Self-Guided Bike Tours

New England: Coasting New England

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Our tri-state spin celebrates scenic shorelines and hidden pockets of history, as it winds up the New England seaboard through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Quiet roads meander between old stone walls, centuries-old farms, and broad vistas of salt marshes and sandy beaches. Just around the bend, you’ll ride through a National Wildlife Refuge or drop down to a boat-filled cove and an enticing clam shack. Cycling ports of call feature colorful seaports known for their lively atmospheres and terrific restaurants. We’re delighted to share our favorite cycling routes from our Easy Rider hometown of Newburyport!

Prefer a group tour? Check out our guided Coasting New England bike tour.
  • Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Trip Feedback
  • What's Included
  • Self-guided biking along 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
  • New England history at Strawbery Banke
  • Kennebunkport’s mansions and Ocean Avenue views
  • Parker River and Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuges
  • Historic inns in classic seaport towns

Day 1: Meet an Easy Rider guide in Newburyport for lunch, bike fitting, and an introduction to the area. 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. Two-night stay in Newburyport. (12 or 17 mi.)

Day 2: Pedal 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. (42 or 50 mi.)

Day 3: Broad valley views on an inland route along the Merrimack River to New Hampshire. Horse farms and apple orchard country lead to Exeter for lunch. 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. (41 or 47 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 the way to Kennebunkport for a two-night stay overlooking the coast. Our hotel is a grand resort listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (42 mi.)

Day 5: Pedal a coastal loop past Walker Point, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, and the land’s-end villages of Cape Porpoise and Biddeford Pool. Free afternoon to explore local beaches, shop in Kennebunkport, or stroll the tranquil grounds of the Franciscan Monastery. (0, 10 or 34 mi.)

Day 6: Morning transfer to the Wells Amtrak station for Downeaster train connections south to Boston or north to Portland.

"One of the best biking experiences we've ever had. We're still telling all our friends about it and highly recommend it to everyone. Can't wait to do it again."
- M.A. & J.N., California

"We followed all the directions really easily; clear, detailed, exactly what we needed. Beautiful area of the US and great contrast between the coast and the inland villages. The tour was well organized from start to finish and the combination of great bikes, great routes and extremely comfortable inns made for a really enjoyable trip."
- E.D.& P.D., Ontario / M.R & K.R., England

"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 wish i were back on my bike!"
– N.M., Georgia

"Perfect tour maps with interesting hints, carefully chosen inns and hotels, and hidden landscapes we hardly could have found on our own. Easy Rider definitely communicates enthusiasm for biking combined with outstanding professionalism."
– W.L., Germany

  • 5 nights accommodations with full breakfasts in country inns and a seaside resort (double occupancy, private bath)
  • Use of a top-quality 27-speed hybrid or road bike
  • Baggage transfers between inns
  • Transfers from Newburyport train station and to Wells train station at specified times
  • Detailed maps, written directions, and background information on sights along the way on sights along the way
  • Easy Rider’s favorite restaurant recommendations for lunches and dinners
  • Daily choice of mileage options; total mileage of 144 to 193 miles
  • Comprehensive trip preparation information and training tips
  • Not included: Airfare, guides, and van support.
2019 Dates
Jun 01 - Jun 30
Jul 01 - Jul 31
Aug 01 - Aug 31
Sep 01 - Sep 30
Oct 01 - Oct 15

Price: US$1695 for
6 days/5 nights. Single supplement: $500. Choose any week from months listed above.

Arrive/Depart
Newburyport, MA Train Station / Wells, ME Train Station

Activity Level: 2, 3. Gentle to moderate terrain.