Americas Top 10 Biking Destinations – Best Places to Bike in the USBike, Featured, Fitness & Workouts, United States — By Lost Girls on July 22, 2010 at 1:58 pm
by Amanda Pressner
LG Executive Editor
As Lost Girls, we’d probably agree that the best way to get to know a new destination is to explore it on foot–but there’s certainly no way more liberating and fun than on the back of a bike. During our year around the world and on many trips since, we’ve rented our own two-wheeled chariots dozens of times, and the cost set us back less than a 30-second cab ride back home in New York!
Bikes are such a big part of the way that we roll, that we were pyched to see HotelsCombined.com, a leading hotel booking search engine, release a list of the Top Ten American Biking Destinations.
According the company, these 10 spots get top marks for their scenic beauty and abundance of tire-friendly outlets. “From dirt roads to carefully structured paved tracks, great biking trails throughout the United States provide a variety of terrain, scenery, challenges and experiences for riders of differing abilities and cycling goals,” says company spokesperson Jessica Joyner.
If you’re considering a US-based vacation this year–and want to keep your carbon footprint to nearly nil!–get yourself to one of these domestic cycling meccas:
1. American River Bike Trail Ramble – Sacramento, Calif. – In the midst of one of America’s major metropolitan areas lies 32 miles of parkway bike path that promises many pleasant rides to cyclists of all levels. The trail goes from Old Sacramento along the Sacramento River to Beal’s Point on Folsom Lake.
2. Busse Woods – Chicago, Ill. – Located in the heart of the Ned Brown Preserve, this bike path takes you through forests and meadows along Busse Lake. Bikers convene with nature as they make their way down the 11.2-mile trail, known to host the herds of elk that inhabit the forest.
3. Belmont to Walden Pond Cruise – Cambridge, Mass. – Tracing along the leisurely paced roads heading west from Cambridge, bikers can explore the near-rural suburbs of Lincoln, Sudbury, and Weston. With rolling suburban and rural roads, this destination is perfect for a leisure ride.
4. Bethpage State Park – Massapequa, N.Y. – Massapequa Preserve Bike Path provides a quiet, rustic environment that is rare in Long Island. The path runs south through the park over scenic and hilly terrain on a paved path that is bounded by trees and foliage, allowing bikers a quick escape from the suburbs.
5. Yosemite National Park Valley – Mariposa, Calif. – Cascading rivers, lofty peaks, and stands of giant sequoia trees constitute the landscape of this park, including twelve miles of bikeways. Bikers can trail along deep valleys and grand meadows along a vast wilderness area.
6. Acadia National Park – Bar Harbor, Maine – An elemental country where land and sea have collided into a natural splendor, this park draws more visitors per acre than any other national park in the United States. Awed by its beauty and diversity, visitors come to bike historic carriage roads.
7. Centennial Trail Ramble – Spokane, Wash. – This pleasant trail follows the Spokane River through the city, linking parks, historical sites, and urban attractions to form a unique green-space corridor. The trail follows all the way to the Idaho border and is one of the most enjoyable in the Pacific Northwest.
8. Cajun Country – Lafayette, La. – Filled with swampy bayous, saltwater marshes, and Cajun and Creole cultures that have attracted visitors for decades, Louisiana offers bikers one excellent approach for rides along two of the state’s scenic byways: the Promised Land and the Bayou Teche.
9. Trinity River Trails Ramble – Fort Worth, Texas – Preserved as a western heritage, Trinity River Trails are narrow, dedicated bicycle paths with varying asphalt and concrete surfaces that encompass an extraordinary cultural district and beautiful gardens.
10. Lilydale Park Trail – Saint Paul, Minn. – Located next to the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers near St. Paul, this park features plenty of connecting trails full of miles of exploration and scenic river runs with ample wildlife and vegetation.