Perhaps one of the most sought-after bucket list trips for any hardcore mountain biker is taking a cross-country journey to ride a selection of the best trails the nation has to offer. But this type of trip can prove challenging due to the unique needs of riding bikes while traveling for weeks on end. Laundry facilities are a definite must, along with the ability to wash bikes or dry out your gear if you get caught in the rain.
The trouble with many hotels is you often have to walk long distances from your vehicle to your room, making for a tiring end to your day if you have multiple trips worth of gear to bring inside. Staying in an Airbnb can provide a more convenient experience when traveling across the country to ride bikes because they can mimic your normal routine back home.
We reached out to the members of some mountain biking Facebook Groups our staffers are in to get some recommendations, along with some stellar finds we came across while planning future trips of our own. Pack your bags, and get ready for a truly bucket-list trip with our Top-10 Airbnb’s for cross-country mountain bike road trips.
Bentonville, Arkansas Airbnb
Entire 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath House
View on Airbnb - $86/night - 4.97 stars (74 reviews)
Perfectly located, this house just outside Bentonville in Bella Vista, AR, enables you to jump directly on the Back 40 trail system from the backyard! Only a short 15 minutes to downtown Bentonville, this house is located in a peaceful wooded setting and has everything you need for your next mountain biking getaway or stop on the way across the country.
The master bedroom has a king-size bed and master bath with a shower. The 2nd bedroom has two extra-long twin beds. The 2nd bathroom has a shower/tub combo. The third bedroom is small but provides a comfortable sleeping space with a full over full bunk bed. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the major appliances (oven, stove, dishwasher, full-size refrigerator, microwave) plus cookware, cookie sheets, pizza pan, cooking utensils, dishes, and silverware. There is also a coffee machine and a toaster. The laundry room has a full-size washer and dryer and an iron and ironing board. Even better, the house has a two-car garage, so there is room for your car and bikes!
Knoxville, Tennessee Airbnb
Entire 3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Vintage Farmhouse
View on Airbnb - $93/night - 4.97 stars (67 reviews)
This historic farmhouse has been part of this Airbnb owner’s family since it was first built in the 1890s! Though the house is old, you’ll stay comfortable with updated amenities, including central air, WiFi, and an updated kitchen. Relax on the front porch or take a short trip to Downtown Knoxville for a wide array of food and drink establishments. The entire main house is available to guests, including a large front yard and driveway.
Perhaps the best thing about this Airbnb, though, is that it’s just a short bike ride away from Baker’s Creek Preserve, one of the area’s coolest places to ride, with everything from cross country singletrack to jump lines to massive pump tracks. It’s definitely worth checking out the next time you’re in Knoxville.
Harrisonburg, Virginia Airbnb
Entire 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Guest House
View on Airbnb - $120/night - 4.97 stars (355 reviews)
This stream-side guest house has a fantastic water view in a tranquil forest setting just a stone’s throw from George Washington National Forest, home to some of Shenandoah Valley’s best mountain biking. This 720 sq ft space includes a deck overlooking a stream, fast WiFi, and TV with Netflix. Amenities are only 11 miles away in Harrisonburg.
The space is a private second-story loft above a garage that you’ll have all to yourself, accessed by a flight of stairs. There are two decks, one with a gas grill.
This Airbnb has a two-burner hotplate, countertop oven, sink, microwave, fridge, and coffee maker. One nice touch is the included breakfast staples (eggs, bread, cereal, coffee, milk, etc.). A bit on the smaller side, this space is set up to sleep only two. You can enjoy an early 2:00 pm check-in time, along with a noon check-out time.
Albuquerque, New Mexico Airbnb
Entire 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath House
View on Airbnb - $82/night - 4.92 stars (342 reviews)
With an open floor plan, wood-burning fireplaces, and nestled in a private cul-de-sac, this cozy Albuquerque home is the perfect retreat for riders taking a cross-country road trip. This Airbnb is within walking distance to a brewery and restaurants and is only a short drive to popular trailheads, shopping, and the freeway to quickly get back on the road after a recharge.
