Cross-Country: Atlantic Coast Bike Tour

Cross-Country: Atlantic Coast Bike Tour

56 Day Cross-Country Bike Tour

Tour Information

Date: 04/21/25 - 06/15/25
Meet: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Time: 1:00pm
Tour Price: $16900
Single Upgrade: $5000 (single rooms may not be available a couple nights)

This cross-country bike tour is one leg of our trip around the perimeter of the USA. We cycle through St. Augustine, Florida, where the Southern Tier ends, and finishes up where the Northern Tier ends in Bar Harbor, Maine. We'll give special recognition to anyone having completed all four tours of the perimeter with us, and we'll cheer anyone on her way to completing the challenge. Join us as we bicycle up the Atlantic Coast!

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Longer miles per day over flat to hilly terrain, including some longer climbs. There are 2628 total miles, with an average of 48 miles/day. You’ll experience all types of terrain in all types of weather. Advanced cycling level. Easier with an e-bike and shuttling.

All lodging, breakfasts, dinners, and snacks on cycling days, SAG support along the route, electronic cues and GPS files, mechanical instruction and support, luggage transportation, send-off banquet, celebratory dinner, a commemorative jersey and trained guides.

Not available for cross-country bike tours so please bring your own. Road, gravel, hybrid and e-bikes are welcome.

Most of our nights will be spent at chain hotels, such as Hampton Inns, Best Westerns and Comfort Inns, but they'll be broken up with selected stays at historic inns, cabins or resorts to get the flavor of the local area when possible.

Fly into Fort Lauderdale, FL and out of Bangor, ME.

FAQ

Why do women want to ride across the country?

Some do it for the challenge. Others to see the country, to get away from home, or to commemorate a 60th birthday. Some feel that cycling every mile is a requisite, while others just want to be able to bike when they want to. Whatever your reasons, you’ll probably meet other women with similar motives and goals.

How do I get my bike to the tour start and back home once the tour is over?

We recommend shipping or bringing your bike with you if you fly to the start of the tour. We help you pack your bike at the end of the tour to ship or bring back home with you. We provide more detailed information about packing and shipping your bike before the start of the tour.

Is there any camping?

No! We work hard to find the best economy lodging at our overnight locations, such as Comfort Inns, Hampton Inns, and Best Westerns. Sometimes, we treat ourselves to more upscale lodging, such as an oceanside condo or a historic B&B.

"I would heartedly recommend Woman Tours. The administration and organisation were first class. I felt in safe hands. It was excellent value. Shorter and easier bicycle tours are available for those who want less of a challenge. But as I have found out, it is amazing what you can do when you have good back up, encouragement from friends and the joy of travel through this great country, America."

Sheila R. Angus, UK

Atlantic Coast Cross-Country Bike Tour Details

As urban as this part of the country can be, you wouldn’t know it from the lesser-traveled roads we cycle. We follow the route expertly designed by Adventure Cycling. When we get close to larger cities, we’re able to hop on the myriad of bike paths developed during the past couple of decades to keep us off the streets entirely.

We’ll start in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, hugging the coast as we make our way north. We’ll stop in quaint beach towns and then head into the Deep South past cotton and tobacco plantations. Then it’s onto Virginia, where you can visit Colonial Williamsburg during our layover day.

We’ve planned our next layover day in Alexandria, where you can take the paved Mount Vernon Trail to the monuments of Washington, D.C., and to one of the free museums that make up the Smithsonian Institution. We’ll skirt the city of Philadelphia and then head into New England in time for spring. We’ll finish the route in Bar Harbor by Acadia National Park.

If you’re a history buff, this is the bike tour for you. History happened all along our route: from St. Augustine, the oldest city in the nation, to Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began, to Valley Forge and its key role in the American Revolution. We'll cycle near such important waterways as the Potomac River, Delaware River, Connecticut River, and the Chesapeake Bay and cross the Walkway Over The Hudson River, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.

If you’re a state counter, you’ll be excited to know that our route passes through 14 states plus the District of Columbia, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

If you’ve completed our Northern Tier or Southern Tier tours, our overnights in St. Augustine and Bar Harbor should bring sweet memories.

We will run this bike tour like our other cross-country tours. There will be hotels, hot showers, and home-cooked meals every night. Two vehicles will carry your luggage and support you all the way. We’ll average 48 beautiful miles per day.

Day 1: We begin the bike tour in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. With an easily accessible airport, it is also well out of the way of the traffic of southern Florida. We’ll meet for an orientation at 1:00 pm, followed by a bike prep session. There will be an optional fix-a-flat workshop out in the parking lot. In the evening, we’ll celebrate our upcoming adventure with an opening banquet. 0 miles.

Days 2-55: We will start early with a light, nutritionally balanced buffet breakfast, pack our bike bags with snacks of raisins, nuts, and peanut butter sandwiches, and make sure we have an extra layer of clothing and perhaps a rain jacket with us. We leave on our own, usually between 7 and 8 a.m. 

Our days will quickly fall into a comfortable rhythm. We follow the electronic cues that have been meticulously created for us.

We each ride at our own pace, sometimes alone and sometimes in small groups. We stop where we want along the way to photograph a historical site, a flowering dogwood, or a humorous misspelled sign. Sometimes, we’ll stop at a diner for homemade pie, a café for cold iced tea, or a farm stand for fresh fruit and local news.

About every 15 - 20 miles, we’ll meet our SAG vehicle. It holds water, snacks, tire repair tools, and a first aid kit. Even if we don’t need anything, we’ll stop to chat and talk about the wonderful tailwind or the panoramic view. If we’re too tired to bike anymore, we’ll take a ride in the SAG vehicle to our hotel for the night. The SAG makes sure everyone is in safely at the end of the day.

