Independent Tourist

Independent Tourist Cycling Vacations


Since 2003, Independent Tourist Cycling Vacations has been the premier self-guided bike tour provider along the Katy Trail. All tours include the best lodging each stop offers, shuttles, luggage transfers, and generations of experience to bring you excellent cyclist service and support throughout your trip. They are now offering direct ebike rentals on the Katy Trail.

Your cycling vacation done at your pace with our ability to customize for leisurely rides or friendly races. They can accommodate week-long excursions with extra adventures or just a few days along the best parts of the trail. Independent Tourist has a commitment to excellence gives you the best recommendations for extra nights, eateries and events, or just the right bed & breakfast for peace and quiet in Missouri wine country. You just pick the date and they will do the rest!


Afternoon shuttle from St. Charles to Clinton for an evening of rest before the big ride. If you need a rental or would like an ebike for your friend, then they will have time to get you fitted and trail ready before the shuttle across Missouri.


Complimentary breakfast is the standard at all our accommodations. After you eat in Clinton, set your luggage at the front desk and just ride! They will have your luggage waiting for you in Sedalia, but always recommend packing some dry clothes with your inner tubes.


Depending on your ability, you can be set you up for the night in Boonville or Rocheport. Since they offer their our own shuttling services, Independent Tourist can pick you as far as you can go that day! Their ebikes would be a great add on to this trip, doubling your normal distance with ease.


Cycle into the capital of Missouri, Jefferson City and be immediately encompassed by history. Since it is your cycling vacation at your pace, they only offer sights and events. You will have to do some exploring on your own!


Don’t forget to leave your bags at the front desk and get some breakfast, on us. As you enter Missouri wine country, Independent Tourist has selected the best kept secret in Hermann for your lodging. The first generation of family owners and operators spent years curating the best tours for you.


As you cycle into the heart of Missouri wine country, you will get a taste for what this region is known for: wines and brews. With shuttle and rental service headquartered nearby, they can offer concierge services for dinner. Or maybe just a pizza from the local favorite spot.


It’s your last day of the Hall of Fame Katy Trail and you have the routine down by now, leave your bags with the host and they’ll be waiting for you safely and securely just past the Saint Charles trailhead. If you haven’t had enough of the beautiful trail and towns, stay an extra night in Saint Charles for exploring the all of the rich history along the river, and of course shopping dining.