Big Sur - Carmel to Cambria, California
Choose where you start this trail wisely as it climbs 6.5 miles when you start in Carmel. This ride will feature stunning views of the Pacific Ocean rolling into the steep cliffs of the California Coast. Big Sur trail goes as far as 100 miles for more experienced cyclists, but shorter options are available. Sandwiched between Sacramento and Los Angeles, the comfortable California climate will make for a nice ride year round.
Shark Valley Trail - Everglades National Park, Florida
This 15 mile trail is perfect for beginners with minimal elevation climb. In your ride through the Everglades you will see some of the best wildlife the U.S. has to offer; don't be surprised if you have to pedal around an alligator basking in the sun on the trail. The South Florida climate can be hot and humid so if you want to go in the summer months be sure to dress accordingly and bring plenty of water.
Going-to-the-Sun is a very fitting name for this trail as it climbs more than 6,000 feet above sea level. This trail climbs approximately 3,000 feet in the final 10 miles of this ride so it isn't ideal for new cyclists. Spring and summer are the best times to ride this mountainous trail, but consider making the trip in spring when only hikers and bikers are allowed on the trail.
Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
This 26 mile trail follows the Lehigh River and will take you to the artsy downtown area of Jim Thorpe, PA. This trail is relatively flat, making it great for beginners. You can ride this trail in all seasons except winter, but consider visiting the national park in the fall to take in the dark red hues as the leaves change.
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