The Best Bike Ride in Every State
Courtesy of Health Magazine - Amanda MacMillan
Some parts of America are famous for their wide-open spaces, while others take pride in their mountains or coastal views. But no matter what a state’s best features are, chances are they’re even better when explored on a bike.
So we rounded up some of the best places to bike across the country, from gravel rail-trails to scenic byways to technical mountain singletrack. All routes are point-to-point, and distances listed are one way, unless otherwise noted. Before you head out, check trail websites for hours, pricing information (some charge fees), and safety information. Happy pedaling!
Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham
The park’s 22-mile Double Oak Trail—also known as the Red Trail—is a mix of skinny singletrack and wider doubletrack sections, and its terrain is varied enough to delight any mountain biker, beginner to expert. No wonder the International Mountain Bike Association inducted Oak Mountain into its Epic Rides Hall of Fame. Ride the entire loop, and you’ll climb about 1,600 feet.
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Anchorage
This 11-mile stretch of paved, car-free road meanders easily along the Cook Inlet coast and through scented forests, and offers sweeping views of North America’s highest peak, Mount Denali. Keep an eye out for moose, bald eagles, and beluga whales.
Fantasy Island Mountain Bike Trail, Tucson
The League of American Bicyclists designated Tucson a gold-medal bike-friendly community, so you’ll be right at home no matter what type of ride you pedal. For a true treat, mountain bikers love the 20-plus miles of Fantasy Island trails right within the city limits. Small hills and varied terrain throughout make them great for all skill levels; those looking for a truly unique experience can even try riding at night.