Northern Tier: Eastern Half

Northern Tier: Eastern Half

43 Day Cross-Country Bike Tour

Tour Information

Date: 05/16/19 - 06/27/19
Meet: Fargo, ND
Time: 1:00pm
Tour Price: $9990
Single Upgrade: $3500

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 this year, 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!

Almost Sold Out

The tour is guaranteed and has only one or a couple spaces left.



2440 miles with an average of 59 miles per day with 6 rest days. You’ll experience all types of terrain in all types of weather.

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: Eastern Half

Not available for cross-country tours.

Fly into Fargo, ND and out of Bangor, ME.

Jessie Manfrin

Jessie Manfrin
Tour Leader/Chef

Cindi West

Cindi West
Tour Leader

"WomanTours proved to be a good company for me to fulfill a long time dream of going cross-country when I retired. There’s nothing like such an experience as hearing the birds, seeing the fields, the hills and dales, farms and cities, and yes, sometimes struggling up long climbs, to know that it’s possible to stretch one’s self and physically accomplish more than you ever dreamed you could."

Clark T. Memphis, TN

It was even better than last year's Southern Tier!

Mary D. Columbus, OH

Tour Details

We’ll start our cross-country tour on the Northern Tier in 2019 and finish it in 2020. We’ll start this Eastern Segment in Fargo, ND and continue through the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. We’ll celebrate the finish of our tour by dipping our tires into the Atlantic Ocean.

We’ll bike along the shores of two of the Great Lakes – Erie and Ontario, and right by the fantastic Niagara Falls. After cycling by WomanTours headquarters, you’ll bike through Adirondack State Park, near the shores of Lake Champlain and over the Green Mountains of Vermont. We’ll end the tour in beautiful Acadia National Park.

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!

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.

Tour Highlights

  • Mississippi River
  • Niagara Falls
  • Great Lakes of Michigan, Erie and Ontario
  • WomanTours headquarters
  • Adirondack State Park
  • Lake Champlain
  • Acadia National Park
  • States of North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine

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

There will be 6 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 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 $300 surcharge. 

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. Save $500 off the tour price if you sign up before July 1, 2018. The first payment of $1,000 is due October 1, 2018 and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The second payment of $2000 is due December 1, 2018. The balance of the trip fee is due March 1, 2019. Save 2% if you make your payments by check. All payments are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Our cross-country tours often fill early and have waiting lists.

DISCOUNTS: Sign up by July 1, 2018 and save $500 off the tour price. Sign up for any shorter, domestic WomanTours trip in 2018 or 2019 at the same time you register for the 2019 Northern Tier Eastern Half and receive a 10% discount on the shorter tour. Save 2% by paying by check or wire transfer.

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 Eastern Half

Date Location Miles
May 16, 2019 Fargo, ND 0
May 17, 2019 Pelican Rapids, MN 57
May 18, 2019 Alexandria, MN 75
May 19, 2019 Albany, MN 47
May 20, 2019 Milaca, MN 63
May 21, 2019 Stillwater, MN 102
May 22, 2019 Stillwater, MN 0
May 23, 2019 Wabasha, MN 91
May 24, 2019 La Crosse, WI 65
May 25, 2019 Marquette, IA 66
May 26, 2019 Dyersville, IA 71
May 27, 2019 Muscatine, IA 102
May 28, 2019 Muscatine, IA 0
May 29, 2019 Kewanee, IL 77
May 30, 2019 Wenona, IL 62
May 31, 2019 Watseka, IL 94
Jun 1, 2019 Logansport, IN 96
Jun 2, 2019 Logansport, IN 0
Jun 3, 2019 Huntington, IN 70
Jun 4, 2019 Defiance, OH 86
Jun 5, 2019 Bowling Green, OH 49
Jun 6, 2019 Huron, OH 67
Jun 7, 2019 Cleveland, OH 51
Jun 8, 2019 Cleveland, OH 0
Jun 9, 2019 Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 57
Jun 10, 2019 Erie, PA 49
Jun 11, 2019 Hamburg, NY 91
Jun 12, 2019 Niagara Falls, NY 46
Jun 13, 2019 Niagara Falls, NY 0
Jun 14, 2019 Brockport, NY 73
Jun 15, 2019 Sodus Point, NY 76
Jun 16, 2019 Pulaski, NY 67
Jun 17, 2019 Old Forge, NY 76
Jun 18, 2019 Schroon Lake, NY 91
Jun 19, 2019 Middlebury, VT 40
Jun 20, 2019 Middlebury, VT 0
Jun 21, 2019 Lyme, NH 74
Jun 22, 2019 Lincoln, NH 48
Jun 23, 2019 Bridgton, ME 58
Jun 24, 2019 Bath, ME 65
Jun 25, 2019 Bucksport, ME 88
Jun 26, 2019 Bar Harbor, ME 47
Jun 27, 2019 Home 0/12