Highlights
  • Explore Seattle
  • Enjoy Ride from Colville to gorgeous Sand Point, Idaho, on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille
  • Visit East Glacier National Park
  • See Lake Pend Oreille, the second largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.

Winner of a National Geographic Adventures '50 Tours of a Lifetime' Award! From Seattle, Washington to East Glacier National Park, Montana, this Epic trip combines portions of three of our favorite tours - the Washington Epic, Idaho's Selkirk Loop and a chunk of the Glacier National Park tours – spinning through three states and finishing with a one-of-a-kind train ride. Take on the Cascade, Selkirk and even the Rocky Mountain ranges as you spin through this 600-mile, 10-day extravaganza. On arrival in Whitefish, Montana, hop aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder train, with private sleeping cars - and head right on back to Seattle.

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For those in excellent biking shape, this 600-mile cycling journey from Seattle to Glacier National Park via three mountain ranges will test your leg- and lung-power.

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DP

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A great bicycle trip awaits! January 2017

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If you want to get out and have a great bicycle trip and let someone else do all the planning so all you have to do is just show up, this is the place to go to. Give them a call and ask for Brad, he is a friend of mine so I am confident you will be well taken care of. Happy exercising!:).
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Greatly enjoyed their service! January 2017

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The food was amazing, the guides were helpful and extremely friendly, the accommodations were top notch and their knowledge of the routes and their ability to be flexible was wonderful....I would definitely recommend bicycle adventures!
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Look forward to next tour with you guys! August 2015

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Thank you Todd and Mary and Julie. Had such a great time at the 5 boro tour in NYC. You guys did an awesome job Ken and I look forward to our next tour. We just don't know which one yet

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Meet in Seattle. Ride from Snohomish to Arlington to Marblemount, on the fringe of the Cascade Range.

Meet us in Seattle (or at Bicycle Adventures' World Headquarters). We'll skip the traffic and shuttle north to a bakery in Snohomish, head to the railroad town of Arlington, then bicycle a relatively flat route through northern Washington to tiny Marblemount, at the base of the Cascade Mountains.

DAY 2: Up and over the Cascades.

Today's ride features 5,000 feet of climbing, over gorgeous Washington Pass and into Washington's Wild West - the Mazama / Winthrop area. You'll do a 50-mile gradual climb on the North Cascades Scenic Loop and cruise through Ross Lake National Recreation Area. Finish off with a 25-mile descent into Mazama.

DAY 3: Ride into the heartland - from Mazama to Omak, through the oldest wildlife area in Washington State.

Today's route has about half the elevation gain - 2,500 feet - and lands in Omak, nestled just below the Canadian border on the Okanagan River. From Mazama, ride through part of the Okanagan National Forest and skirt the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area, a nearly 19,000-acre park that was originally a mule deer preserve. Cedar and fir give way way to scattered pine, sagebrush and wide open prairie.

DAY 4: Omak, Washington to Colville: 4,000 feet of climbing

As you head toward the Selkirks, you'll begin to leave the prairie behind and pedal up into stands of Ponderosa pine and aspen. Watch for white-tailed deer, moose and blue grouse! Today's route winds through the Sherman Creek Wildlife Area and across Lake Roosevelt, formed by the Grand Coulee Dam.  Ride through Kettle Falls, a former rendezvous point and fishing grounds for the Yakama, Nez Perce, Flathead and Blackfeet tribes (to name a few), whose seasonal salmon catches would net up to 3,000 fish per day! Spend tonight in Colville, a one-time trading center for the Upper Columbia region.

DAY 5: Ride from Colville to gorgeous Sand Point, Idaho, on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille

DAY 6: Stay put in Sand Point: ride, hike, fly-fish, golf, go rock-climbing…you get the idea.

...or take a 10-mile ride (climb) up to Schweitzer Ski Resort, Idaho's second largest. Surrounded by the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot ranges, Sandpoint is a fun-loving mountain town hugging the shores of sparkling Lake Pend Oreille. Ride, hike, play golf, go fly-fishing or rock-climbing - take your pick.

DAY 7: Back on the road - 104 miles across the panhandle to Libby, Montana.

DAY 8: Libby to Whitefish, Montana, gateway to Glacier National Park.

DAY 9: East Glacier National Park: Going-to-the-Sun Road is the perfect finale ride. And oh, yeah, you've got a train to catch.

Today, ride 83 miles over the Continental Divide - the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road, Logan Pass - into East Glacier. If you haven't ridden Logan Pass, highest point in Glacier National Park, you're in for a treat. From its beginnings at Lake McDonald, the road gently climbs higher and higher as the views unfold: alpine meadows and lakes, peaks skirted by fields of wildflowers and washed by waterfalls, the occasional bighorn sheep or mountain goat. Utterly spectacular. You've got a 6:00 pm train to catch, though, so sorry...no dawdling!

DAY 10: Wake up on the train. Watch the scenery spin past as you head back to Seattle. We'll miss you! 

Having caught the train on Sunday evening, you'll have spent the evening in the dining car, reminiscing and relaxing, and retire to your private sleeper car. Wake up on Monday morning, have breakfast (still on the train) and arrive in Seattle at about 10:30 am for your return trip home.

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$ 3,974

Price Per Day:

$ 397 per day
 
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Details
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Accomodations

Lodging

  • Buffalo Run Inn
  • Mazama Country Inn
  • Peppertree Inn at Omak
  • Comfort Inn, Colville
  • Edgewater Resort
  • Montana Country Inn
  • Grouse Mountain Lodge
  • Empire Builder (Amtrak)
Start City
Seattle
End City
Seattle
Additional Information:

Please note: Sleeping car is purchased at the time of reservation, so for this tour there is an additional $100 train fee if you transfer or cancel at any time.

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