Slideshow: America's Best Fall Bike Rides

Sept. 9, 2014
Sept. 9, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.
U.S. News & World Report

Slideshow: America's Best Fall Bike Rides

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Whether it's Staunton, Virginia, or Kebler Pass, Colorado, you'll find that America offers some fabulous pockets for leaf peeping in the saddle of a bike. U.S. News consulted leaders of large tour operators and members of local bike clubs to find some of the best cycling trips this fall.  Read More:
America's Best Fall Bike Rides
Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho

The Boise River Greenbelt is a nearly 25-mile-long trail that traces the Boise River and snakes by thickets of cottonwood trees and a handful of leafy parks. It's relatively easy to access as well, since you can leave your car at one of the many nearby parks and hop directly on the trail. Read More:
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Whether it's Staunton, Virginia, or Kebler Pass, Colorado, you'll find that America offers some fabulous pockets for leaf peeping in the saddle of a bike. U.S. News consulted leaders of large tour operators and members of local bike clubs to find some of the best cycling trips this fall.  Read More:
America's Best Fall Bike Rides

Boise, Idaho

The Boise River Greenbelt is a nearly 25-mile-long trail that traces the Boise River and snakes by thickets of cottonwood trees and a handful of leafy parks. It's relatively easy to access as well, since you can leave your car at one of the many nearby parks and hop directly on the trail. Read More:
America's Best Fall Bike Trips

Champlain Valley, Vermont

A tour with VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations through Vermont's beautiful Champlain Valley might have you praising the trees just like the French explorer Samuel de Champlain. Back in the 17th century, Champlain said the valley was "covered with the most beautiful pines that I have ever seen." Read More:
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Black Hills, South Dakota

The aspen and birch trees almost glow when set against the evergreens and blue skies of the Black Hills in South Dakota. For an unbeatable view of this stunning display, take a 12-mile round-trip bike ride from Dalton Lake to the Dalton Plateau.  Read More:
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Asheville, North Carolina

There are a number of mountain biking and road cycling routes that show off Asheville, North Carolina's autumnal charms, but one of the best is a loop that traverses Elk Mountain Scenic Highway, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Town Mountain Road. Read More:
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Kebler Pass, Colorado

Due to the strenuousness of the rides, mountain biking in Colorado is not for everyone. But if you're a skilled biker, there are several awe-inspiring routes near Crested Butte, Colorado, around Kebler Pass.  Read More:
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Staunton, Virginia

During Staunton, Virginia's Fall Foliage Bike Festival in October, you can choose from an array of routes that range from just a handful of miles to 100. Although some of the routes — like the ones dubbed family-friendly — are easy, all of the routes feature some hilly portions. To participate, there is an $85 registration fee.  Read More:
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The 25-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail, which winds through several towns including Wellfleet, is a great setting for a fall bike ride. Its fairly flat, paved surface offers an easy ride, so instead of grueling hills or sharp turns, you can concentrate on the splendor of the season.  Find out more about:
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