Whether you love cycling as a hobby and a way to release stress or you take it very seriously, there are some wonderful travel destinations that you might want to consider visiting in 2020. These are destinations where you can focus on safety and reducing the risk of a potential cycling accident, and also enjoy stunning scenery along the way.
Palisade is located on the Western Slope of Colorado. It’s known for being a place where peaches are grown, and there’s a burgeoning wine scene too.
The small town of Palisade hosts something called the Fruit and Wine Byway. It’s a 25-mile loop that’s set beneath Grand Mesa and sandstone cliffs. You can take backcountry roads to more than 50 vineyards, fruit stands, farms, and orchards.
It’s difficult to think of much that can compete with the breathtaking scenery of Galway, Ireland. Cycling is the perfect way to see this bit of the country, and if you don’t bring a bike with you, there are a lot of places to rent them along the way.
Galway has a network of rural roads, and there are guided cycling tours and mountain biking available too.
If you take a guided tour, these usually last for a week or more and take you along the rugged areas of Western Ireland.
Corsica is set along the Mediterranean, and the diversity of the geographical landscapes makes it a biker’s paradise.
You’ll find sparkling bays, beautiful beaches, and coastal cities, hilltop villages, and dense forests.
It’s not just cycling that brings people to Corsica. It’s an adventurer’s paradise with snorkeling, sunbathing, hiking, and more.
If you take a guided cycling tour of Corsica, you’ll be going through old villages, taking in mountain views and riding along the sea.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe is known for its art scene and classic southwestern vistas. There are many different routes you could take on a cycling trip to the city.
For example, one option is Hyde Park Road, which starts at Old Fort Marcy Park, north of downtown. This takes you to the foothills of Sangre de Cristos and from there you can climb.
Another option is Dale Ball Trails, which is a 22-mile system that’s just a few minutes from the historic plaza in the center of town. This route goes from St. John’s College in southeast Santa Fe to the Sierra del Norte Trailhead.
The Jemez Mountains have a road that cuts across them, and you’ll see a volcanic crater that’s more than a million years old and diverse terrain.
Costa Brava runs from Barcelona to the border of Spain and France. Costa Brava means rugged coast, and of the three coasts of Spain where people commonly take their holidays, it’s often considered the most beautiful.
It’s a region of Catalonia with hiking, seaside towns, great restaurants, diving and, of course, cycling.
On the hills, you have views of the bay and the turquoise water and there are medieval villages to pique your interest too.
The Tuscany region of Italy is often number one on cyclists’ travel bucket lists.
There are so many routes to choose from that the most challenging thing about a trip to Tuscany is narrowing it down.
Florence can be a good starting point, so you can enjoy Renaissance history.
Eroica crosses the Chianti, the Crete Senesi, and the Val d’Orcia.
Point Reyes, California
Point Reyes National Seashore is around an hour north of San Francisco on Highway 1.
Point Reyes can look a lot like Ireland if you’ve ever been, and it’s very untouched and unspoiled.
One route starts at Inverness, and there’s a stretch near what’s called Chicken Ranch Beach where you can start.
You can also start at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.
If you plan a cycling trip to Point Reyes, you have to cognizant of the weather because it can often be foggy and overcast in the area.
Fredericksburg, Texas, is in the Hill Country, about an hour from both Austin and San Antonio. Along with cycling, there are antique shops to visit, spas and also many wineries and breweries.
Cyclists head to the back roads of Gillespie County and if you’re a mountain biker, you might like Hill Country State Natural Area.
On the weekends, there’s a lot of live music at the many biergartens and other venues in Fredericksburg, and there are also planned rides, tours, and races throughout the year.