Whether you are looking for that long self-reflective type of ride, or that quick fat burn session type of ride; here are some bike path/trail destinations and travel TIPs we feel are a must to experience.
1 | IRON HORSE REGIONAL TRAIL, CONCORD, CA (24.5 miles) Stretching two counties and 12 cities along I-680 (from Concord to Dublin), this trail is the ultimate connector – and a beautiful ride, to boot. With multiple access points to each town's commercial districts, you've got your pick of rest stops for a coffee, bathroom break or bench to kick up your cleats. You can even tee up at the San Ramon Golf Club – the path slices through the green before reaching Dublin.
2 | BAYSHORE BIKEWAY, SAN DIEGO, CA (12.5 miles) Views of the beautiful bay and San Diego skyline makes this palm tree-lined path one of the most memorable in county. The trail ties a handful of communities, including National City, Chula Vista and Coronado, as well as several wildlife preserves. Look up every once in a while to spot birds crossing the Pacific Flyway, a major avian highway that runs from Alaska to Patagonia!
3 | AMERICAN RIVER, SACRAMENTO, CA (32 miles) You'll find plenty of access points, mile-markers, maps, water fountains, and restrooms on this shady two-lane trail, which starts in Discovery Park in Old Sacramento and ends at Folsom Lake. Break for a swim, picnic in the park, or snack at a cute restaurant along the way. Tip: You won't find solitude on this trail, particularly on weekends when walkers, skaters, and equestrians flock here.
4 | SOUTH BAY BICYCLE TRAIL, LOS ANGELES, CA (23 miles) Stretching 23 miles from Pacific Palisades almost to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the trail is a fossil fuel-free way to explore the best of Southern California. The route traverses the full range of beach life, from the eccentric funk of the Venice Boardwalk to the hard-bodied, hard-hitting world of South Bay beach volleyball courts. Tip: If you want to avoid crowds, get out early and finish by 11 ― after that, stretches of trail can bog down as surely as a So Cal freeway.
5 | LOS GATOS CREEK TRAIL, SAN JOSE AREA, CA (8.5 miles) By far the prettiest way to travel from San Jose to Los Gatos is along the Los Gatos Creek Trail. The paved route's 8.5 miles are mostly flat and screened from the South Bay's busy roads by eucalyptus, willows, and the gentle murmurings of the creek. Stop the meander for a picnic, to feed the ducks, or for a paddleboat ride at Vasona Lake County Park.
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