These are the recommended places and experiences provided by Family Travel Association members as an annex to an article about family travel and bicycling. For the introductory post associated with this page, go HERE.
Dan Austin, President, Austin Adventures
1) Mosel Valley, Germany: All time favorite has to be the Mosel Valley in Germany, from Trier to Koblenz, all slightly downhill and all on trails along the Mosel River through villages and hamlets.
2) Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming: At last count, there are 122-plus miles of improved bike trails in and around the park, all in the shadow of the Tetons.
Jim Johnson, President, BikeTours.com
1) Without a doubt, the Danube Bike Path from Passau, Germany, to Vienna, Austria, is both our top recommendation and best seller for families. It’s on a dedicated bicycle path nearly the entire way: smooth asphalt, excellent signage, traffic-free, nearly entirely flat.
The excellent signage also means that families can split up during the ride and meet up for gelato in the next town. It’s hard to get lost!
You can choose almost any daily distance, since there are so many historic towns with overnight lodging along the way. You can also build in rest days. If you get tired along any day’s riding, you can roll your bikes onto a train or riverboat. And the sights along the way appeal to the entire family: castles, vineyards, farms and, of course, the beautiful Danube.
2) and 3) The Mosel Bike Path in Germany and the Lake Constance Bicycle Path, which passes through Germany, Austria and Switzerland, are close seconds and have many of the same qualities of the Danube.
Ashley Svarney, Director, Public Relations & Communications, Discover The Palm Beaches
1) Okeeheelee Park – West Palm Beach, Florida: Anticipate some family-friendly fun when you travel to Okeeheelee Park. With more than 900 acres of land, it is one of the largest parks in The Palm Beaches. You can bike to your heart’s content with miles of bicycle and walking trails. Afterward, go boating, or take an afternoon picnic with the kids.
2) Arthur R. Marshall Wildlife Refuge – Boynton Beach, Florida: Located in the most northern part of the Everglades wetlands, Arthur R. Marshall Wildlife Refuge feels like you’ve stepped straight into the jungle. Encompassing more than 145,000 acres of marshland, this native ecosystem provides refuge to American alligators, endangered snail kites and many species of birds. With such beautiful and serene scenery, it’s easy to see why this is the perfect space to hit the trail and connect with Mother Nature. If it’s your first time visiting, make sure to stop by the visitor center for some interesting exhibits.
3) Juno Dunes Natural Area – Juno Beach, Florida: This diverse coastal scrub environment located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway is home to the largest area of scrub habitat in The Palm Beaches. Adjacent to Loggerhead Park and the beach, you can easily make this an all-day adventure, beginning with a morning hike. Afterward, try a tour of the local sea turtle rehabilitation center (Loggerhead Marinelife Center), and then end the day watching the sunset on the beach.
Liz Schnabolk, Senior Editor, FamilyFun Magazine
1) Williamsburg, Virginia
2) Park City, Utah
3) Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Gina Vercesi, Founder, Kids Unplugged
1) I am a huge fan of converted rail trails for a family bike trip for several reasons. First, because the trails are converted railroad lines, the grade is often mostly flat with a few gradual gains in elevation along the way. Another major perk of pedaling on rail trails is that they are traffic-free, making them accessible to even the youngest riders while giving parents total peace of mind during the trip; not having to worry about your kids navigating the narrow shoulder of a busy road makes for a much more enjoyable trip. Finally, many rail trails are part of local, state or national park systems and the sheer beauty of the surrounding, often protected, landscape makes for a memorable outdoor adventure.
2) For bike trip novices, a day spent pedaling the Island Line trail from Burlington, Vermont, through Lake Champlain is excellent for a trial run before embarking on longer, multi-day trips.
3) For a longer cycling adventure, families should look for trails that offer services like restaurants, bike shops, grocery stores, campgrounds and hotels every few miles. One of the best of these is the Petit Train du Nord in Quebec’s Laurentian region, just north of Montreal. Another is the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath, which runs between Washington, DC, and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
1) Martinhal Sagres in Portugal has all the elements of a great biking holiday. While Northern Europe goes into deep winter, the region enjoys many sunny days and the season can only be described as “autumn going straight into spring”. There are lots of areas in the surrounding natural park for mountain biking, trekking and road biking. Martinhal Bike Station, powered by Algarve-Cycling-Holidays, offers high quality bikes to discover the stunning Martinhal surroundings at one’s own pace.
2) The “Ecovia do Litoral” is one of a series of cycle touring paths throughout Portugal. The Algarve has a west-to-east corridor, from Cape St Vincent (in Sagres) to the Spanish border at Vila Real St. Antonio.
Anna O’Donnell, Public Relations & Earned Media Specialist, Montana Office of Tourism
1) Glacier National Park: Known as the “Crown of the Continent,” Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful locations in the United States to visit. At the beginning of the summer, the Going to the Sun road is open only to bikers. Families can either take rides on the road or take guided tours with Glacier Guides.
2) Helena: National Geographic Magazine recently named Helena one of America’s top 20 mountain bike towns. Montana’s capital is a central location between Yellowstone and Glacier National parks and has a wealth of culture, craft beer and first-class trailheads.
3) Whitefish: The northwest Montanan town of Whitefish is home to a sprawling network of biking and hiking routes. Families can travel to the trail to a number of local landmarks, including Lion Mountain, Beaver Lake and Spencer Mountain. With over 36 miles of groomed trails, bikers of all ages can enjoy a ride through this scenic mountain town.
A spokesperson of I Love NY (New York State Division of Tourism)
1) Along the 567-mile Erie Canal, which celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.
2) The thousands of miles of scenic byways across the state – more than 20 state and national scenic byways.
3) Windham Mountain Bike Park in the Catskills offers a truly unique downhill riding experience, and the longest jump trail on the East Coast.
Amy Whitley, Founder, Pit Stops for Kids
1) We have loved exploring the Willamette Valley and Hood River, Oregon, by bicycle, as this part of the state offers rolling and flat terrain that still has incredible natural features and great stops en route (such as wineries and state parks).
2) We have also loved rail trails in Idaho, Wyoming and South Dakota.
Rafa Mayer, Founder and CEO, Say Hueque
1) We love exploring a new city by bicycle, and Buenos Aires is a perfect example. With its tree-lined streets, dedicated bike lanes, and free bike rentals (thanks to Ecobici), Argentina’s capital city is a very family-friendly and bicycle-friendly destination.
2) Mendoza is also a fantastic option to discover by bike with winding vineyards and the Andes Mountains towering above.
3) Biking is also a popular family activity for those visiting Torres del Paine!
Katlyn Richter, Global Media and Public Relations Director, South Dakota Department of Tourism
The George S. Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota: It offers a unique opportunity for families looking for a biking vacation. Located in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota, this 109-mile trail winds through the forest and through small South Dakota towns. Being part of the rails to trails program, it follows an abandoned railroad bed and climbs gently into jagged cliffs and pine forests. The Mickelson Trail has a crushed limestone surface and wide path. It tops out at 6,100 feet but rarely exceeds a 4-percent grade, making it perfect for ages and abilities. Trestle bridges and railroad tunnels add to the charm of the trail. Start your adventure at any of 15 trailheads. An added bonus of this trail is that there is the easy access to towns you will pass throughout. There are numerous places for families to stop along the trail to enjoy the scenery, towns with great dining opportunities that offer character, and streams that the kids could play in as well if the weather is warm.
Charles R. Scott, The Family Adventure Guy
1) Japan: Hokkaido and the bridges of the Shimanami Kaido
2) Western Europe: the many cycling routes through Germany, France and Italy
3) U.S.: the Erie Canal trail