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West Coast Cycling Bucket List

by Geraldine Orentas

Across the United States, you will see the beautiful scenery that’s worth a bike ride. The West Coast might be the best one for sightseeing. One day you might be watching sea lions in San Francisco while the waves are crashing. Another one, you are exploring a desert in southeastern California. Or, maybe you’re taking it up a notch and cycling through the Santa Barbara Mountains. No matter where you go, here is our top picks on the best places you can check off your bucket list while cycling on the West Coast.

1. Santa Monica Mountains

Los Angeles and its history with filmography might be overwhelming sometimes. The crowds and tourists can be too much to handle. But just a little north of this city, you will find Santa Monica. 

A ride through the Santa Monica mountains gives you endless ocean views on one side and fresh mountain peaks on the other. With countless cycling routes and perfect-weather year-round, this is a must-have spot on your cycling bucket list. While you’re there, make time to ride between Latigo, Mulholland, and Rocky Store for a bit of challenge. 

2. Santa Barbara Mountains

A bit repetitive, but if you’re around this area, you have to hit the beautiful roads of Santa Barbara. A little warning though: these mountains aren’t for the faint of heart. You’ll be testing yourself with one of the most challenging climbs in the country: Gibraltar. Many riders attempt the whole climb but don’t make it. Don’t worry; the descent through the East Mountain is still 100% worth it. 

3. The Inland Empire

Here you will find two vast and beautiful mountains: Big Bear and Mount Palomar. There’s a bit of everything for the avid cyclist. If you want to challenge yourself, you’ll be riding on the same mountain the Tour of California takes place in. But, if you’re just getting started or training for your next mountain, this spot will push your limits. 

4. The Farmland Delight

Let’s move a bit north and head to Washington state. Hit the road through the Farmland Delight and see colorful fields, feel the wind dancing with the rivers, and explore the signs of one of Washington’s most beautiful agricultural areas. Here you’ll find mile-long trails ready for you to explore. There’s plenty of fields for hops, strolls, and canyon rides. The best part is that you’ll get a completely different experience depending on the season you visit.

5. Platte River Trail

Last but not least, we have to mention this trail in Colorado. Imagine riding with the Rockies as your backdrop. The Platte River Trail is about 30 miles long, and it connects with five other trails for a unique experience you’ll never forget. Tucked between cafes, botanical gardens, and beautiful parks, here’s a trail the whole family can enjoy.

6. Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic American landmark in San Francisco, California. You’ll want to spend time biking across this beautiful bridge and taking photos of the gorgeous scenery on your way to Sausalito. Unlimited Biking offers guided bike tours of the Golden Gate Bridge! Give us a call at 212-749-4444 or send an email to [email protected]

Geraldine Orentas is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with PAKMULE® hitch rack carriers

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