Cycling is one of the most exhilarating activities in the world. It’s a great way to stay in shape while also taking in the beauty of the world around you. If you’re tired of cycling in your local neighborhood, it may be time to bring your bike somewhere new for a while to experience a fresh cycling adventure. Cycling is always fun, but where you cycle plays a big role in the emotional satisfaction that you get from your cycling experience. Here are a few of the best cycling trails in the US:
1) Big Sur
The bike trail at Big Sur is beautiful to say the least, spanning up to 100 miles one way from Carmel to Cambria, California. This trail is definitely not for beginners. It is quite advanced, but if you’re up to the challenge you can do this trail year-round. You’ll be right by the coast, so chances are you’ll want to stop to take a few pictures of the stunning scenery.
2) Valmont Bike Park
Located in Boulder, Colorado, Valmont Bike Park is for cyclists of all levels. The park covers 42 acres, the mileage of the trail varies. Since there is a path for every type of rider, it can be tricky to choose which path is right for you. If you’re a beginner, try Hot Lap or Escape Route. If prefer to get more technical, try Corkscrew or Mesa Flow. If you’d like to engage in other biking activities, you can check out the terrain park with its double slalom race course, its slope style portion and its dirt jumps. You can even bring the family along and have your kids pedal around the tot track. The best times to go are mid to late spring and fall.
3) Little Pan Loop
If you’re looking for an intermediate mountain trail, look no further than the Little Pan Loop at Black Canyon Trail. Located in New River, Arizona, this path is many bikers’ favorite part of the Black Canyon National Recreation Trail. Known as the lollipop loop, this trail is famous for its stunning view of the Agua Fria River as well as the clear blue skies. This loop provides a combination of rugged terrain, exciting climbs and views of the desert. The best time to visit this trail is either between January and March, or in November or December.
4) Jalama Beach Ride
For a less rugged, but still intermediate, trail, go to Solvang, California for the Jalama Beach Ride. This 34.5 mile route runs through the Santa Ynez Valley and takes you along the Santa Rosa Wine Road. On the way, you will see ranches, vineyards and rolling hills. On top of that, you’ll be able to see a gorgeous view of the ocean.
5) Shark Valley Trail
Located in Everglades National Park in Miami, Florida, the Shark Valley Trail is perfect for beginners. The path is 15 miles round-trip, and you’re likely to see a few gators while you’re on it. You might even have to bike your way around them. Other animals you’ll see include turtles, birds and fish. The best time to go is winter, making it a great place to go to escape the cold.
Cycling can be a life-changing experience if you choose the right trail. Head to one of these trails and you’ll be sure to enjoy an incredible bike ride.