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 Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce
Quiet, rustic, and always green, the San Juan Islands north of Seattle encapsulate the Pacific Northwest’s gently rugged natural beauty. A leisurely ride around Lopez, the flattest of the San Juans, often yields wildlife sightings. Circling counterclockwise— staying on the shore side of the road—provides the best views. A full circuit clocks in at about 33.5 miles, depending on detours to shops, restaurants, parks, and beaches; 888/468-3701 or guidetosanjuans.com.