One of the most rewarding ways to explore a country is to get a bike and ride around for days—or even weeks. By bike, you can explore stunning places that can't be experienced from the seat of a car or a bus. Here is our brief and totally incomplete selection of the most wondrous places where you can get by bike.
Since it is impossible to gather and rank all the amazing biking destinations, I kindly ask you to share in the comments your favourite place you've ever ridden.
Riding is fun on this two-year-old bike path near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. And the view is awesome.
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Biking in the coastal towns of Croatia, for example in Dubrovnik, is a pleasant way to explore the Adriatic country.
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Coastal Croatia has beautiful bays and friendly hills.
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Tourists with rented bicycles lay on the grass in front of the Reichstag, the seat of the German Bundestag. Berlin is a bike-friendly city, worth wandering around on bicycle.
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Rent a bike and take a ride in the Ayutthaya historical park when you visit Thailand.
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One of the most overwhelmingly sacred places on Earth is Angkor, Cambodia. And you can spend days among the ruins of the ancient Khmer temples by riding a cheap rented bike.
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Biking in Havana, Cuba—among those ancient American cars—is another a memorable experience.
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Easter Island is small enough that you can bike around comfortably to meet—in person!—all the mysterious mo'ai.
Photo: Karen Corby
Stonehenge. Get a bike and visit Britain's most famous prehistoric monument.
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You can admire this amazing view while riding down the 401 trail in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Photo: Pierce Martin
From the top of Mariette Peak in the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a wonderful sight.
Photo: Brian Holsclaw
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You can easily visit the temples and pagodas of Bagan, Myanmar, by bike.
If you're a dedicated mountain biker, the Incan ruins of Peru are waiting for you.
Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, located in Bolivia, is ideal for those cyclists among us who hate mountains... And clothes.
Bikers on the frozen Portage Lake, Alaska. Because biking on ice is fun, especially amid such amazing wintertime scenery.
Photo: Frank Kovalchek
This seems like cyclist nirvana: pedalling slowly across the Atacama Plateau in Chile.
Visiting all the castles by bike in the Loire Valley in France is probably on the bucket list of many.
Photo: Frédérique Voisin-Demery
Bonus pic: Pedalling high above the gorgeous landscape? You can do this on the sky cycle roller coaster at Washuzan Highland Amusement Park in Kurashiki, Japan!
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