the US, and I have to say my most favorite is the C&O and GAP trails; ridden together it's about a week to enjoy the trip. Great surface ( unless you get unlucky and it's really wet) and so much to see. Good camping, and free along the C&O . For slight downhill start in Pittsburgh and ride to DC. And they just finished the terminus in Pittsburgh which wasn't done when we rode last year. Spending a week off roads is amazing. Next best are the Oregon coast and riding around the northern half of Lake Michigan.

All of these are chronicled on my crazyguyonabike site, search for marti fine or myfinecycle. The trail ride is part of Finetastic Adventure 2012 ride. Enjoy!

Offline valygrl

Re: Suggestions needed for favorite 7-day trip in US
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Offline shannongalinat

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Re: Suggestions needed for favorite 7-day trip in US
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2013, 03:13:09 pm »
You might also consider the Selkirk Loop in Northern Idaho & Washington States and British Columbia.  I rode that loop in 8 days back in the fall of 2011.  There are several little towns of interest throughout BC and Idaho that are worth seeing, and the traffic was accommodating to cyclists.  The scenery was spectacular.
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Offline indyfabz

Re: Suggestions needed for favorite 7-day trip in US
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2013, 09:49:32 am »
If you can swing a few more than 7 days, in 2011 we did a nice loop out of Missoula. Followed the TransAm route for a few days then went over the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway to Wise River and Divide, thence to Twin Bridges, where there is a very nice bike-only camping facility. From there it was on to Butte and then Philipsburg, which is very cute. From there, there are a couple of options to get back to Missoula. Only catch is that there is a 20 mile stretch of unpaved road between Melrose and Twin Bridges that is somewhat rugged in a few places, but we managed easily on our LHTs. Worth the extra effort, IMO.

There is also the loop out of Whitefish that goes into B.C. and Alberta and then back into Montana and over Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park.

Send me a PM if you would like details.

Offline John Nelson

Re: Suggestions needed for favorite 7-day trip in US
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2013, 01:08:54 pm »
You might also consider the Selkirk Loop in Northern Idaho & Washington States and British Columbia.
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One problem, however, is that if you only have seven days to spend, you might not want to spend two days getting there and two days getting home. On the other hand, if you have plenty of time but only want to ride for seven days, and if you have a passport, the Selkirk Loop would be great.

Offline masoncw

Re: Suggestions needed for favorite 7-day trip in US
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2013, 04:39:33 pm »
We did a seven day trip on the Katy Trail in Missouri.  Scenery was spectacular, quaint little towns are nicely spaced and plenty of options for camping, B&Bs and local dining options.  Check out