One of the most scenic ways to savor the outdoors is on a bicycle. Whether you’re looking for an intense cardio workout or a leisurely day of riding, going for a bike ride is time well spent. Did you know you don’t need to travel too far to enjoy the best bike trails? We’ve got some great ones right here in the U.S.
1. Flume Trail—Lake Tahoe, NV
This 14-mile intermediate level trail offers some fantastic forested vistas overlooking Lake Tahoe. You need to make your way up 1,000 feet at the beginning of the ride, but getting to that view provides excellent motivation. Following your ride, you can relax and cool off by swimming in the lake. There are also many nice places for a picnic.
2. Shark Valley Trail—Miami, FL
If you are looking for a place to do some winter riding, check out Shark Valley Trail, located in the Everglades National Park. It’s suitable for beginners as well as more advanced bikers. During this 15-mile ride, you will see all kinds of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, fish, and birds.
3. Going-to-the-Sun Road—Glacier National Park, MT
Advanced riders will enjoy this challenging ride. It offers 48.7 miles of riding each way and is closed for cars during the summer. Get ready for 3,300 feet of climbing along a narrow mountain path and all the natural beauty that goes along with the challenge.
4. Fantasy Island Mountain Bike Trail—Tucson, AZ
True to its name, this trail is a mountain biker’s fantasy. It covers a little over 20 miles and is suitable for all levels. Tucson has been named one of the best bike-friendly communities by The League of American Bicyclists, and it lives up to its reputation. You can even try this trail at night for an extra adventure.
5. Carriage Trails—Acadia National Park, ME
Acadia National Park offers 45 miles of bike-friendly trails, making it an excellent place to check out in the summer. While riding, you will enjoy beautiful views of the coast, waterfalls, stone bridges, and Somes Sound. The area is car-free, and you can view most of the park in one or two days.
6. Kingdom Trails—East Burke, VT
Bikers at the beginner through advanced levels will enjoy this 35-mile ride through the rolling hills and green forests of Vermont. If you go in the autumn, you can even plan to see some colorful foliage as you ride. Kingdom Trails has been voted one of the top places to bike in the country by Bike magazine.
7. Twin Bridges Loop—Bend, OR
This is a lovely ride that starts and finishes at Drake Park, taking riders on a 36.3-mile loop. Excellent for intermediate riders, this trail involves 1,000 feet of climbing and beautiful scenery along the way. September is an especially nice month to visit. Mid-course, you’ll encounter the town of Tumalo, where you can stop for a fresh beer.
Time to Ride
A great bike ride is an invigorating and refreshing way to spend time outside. From mountain terrain to forest paths to coastlines, these bike trails offer some of the most beautiful views in America.