Demand is growing for cycling and walking tours


With over 50 million cyclists in the United States, bike shops are struggling to keep up with demand. Among these cycling enthusiasts, many choose to take their preferred mode of transportation with them on vacation in order to take advantage of the many advantages offered by the bicycle. For others, finding a good walking path is worth going off the beaten path.

With 2022 shaping up to be one of the busiest travel seasons ever, those who haven’t yet booked a summer vacation may already feel like they’re missing out. For those who are still undecided on their destination this summer, or who are hesitant to travel too far from home, tour operators MTB cycling holidays and Country Walkers have compiled a list of legendary biking and walking destinations that explore the natural wonders and culture of North America. Some of these destinations have been driven and flown for decades, which means fewer crowds exploring the road less travelled.

Timo Shaw, President of VBT Bicycling Vacations and Country Walkers, says, “The biggest trend we’re seeing this year is excitement. While we always anticipated there would be pent-up demand from customers who were unable to travel, demand was even greater than expected, for both international and domestic travel. We are seeing departures selling out earlier than expected and even an increase in people booking multiple tours in the same year. Judging by the number of first inquiries we received around 2023, we expect this trend to continue next year as well.

E-bikes are available on all VBT routes as a bonus. And since VBT and Country Walkers take care of all the logistics, there’s less stress when it comes to planning in case the last two years have left you a little rusty in that department. Here are some of the most popular hiking and biking tours in North America.

California: Wine Country & Pacific Coast (VBT, Guided) – Enjoy private tastings at some of the region’s most renowned wineries, cycle along the Pacific Coast and through rolling vineyard-covered countryside, explore Healdsburg and some of the most charming Spanish colonial towns in the West , hike the Napa Valley Trail.

Arizona: Saguaro National Park & ​​Sonoran Desert (VBT, Guided) – Soak up sprawling desert landscapes and traverse vast, versatile expanses. Enjoy picnics and wine tastings, cycle among cacti in Saguaro National Park and Tumacácori National Historical Park, and savor local cuisine steeped in Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo-American influences.

Washington: Olympic Peninsula (CW, Guided) – Get a fascinating perspective on Native American culture as a Quinault elder shares her stories and legends over a glass of wine, explore the enigmatic Mima Mounds Natural Preserve, marvel at the majestic Sol Duc Falls, and enjoy a relaxing bath at the Sol Duc Hot Spring Resort.

Alberta and British Columbia: Banff, Yoho and the Canadian Rockies (CW, guided) – Discover Alberta’s ranchlands in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, join a local guide along Ghost River on an exploration of plant medicine from an indigenous perspective, visit Fallentimber Meadery and Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, explore the lake Minnewanka and Columbia Wetlands.

Maine: Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park (VBT, Self-Guided) – Explore Acadia National Park, browse the shops and art galleries of Bar Harbor, travel through unspoiled landscapes of rugged coastlines, wooded coves and idyllic fishing ports, and taste mouth-watering dishes infused with Maine blueberries.