Get Out & Go Tours offers a range of active tours for active people, from short, easy cycling tours to longer, more challenging ones, with something for all levels of riders. For those who prefer shorter tours, we provide 1 day introductory tours on the C&O Canal National Historical Park towpath, in the Washington DC area, and for a full experience, join us on a 5 to 8 day C&O - GAP tour between Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC.

Join our mailing list by sending your email address to info@getoutandgo.biz, and learn about the Canal through newsletter articles, and be alerted to our upcoming tours, and events, keep up to date on our company progress, and then join us for a tour through some of the most beautiful scenery on the East Coast, free of auto traffic, and anchored by two premier cultural and key historical cities.

FEATURED 2015 BIKE TOURS:

C&O CANAL SAMPLER TOUR, 1/2 - 3/4 day, April 19, 2015
Whites Ferry, MD to Lander Lock House Round Trip (16 or 32 miles)


2013-04-28 10.29.30.jpgJoin Get Out & Go Tours on a half to three-quarter day ride along the C&O Canal, and sample a variety of things the trail has to offer – spring flowers, lush green woods, plentiful wildlife, locks, lock houses, building foundations, hiker-biker campsites, and two fabulous aqueducts.  We will provide lunch at Lander Lock house, and if the lock house is open, tours may be taken.  The lock house is decorated as in the 1930 period, and is similar to the lock houses we stay in for our Lock House Living tour.  Round trip ride is 32 miles.  With coordination, we can reserve space in the support vehicle to participate one-way. 
Cost:  $25.00.  Children under 12, $15.00.  Optional hybrid bicycle rental available for $25.00
Registration deadline:  April 12, 2015 (inquire if after this date).

 

THE LONGEST DAY ON THE CANAL -- A CHALLENGE TOUR, June (19-)20, 2015
End-to-end on the C&O Canal in a single day (184.5 or 200 miles)

Are you up for the challenge?  Have you always wanted to ride the C&O Canal in one day?  This is your chance!  If you are an accomplished ultra-marathon cyclist, a fast 100 miler, or a strong all-day rider, why not meet that challenge by joining Get Out & Go Tours for our second annual C&O Canal challenge tour, and ride the length of the C&O Canal in a single day!  In honor of those who want to be home for Father's day June 21, we selected the day before the longest day of the year, for this tour.  This is not for the casual cyclist, as it is grueling to ride the whole trail in one day, requiring strength, stamina, and saddle time, as well as mental and physical toughness.  Complete it and earn a spot on Get Out & Go Tours’ “Challenge Champions” roster.

This tour will originate with transportation from the Washington, DC (Dulles Airport) area to Cumberland, MD mid-day on Friday, June 19th, where we will over-night right at the trailhead, ready to start a little before dawn Saturday, on the epic journey.  Trailside van support with drinks, snacks, energy bars, and other food will meet the riders every 1-2 hours (15-30 miles) through the day and into the evening, with an expected finish near dusk. Post-ride return transportation to the Dulles Airport area, where before/after optional discount lodging will be available, will be provided for those who desire.

Leading up to the date, we will provide training tips and encouragement, and you will have reason to ride a lot, giving you extra encouragement, into the summer.

Cyclocross bikes are highly recommended for this trip.  Participants must have ridden at least one century (100 mile) ride in 2015 prior to the tour, and must be able to average at least 10 mph during the day.  Call for detailed requirements and expectations prior to signing up for this challenge tour.

Cost:  $300.00. Optional single occupancy available for $60 additional).  Registration deadline:  June 1, 2015 (inquire if after this date). Space is limited.

 

IMPROVED FOR 2015 - TOUR OF THE VIRGINIAS, August 7-13, 2015
It's back, but BETTER! A Week of Virginia and West Virginia's Best Rail Trails, including the newest Rail Trail Hall of Fame Virginia Creeper Trail!

