Have you had enough of slathering sunblock on yourself at the beach, felt claustrophobic in crowded city centers, or are you tired of standing in line waiting to visit historical landmarks? Why not go on a cycling vacation?
An adventure and a physical challenge, bike-riding is an activity enjoyed by Americans 9 to 90. If you would like to enjoy a bike tour with like-minded individuals, there are several specialized tour companies and bicycle-friendly destinations. Whether you are an avid cycler or just looking for a change of pace, there are many bike vacation options available. A few of the most popular cycling destinations in the United States include:
Palisade, Colorado, is a favorite destination for wine enthusiast cyclers. The new Fruit and Wine Byway is a well-marked 25-mile loop where cyclists can enjoy a relaxing ride while admiring the 11,000-foot Grand Mesa and sandstone cliffs. Enjoy fresh fruit, breathtaking views on a weekend getaway, and cycling through Colorado wine country.
Winter Park, Colorado, on the other hand, is an appropriate destination for intermediate off-trail riders who would find pleasure seeing moose and beaver in their natural habitat near St. Louis Creek. If you’re looking for an off-road adventure, find your way to the Creekside Trail.
The small town of Point Reyes, California, is a lesser-known starting point from which a cycler can enjoy stunning scenery while traveling in any direction. Heading north will lead you along the coast at Bodega Bay, head south to explore Bolinas Lagoon and Stinson Beach or travel east to ride through the hills of Marin County.
If you are drawn to the beach, you may also enjoy the Mountain Drive Loop in Santa Barbara, California, where you will find a moderately challenging hilly ride along the 23-mile loop through the hills and along the beachfront.
From Burlington, Vermont, you can see the Adirondack Mountains and visit Lake Champlain, a deep glacial lake with numerous islands. This well-known destination for foodies and cyclists alike provides access to a 1,300-mile network of bike paths known as the Lake Champlain Bikeways system through the Burlington Bike Path, a 7.5-mile paved bike path.
According to travel journalist Irene S. Levine, “Touring by bicycle is easier on aging joints than jogging, lets riders cover greater distances than walking and allows for a more intimate, up-close experience than riding in cars, buses or trains.”
Resident Cyclists at the Admiral at the Lake
If you came to visit the Admiral at the Lake, you might be surprised to find it is a continuing care community. Active in cycling and many other fitness activities, Admiral residents like Phil Procida are predominantly civic-minded, lifelong learners who enjoy a vibrant Chicago lifestyle and the unmatched benefits of this upscale senior living community. If you would like to know more about the numerous benefits enjoyed by residents of The Admiral at the Lakes, call 773.433.1801 or click here to get your free information kit.