Summer means one thing for cyclists: Time to hit the roads and trails. This great nation offers endless routes that wind through stunning landscapes. So tune up your bike, pack up your gear (including some Natura wines for your post-ride celebration), and start pedaling.
- Moab, UT: Moab’s Slickrock Trail is arguably the most famous bike trail – not just in the US, but in the world. The scenery is breathtaking, with the Colorado River winding through the landscape and the La Sal Mountains towering around you. This is an expert-level trail that will take a good 3-4 hours to complete.
- San Juan Islands, WA: Lush and green, the islands dot the Pacific Ocean and offer up incredible views. Orcas Island can’t be beat. A ferry ride from Anacortes, WA will get you there, and then it’s just you, your bike, and paved roads spanning the 57 square mile island.
- Fredericksburg, TX: In the heart of Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg, serves as a great home base for traveling cyclists. After a day spent biking, relax in a B&B or enjoy beer or green wine at one of the local restaurants.
- Sedona, AZ: The Hiline Trail in Sedona brings you up close and personal to the towering red rocks that have made the town famous. This is a technical trail that includes some tight turns and steep chutes, so be prepared for a challenge (and stunning views).
- Burlington, VT: Burlington is one of New England’s best-kept secrets. Situated on the shoreline of Lake Champlain, the small city offers a leisurely 7.5-mile Burlington Bike Path that hugs the lake. You can use this as a connector to the Lake Champlain Bikeways system, which includes more than 1,300 miles of trail covering Vermont, New York, and Quebec.
- Point Reyes, CA: Head up or down the coast for views of the Pacific, or venture inland for open roads in the rolling Marin County countryside. And remember, this is right next door to California wine country, where both local wines and Natura wines can be found!
- Travelers Rest, SC: Travel – then rest! Set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is an immensely popular among cyclists thanks to George Hincapie, 17-time Tour de France winner. He’s opened a hotel that caters to cyclists, and there are at least six bike loops of varying distances to explore.
- Palisade, CO: Bicycling on the Fruit and Wine Byway? Yes, please. This 25-mile loop snakes through vineyards, farms, and orchards, with the 11,000-foot Grand Mesa overlooking the whole route. When the wineries are open, you can opt for a hop-on, hop-off approach to indulge in tastings along the way.
- Whitefish, MT: The Going-to-the-Sun Road in Whitefish is a challenging one, but totally worth it. The route takes you through Glacier National Park, where you’ll climb almost 3,300 feet. With plenty of vantage points like Lake McDonald and Heavens Peak, you’ll have plenty of excuses to take a break and enjoy the view.
- Damascus, VA: Looking for something a bit more low-key for your biking vacation? The Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is a great option. The 34-mile stretch between Abingdon and Damascus can be done as a whole or in sections. You can even catch a shuttle to the highest point at Whitetop Station and enjoy a downhill ride back to the starting point.
A bike vacation offers the perfect mix of high-energy fun and relaxation. Surrounded by incredible scenery and with the wind in your face, it’s a great way to get in touch with nature and get some exercise, too! And a long bike ride is also a great reason to indulge in crisp, clean Natura wines!