Shuttle from the Dulles airport area to southern VA for seven days of rail trail riding, including the High Bridge State Park Trail, New River State Trail, Virginia Creeper Trail, Greenbriar River Trail, Blackwater Canyon or Allegheny Highlands Trail, and the North Bend Rail Trail, before shuttling back to reality.  A green adventure for sure, this all-trail trip takes you through some of the most scenic, wooded areas of the Virginias, with trails full of trestles and tunnels. We even ride the Cass Scenic Railroad to the top of a Mt. and back one day. We use economy hotel lodging for most of the nights, with one B&B and an historic 125+ year old luxury hotel for the final night in Parkersburg, WV.  Our typical trailside support, picnic style lunches, and group dinners will prevail.  New for 2015 is the High Bridge Trail. Returning is all the wonderful scenery!

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Cost:  $1,400. Optional single occupancy available for $350 additional). Optional hybrid bicycle rental available for $100.00.  Registration deadline July 1, 2015  (inquire if after this date). Limit: 20 riders. Read more.

 

NEW FOR 2015 - VIRGINIA BACKROADS CYCLING WEEKEND, September 18-20, 2015
W&OD, Balls Bluff Battlefield, and Backroads Century Ride, Leesburg and Winchester areas (Mileage varies)

This opportunity is intended for people who would like to fly in and ride the Potomac Pedaler's Backroads Century, who won't be bringing their bike. Backroads Century has a 30, 60, and 100 mile option. We will pick up participants from Dulles Airport and match/fit them with a rental bike for the weekend, transport the group to a group dinner on Friday, then to a group hotel. We will pick up Saturday morning and transport the group to the paved W&OD Trail for a ride to Purcellville, VA, after which we'll lead a Balls Bluff Battlefield walking tour in north Leesburg and take the group to a local BBQ restuaruant, before returning participants to the hotel.  Sunday, we'll transport the group to the Backroads ride early, and then back to Dulles Airport after the ride (or to the Dulles area hotel for another optional over-night).

Cost:  $300 per person for rental bike, two nights lodging (double occupancy - optional single occupancy available for $100 additional), local transportation and battlefield tour. Participants must make their own registration for the Potomac Pedalers Backroads Century Ride and cover meal costs.  Limited to 25 participants.  Registration deadline September 1, 2015 (inquire if after this date). SOLD OUT!!

 

HFA GEARS FOR GOOD - 3 DAY C&O CANAL TOUR, September 25-27, 2015
A Helping Hands Fundraiser

DSC_9335.JPGJoin us September 25-27, 2015 as Get Out & Go Tours, LLC provides its outstanding service and support to the Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA), as we team to raise money for those with rare blood disorders who find difficulty meeting life's financial challenges due to their extreme medical bills. This tour is a tax-deductible (for most) way to experience the C&O Canal with great company, excellent meals, full support, and spectacular scenery and historical sites. We’ll meet near the end of the C&O Canal in Georgetown early the first morning to shuttle to the Paw Paw tunnel on the C&O Canal, where we’ll eat lunch and start using our gears for good.  Our typical full support, gear shuttle, lodging, meals, cue cards, and mechanical support are all included.  This means you can ride the whole daily distance, or just a portion of it, without worry.  Riders cover 30-60 miles per day, depending on their interest and ability, make friends, and share a common goal, while learning about hemophilia.  Minimum sponsor pledge (which may be tax deductable and can be made via the website) is $1,000.00 (or about half the cost of a single dose of factor medication).  Optional single occupancy $100 additional.  Hybrid bicycle rental available for $75.00. Further details, sign-up, and sponsor pledging can be found on the HFA’s website

Watch the video from the 2013 ride.  Watch 2012 Video. Watch 2011 Video. Read more.

 

GAP - C&O CANAL - 8 DAY FALL FOLIAGE TOUR, October 5-12, 2015
Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC (350 miles)

** 4-day GAP only Option Available, October 5-8, 2015 **
** 5-day C&O Canal with GAP Highlights Option Available, October 8-12, 2015 **

 
The Great Allegheny Passage-C&O Canal fall foliage tour is historically our most popular trip.  Come along as we travel the trail where we perfected the term “full support.”  We meet in DC and shuttle to Pittsburgh the first morning, allowing the afternoon/evening for you to sight-see Pittsburgh, then we spend seven days riding over the mountains and along the winding Potomac River to Washington, DC, in the most vibrant weeks for fall leaves.  The tour features 35-60 mile days, with shuttle options for shorter daily mileage, indoor lodging, hearty meals, daily Snack GOs with snacks and drinks, map and cue cards, an included tour of Kentuck Knob, a Frank Lloyd Wright architected home, an optional side-tour of Antietam Battlefield, and time to explore Harpers Ferry, WV, on your way to our Nation’s Capital. 

