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5 Must-Visit Long Distance Bike Trails

Hiawatha Trail

Hiawatha Trail (photo: Robert Ashworth)

When you were a kid, chances are you experienced the thrill of riding a bicycle with your friends and exploring your neighborhood. 

If not, don’t worry because you can still enjoy the same and greater thrills as an adult.

The world is a big playground, and there are many cycling trails that are suited for different types of bikers.

Aside from offering a breath of fresh air, these trails provide picturesque views that will make your trip worthwhile.

To help you get started, check out this short list of highly recommended trails that you can explore with your road racer.

1. Hiawatha Road, Idaho-Montana

This road was once a railroad in America. But now, it has become a bike trail that is popular because of its unique and vintage vibe.

The road spans across 24 kilometers, and it will take you through seven trestles and 10 tunnels. The longest tunnel stretches up to 2.7 kilometers.

The Hiawatha Road is located on the Bitterroot Mountains. Although it is quite difficult to find because of the surrounding evergreens, visiting that destination is totally worth it.

2. Ocean Road, Australia

This trail offers a dazzling view of Australia’s windy southeastern coast.

A single day may not be enough to explore this place because it stretches up to 243 kilometers.

But if you can’t stay for more than a day, you can just explore the Torquay road which measures 60 kilometers.

In the Ocean Road, you can also explore a rural farmland, cliff tops, and a snake pass on the Lake Connewarre.


Cycling along the Danube Riber, near Vienna (photo: Brian Burger)

3. Danube Cycle Path, Europe

This biking trail follows the Danube River stretches for 2,897 kilometers across the heart of Europe.

Much of the road is flat and well-paved, making it an ideal destination for families who are new to this type of activity.

4. Udaipur City, India

Known as the Venice of India, the splendid city of Udaipur is best explored when you are riding a bike.

While cycling, you can usually pass by herdsmen who are busy tending to their goats or camels. The pavement can be quite narrow, but the city has a rustic and romantic vibe. The place is lined with forts, palaces, and temples.  

5. Route des Grand Crus, France

This biking hotspot in Burgundy, France is lined with rolling hills, forests, wooded roads, and vast vineyards.

Known as the “Road of the Great Wines,” it offers 800 kilometers for bikers to explore. Along the way, you can also indulge yourself in delicious wine and cheese tastings.

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Izy Berry

Tuesday 19th of May 2015

A cycling trip along the sea cost between Rome and Naples is also great option. It's scenic, with all the small villages and beautiful beaches. Don't forget the amazing cuisine and wine.


Sunday 17th of May 2015

I am happy I've been à la route des Grand Crus! 4 more to go :)

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