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, or Tour of the Virginias, a week of VA and WV's best rail-trails.
Join our mailing list by sending your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 2016 BIKE TOURS:
C&O CANAL SAMPLER TOUR, 1/2 - 3/4 day, April 30, 2016
THE LONGEST DAY ON THE CANAL -- A CHALLENGE TOUR, June (17-)18, 2016
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 20, we selected the Saturday 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 pre-ride 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 17th, 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 the right kind of bike for this trip. Participants must have ridden at least one century (100 mile) ride during the spring, 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 $65 additional). Registration deadline: June 1, 2016 (inquire if after this date). Space is limited.
GAP - C&O CANAL - 5 DAY SUMMER TOUR, June 21-25, 2016
** 3-day C&O Canal Option, June 21-23, 2016 (on a space available basis) **
Can’t make the full tour? Join us for just one segment!
The 3-day C&O Canal Tour option June 21-23, Start riding from DC and get returned after arrival in Cumberland, with three days of riding on the with the DC to Pittsburgh group to Harpers Ferry, WV (61 miles), Hancock, MD (64 miles), and finally, Cumberland, MD (60 miles). Cost, $650. Single occupancy $125 additional (on a space available basis). Optional hybrid bike rental, $75.00. Option requires minimum of 4 participants. Registration has closed for this tour. Read more.
The 2-day Great Allegheny Passage option June 24-25 originates in Cumberland, MD, where you leave your car, and pedal with the through-tour group toward Pittsburgh, where we return you to Cumberland following arrival in Pittsburgh. Two full, fast days of riding (72 miles, 73 miles) get you over the top and into Pittsburgh, with one night of hotel, meals, maps and cue cards included.
TOUR OF THE VIRGINIAS, July 22-28, 2016 (requires 6 or more participants to run)
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!
BACK FOR 2016! - VIRGINIA BACKROADS CYCLING WEEKEND, September 17-18, 2016
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, but it's also available as a complete weekend package for local residents. Backroads Century has a 20, 30, 62, and 100 mile option. We will pick up participants from Dulles Airport and match/fit them with a rental bike for the weekend, then return participants to a local group hotel. On Saturday morning, the group will ride from our location to the paved W&OD Trail for a ride to Leesburg, VA, after which we'll have a guided Civil War theme walking tour of Leesburg, VA, lunch, and another guided walking tour of Balls Bluff Battlefield in north Leesburg, before whisking participants to Harpers Ferry, WV for some walking time, a BBQ dinner, and hotel over-night. Sunday, we'll transport the group to the Potomac Pedalers' Backroads Century ride early, and then back to Dulles Airport after the ride (or to the Dulles area hotel for another optional over-night).
Cost: $350 per person for rental road bike, two nights lodging (double occupancy - optional single occupancy available for $125 additional), local transportation, guided battlefield tour, and BBQ dinner on Saturday night. Participants must make their own registration for the Potomac Pedalers Backroads Century Ride and cover other meal costs. Limited to 25 participants. Registration deadline September 1, 2016 (inquire if after this date). Note: This ride sold out early in 2015.
HFA GEARS FOR GOOD - 3 DAY C&O CANAL CHARITY TOUR, September 23-25, 2016
Join us September 23-25, 2016 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.
SOLD OUT IN 2015 - Date and details tentative - C&O CANAL LOCK HOUSE LIVING FALL FOLIAGE TOUR (Lockhouses TBA), October 14-16, 2016
Imagine, 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 2016 Lock House Living tour. We will over-night in two Lockhouses inside the C&O Canal National Park!
You will be shuttled from Washington, DC (Dulles Airport) area to our ride starting point, ride Friday, over-night in a lockhouse, ride Saturday, over-night in another lockhouse, and finish the tour on Sunday. Likely itinerary will include the Paw Paw tunnel and Antietam National Battlefield, and may include Point of Rocks, MD, Williamsport, MD, and Great Falls National Park and Washington, DC. The tour will include return transportation to the starting location near Dulles Airport.
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. Optional hybrid bicycle rental available for $50.00. Registration deadline October 1, 2015 (inquire if after this date).
RIDE ON YOUR OWN
Rent a bike for a self-guided Loudoun County winery tour. Routes for individual rides with our rental bikes available are ready. Others are in development.
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 Dulles-area 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.
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