Cycling the Pacific Coast

Cycling the Pacific Coast

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The Pacific Coast route is the most popular bike touring route in the U.S., according to Mountaineers Books' non-profit partner, the Adventure Cycling Association. And for 33 years, our very own Bicycling the Pacific Coast was the most popular guidebook to this venerable route, until now! Cycling the Pacific Coast continues the trusted legacy with an all-new, extensively resarched, completely re-ridden, and comprehensive guidebook. It features the most up-to-date info on this amazing route.

Author Bill Thorness, who has lived and cycled in the Pacific Northwest since the mid-1980s, shares his favorite sights and stops along this amazing coastal journey.

Cycling the Pacific Coast is organized in five sections: Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Central California, and Southern California, and is useful to riders who plan to do the trip as one epic ride or break it up to pedal sections at a time.

Features include:

  • Suggested itineraries for the entire ride, or for one- and two-week trips
  • Logistics for getting to and from various ride sections, and for visiting must-see cycling destinations like Seattle and Portland, even though they are not on the main route
  • Airport and train-station connections in all major cities (Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego)
  • Alternate routes to take on lower Vancouver Island (Canada), Washington's Olympic Peninsula, and Norther California's "Lost Coast"
  • Fascinating and fun side-trip destinations in 5 cities, on 2 islands, and in 2 wine country regions

Readers new to cycle touring will find equipment information, packing advice, and safety tips, among other helpful trip suggestions. And all riders will find the guidance to experience the trip of a lifetime.