Welcome to the #1 Bicycle-Friendly State in the nation! Washington Bikes for travel all over the state whether your adventures take place in your hometown or beyond the horizon. With mountains and rolling hills, miles of rail-trail projects, rain forests and Ponderosa pine, wine country vineyards and urban landscapes, Washington state has bike rides for everyone. Explore Washington state’s beautiful and varied regions by bike and you’ll see its beauty and attractions in a whole new way!
We’re mapping the US Bicycle Route System in the state and will be adding maps, cue sheets, and trip information as segments are completed. Up first: USBR10, spanning from Newport on the east to Anacortes on the west.
Here we’re rounding up all the links and guides we can find to help you plan your bike travel in Washington state. Washington Bikes is your resource for bike maps, bike routes, clubs, blogs, the newest bike tour guide book on the Evergreen State (coming out May 2014), and other bike trip planning tools. If you don’t see it here either we’re working on it or we need to hear your suggestion so we can add it to our plans.
In many parts of the state links via Amtrak, bus, or air allow you to make your whole trip car-free. Our guide to multi-day bike tours in Washington state, Cycling Sojourner, will help you plan great bike travel in Washington. Tours from the book are highlighted below by region.
The Islands: Just a short ferry ride away from the west end of the future USBR 10 and home to bicycling that is always ranked among the top bike travel destinations in the United States.
- In our Washington state bike tour book: San Juan Islands: Discovering Cascadia’s Archipelago. Towns: Anacortes; Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor on San Juan Island; Lopez Village on Lopez Island; Orcas, Olga, East Sound, Doe Bay, Deer Harbor, and West Sound on Orcas Island; and Guemes Island.
The Cascades: Challenging mountain passes with breathtaking views you’ll earn and USBR10 as one route option.
- In our Washington state bike tour book: Epic Washington: North Cascades Highway to the Methow Valley (traversing part of the proposed US Bicycle Route System 10). Towns: Mount Vernon, Concrete, Rockport, Marblemount, Mazama, Winthrop, Twisp, Carlton, Methow, Pateros, Chelan, Entiat, Wenatchee.
- Taste of Touring: Beginner Tour from Seattle. Towns: Seattle, Bothell, Redmond, Carnation, Issaquah, Preston, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Fall City, North Bend, Easton, Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Thorp, South Cle Elum.
- Escape from Seattle: Riding the John Wayne Trail: Bring your gravel bike for this one. Towns (not many, and that’s the point): Seattle, Issaquah, Fall City, North Bend, Easton, Cle Elum, Ellensburg.
Olympic Peninsula: Rain forests and ocean views, mountain bike trails and small beach towns.
- In our Washington state bike tour book: The Olympic Peninsula: America’s Rugged Northwest Corner. Towns: Port Angeles, Forks, Quinault, Montesano, Elma, McCleary, Olympia.
Southwest Washington: Volcano country and towns from small to large, with striking views and riding of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, the infamous Mt. St. Helens, and everything in between.
Columbia River Gorge: Head upstream to Washington wine country or downstream to the ocean. Either way it’s an adventure.
North Central: From the Methow Valley, Leavenworth, and Okanogan Country to the Yakima River, it’s mountains and rivers galore with USBR10 running east-west.
- In our Washington state bike tour book: The Okanogan: Overlooked Northern Reaches. Towns: Tonasket, Loomis, Oroville, Chesaw, Curlew, Republic, Wauconda.
- Epic Washington: North Cascades Highway to the Methow Valley (traversing part of the proposed US Bicycle Route System 10). Towns: Mount Vernon, Concrete, Rockport, Marblemount, Mazama, Winthrop, Twisp, Carlton, Methow, Pateros, Chelan, Entiat, Wenatchee.
South Central Wine Country: Rolling hills and vineyards from Yakima to Tri-Cities, with warm weather long after it gets a bit “damp” on the coast.
- In our Washington state bike tour book: Walla Walla Ramble: Wine Tasting to Seas of Wheat. Towns: Walla Walla, Waitsburg, Dayton.
Northeast Washington Pine Country: Quiet back roads through miles of forest, hills and mountains, and the urban amenities of Spokane as one of your base camps and USBR10 taking you east into Idaho or west to the coast.
- In our Washington state bike tour book: Northeast Washington DIY. Towns will depend on you, once the book gives you some advanced adventure-planning skills. Consider Spokane your base camp. You might take in Davenport, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Kettle Falls, and Republic.
Southeast Washington Palouse Country: Some of the richest agriculture land in the world provides quiet companionship and a photographer’s dream as you traverse rolling hills and explore small towns.
- In our Washington state bike tour book: Pedaling the Palouse. Towns: Pullman, Clarkston, Asotin, Uniontown, Colton, Albion, Colfax, Palouse.