New England Bike Tour
Coasting New England
Prefer to bike independently? Check out our self-guided Coasting New England bike tour.
- Trip Feedback
- Bike the coasts of three New England states
- Gently rolling cycling roads though diverse landscapes
- Federal architecture and Maritime history in Newburyport, MA
- Sand dunes and shorebirds at Crane Beach
- Portsmouth, NH’s lively arts scene
- Tour 200-year-old Lowell's Boat Shop
- Kennebunkport’s mansions and Ocean Avenue views
- Parker River and Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuges
- Historic inns in classic seaport towns
Day 1: Mid-day rendezvous in Newburyport, at the mouth of the Merrimack River. Warm-up ride through the Great Marsh features views of Plum Island, a natural barrier island of sand dunes and marsh grasses and one of the country’s top birding destinations. Return route visits the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge before our welcome dinner. Two-night stay in Newburyport. (12 or 17 mi.)
Day 2: Bike a quiet backroads loop south through the classic New England towns of Newbury, Topsfield, and Hamilton, before joining the coast at thousand-acre Crane Beach. Ice cream stop in Ipswich, home to the country’s largest collection of First-Period (circa 1625-1725) houses. Relax with an aprčs-ride stroll along Newburyport’s historic streets or waterfront boardwalk. (38 or 52 mi.)
Day 3: Broad valley views as we wind inland along the Merrimack River and spin north into New Hampshire. Stop to visit 200-year-old Lowell’s Boat Shop, the oldest continuously operating boat shop in America, and a National Historic Landmark. Horse farms and apple orchard country lead to a riverside lunch in Exeter. Afternoon ride traces the seacoast past Fort Constitution, scene of an early colonial revolt against Royal rule, en route to Portsmouth. Optional visit to Strawbery Banke, an outdoor museum whose 40 preserved buildings reflect local history, architecture, and lifestyles from the 1600s though the 1950s. (39 or 50 mi.)
Day 4: Cross the Piscataqua River into Maine, coasting past the seaside villages of Kittery, York Village, and York Harbor. Stop at Cape Neddick for a double Downeast treat: a lobster roll and a perfect view of Nubble Light. Tidal inlets, evergreen forests, and rolling farmland line our route to Kennebunkport for a two-night stay overlooking the coast. Our hotel is a grand resort listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (35 or 41 mi.)
Day 5: Ride a coastal loop past Walker Point, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, and the land’s-end villages of Cape Porpoise and Biddeford Pool. Afternoon free to explore local beaches, shop in Kennebunkport, or stroll the tranquil grounds of the Franciscan Monastery. Farewell dinner celebration. (20 or 33 mi.)
Day 6: Morning transfer to the Wells Amtrak station for Downeaster train connections south to Boston or north to Portland.
"We enjoyed the local color of small towns and quaint B&Bs, as well as the famous Colony Resort in Kennebunkport. The perfect active vacation, with full days of cycling and sightseeing, wonderful camaraderie, and delicious food. The local lobsters and clams was a well-deserved treat!"
– B.A., Tennessee
"Katie and I had a wonderful time! What a beautiful area of our country. There have been days this week when I wished I was back on my bike!"
– N.M., Georgia
"Back home after a wonderful six days of cycling the New England coast. We were a diverse group, ranging in age from a 13 year old traveling with her mom to a 78 year old traveling with his daughter (me). Our group also included a couple and two single travelers, and all of us had a wonderful time. Great inns, great food, great company and great cycling. Thanks Easy Rider, for a fantastic trip!"
– J.G., New York
- 5 nights accommodations in country inns and a seaside resort (double occupancy, private bath)
- 4 dinners, 2 picnic lunches, and all breakfasts
- Use of a top-quality 27-speed Trek hybrid or road bicycle
- Detailed maps, written directions, and background information
- Daily choice of mileage options; total mileage of 144 to 193 miles
- Two experienced guides
- Support van to carry luggage, provide snacks, and offer assistance and lifts
- Transfers from Newburyport train station and to Wells train station at specified times
- Gratuities for all accommodations and group meals
- Comprehensive tour preparation information and training tips
- Easy Rider cycling jersey and water bottle
- Airfare is not included.