For those looking to blast their bike-legs across vast landscape of flats, hills, and sometimes gravely terrain, check out some of these top long-distance bike paths in America.
This 400-mile path technically “opened” in 1825, but it didn’t become popular to cyclists until the 1990s. This man-made waterway stretches from Buffalo to Albany with the paths staying on relatively flat terrain. Cyclists pedal back into history alongside this “historical eighth wonder of the world” and have the opportunity to visit vibrant college towns such as Syracuse and Schenectady.
Great Divide Trail
If you’ve got three months of vacation and lots of adrenaline to pump, this 2,493-mile trail is right up your saddle. The trail integrates the best of single-track, mixed gravel, and converted railroad beds. The trail gains more than 200,000 feet of elevation and crosses the Continental Divide more than 50 times and connects from Canada to Mexico.
Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway
When completed, this 110-mile paved pathway will connect Lake Erie to the Ohio River. The path will start in Ashtabula and end on the banks of the Ohio River in East Liverpool. Ohioans and buckeye-lovers can also pedal on the 1,400-mile Buckeye trail, which loops around the state, but not all parts are bike-friendly.
Coeur d’Alenes Trail
This Northern Idaho bike path is relatively flat and ideal for families and novice bikers. With just under 200 miles of trail, the paved pathways meander through meadows and wetlands with the opportunities to spot wildlife such as moose and local birds.
The Denali Highway
Once a supply route for miners during the Alaskan Gold Rush and now a cycling dream-route, The Denali Highway serves as the perfect pathway for cyclists looking to explore Alaska on two wheels. The 133-mile route runs from Paxson and Cantwell and is mainly gravel. There are plenty of camping, hiking and kayaking opportunities along the way. While technically open to vehicular traffic from Mid-May to October, you are unlikely to encounter any traffic whatsoever on this poorly maintained road.
Utah Cliffs Loop
Explore “Color Country,” Utah as you pedal along 287 miles of trail starting and ending in St. George. Cyclists ride alongside subalpine forests, red sandstone cliffs and famous landmarks such as Zion and Snow Canyon National Park. Elevation ranges between 2,500 to 10,000 feet above sea level.
This 530-mile trail connects St. Augustine to Key West, Florida. It is most ideal to cycle December to March to beat the hot, humid and hurricane weather. The path includes a combination of cycling road lanes, sidewalks and bike-only paths. The terrain features a combination of flat and rolling hills. The path rolls through the rural lands with the possibility of spotting a roadside alligator.