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5 Reasons to Bike the U.S.

1.  Fresh Seafood

Of course, you can enjoy great seafood in Spain, Italy and Croatia. But you don’t need to go that far to taste some of the best seafood in the world. Craving Crab? Maryland is famous for it, and with good reason. Head to the Chesapeake with VBT for easy cycling and plenty of fresh Blue Crab.

Maine Vacation, Bike Maine

If lobster is more to your liking, we’ve got just the biking tour in mind. In northern New England, our Maine biking vacation will treat you to tremendous views of a rugged coastline and you’ll even enjoy an included lobster dinner on day 2 of our tour. That’s just one more reason that 98% of our travelers have rated this trip as Excellent.

Massachusetts is known for its chowder. But, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard have plenty of seafood options to satisfy your palate. Enjoy lobster, clams, cod and tuna all fresh as can be when you bike Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard with VBT. If you have your heart set on chowder, though, don’t worry—you certainly won’t be disappointed.

2.  The Rocky Mountains

Colorado Vacation

Some of nature’s most astounding views can be seen in western Colorado and we’ll show you the best of them throughout our Colorado Bike Tour. Day 2 is a particular highlight as we’ll begin the morning with a ride to Maroon Lake to enjoy the iconic view of Maroon Bells, reflecting in the crystal-blue waters of the lake. Later that afternoon we’ll board the Silver Queen Gondola to ascend 11,000 feet to the summit of Aspen Mountain. The best part is, instead of powder, you’ll find plenty of warm sunshine at the top.

3.  The History

We welcome the opportunity to cruise through low-traffic areas at an easy pace, especially when it comes with a side of history. An historic wayfarers’ trail, The Natchez Trace is loaded with remnants of the past. On day 4 of our Mississippi vacation, as we cruise along the Natchez Trace Parkway, we’ll stop for a visit to Mount Locust, Mississippi’s first inn to cater to travelers venturing along this route. Later, we’ll see Emerald Mound. One of the largest mounds in North America, it covers a total of eight acres and stands at over 35 feet. As the day winds down, we’ll make our way to the Monmouth Historic Inn to spend the next couple of nights at this highly celebrated, National Historic Landmark.

Savannah Tour

You might also consider riding the tree-lined boulevards and gentle byways of the South on our Charleston to Savannah Bike tour. On Day 3 of our Southern Biking vacation, we’ll trade our bikes for dancing shoes as we experience a genuine Beaufort social. On St. Helena Island we’ll get in touch with Gullah culture at the Penn Center on Day 4 of our adventure. And, of course, we’ll take a tour of Savannah to explore one of America’s most historic cities.

4.  The Wine

If you’re a wine-lover, then make your way out west to join us in cycling California’s Wine Country. We’ll ride along the Pacific Ocean, into Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and we’ll enjoy included wine tastings at two of the area’s celebrated vineyards. The sampling doesn’t end there, as on Day 3 of our California vacation we’ll stop at an olive press for a tour of the facility and a tasting. From Pinot Noir to Chardonnay, sample your favorite California wines as you bike through the stunning scenery of central California.

5.  The Foliage

Vermont Vacation, Vermont Foliage

Here at VBT, we don’t like to brag, but the foliage in our backyard is pretty much as good as it gets. As fall rolls into Vermont our Green Mountains light up, blazing with gold, orange and red leaves. And the best way to take it all in? By bike of course! Join us this fall on a Vermont vacation as we ride along farm roads, through our rolling Green Mountains and even take a rest at VBT headquarters in Bristol. We look forward to sharing our home-state with you.

Join VBT on a wonderful Bike Tour in the U.S. this year!

Tapas of Life—Frequent Traveler Kay S. Recounts her Adventures with VBT

Kay S. is a true VBT traveler at heart. “I could do two to three trips a year and be happy as a clam.” Though she hasn’t quite traveled at that pace in the past few years, she and her husband, Albert, have taken three vacations with VBT and they are already looking ahead to their fourth adventure—perhaps in Colorado or maybe right here in Vermont.

Croatia

Kay’s journey with VBT began a few years ago when she and Albert joined us on our Bike and Barge vacation in Holland. A great introduction to VBT, our Holland vacation was “a great trip for someone who isn’t a real serious rider.”

The couple started their Holland vacation with a pre-trip extension in Amsterdam, which turned out to be a lovely contrast to the little towns that Kay loved so much. Of course riding and cruising through quaint villages was a treat, but, when not dining on our private barge, Kay really enjoyed exploring the river towns in the evening. She soon learned that chatting with a few locals and picking an intimate spot for dinner was the perfect way to end a full day of biking along the serene waterways of Holland.

Bike Tour HollandKay felt that traveling by bike and barge was the perfect way to soak up the peace and tranquility of the Dutch countryside. Winding with rivers and dikes she could hear the gentle lapping of the water as windmills rotated above and she could see the reflection of the colorful flowers in the rippling water. And with the advantage of spending 7 nights in different locations while still unpacking just once aboard our comfortable barge, everyone in the group could recount their experiences on the deck each evening.

Due to their experience in Holland, Kay and Albert found that they really enjoyed the way VBT approaches travel. “You get a bit of everything. You see local sights, meet local people and learn about the history. It’s like a ‘Tapas of Life’.”

Like many travelers, Kay and Albert became interested in their next destination by looking at a friend’s Facebook page. The pictures in question were of Croatia, a VBT destination that Kay describes as, “the most beautiful place I’ve been.”

Though the rides were a bit more challenging than those in Holland, Kay still asserts that she “would go back in a heartbeat.” On particularly challenging stretches, the VBT support van would come around to check up on travelers to offer a lift or a quick refreshment.

Once again, Kay found that biking through Croatia allowed her to see “the soul of the country.” Kay recalls seeing locals working in the fields and even inviting her to enjoy some fresh olives and grapes straight off of the vine.

Off their bikes, Kay and Albert enjoyed dining with locals in their home, a great way to get in touch with residents through their cuisine. Group dinners also went a long way in helping VBT Travelers get to know one another. In fact, Kay and Albert have kept in touch with travelers from each one of their three VBT Vacations. They frequently touch base with their travel buddies to fill them in on family news and to discuss future travel plans.

Wine Country Tour

After their time spent in Europe with VBT, Kay and Albert next opted for a trip a bit closer to home. They took their whole family and their in-laws along for VBT’s Bike tour of the Wine Country in California. On this experience,  they all enjoyed learning about the local food culture, how fresh olive oil is produced and the ins and the outs of California vineyard operations. They may have even indulged in a sampling or two.

As it turns out, Kay and Albert’s California vacation is still paying off. Upon returning home, Kay submitted a Traveler Review at www.VBT.com and ended up winning a drawing for $1,000 in VBT Traveler Credits. Though they are still undecided, the credits might go towards a biking vacation in Colorado, a bike tour of Vermont or even a Walking Vacation in Italy. But with Kay’s preference for the way VBT assembles and operates tours, deciding on a destination will likely be the hardest part.