FEATURED 2014 BIKE TOURS:

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.

 

C&O CANAL SAMPLER TOUR, 1/2 - 3/4 day, May 17, 2014
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:  May 12, 2014 (inquire if after this date).

 

NEW FOR 2014 - C&O CANAL LOCK HOUSE 22 LOCK HOUSE LIVING TOUR, June 14-15, 2014
Point of Rocks, MD to Washington, DC (49 miles) - Exclusive to Get Out & Go Tours

DSC_9086.JPGImagine what it was like to travel the canal, and what it was like to live as a lock-tender, when you ride with Get Out & Go Tours on our 2014 edition of the Lock House Living tour.  New for 2014, we will over-night in Lockhouse 22, and you will be shuttled from Washington, DC to Point of Rocks, MD to ride to Washington in two days.  On the first day, you have the option to ride west from the starting point two miles, to Catoctin Aqueduct and return (4 miles), or to simply start heading east on the trail through Whites Ferry, and on to the lockhouse (29 miles).  You will have a cookout dinner and continental breakfast at the lockhouse.  On the second day, you will ride 19 miles into DC, where you may explore the city on your own at the end of the ride.  The lockhouse experience in lockhouse 22 is of the period of the 1880s, with no electricity or running water (we bring drinking water), and gives you a glimpse into life a century ago, while staying in the park, a unique and extremely memorable experience.  Exclusively limited to 7 participants and one staff. 

Cost:  $250.  Optional hybrid bicycle rental available for $50.00.  Registration deadline June 1, 2014 (inquire if after this date).

 

THE LONGEST DAY ON THE CANAL -- A CHALLENGE TOUR, June (20-)21, 2014
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 first annual challenge tour, and ride the length of the C&O Canal in a single day!  We selected the longest day of the year – the summer solstice, 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.  Earn a spot on Get Out & Go Tours’ “Challenge Champions” roster.

This tour will originate with transportation from the Washington, DC area to Cumberland, MD on Friday afternoon, June 21st, where we will over-night right at the trailhead, ready to start a little before dawn, on the epic journey on Saturday.  Trailside van support with drinks, snacks, energy bars, and other food will meet the riders every 1-2 hours through the day and into the evening, with an expected finish near dusk.  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.

Cyclo-cross bikes are highly recommended for this trip.  Participants must have ridden at least one century (100 mile) ride in 2014 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.  Registration deadline:  June 1, 2014 (inquire if after this date).

 

TOUR OF THE VIRGINIAS, August 1-6, 2014
A Week of Virginia and West Virginia's Best Rail Trails

Shuttle from the Dulles airport or BWI airport area to southern VA for five days of rail trail riding, including the New River State Trail, Virginia Creeper Trail, Greenbriar River River Trail, Blackwater Canyon Trail, and the North Bend Rail Trail, before shuttling back to reality.  A green adventure, for sure, this trip takes you through some of the most scenic, wooded areas of the Virginias, with trails full of trestles and tunnels.  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. 

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Cost:  $1,200.  Optional hybrid bicycle rental available for $100.00.  Registration deadline July 1, 2014  (inquire if after this date).

 

HFA GEARS FOR GOOD - 3 DAY C&O CANAL TOUR, September 26-28, 2014
A Helping Hands Fundraiser

DSC_9335.JPGJoin us September 26-28, 2014 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, 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, October 4-11, 2014
October Fall Foliage Festival - Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC (350 miles)

** 4-day GAP only Option Available, October 4-7, 2014 **
** 5-day C&O Canal with GAP Highlights Option Available, October 7-11, 2014 **

 
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 Fallingwater, 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.  Single occupancy additional.  Optional hybrid bike rental, $100.00.  Registration deadline: September 10, 2014 (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 4-7 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 Fallingwater are included. 
Cost:  $750.  Single occupancy additional.  Optional hybrid bike rental, $75.00. Registration deadline: September 10, 2014 (inquire if after this date)

The 5-day C&O Canal Tour option October 7-11, 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.  Single occupancy additional.  Optional hybrid bike rental, $75.00.  Registration deadline: September 10, 2014 (inquire if after this date). Read more.

 

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

Expanded in 2014 are new and even more bicycle rental options -- see our rentals page for details on road, mountain, hybrid, 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.