"Around every bend, it seems, awaits another enticing vista, whether it's a hawk's eye view of a river valley, a peaceful pasture crowded with cows, or a tree-covered peak," raves Smithsonian. Welcome to the cycling epicenter of the eastern seaboard. And welcome to this incredible trip, a celebration of breathtaking natural beauty, rich Southern Appalachia culture, superb local cuisine and some of the most glorious riding you'll ever experience! From the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to the undulating rollers of South Carolina's Blue Ridge Foothills. From vibrant and artsy Asheville to the outdoor lover's mecca of Greenville. From George Vanderbilt's opulent Biltmore Estate to George Hincapie's Hotel Domestique, get set to experience what might be our most pedal-perfect offering yet.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Traffic on the Blue Ridge ParkwayThe majority of cycling during this Carolinas trip is on roads with very little traffic; a minority of riding is on the Blue Ridge Parkway which has more traffic. We've planned to ride the Parkway on quieter week days, but it's important to be comfortable sharing the road with cars, or you can always take a lift in the van.
Days 1-2 Spin past scenic overlooks and through historic tunnels along the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway Natural beauty is all around you on the descent from Mt. Pisgah to Biltmore Forest Soak up the creative vibe of Asheville's River Arts District, brimming with art studios, galleries and lively music venues Step back in time as you explore George Vanderbilt's magnificent Loire Valley-inspired château and formal gardens, set on the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate.
Day 3 Point your wheels south toward the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina If you enjoy rolling terrain, you'll love pedaling through this beautiful region of Southern Appalachia and classic Carolina farmland Stretch your legs on a short walk to view the majestic waterfalls of Dupont Challenge yourself on the ascent of Caesars Head or shuttle to the top - either way, the view from the summit is spectacular Among the vineyards of Hotel Domestique, watch the sun set behind the mountains.
Days 4-5 Relax at George Hincapie's Mediterranean-style Hotel Domestique Set out on a peaceful ride through the Greenville Watershed Area and experience a slower pace of life in the historic Victorian mountain village of Saluda Local pro George Hincapie calls this area one of the world's best places for cycling! At Restaurant 17, fuel up with a wonderful dinner created by chef Adam Cooke, "one of America's 40 Best Chefs Under 40" Ride the Swamp Rabbit Trail along the Reedy River into Greenville, praised by Outside magazine for its "parks, leafy streets, bike paths, and a thriving foodie scene."
- Ride the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway there's "no ribbon of road more ideal for bicycling"
- From Art Deco to abstract expressionism, the arts scene thrives in eclectic Asheville, NC
- Feel the two-wheel love in Transylvania County, dubbed the Cycling Capital of the South
- Luxuriate at Hotel Domestique, a hip new boutique hotel co-owned by pro rider George Hincapie
- Greenville, SC, Outside magazine's "2013 America's Best Town Ever" - Popular Vote Winner
Inn on Biltmore Estate (2 nights): Savor turn-of-the-century elegance and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at this gracious inn, nestled on Biltmore's majestic estate. (pool)
Hotel Domestique (2 nights): Set amid the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains and "uniquely catering to two-wheel aficionados," this stylish boutique hotel is the brainchild of 17-time Tour de France competitor George Hincapie and his brother Rich. (pool)
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
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* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 5/12-16 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.)
- 5/19-23 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/2-6 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/16-20 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/23-27 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/8-12 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/8-12 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/22-26 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/29-10/3 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 7% North Carolina state sales tax.
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Pricing for Private Trips
- 2 - 3 guests $4,798 pp dbl. occ.
- 4 - 5 guests $3,998 pp dbl. occ.
- 6 - 7 guests $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
- 8 - 9 guests $3,398 pp dbl. occ.
- 10 - 11 guests $2,998 pp dbl. occ.
- 12 or more guests $2,698 pp dbl. occ.
Guest Trip Reviews
The sights and sounds of the Carolinas are best experienced and explored actively - pedaling along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping to take in the picturesque vistas and beauty of the area, meandering along the pathways of the Biltmore Estate, reliving the past (Civil War, Antebellum South, and Gilded Age), or being inspired by the local arts scene extending from Asheville to Greenville. This trip offers the perfect combination of stellar biking, natural splendor, history and southern hospitality.- Trip Expert & Carolina native