Fall weather brings many opportunities for getting out on a bike - the cooler daytime temperatures, the colorful foliage, the still warm-enough nights for riding until dusk. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the fall season and enjoy a cycling adventure before the onset of winter.
And we don't just mean through the dusty, winding countryside. Bicycle riding has become a major form of transportation for millions of people worldwide. You can seek out a beautiful fall bike ride on a trip to even the busiest cities - especially as the environmentally-friendly trend of bike-sharing programs takes hold across the globe.
Here are a few great biking destinations around the world:
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Get on a bike for incredible views of the lush rainforest that surrounds this soaring volcano and it's neighboring Lake Arenal. You'll find plenty of rental options and routes for every skill level, but no shortage of magnificent natural landscapes, abundant rainforest wildlife, and additional activities like zip lining or relaxing in natural hot springs to make for a full, active day.
Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, Utah
The challenge of this spectacular mountain bike ride will be greatly rewarded by the stunning landscapes found in these Southern Utah natural wonders. As you pedal the loop, take in breathtaking canyons and colorful rock formations with stops at the awe-inspiring Cedar Breaks National Monument and scenic Angels Landing.
Loire Valley, France
Casually pedal through the breezy French countryside known for its invigorating natural beauty and elegance. Multiple route options will take you by storied châteauxs, fairytale castles, fertile vineyards, and charming villages.
The Lakefront, Chicago
If you're exploring Chicago, check out the city's new bike-sharing program, Divvy - you can rent a pair of wheels at hundreds of locations across the city for an affordable price. Ride the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan and take breaks to relax on one of the city's many beaches, explore the Lincoln Park Zoo (it's free!), or enjoy the changing leaves in any one of the abundant lakeside parks.
Bayshore Bikeway, San Diego
While the fall weather may not be as cool and crisp here as other destinations, take advantage of the trails without the summertime tourist peak. Take this palm tree-lined recreational route for great views of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay, and city skyline. Stops along your way include chic cafes and public parks.
Did you know Paris is home to the world's largest bike share program? Take advantage of the program and discover the city or surrounding, less-populated areas by bike, or take a route to see the leaves change along the Seine. If you're looking to fit into Paris' style culture, consider renting from Vintage Cycles for hipster-approved vintage, cruiser, and fixed gear bikes.