Some people like to spend their summers at the pool, thumbing through a magazine. You prefer to get your pedal on. There are tons of paths and trails to explore, from sea to shining sea. Just when you think you’ve done it all – you’ll realize there is a new cycling adventure you just have to try. If you’re not sure where to get started, here are eight of the best cycling destinations for a summer trip:
Distance: 25 miles
Who knew Colorado had an up and coming wine country? We did! In Colorado’s Western Slope, the state grows peaches and enjoys a lush landscape full of outdoor wonders. Among the things to do in the region is cycle the Fruit and Wine Byway in Palisade, CO. The 25-mile loop takes you near the Grand Mesa and past dozens of vineyards and fruit stands.
Distance: 15 miles
Wyoming is a common winter destination thanks to the ski slopes. But don’t sleep on Jackson Hole in the summertime! You can cycle a well-paved route from JH all the way to Teton Village and Grand Teton National Park. You’ll cross over the Snake River and its white-capped water and around the Grand Teton Mountain Range. And be sure to keep your eyes peeled for moose crossings!
Distance: 9 miles
Park City is another destination that is known as a winter vacation destination because it’s full of slopes and cabins perfect for sipping hot cocoa. But it’s also one of the best places in the state for summer cycling trips. The short but sometimes steep Wasatch Over Wasatch (WOW) trail takes you through Aspen groves and around sharp switchbacks with views of the Heber Valley. The single-track route begins in Wasatch Mountain State Park.
Where: New Mexico
Distance: 50 miles
People flock to Santa Fe to feed their artistic appetite, but did you know it’s also a great place to head on a summer bike trip? Because it is. Among the places you should visit is the Turquoise Trail, which connects Santa Fe and Albuquerque. During your ride, you can enjoy scenic views from the top of Sandia Crest, and cycle your way through towns like Golden and Cerrillos. You’ll run into picnic spots (including at Cerrillos Hills Historic Park) and there are also places to stop to view art or grab a bite.
Where: Washington State
Distance: 29 miles
Washington State is one of the most cycling friendly places you can visit in the entire country. So, is it really surprising that its home to one of the best summer cycling trips? Not really. Take a boat to Orcas, an island in the San Juan Islands archipelago, for some breathtaking rides with a view of Puget Sound. There are 19 total trails with a distance of 29 miles between them. Whether you’re new to cycling or a pro mountain biker, the island has a trail for your comfort level.
Distance: 5.5 miles
Some of the best cycling vacations incorporate your other favorite vacation activities – like wine tasting. Up in Sonoma County, known for its wine production, the trails weave you in and around vineyards and other types of farmland. The West County Regional Trail is just under six miles, just long enough to build up an appetite for a charcuterie board at a local tasting room. Along the way, you’ll pass through the Atascadero Creek Ecological Reserve, an important wetland in the region.
Where: New York
Distance: 2.2 miles
If you plan to visit New England this summer, make sure to include this stunning bike loop on your travel itinerary. Sure, you could wear a tarp and ride a boat out into the mist of Niagara Falls, but there is something equally exhilarating about viewing them from Goat Island. The bike loop around the island is just over two miles (and covers easy, paved terrain), so it’s a good place to take travel groups with varying cycling abilities. Points of interest along the way include the Nikola Tesla statue overlooking the American Falls, the top of Terrapin Point, Horseshoe Falls, and Three Sisters Islands.
Distance: 16 miles
Just south of Savannah and north of the Florida state line, you’ll find a little community called Jekyll Island. Cycling has been kind of a big deal here for at least a century. Still, you won’t find the bike loop as busy as the trails in bigger Georgian cities like Savannah and Atlanta. Once upon a time, the likes of the Rockefellers graced the island with their cycles and their wealth, so you’re basically living the high life if you vacation here. The 16-mile trail is mostly paved and serves up plenty of beach-front terrain along the way. Stop to take a nap beneath a huge shade tree if you please; this is the South, and things move more slowly in these parts, after all.
Now that you have an idea of where to bike ride in the summer for the best views, it’s time to start evaluating your gear. Do you have the best bike for the job? You can rent bikes at most of the destinations mentioned above, but if you’re on a road trip why not bring your own? Check out sixthreezero for the best bikes for men and some incredible bikes for women, too.
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