2011 10 Best Places to Ride a Bike

The search for the Fountain of Youth may have turned out a little dry, but we've got a tip that can help you backpedal a bit. The key to that young, fit, healthy feeling all lies in an activity we've been doing since we were kids: biking. It helps that cycling is all the rage right now. With the trend towards greener living in full swing, people are busting out their old bikes or picking out new bikes and using them for a more environmentally friendly ride "“ not to mention a cheaper one. And bicycles certainly aren't bad on the waistline. The health benefits are numerous and undeniable, and biking lets you look cool and feel good while doing it. Not bad, huh? So there's why you bike. Ready for the where? Great, 'cause we've compiled a list of some of the best places to ride a bike around the country, ranging from a cool cruise through the woods of North Carolina to the rocky terrain of New Mexico. Enjoy the ride!

Ranking Criteria
Well maintained trail
Offers variety of scenery
Bike-friendly city
Presence of bike clubs
Popular with riders
  • 10

    Kankakee , IL

    Population: 26,821

    Try a little multitasking at the Kankakee River Trail in Kankakee, IL, where you'll get the feeling you're biking three trails in one. You get the scenic views of the river, the impressive bluffs over Rock Creek and the lone ruin of what once was the town of Altorff Mills.

    Distance: 10.5 miles

    Difficulty: Great stretches for beginners

    Don't Miss: What's leftover from the town of Altorff Mills

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