Wondering the best spots to pedal your fresh ride even with the cool weather coming your way? Look no further. We’ve put together the top 10 places to enjoy an end of year ride.
1. C&O Canal & Towpath; Washington DC
If you’re in the DC area, you’re in luck. The C&O Towpath was used until 1924 to tow boats up the Old Chesapeake. It starts in beautiful Georgetown, and goes 184 miles to Pittsburgh. It is hard pack dirt for most of the ride and is perfect for a laid-back Sunday afternoon.
2. Mississippi River Trail; New Orleans LA
If you happen to be in the Big Easy, get your bike out and get going. The Mississippi River Trail is one of the most beautiful winter bike rides out there. While the whole trail stretches about 600 miles, the part you’re looking for is Audubon Park in New Orleans to the Bonnet Carré Spillway in St. Charles Parish.
3. Veloway Park; Austin TX
Austin is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. No surprise that it’s overflowing with beautiful trails. The Veloway Park is short but beautifully maintained. Take a picnic and loop this 5K with your kids!
4. San Diego River Trail; San Diego CA
It’s hard to find a quiet spell in San Diego, but that’s why we made this insider’s guide! Park at Mimi’s Cafe and pick up the trail for up to 20 miles heading east or west!
5. Lake Mary; Flagstaff AZ
This is for those who want to sweat for their reward. The Lake Mary Bike Ride is a 41 mile scenic rolling ride. But remember, you’re at 7000 ft elevation!
6. Swamp Rabbit Trail; Greenville SC
Greenville boasts an historic downtown, lovely parks, and the Reedy River. Bike through them all on the 13.5 mile converted railway line.
7. Alum Creek Trail; Columbus OH
We have so many fervent Ohio fans that we’re scared to choose just one of their amazing bike paths. The Alum Creek Trail is a spotlessly maintained 22 mile trail with scenic views and Historical fun fact plaques along the way!
8. Willamette River Loop; Portland OR
Fine, Portland might not be the warmest place to be in December, but it is always one of the friendliest places to be with a bicycle! Follow the Willamette River Loop on a 30 mile ride from downtown south along the Willamette and back. Look out for a slight climb in Terwilliger!
9. Jordan River Trail; Salt Lake City UT
The Jordan River Trail is a lovely path just south of Salt Lake. The Jordan River Commission also made a cool interactive app to help you get the most out of your visit! Plan your ride around one of their fun seasonal events.
10. Paseo del Bosque; Albuquerque NM
The Paseo del Bosque runs through the city and along the wooded waterfront of the Rio Grande. We are not the first ones to add it to our list of must rides.
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