Inquiring minds often ask which Sojourn bike tours are the most scenic. Well, the salesperson’s answer is “they’re all scenic” however, there are three that vie for top honors. Acadia National Park, the wine country and coast of California, and the Columbia Gorge region of Oregon all offer stunning scenery each and every day of the tour.
Our Maine bike tour in Acadia National Park is a nature lovers paradise. Located on primarily on Mount Desert Island in Maine, the Park features bike rides along miles of undeveloped coastline and vehicle-free carriage roads that wind through peaceful woodlands. Stones, polished smooth over millennia of being tumbled by surf, line the coast between Acadia’s signature pink granite cliffs. Working fishing villages and lighthouses are reminiscent of Maine’s maritime roots. Sunrise and sunset can be especially dramatic from your inn on the shores of Frenchman Bay.
The wine country and coast combine to create an incredibly scenic setting for our California bike tour. One need not be an oenophile to fall in love with the beauty of wine country with its vineyard draped hillsides, winding back roads, and perfect cycling climate. Transition from wine country while riding through the Russian River Valley into immense stands of Pacific Redwoods so tall and otherworldly that the wonder of their existence is unforgettable. Riding the undeveloped coastline along the Pacific Ocean, with views extending for miles, completes a journey through some of the most diverse and beautiful scenery in California.
Last, only because of alphabetical order, is the Columbia Gorge and Cascade Mountain region featured during our Oregon bike tour. Waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and crystal clear mountain lakes offer consistently magnificent views, and ensure a lengthy wildflower season. A historic route leads past one of the world’s greatest concentration of waterfalls including the second highest in the US. A remote alpine lake provides the perfect location for a little hiking, paddling and viewing Mount Hood, Oregon’s highest peak, as its mirror image is reflected on the lake’s surface. Water is plentiful and provides for refreshing opportunity to cool off in sparkling lakes, under billowing waterfalls, and during a trip down a Wild & Scenic River.
If you’re looking for scenery that will knock your socks off on bike tours in the US, these three rank right up there with the best of them. Naturally, you’ll witness this beauty from the seat of your bike as well as during guided hikes and trips on the water. And, each evening you’ll unwind in accommodations that reflect the beauty of each location. Don’t forget your camera!