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Best Cycling Trips in U.S. and Canada

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Any physical activity is good for you; running has been particularly popular because of the famed "runner's high." But the state of euphoria that comes with reduced anxiety and a diminished ability to feel pain can be achieved by cycling as well. The sport gets your blood flowing and triggers the release of endorphins.

Hawaii Bike Tour
You can explore Hawaii’s Big Island and its warmth, color and history on a bike. You’ll see what it’s like to ride along gorgeous coastal roads and pedal through plush coffee plantations and immense lava fields. This Bicycle Adventures tour is 7 days during which you’ll circumnavigate the perimeter of the Big Island, visit many of its historic and sacred places, and spend two nights discovering Kilauea’s secrets in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You also get to snorkel and hike. Photo Credit: ShutterstockClick Here to See Best Cycling Trips in U.S. and Canada
Glacier-Banff-Jasper Bike Tour
You will spend 8 days soaking up mighty views of two of Canada’s most spectacular parks and the stunning Glacier National Park in Montana. There won’t be a lot of traffic on the roads, which will make the experience of enjoying clear blue lakes, massive glaciers, breathtaking waterfalls, colorful wildflowers and wildlife even more fun. This tour will also take you to the magnificent Going-to-the-Sun Road and Canada’s equally splendid Icefields Parkway. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Tucson, Arizona
When the weather gets chilly, the best cyclists and triathletes head to Tucson. The Cycling House offers all-inclusive camps full ride support, full-time bike mechanics and freshly prepared meals. Everything is taken care of for you so you can focus only on improving your riding skills, build endurance, and relax and have fun at the same time. They offer several new unique camps for the new season including a ladies only camp, beginner tri-camp, a long distance triathlon camp and an adventure style gravel camp. Photo Credit: ShutterstockClick Here to See Best Cycling Trips in U.S. and Canada
Asheville to Highlands
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic roads in the country and the Southern Appalachians offer some of the most breathtaking views. So why miss the chance to bike from one to another? This 6-day Trek Travel tour in the mountains of western North Carolina you also astonish you with the highest peak east of the Mississippi, ancient rivers and waterfalls. One of the highlights of the trip is on Day 3: “The route begins on the many switchbacks of Town Mountain as you climb out of town and drop onto the Parkway at Craven Gap. From here it's a 13-mile climb on mostly gentle grades, punctuated by panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as you make your way to the Craggy Gardens area.” Asheville is also one of the best trail running towns in the U.S. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Maine Fall Foliage
There is nothing like the awe-inspiring displays of fall foliage in New England. Take the chance to bike tough the High Peaks backcountry during peak foliage season, featuring an optional extension to Richardson Lake and historic Rangeley Lakes camps. Some of the highpoints of the Ciclismo Classico tour are hiking through dense, secluded natural forests, lake and river edges and a guided canoe trip on Flagstaff Lake, view of the Bigelow Mountains. Click Here to See The Best Cycling Trips in U.S. and CanadaPhoto Credit: Shutterstock

The reasons to try biking are endless. The trail is always changing, thus the brain always stays engaged. You'll get to beautiful places much faster than hiking. Riding will open a new world for you, as the bike will take you to (possibly secret) gems a car simply can't. It's also a way to stay active if you've been injured because it's low-impact and works every part of the body.

Also, a study analyzing 10,000 people showed that riding a bicycle for at least 20 miles in a week, diminishes your risk of having coronary heart disease almost by half.

Whether you go on a short or a week-long bike tour in the U.S. or Canada, the trip will be unforgettable. Ride the perimeter of Hawaii's Big Island and visit many of its historic and sacred places; soak up mighty views of two of Canada's most spectacular parks; bike along the most scenic roads in America; and test your limits along the 125 miles of trails that cut through the Coast Mountains.

Most tours include a lot more than riding - you get to kayak, explore unspoiled inlets and rocky coves, snorkel, and hike.

- Hristina Byrnes The Active Times

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