Self-Guided Bike Touring in Alaska
January 4, 2014 3:44 PM Subscribe
Does anyone have general advice or recommendations for a self-guided bike tour company in Alaska? I am at the very beginning of planning a 2015 Alaska adventure and need to narrow it down.
posted by thewestinggame to Travel & Transportation around Alaska (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We (SO & self) are going to Alaska next year (yup, 2015)! Hooray! We want to include a short (2-4 night) bike tour and my SO and I would prefer a self-guided tour. We have not picked a city to fly into and plan for the whole trip to take a little over a week. We are aiming for late August.
Ideally the self-guided aspect would still mean that the outfitter provides bikes, some basic tools, an itinerary, and either camping gear or hotel reservations. It would also be solid if it left out of Anchorage or Juneau or somewhere with a big airport. A tour guide, scheduled stops, cruise ship passengers, and group fun do not interest us.
Neither of us has ever scheduled any sort of tour or outing or anything beyond hotel reservations prior to traveling before. I am an avid touring cyclist and he loves his bike. This will be both of our first times in Alaska and we're coming from middle America. Google has lots of ideas for tour groups and for self-supported trips but not for quite what we want. Oh, and road bike, not mountain bike, please!
What do we need to consider? Do you have experience with self-guided bike tours and want to offer advice? Have you done a self-guided bike tour in Alaska? Do you run a self-guided bike tour company in Alaska?