Are you looking for a vacation idea for the entire family that is both active and provides a learning experience? Family cycling vacations are gaining in popularity and making the arrangements can be quite easy.
First, there are guided family cycling holidays operated by tour companies. Normally you need to be of a minimum age (teen age) and travel with an adult to go on these tours but many operators now offer departures for families only.
These family cycling holidays included a wide variety of destinations in the U.S. or Europe and range from 3 to 14 days. The best part is all the arrangements are taken care of including qualified guides and routes carefully selected that are shorter and over more gentle terrain than the traditional adult tours. Routes are usually designed so that there are points of interest for the children along the way.
Depending on the tour your accommodation will be in hotels or camping and some of the meals may be included. A major advantage of this type of family cycling holiday is that you will be riding with other families so you have common minded people to talk with and your kids can make new friends. Companies such as Backroads and HF Holidays offer these tours.
Every year you can find many large cycling tours throughout the U.S. and Canada arranged by charities or other organizations designed for groups ranging from 200 to 2,000 or more cyclists.
These tours are generally of great value with accommodation in school gyms, school dorms or camping (often a hotel option is available as well). The routes are well planned on quiet roads with plenty of break stops along the way as well as support vehicles should you have a problem.
On one such tour I was on there were kids as young as eight years old riding their own bikes although I did notice some on the back of tandem recumbent bicycles. Again on this type of tour you do meet plenty of other cyclists from around North America with meals and evening entertainment frequently included. Because you set your own pace and have the entire day to complete the route there is no rush or pressure to keep up with others that sometimes happens on a guided cycling holiday.
Another type of family cycling holiday is the self guided tour. You can either arrange these yourself by basing your family in a rental cottage and riding on day trips or purchase a self guided tour from a travel company that provides maps and accommodation plus an emergency phone number and you cycle at your own pace.
Anytime you and your kids are on a bicycle you want to be riding safe so consider these bicycle helmets.
Whichever of these types of family cycling vacations you choose it is sure to be a fun experience for all.