8-day trip cost $1,500.  Optional single occupancy $425 additional.  Optional hybrid bike rental, $100.00.  Registration deadline: September 10, 2015 (inquire if after this date)
     

Can’t make the full tour?  Join us for just one segment!

The 4-day Great Allegheny Passage option October 5-8 picks you up in Cumberland, MD, where you leave your car, late morning of shuttle day, and whisks you off to Pittsburgh with the group, where you can explore Pittsburgh on your own the afternoon of the first day, then ride the GAP with the group, and depart when you reach Cumberland.  Three days of riding (52 miles, 30 miles, 61 miles), three nights of hotel, meals, and a tour of Kentuck Knob are included. 
Cost:  $750. Optional single occupancy $200 additional.  Optional hybrid bike rental, $75.00. Registration deadline: September 10, 2015 (inquire if after this date)

The 5-day C&O Canal Tour option October 8-12, starting with shuttle from DC and a 23 mile downhill ride on the Great Allegheny Passage into Cumberland, MD the afternoon of shuttle day, where we join the Pittsburgh to DC group for 4 days riding to Hancock, MD (60 miles), Shepherdstown, WV (52-60 miles), Leesburg, VA (37-43 miles), and Georgetown, DC (36-42 miles).  Cost, $900. Optional single occupancy $225 additional.  Optional hybrid bike rental, $100.00. Option requires minimum of 4 participants.  Registration deadline: September 10, 2015 (inquire if after this date). Read more.

 

 

NEW FOR 2015 - C&O CANAL LOCK HOUSE LIVING FALL FOLIAGE TOUR (Lockhouses 28 and 22), October 16-18, 2015
Antietam Battlefield, MD to Washington, DC (80 miles) - with TWO Lockhouse Over-nights - Exclusive to Get Out & Go Tours

W.JPGImagine, no, experience what it was like to travel the canal, and to live as a lock-tender, when you ride with Get Out & Go Tours on our all new, 2015 Lock House Living tour option.  New for 2015, we will over-night in both Lockhouse 28 and Lockhouse 22, and you will be shuttled from Washington, DC to Antietam National Battlefield, where you will start your tour with a ride through the battlefield, before joining the C&O Canal at Antietam Creek Aqueduct. End the first day near Point of Rocks, MD and stay in Lockhouse 28, a stone lockhouse set to the period of the 1830s. The next day, continue through Point of Rocks - a key point in the Canal while built, and during the Civil War, over the Monocacy Aqueduct, past Whites Ferry, and on to Pennyfield Lock, for over-night in Lockhouse 22, a stone lockhouse also to the period of 1830. On the third day, you will ride 19 miles through Great Falls National Park and on to Washington, DC, where you may explore the city on your own at the end of the ride.  You will have a cookout dinner and continental breakfast at the lockhouse each day, and picnic style lunch on-trail.  The lockhouse experience is of the period of the 1830s, with no electricity or running water (we bring drinking water), and gives you a glimpse into life two centuries ago, while staying in the park, a unique and extremely memorable experience. 

Cost:  $450 per person.  Exclusively limited to 7 participants + 1 staff (or 8 participants and staff stays offsite).  Optional hybrid bicycle rental available for $50.00.  Registration deadline October 1, 2015 (inquire if after this date).
UPDATE: The October 16-18 Date is Sold Out. Please inquire about alternate dates for your group of 6-8 for our 2 or 3 day Lockhouse Living Tour options.

 

Try a Loudoun County winery tour. Routes for individual rides with our rental bikes available are ready. Others are in development.

Expanded in 2015 are new and even more bike rental options -- see our rentals page for details on hybrid, road, mountain, cyclocross, tandem, kids, and trail-a-bikes, trailers, and camping gear. We are located in Ashburn, Virginia, with bike rentals convenient to Leesburg, Lansdowne, Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Great Falls, the W&OD Trail and the C&O Canal. Want to ride in Virginia and DC while on business travel? Let us know your hotel, and we'll arrange for a bike during your stay. Our family-run business appreciates your business. Groups and corporate events are a specialty of ours.