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Take Your Workout on the Road with These Great Cycling Vacations
If being outdoors and staying active are must-haves on your vacation list, these biking trips are exactly what you’re looking for.
Wellness vacations have officially been a thing for several years now: Finding ways to de-stress, eat well, and work out while in a gorgeous location has major appeal.
Plus, this time of year you’re probably in a gym rut—sick of sweating in a stuffy studio or grinding it out on a spin bike. A cycling vacation is the perfect solution. You’ll cover more ground than exploring by foot, see more sights than you would renting a car and burn so many calories that when you finally rack your bike at the restaurant for dinner, you won’t think twice about seconds.
The cycling vacations below center around fitness, wellness and fun. Make sure you have the right shoes (for biking and exploring by foot) and clothes to keep you cool.
Where: Montana’s Glacier National Park and Flathead Valley
What: Cycle throughout Glacier National Park on a six-day bike tour. Your sweet ride: Newly modeled Trek bicycles such as the Trek Domane SL7 Disc with Di2 electronic shifting or the Verve+ pedal-assist electric bike. The package includes lodging, meals, snacks and drinks, as well as daily route support, social hours, entrance fees to group events, transportation during the tour, Trek Travel gear and more. Prices start at $3,499.
Best for: Regular riders who can bike three to four hours at a relatively strong pace. Not ideal for newbies due to the terrain and distance covered.
Pack it: Throw on your bike shorts and ride with ease.
Where: Los Angeles
What: The concept: Ride to taco house, eat tacos, repeat. For $100, you’ll get a half-day, nine-mile bike tour that tests your quad power and cardio fitness, interspersed with some of the best Mexican food you’ve ever had. The tour starts near Union Station, then goes through Boyle Heights and downtown Los Angeles. Bicycles, helmets, water bottles and (of course) tacos are included in the cost.
Best for: Biking enthusiasts of all ages and levels.
Pack it: You’ll need comfortable cycling shorts and a low-impact bra that provide support without feeling too restrictive.
Where: Sonoma, CA
What: For five days, this self-guided tour winds through a less-trafficked area of California’s wine country. Get ready for steep hill climbs, farm-to-table meals and world-class chardonnay. Depending on the route you choose to follow, you’ll cover up to 275 miles. Lodging, luggage transfers, in-person orientation and on-route phone support is included. Starts at $930.
Best for: Riders with some experience. Hilly terrain is not best for beginners.
Pack it: Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated—you’ll need it when tackling those hills. Add an electrolyte tablet for an extra boost.
Where: New England
What: Explore historic harbors and quaint country towns on this six-day bike cruise through Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Conanicut Island and more. You’ll visit Gilded Age mansions, shop at luxe boutiques and absorb the pastoral landscapes of Cape Cod. Prices, including food and lodging, begin at $3,045.
Best for: This easy ride is suitable for beginners and enjoyable for all levels.
Pack it: Strap on your favorite backpack for shopping excursions—it’s easy to buy and stash your souvenirs until you bike back to the hotel.
What: Cycle and sail over eight days along the insanely beautiful Dalmatian Coast, where steep hills give way to breathtaking views. Unwind at night aboard a luxury yacht equipped with a sauna and Jacuzzi. It’s pricy, starting at $11,995, but it’s a trip of a lifetime.
Best for: Experienced cyclists.
Pack it: Don’t leave home without a bathing suit and robe to soak in that Jacuzzi.
What: Cycle along scenic paths and quiet roads. This easy tour lets you take in Italy’s rich architecture, mountainous scenery, vineyard experiences, therapeutic thermal springs, and waterside palaces in places like Verona, Padua and Venice. Prices start at $710 for seven days, airfare and bike not included.
Best for: Anyone. It is an easy ride focused on leisure.
Pack it: Temps can fluctuate depending on time of day and time of year, so be sure to dress in layers.
What: This guided tour includes both bike and boat to experience all Greece has to offer, where you will visit the islands of the Ionian Sea and cycle through various parts of mainland Greece. The trip is eight days, and the prices start at $1,660 dollars.
Best for: Advanced riders. Prepare for up to 31 miles daily through hilly and mountainous, steep areas.
Pack it: Bring your helmet, again, as you’ll need to rent one and availability is limited.
If you love the active wellness experience, check out another popular trend—yoga retreats—for your next vacation.