Those who bicycle tend to see destinations in a different a light. Instead of a drive from one place to another where everything just rushes by, you can take the time to notice the little things, like how the sun peaks over the hill creating a picturesque view or how the gentle fragrance of wildflowers carries through the air. Although there are plenty of bike trips and tours worth taking, here are a few must haves for your bucket list.
Carretera Austral, Chile
This bike trip is a 1,000 km (or a little over 621 miles) journey and is mainly unpaved roads. The journey showcases some of Chile’s most stunning scenery, including: lakes, glaciers, and mountains. The trip is a summer route, and is often closed during the off season due to heavy rain and/or snow.
Danube Cycle Path
This path is about 1800 miles long and is separated into four stages – Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary, and Eastern Europe ending at the Black Sea. Each stage gets more difficult as the bike path gets less and less refine. Languages spoken along the route are: Bulgarian, German, Hungarian, Serbian, and Slovak.
Continental Divide, United States
If you’re looking for a bike path that’s true to nature, check out the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. This mountain bike path is broken down into five separate regions and features non-paved roads (dirt roads and mountain passes). Typically, the route takes around 3 months to complete. However, this beautiful scenic route is rich in history and showcases the Continental Divide throughout the entire trip.
Otago Central Rail Trail
This 100 mile trail runs from Clyde to Dunedin, New Zealand. The Otago Central Rail Trail features plenty of stunning mountain backdrops, former gold mining towns, and is open all year round. The trail has no traffic and is all off-road, let you concentrate and enjoy your journey.