Lady Bird Lake in Austin

The greatest attraction Austin has to offer is the stretch of the Colorado River called Lady Bird Lake, where by taking just a few steps you can go from bustling, urban downtown to an alternative world that’s peaceful, beautiful, and natural. You can also find hike-and-bike trails that are some of the best urban trails in the country, plus crewing, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle-boarding.

A cyclist on the last leg of the 2007 Ironman in Kona.

Hiking and Biking in Kona

Hiking and biking in Kona are two vastly different experiences. There are a lot of moderate trails that are almost always the means to getting to some awesome beach, but as home to the famous Ironman World Championship, Kona takes biking seriously.

A pair of cyclists following the Railway Trail in Bermuda.

Exploring Bermuda’s Railway Trail

Stretching the length of the island, the Railway Trail provides a serene 20-mile artery through Bermuda’s parishes, safely away from trafficked thoroughfares. Try two of the best sections on foot or bicycle.

All of the best mountain biking in Moloka‘i is found on the roads of the Moloka‘i Forest Reserve.

Cycling and Mountain Biking on Moloka‘i

ll of the best mountain biking in Moloka‘i is found on the roads of the Moloka‘i Forest Reserve. If you’re looking for a long, moderate ride, the Molokai Forest Reserve Road, also known as Maunahui Road, is 19.6 miles out and back. The views are excellent along the way, especially the lookout spot where the […]

Maui offers downhill rides and single-track trails where even the most hard-core mountain biker can have a good time.

Mountain Biking in Maui

Many people are surprised to learn that on an island best known for its ocean activities there is decent mountain biking. Head to Waiakoa Loop Trail for an easy ride or tack on Skyline Drive’s 3,000-foot climb for a screamer of a descent. If you don’t have a day to devote to a downhill epic, there are a few places to simply work in a few hours on the trails.

Waimea Canyon offers roller coaster foothills for for experienced mountain bikers.

Biking in West Kaua‘i

Starting in the cool mountain air along the rim of Waimea Canyon at around 3,600 feet, this 11-mile ride skirts the rim and then heads down the roller coaster foothills to the coast at Kekaha. Sunrise and sunset group bike tours are offered, but of course you can always take the ride on your own.

You can hike to Ka‘ena Point, the western tip of the island, from the North Shore.

North Shore O‘ahu Hiking, Biking and Bird-Watching

O‘ahu’s north shore has three trails with excellent views that range from moderate to intermediate based on conditions and difficulty, and biking is similar. Bird-watchers aren’t left out with a dedicated 164 acres of prime territory with guided tours available.

The marshy edges of south Sequim Bay in Washington.

The Two-Day Olympic Discovery Trail Bike Trip

Pump up your bicycle tires, fill your water bottle and hitch a ride by ferry to Washington state’s rugged Olympic Peninsula for a two-day journey along the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT), a multi-use route that stretches nearly 130 miles from the eastern Victorian seaport of Port Townsend to the western oceanfront village of La Push.

View of the ocean stretching to the horizon as seen from Diamond Head summit on Oahu.

Hiking, Biking and Bird-Watching in Waikiki

If you know where to go, biking around Waikiki can be a great alternative to searching out parking. There’s also one truly excellent bird-watching spot, and you won’t need a pair of hiking boots during your stay even if you do plan on trekking the two trails on offer.