By Lynn O’Rourke Hayes
Cycling is more popular than ever and the trend to explore distant destinations on two wheels continues to grow. Here are five ideas for your crew to consider.
Cycle near Spokane, Washington
Go with a guide or plan your own course as you explore the railroads of eastern Washington. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and on to the Montana border. Level, paved, and pristine trails make for stress-free but scenic family biking. Roll along the famous Route of the Hiawatha and Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, two of the Rail-to-Trail Conservancy’s Hall of Fame trails. Boost the adventure quotient by planning a day kayaking, rafting or fishing in the local rivers. Stop at a hot spring or consider a side hike.
For more: https://wilderness-voyageurs.com/adventures/idaho-coeur-dalene-bike-tour/ ; www.visitidaho.org
Family cycling in Italy
Enjoy gelato after passing grazing sheep and charming stone houses. Meet a four-legged truffle detective. Look forward to olive oil, fine wines and homemade pizza on your bike tour through Tuscany. Pass vineyards, cypress trees and iconic landmarks that make your way to the quaint hill towns worth every spin. Treat yourself to a gourmet picnic at a working farm. Visit quaint villages, take watercolor lessons, and delve into Italian art history.
For more: www.backroads.com
Bike Block Island, Rhode Island
Enjoy the ocean views, wildlife salt ponds and laid-back vibe of this scenic wonder that is part of America’s smallest state. Mostly flat, smooth, paved roads allow two-wheeler tourists to enjoy a wonderland that the Conservation Agency considers one of the “Last Great Places” in the Western Hemisphere. Breathtaking views of sailboat-dotted Narragansett Bay complete the experience. You can also enjoy fresh seafood, walks on the beach and learn about local history.
For more: www.greatfreedomadventures.com; www.VisitRhodisland.com
Ride from cabin to cabin in Utah
For a great family adventure, consider a backcountry mountain bike experience through Utah’s Color Country. The new Aquarius Trail Hut System offers five furnished cabins — with full kitchens and other amenities — strategically located along the 190-mile trail. Riders roll from the top of Brian Head through Panguitch, Hatch and Bryce, past hidden lakes and spectacular views, down to the beautiful town of Escalante. E-bikes are allowed at each cabin so mixed-ability family members can enjoy the same adventure.
For more: https://aquariustrail.com
Explore the Olympic Peninsula
Cycle the Olympic Discovery Trail, climb Hurricane Hill, spot gray whales and orcas, visit Port Angeles and La Push, and explore the Hoh Rain Forest on a six-day road bike tour of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. In this majestic corner of Washington state, you’ll pedal through varied terrain that includes temperate rainforests, scenic coastlines and sparkling lakes. Available from July to September.
For more: www.EscapeAdventures.com; https://www.stateofwatourism.com
Lynn O’Rourke Hayes (LOHayes.com) is a writer, family travel expert and avid explorer. Gather more travel information on Twitter @lohayes, Facebook or via FamilyTravel.com
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