Look for ways to commute around the city. Lots of U.S. metropolises are making that easier—think bike lanes protected by concrete barriers and miles of off-street pathways in cities like Seattle and Minneapolis. Whether you drive or fly into town, make your home base a hotel with easy access to public transportation. Then check out the city’s bike-sharing program; most have kiosks near public transport. Or look for bike riding tour operators who’ll take you for a guided trek or rent you a bike for on-your-own explorations.
If you’re an easy rider …
You’re a world traveler who likes to stay active on vacation—but you also love relaxing in comfy hotels at night and having a local guide show you the sights.
That’s the beauty of a land tour or cruise that focuses on bike riding. Cycling excursions on European river cruises, for example, let you pedal past medieval castles or lush vineyards. On a guided bike tour, your itinerary could take you to the cobbled streets of Charleston, South Carolina, to Italy’s Tuscan coast or beyond. Tip: If you haven’t ridden in a while, take a few spins around the block at home before your first outing with fellow travelers.