New Hampshire Bike Tours
Pedaling through New Hampshire is the best way to enjoy one of America’s original 13 states. New Hampshire is a true New England treasure for all seasons. As one of the smallest states, it continues to have a big impact on our nation’s history. If you enjoy bicycling in a destination that is rich in culture – New Hampshire is the place for you! It is the closest place in North America where you can experience the vibe of a European bicycle tour.
Inhabited for thousands of years by Algonquian-speaking peoples such as the Abenaki. New Hampshire offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of North America. Europeans arrived in New Hampshire in the early 17th century, with the English and established some of the earliest non-indigenous settlements. The Province of New Hampshire was established in 1629, named after the English county of Hampshire. In January 1776, New Hampshire became the first of the British North American colonies to establish an independent government and its own state constitution. Six months later, it signed the United States Declaration of Independence and contributed troops, ships, and supplies to the war against Britain. In June 1788, it was the ninth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Its state motto – Live Free or Die – certainly conveys NH’s glowing independence!
Scenic paved and hard-packed dirt roads. Come to New Hampshire where we follow winding quiet roads, abandoned railroad corridors, and miles of river beds. We roll through historic towns, state and national parks, and ride through covered bridges. Discover mills and dams, farms, pastures, orchards, ponds, marshes, woods, and wildlife. Along the way, there are plenty of options for stopping for a picnic or enjoying one of New Hampshire’s abundant general stores where visitors can literally step back in time.
As far as cycling hubs go, it doesn’t get much better than the culturally rich city of Keene. We have designed our bicycle loops here to enjoy all of the bike trail options including the Cheshire Rail Trail, the Ashuelot Rail Trail, and many more. After a full day’s ride, the City of Keene sits at your feet with so much to learn and do! You can roll or stroll through the historic downtown area and enjoy the “Magical History Tour,” a series of evocative Walldog murals that grace 16 of the city’s downtown buildings. There are also six covered bridges within a 16-mile radius of downtown Keene. Since we know after a bike ride that you’ll be thirsty and hungry, there are many inviting watering holes, bakeries, cafés, and restaurants. Keene rocks!