Traveling with a bike can be one of the best ways to experience a new destination. Rather than focusing primarily on traffic, cyclists can often find less hectic routes that offer more direct experiences of unique urban environments located across the continental United States. The right bike can make touring any of these eight bike-friendly cities more fun, especially if you ride an e-bike or electric tricycle for adults that has options for powered pedal assistance or riding with full throttle electric power.
Edgy San Francisco, California
The City by the Bay is one of the most scenic cycling destinations. From breathtaking views of the ocean and Golden Gate Bridge to interesting stops along the way, riding in hilly San Francisco is a good opportunity to ride a multi-speed manual or electric bike.
Historic Boston, Massachusetts
Take in the history of Boston by riding a bike. Ride a 4.5-mile loop around the 150-year-old Arnold Arboretum or recreate Paul Revere’s midnight ride through Lexington and Arlington on the Minuteman Bikeway.
Hip Portland, Oregon
If you want to experience riding in a city with the most cyclists per capita, pack your bike or look for womens electric bikes for sale in Portland. Navigate the city on bike paths or head for Forest Park, which is the largest urban preserve in the U.S.
Scenic Seattle, Washington
Combine city trails, beach, forest and mountain terrain in a single cycling trip to Seattle. Visit Pike Place Market and take in views of the Olympic Mountains on the 3.4-mile Elliott Bay Trail. The Burke-Gilman Trail is a relatively busy 18-mile route to or from Golden Gardens Park.
Beautiful Boulder, Colorado
Get great views of the foothills of the Rockies west of Boulder on the intermediate-to-advanced 7.9-mile Walker Ranch and scenic 5.2-mile Meyers Homestead trails. Boulder is an ideal destination to ride pedal forward bikes for more leg extension and stability.
Seaside San Diego, California
Experience the essence of summer by biking along the 70 miles of coastal San Diego. Some of the best routes to ride include the 9-mile Bayshore Bikeway from Coronado Ferry Landing to Imperial Beach and coastal rail trails in Carlsbad and Solana Beach.
Impressive Chicago, Illinois
Look out over Lake Michigan from the 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail and take in skyline views on the south shore trail. The North Branch Trail runs 16 miles from Gompers Park to the Skokie Lagoons and Chicago Botanic Garden.
Bike-Friendly Tucson, Arizona
Summer in Arizona is undeniably hot, but the fact that Tucson has more bicycle infrastructure than any other city in the U.S. can make a trip to this cool city worth your while. Explore over 700 miles of designated bikeways in the city or the surrounding mountain bike trails.
Be sure to look up the regional climate before selecting a summer cycling destination. The temperature and weather in your destination can determine the best type of bike to ride and gear to pack. With a little advance planning, you can have memorable experiences biking anywhere.