We soon realize that some of the women on the tour intend to ride every mile, while others are more concerned with seeing the country. Some chose the tour to take a break from their daily routines, others are attracted by the challenge, and still others just want to meet other women who love bicycling.

We range in age from 30 to 80, but the majority of us are in our 60s.

Once at our hotel, we find our luggage (delivered earlier by the WomanTours van and trailer,) check-in to our room, and meet our roommate. We rotate roommates every night we change lodging unless you’ve requested the upgrade for a single room or have a specific roommate. There’s time to shower before dinner and perhaps take a dip in the hotel pool. Most of our lodgings will be at chain hotels, such as Best Westerns or Holiday Inns, and most of us will be in double occupancy rooms.

If anyone has experienced bike problems during the day, we’ll use the time before dinner to work with the guide to fix it. She can adjust brakes and shifting, fix flat tires, and do other simple repairs. If it’s a more complicated repair, the bike will go to a trained mechanic at a nearby bike shop.

The WomanTours van and trailer carry spare tires, tubes, and a large tool case. We’ll learn to work together to help everyone fix her own flat tires, as we’ll probably each get a couple during the trip.

Day 56: You can choose to start our last day early with an optional ride to the top of Cadilac Mountain. There, you can witness the spectacular sunrise every morning in the USA.  Then, pack your bicycle for shipping or taking it home with you. You can fly out of the Bangor airport or take a bus to the Portland or Boston airports and fly home from there. 

TO JOIN: To register for the Atlantic Coast Tour, we require a non-refundable $300 deposit. The first payment of $2000 is due by November 1, 2024, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. A second payment of $4000 is due December 15, 2024. The balance of the trip fee is due January 15th, 2025. If you cancel after you’ve made your second payment but before January 15, then $2000 is refundable. There are no refunds after January 15. 

DISCOUNTS: Sign up by June 15, 2024 and save $845. Sign up for a domestic week-long WomanTours trip when you register for the cross-country tour, and receive a 10% discount on the shorter tour. You can also save 2% if you make your payments by check or Zelle.

CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: The $300 registration fee and the first payment of $2000, due November 1, 2024, are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once the balance is paid on January 15th, there will be no refunds or credits.

TRIP INSURANCE: We strongly recommend trip cancellation and interruption insurance, especially for a trip of this magnitude.

TOUR DETAILS: After you register, we will provide you with a detailed packing list, advice on clothing, a sample training schedule, and a series of Prep Talk newsletters to help you prepare for the tour.

Atlantic Coast Bike Tour Itinerary (tentative)

Date Location Miles
Apr 21, 2025 Fort Lauderdale, FL 0
Apr 22, 2025 Jupiter, FL 62 ( ±452)
Apr 23, 2025 Vero Beach 66 (±400)
Apr 24, 2025 Cocoa, FL 64 (±300)
Apr 25, 2025 Dayton Beach Shores, FL 72
Apr 26, 2025 St. Augustine, FL 59
Apr 27, 2025 St. Augustine, FL 0
Apr 28, 2025 Fernadina Beach, GA 60 ±390
Apr 29, 2025 Kingsland, GA 30
Apr 30, 2025 Brunswick, GA 62
May 1, 2025 Richmond Hill, GA 72
May 2, 2025 Savannah, GA 24
May 3, 2025 Savannah, GA 0
May 4, 2025 Beaufort, SC 54
May 5, 2025 Walterboro, SC 48
May 6, 2025 Charleston (West Ashley), SC 71
May 7, 2025 Mt Pleasant, SC 26
May 8, 2025 Georgetown, SC 82
May 9, 2025 Georgetown, SC 0
May 10, 2025 Myrtle Beach, SC 40
May 11, 2025 Shallotte, NC 47
May 12, 2025 Carolina Beach, NC 41
May 13, 2025 Surf City (Top Sail Island), NC 54 (±785)
May 14, 2025 Surf City (Top Sail Island), NC 0
May 15, 2025 Jacksonville, NC 53
May 16, 2025 New Bern, NC 48
May 17, 2025 Plymouth, NC 77 (±650)
May 18, 2025 Elizabeth City, NC 72 (±370)
May 19, 2025 Suffolk, VA 58 (±632)
May 20, 2025 Williamsburg, VA 60 (±1604)
May 21, 2025 Williamsburg, VA 0
May 22, 2025 Richmond, VA 69 (±2000)
May 23, 2025 Fredricksburg, VA 72 (±2700)
May 24, 2025 Alexandria, VA 80 (±3300)
May 25, 2025 Alexandria, VA 0
May 26, 2025 Owings Mills, MD 79 (±3700)
May 27, 2025 York, PA 58
May 28, 2025 Phoenixville, PA 79
May 29, 2025 New Hope, PA 44 (±1790)
May 30, 2025 Easton, PA 46 ( ±1400)
May 31, 2025 Easton, PA 0
Jun 1, 2025 Matamoras, PA 80 (±4000)
Jun 2, 2025 New Paltz, NY 52 (± 2300)
Jun 3, 2025 Lakeville, CT 45 (±2525)
Jun 4, 2025 East Windsor, CT 59 (±3300)
Jun 5, 2025 Westborough, MA 84
Jun 6, 2025 Westborough, MA 0
Jun 7, 2025 Nashua, NH 41
Jun 8, 2025 Exeter, NH 42
Jun 9, 2025 Kennebunk, ME 56
Jun 10, 2025 Freeport, ME 71 (±2600)
Jun 11, 2025 Freeport, ME 0
Jun 12, 2025 Rockland, ME 67 (±4060)
Jun 13, 2025 Bucksport, ME 58 (±2300)
Jun 14, 2025 Bar Harbor, ME 47 (±2235)