For some people, vacation is often about relaxing and not engaging in too many activities. However, getting on a bicycle early in the day during your vacation can help you to feel more calm in both your body and mind. While getting some endorphins flowing, you will be able to better appreciate the scenery of the area you are visiting. We have compiled a list of some of the best places to take a cycling trip.
There are many reasons to visit the beautiful landscapes in the province of Quebec, such as the opportunity for some top-tier biking. We suggest catching the ferry to Orleans Island for at least a day to cycle its entirety. Relatively flat with a few gentle, rolling hills, this terrain is perfect for all levels of cyclers. The island is dotted with charming little villages and traditional architecture. The St. Lawrence River is almost always in sight as well as many fruit stands selling other homemade goods. We also recommend that you not leave the island without tasting some hand-dipped ice cream from the renowned Chocolatier in St. Petronille. Not long from central Quebec City is a superb bike path called the Parcours des Anses. You can take this well-marked path all the way to Montmorency falls which is an impressive and breathtaking waterfall. You can admire it from afar or pay to climb up and stand on the bridge that lies across it at the top. Quebec is also known for many other bike routes that are a part of its Route Verte cycling iternairty of more than 5,300 km.
The Dordogne Valley of France is known for its absolutely unbeatable bike routes. Along the way you will experience enchanting old villages, and amazing views of the landscape and its castles. You can also choose your routes based on the type of terrain you would like to have. There are some areas that are more hilly while others are flatter. We recommend choosing a route that takes you through Biron so that you can visit the Biron Chateau. The town of Loubressac is reachable from Rocamadour as well as the Castelnau-Bretenoux Chateau. Loubressac has been considered one of the most beautiful towns in France and thus makes it an ideal place to cycle through. We are sure that picking up some fresh bread and cheese or trying a local bistro will also be a highlight of your ride.
We have added Germany to the list because of the wonderful routes that make up the Romantic Road. The Romantic Road is around 350 km of bike route that takes you through forests through charming Bavarian villages. You will be able to experience the best of southern Germany all from your bicycle which includes well-paved trails that wind through beautiful valleys and wooded areas. A good stop to make sure you hit along the way is Nordlingen, which is known as the largest walled city in Germany and where you can visit Harburg Castle. We also recommend choosing a path that goes through Schwangau. That way, you can ride up to the two stunning castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau that are almost right next to each other.
Mississippi State, United States
Not to be overlooked is the Natchez Trace Parkway which is found in southern Mississippi state. We recommend you start somewhere along the Mississippi River and make your way down to Natchez. However, the route will not be less hilly if you go from south to north. Along the way, you will find old, traditional mansions of the south that are open to the public for touring. Cyclists particularly enjoy the parkway because it is an extremely bicycle-friendly route where cargo trucks and big rigs are not permitted. There are all different types of lodging available along the way. Whether you want to stay in an elegant and luxuriously restored inn, or a bike-only campground, there is something for everyone. Additionally, the Natchez Trace Parkway has been deemed one of the 10 best bike routes in the United States by ESPN.
There are at least 10 to 15 different kinds of bike routes to be tested in Spain. We will list a few that are worth mentioning for those looking for some easier riding. The Vía de la Plata Route is a bike route made up of 26 different towns that cyclists can find online or download to their smartphones. The route starts in Gijón and ends in Seville. Another bike route worth mentioning is along the Castilla Canal. The canal dates back to the 18th century and was used for transportation of grains to the coast of Cantabria. It is a popular choice among cyclists because of the constant low grade in the terrain. Lastly, a longer bike route that you can complete is The Ruta de Don Quijote in Castilla. Though you are not obligated to complete the whopping 2,500 km of the route, it would be a good way to see some national parks and animal reserves.
Our suggestions in Austria will include routes for those seeking extremely easy cycling or for those looking for something a bit more difficult. For the easier routes, we suggest planning a trip that starts at or goes through Wald or Krimml so that you can cycle to the stunning Krimml waterfalls. It is the highest waterfall in Austria and is situated in the High Tauern National Park. After this, you can continue on The Tauern Bike Path which runs through a valley in the Alps, away from all road traffic. The pristine landscapes and charming villages you will see should be enough to win you over. For a hillier terrain requiring some more expertise, we recommend riding through the Danube Valley that is west of Melk. You will also be able to find trails along the Danube River that are worth the venture.