Northern Tier: Western Half

Northern Tier: Western Half

35 Day Epic Bike Tour

Tour Information

Date: 06/19/20 - 07/23/20
Meet: Anacortes, WA
Tour Price: $8690
Single Upgrade: $3000

Are you interested in bicycling across the country on the Northern Tier route? We've cut the tour in half to make it easier on your busy schedules. We'll run the Eastern half from North Dakota to Maine in 2019, and the Western half from Washington to North Dakota in 2020. We last ran these trips seven years ago and it will probably be just as long until we're able to do them again. Do just one half or both. Come ride what many cyclists believe to be the prettiest cross-country route of them all!


The tour still has space. Make your travel arrangements.





1825 miles with an average of 55 miles per day with 5 rest days. You’ll experience all types of terrain in all types of weather. Advanced cycling level. Moderate level with an ebike.

All lodging, breakfasts, dinners and snacks on riding days, SAG stops every 20 miles, luggage transfers every day, detailed maps, cue sheets and GPS files, a bike maintenance class, mechanical instruction and support, state line crossing parties, send-off banquet, celebration dinner, and trained guides.


Northern Tier: Western Half

$495 for Specialized women-specific road or hybrid bicycle. $795 for electric-assist ebike.

Fly into Seattle, WA and out of Fargo, ND

"It met expectations and then some. In addition to seeing the country at a cyclist pace, I rode with some FANTASTIC women. Renewed friendships and made new life-long friends. I met some personal challenges on the bike that I’m proud of."

Janet B. Sacramento, CA

Beyond my expectations. The organization was fantastic, support was great, and above all, it was such a great group of women to spend time with. Everyone was so positive, supportive and friendly.

Cathy M. Fairfield, Victoria, Austraila

Tour Details

We’ll start our cross-country tour on the Northern Tier in 2019 and finish it in 2020. We’ll start this Western Segment in Anacortes, WA by dipping our tires into the Pacific Ocean and then continue over back roads of the northernmost part of the United States. We’ll bike past Cascades National Park and stay overnight in Glacier National Park. We’ll cross the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota. We’ll see some of the most beautiful areas of the country. In a month, we’ll celebrate our accomplishment in Fargo, North Dakota.

Along the way you’ll experience scenic, rural America and small town hospitality. Our van carries your luggage. Dry, warm beds and a hot shower await you every night at our hotels. No camping for us!

There will be 5 rest days over the course of the trip. We schedule these at scenic stops where there is an opportunity to explore the area. We strongly believe in giving everyone time to see the natural wonders of our country and to relax and keep our bodies healthy and strong.

We give you descriptive, “can't get lost” maps by Adventure Cycling and our own detailed cue sheets and GPS electronic voice cues to show you the way.

Everyone rides at her own pace. Our supportive atmosphere for and by women helps each of us accomplish more than we ever thought possible.

  • Cascades National Park
  • Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge
  • Crossing the Continental Divide
  • Glacier National Park
  • Lewis &  Clark Trail
  • Yellowstone & Missouri Rivers
  • States of Washington, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota

We offer healthy, home-cooked meals prepared by our traveling chef who understands the “performance food” needed to undertake such a challenge. She'll accommodate food allergies and provide a non-meat protein source for vegetarians, but if you require a vegan or gluten-free diet, there will be a small surcharge.

We offer a reasonable price. You’ll find we have the cheapest per day rate for any hotel cross-country bike touring company.

We limit the group size to 25 plus staff. You’re neither alone nor anonymous. We guarantee you’ll make some lifelong friends along the way.

TO JOIN: Sign up by making your non-refundable, non-transferable registration deposit of $300. The first payment of $1,000 is due October 1, 2019 and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The second payment of $2000 is due January 1, 2020. The balance of the trip fee is due April 1, 2020. Save 2% if you make your payments by check.

DISCOUNTS: Sign up for any shorter, domestic WomanTours trip in 2018 or 2019 at the same time you register for the 2020 Northern Tier Western Half and receive a 10% discount on the shorter tour.

CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: The $300 registration fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

TRIP INSURANCE: We will provide you with a source for trip cancellation/interruption insurance. We strongly recommend insurance, especially for a trip of this magnitude.

SAG VOLUNTEERS: We use 4 volunteers to drive a support car during this tour. Each driver works once every fourth day supporting the riders until the last cyclist finishes for the day. She provides food, drinks, flat tire assistance and moral support, and becomes an integral part in the success of the tour. In return, each volunteer receives a discount of 40% off the full tour price. If you’re interested in a position, please email or call us.

TOUR DETAILS: Help on training, transportation, packing, and an itinerary will be sent upon receipt of your registration fee. We will also send you periodic Prep Talk newsletters to help you prepare for the trip. For more information, including references and links to blogs kept by past participants, contact us and we’d be happy to send you more details. Sign up today!

Northern Tier Western Half (tentative)

Date Location Miles
Jun 19, 2020 Anacortes, WA 0
Jun 20, 2020 Sedro-Woolley, WA 30
Jun 21, 2020 Marblemount, WA 52
Jun 22, 2020 Winthrop, WA 91
Jun 23, 2020 Winthrop, WA 0
Jun 24, 2020 Omak, WA 48
Jun 25, 2020 Republic, WA 69
Jun 26, 2020 Coleville, WA 57
Jun 27, 2020 Newport, WA 81
Jun 28, 2020 Sandpoint, ID 46
Jun 29, 2020 Sandpoint, ID 0
Jun 30, 2020 Libby, MT 98
Jul 1, 2020 Eureka, MT 68
Jul 2, 2020 Whitefish, MT 59
Jul 3, 2020 Lake McDonald, MT 41
Jul 4, 2020 Lake McDonald, MT 0
Jul 5, 2020 East Glacier, MT 70
Jul 6, 2020 Cut Bank, MT 48
Jul 7, 2020 Chester, MT 66
Jul 8, 2020 Havre, MT 60
Jul 9, 2020 Havre, MT 0
Jul 10, 2020 Malta, MT 92
Jul 11, 2020 Glasgow, MT 71
Jul 12, 2020 Wolf Point, MT 53
Jul 13, 2020 Culbertson, MT 57
Jul 14, 2020 Williston, ND 44
Jul 15, 2020 New Town, ND 76
Jul 16, 2020 Minot, ND 78
Jul 17, 2020 Minot, ND 0
Jul 18, 2020 Rugby, ND 68
Jul 19, 2020 Devils Lake, ND 82
Jul 20, 2020 Carrington, ND 50
Jul 21, 2020 Mayville, ND 108
Jul 22, 2020 Fargo, ND 64
Jul 23, 2020 Shuttle to Airport 0