The house includes two bedrooms, both with king-size beds, along with extra sleeping space in the living room. It also has two bathrooms, so a group of 5 can fit comfortably. There’s a full kitchen as well as WiFi. If you have some bike maintenance to do, this home is perfect, as you’ll have access to the single-car garage and patio.
Beech Mountain, North Carolina Airbnb
Entire 2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Chalet
View on Airbnb - $115/night - 4.98 stars (54 reviews)
This unique and cozy round-shaped house is located just across the street from Beech Mountain Resort, home to some of the best downhill park riding in the Southeast. The home is also within walking distance to restaurants, bars, and the local coffee shop, making it the ultimate in convenience and an excellent destination for travelers from the west. The open living, dining, and kitchen area is tied together by a wood-burning stone fireplace. Beautiful mountain views provide the full highland experience.
The space features two separate bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed and half bathroom, the other with a full-size bunk bed and a pull-out mattress. There’s also a queen size pull-out couch in the living room. The full bath with a shower and tub is in the hall. The front deck boasts mountain views most of the year and a gas grill and picnic table. The kitchen has a new dishwasher and a washer and dryer for guests to use, making this a perfect getaway spot for extended stays.
Moab, Utah Airbnb
Entire 1 Bed, 1 Bath Tiny House
View on Airbnb - $173/night - 4.85 stars (132 reviews)
Located at the Funstays Redrock Park, this Airbnb is ready to use upon arrival. This tiny house packs in 1 queen bed in the bedroom, a loft space with one queen bed and one full-sized futon, and a sofa that folds out to a full-size bed in the living room as well. If you’re traveling with friends who have an RV, there are full hookups to water, sewer, and electric.
There’s one full bathroom for everyone to share, but the RV park the home is located in has communal bathrooms with showers if schedules are limited. There’s even a fully-stocked kitchen to cook meals with basic cookware, flatware, dishes, and glassware. Free WiFi and Netflix (no cable), free laundry room on-site, personal patio set, picnic table, and a gas grill round out this full-featured tiny Airbnb.
St. George, Utah Airbnb
Entire 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Condo
View on Airbnb - $85/night - 4.33 stars (25 reviews)
This one-bedroom condo in St. George features a king-size bed, queen-size sofa sleeper, and a fold-down futon. Located in the heart of the Las Palmas resort, this condo accommodates up to 6 travelers. The spacious kitchen is fully stocked with all major appliances and all other necessary utensils. In the living room, there is a cozy couch, armchair, and a TV for you to relax and enjoy after a day full of fun activities.
Flagstaff, Arizona Airbnb
Entire 1 Bedroom 1 Bath Mountain House
View on Airbnb - $89/night - 4.94 stars (424 reviews)
This modern one bedroom with a loft is located just north of downtown and features a stainless steel kitchen and birch floors, Roku with Antenna TV, wifi, movies, games, and guide books.
The home is located on a lot with five other units, and it’s only five blocks from Highway 180, which takes you to many Arizona destinations, including the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Sedona is less than an hour away, making this a less expensive option than staying in downtown Sedona for people who also want to ride other trail systems in the area.
Boise, Idaho Airbnb
Entire 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath House
View on Airbnb - $82/night - 4.92 stars (342 reviews
Featuring a washer, dryer, and WiFi, this little home in Boise is a great spot to stop on the way to the Pacific Northwest or even be your destination. There is plenty of amazing mountain biking to check out in the area, and amenities are all within walking distance. Clean eaters will love the organic Co-Op that’s only three blocks away! There’s even bike storage with a lock and a front patio area to relax after a day of riding. What more do you need?
Lake Tahoe, California Airbnb
Entire 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath South Lake Tahoe View Condo
View on Airbnb - $176/night - 4.75 stars (304 reviews)
Perched above South Lake Tahoe, this condo offers a magnificent view while still convenient to ski resorts, mountain biking trails, restaurants, casinos, and shopping! Just minutes away from the Tahoe Rim Trail, this Airbnb can accommodate up to 6 guests comfortably with spacious common areas. This two-bedroom, one-bath condo has a wood-burning fireplace, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a laundry room for longer stays. Enjoy a soak in the hot tub or swim in the pool at the complex just across the street!