Bike tours in the USA › North Carolina
Basic hotel, half board
New Hampshire, Portsmouth
This tour will take cyclists on a fun filled Eastern States Adventure. We'll roll from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, south for an exciting 25 day, almost 1,686 mile ride to Florida. The Ride the East tour is a challenging bicycle ride that has something for every cyclist.
Basic hotel, half board
South Carolina, Washington DC
For the cyclist who cannot take 25 days off, but still wants to join us on Ride the East, try the 2th section Ride the East. The second section of Ride the East travels 537 miles in 7 cycling days (8 total). Ride through lands steeped in the early history of the United States as we ride from Washington DC to North Myrtle Beach SC.
Deluxe, full board
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the USA and it’s no wonder as the views and vistas here are simply stunning. We start the week from Tellico Plains, Tennessee to travel along the Cherohala Skyway riding “on top of the world” to Tapoco, North Carolina. From here we take on “The Dragon” (aka: Deal’s Gap) with it’s 318 curves in 11 miles. Then it’s onto a portion of the beautiful, but little known and lightly traveled, Foothills Parkway. We also visit the remote Cades Cove for a car-free early morning riding experience through history and then in the afternoon to the top of Clingmans Dome to marvel in the 100+ mile views of purple mountains majesty.
On the second half of our tour we ride along a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway visiting it’s highest point at 6,053 feet and then end in Asheville, North Carolina. We will have a layover day in Asheville which will be a great opportunity to explore this charming town, enjoy one of it’s many breweries, visit the Biltmore Estate, or if you want to ride, take on a challenging climb to the top of Mount Mitchell. Our final day includes a climb over Doggetts Gap and then ends in the remote town of Hot Springs, North Carolina.
The government supports many projects that promote cycling. The bike infrastructure is fairly well developed and there is a mountain bike network.
LandscapeNorth Carolina can be divided into three regions: the coastal plains in the east, the Piedmont Region and the western Blue Ridge Mountains. At the coast there are lowlands with peat, called "Pocosin”. Off the coast lie the Outer Banks, a beautiful row of low islands. The central Piedmont Plateau is a broad rolling plateau with mixed forests. At the extreme west of the state are the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains, which are similar to the French Vosges.
In North Carolina summers are hot (up to 35 degrees) and humid. Cooler conditions in the mountain areas in the west. Pleasant spring and autumn. Very moderate winters.
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