VIRGINIA: Appalachian Mountains

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Set deep in middle Appalachia, this Virginia bike tour is one for the climbers, featuring routes that crisscross the valleys and steep pitches of the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains. With scenery ranging from deep woods & mountain streams to switchbacks & scenic overlooks (not to mention a couple of mountain lakes), the rides provide the perfect way to take in the beauty of this region.

But it's not all leg-searing suffering. Accommodations for this tour have been carefully chosen to ensure luxurious recovery between rides. In addition to staying at the premier hotel in Roanoke (Hotel Roanoke), with its in-room spa services, the tour includes two nights at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, which, as the name suggests, includes therapeutic waters in addition to a wide variety of spa services (not to mention 45 acres of gorgeous grounds and a guest list that includes Thomas Jefferson).

With these two historic home bases offering a soft counterbalance to the hard riding on tap for this tour, the trip will truly feel like a Virginia bike vacation, an experience that showcases the best of the region's natural beauty, Southern character and storied history.

RECOMMENDED MONTHS: May, June, September

WHAT'S INCLUDED: Lodging, All Meals, Personal Guide & SAG Support

PRICE: $1,950

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