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6 of the Best Biking Destinations on the Planet

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Chris Osburn
Written by Chris Osburn

The cool thing about biking is that riders get to challenge their minds and bodies, while checking out some of the world’s most beautiful places!

Let’s take a ride through our top 6 best biking destinations on the planet.

1.) British Columbia

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Thick with mountain rainforests and boasting a drop dead gorgeous coastline, British Columbia is home to world class biking hot spots such as Silver Star Mountain Resort, and Whistler, outdoorsy towns like Vancouver, and plenty of trails for all levels of proficiency.

You can choose if you really want to rough it and get away from it all, or just take a quick ride, without removing yourself too far from 21st century creature comforts.

2.) Colorado 

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More than a few of America’s top rated mountain biking trails can be found in the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado. From beginner to advanced, there’s a trail for everyone here, with almost all of them guaranteed to feature a stunning panorama.

Bike friendly towns like Crested Butte offer a variety of trails, including loads of downhills, and a bike-centric calendar filled with popular annual events. Don’t miss fun loving Durango—with quick loop trails connecting to town, and the legendary 26-mile back country Hermosa Creek Trail.

3.) France

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It’s not just the Tour de France that keeps the bike wheels spinning in France. The country—especially its Alpine region—is also an ideal European destination for biking. For downhill exhilaration, head to Morzine. For a big mountain experience, there’s Chamonix, located not far from Geneva in neighboring Switzerland. Once ski season’s over, you’ll have the ski lifts all to yourself!

4.) Idaho

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Bike trails in Idaho are some of the best in the country but don’t receive as much press as some of the other states. So for more mountain to yourself and less riding in somebody else’s rut, pedal your way to places like Sun Valley and Boise, to find miles and miles of amazing trails for all levels.

5.) New Zealand

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The North Island town of Rotorua is famed for its lake, its geothermal activity and its 100 thousand plus network of trails in the Whakarewarewa Forest. Some say Rotorua is home to the best trails on the planet.

Much of New Zealand is mountainous and wild, and largely uninhabited, but destinations such as Queenstown, Lake Wanaka, and Hammer Springs are all dreams come true for outdoor lovers, offering miles of great trails, and mind-blowing scenery!

6.) Utah

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Mountain biking enthusiasts know Utah sets the standard for awesome trails. For high altitude biking, Park City at 2100 meter elevation, offers the chance to ride with commanding views and breathtaking vistas, as well as the chance to take your game to the next level with more trails more than 1000 meters higher up!

Moab is another ideal Utah biking hub, with tons of trails for all skill levels, including the world famous and super tough Slickrock Bike Trail—and some of the most epic scenery imaginable for the backdrop to your bike ride.

 

Some Tips Before You Go…

Weigh all your options with respect to traveling with your bike, especially if you’re flying. Got the right bag/case? Did you deflate your tires? Would it be cheaper to ship your bike, or just rent one when you reach your destination?

When considering where to go, the website for the International Mountain Bicycling Association is an amazing resource. In particular, the IMBA’s Ride Center designation, representing its Model Trail recognition for large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider, is ace for researching the best places to ride and what sort of conditions, services and trails to expect.

So what are you waiting for? Time to get on your bike!

Let us know if you’ve ever pedaled around anywhere exotic or exciting on vacation, in the comments section below.

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Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn is a freelance writer, photographer, consultant, and curator and the driving force behind the long running and award winning blog, tikichris.com. Originally from the American Deep South, Chris has lived and worked all over the world and has called London home since 2001.

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