18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

By Attila Nagy on at

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.

18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

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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18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

Biking in the coastal towns of Croatia, for example in Dubrovnik, is a pleasant way to explore the Adriatic country.
Photo: Filip Horvat/AP


18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

Coastal Croatia has beautiful bays and friendly hills.
Photo: Jason Rogers


18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

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.
Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images


18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

Rent a bike and take a ride in the Ayutthaya historical park when you visit Thailand.
Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

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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18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

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18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

Biking in Havana, Cuba—among those ancient American cars—is another a memorable experience.
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18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

Easter Island is small enough that you can bike around comfortably to meet—in person!—all the mysterious mo'ai.
Photo: Karen Corby


18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

Stonehenge. Get a bike and visit Britain's most famous prehistoric monument.
Photo: English Heritage


18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

You can admire this amazing view while riding down the 401 trail in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Photo: Pierce Martin


18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

From the top of Mariette Peak in the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a wonderful sight.
Photo: Brian Holsclaw


18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

Photo: Anthony Tong Lee

18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

You can easily visit the temples and pagodas of Bagan, Myanmar, by bike.
Photo: imke.stahlmann


18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

If you're a dedicated mountain biker, the Incan ruins of Peru are waiting for you.
Photo: philipdixon


18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

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18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, located in Bolivia, is ideal for those cyclists among us who hate mountains... And clothes.
Photo: Revolution_Ferg


18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

Bikers on the frozen Portage Lake, Alaska. Because biking on ice is fun, especially amid such amazing wintertime scenery.
Photo: Frank Kovalchek


18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

This seems like cyclist nirvana: pedalling slowly across the Atacama Plateau in Chile.
Photo: ix4svs


18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

Visiting all the castles by bike in the Loire Valley in France is probably on the bucket list of many.
Photo: Frédérique Voisin-Demery


18 Amazing Places You Should Ride Your Bike Before You Die

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!
Photo: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images


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