From the simple, sandy shores of Nantucket to the volcanic paths in Maui, these bike trails range from easy to exhilarating, but all reward with sweeping views of the water.
Photo: Courtesy of of Island Beach State Park
Visiting this 10-mile finger of a barrier island between Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean amounts to a trip in a time machine. Decades ago, most of the Jersey Shore looked like this—unspoiled beaches, dunes, wildlife, and not a single high-rise. The 8.1-mile, two-lane road saves a nice reward for the end: views across the inlet of Barnegat Lighthouse, known locally as “Old Barney.” The park shelters a variety of birds, including a colony of ospreys; 732/793-0506 or njparksandforests.org.