Cycling can be an ideal way to get fit, save money and embrace the great outdoors, but there’s only so much of the same old scenery a cyclist can take. However, there are a number of destinations that offer cyclists a little inspiration when planning their next adventure in the great outdoors.
There are a number of destinations that offer cyclists a chance to navigate dirt tracks, mountains and woodland areas while absorbing the inspiring surroundings.
Pacific Coast, United States
Although a little out of the way for some, the Pacific Coast Highway offers cyclists a scenic route that celebrates what nature has to offer. Cyclists will be treated to beautiful ocean views and woodland areas, as well as having the opportunity to travel through iconic cities likes San Francisco. The Pacific Coast Highway is a tour that should be on every cyclist’s bucket list.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa
Many people enjoy mountain climbing, but there is an alternative to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and that’s the enjoying Africa’s tallest mountain from behind the handlebars. Ideal for those looking for a more adrenaline-fueled tour, cyclists will be treated to uneven paths, rocky roads and a dusty atmosphere, Cyclists can expect to encounter the local wildlife, as well as the local culture.
Image by Kilimanjaro Climbing Company
The Silk Road & the Pamir Highway
Those with a real craving for adventure could do worse than to take a trip along the Silk Road trade route. Cyclists will travel through Turkey and Iran, before taking on Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway. Obtaining visas for the trip can be somewhat tricky, and a little expensive, but can be a worthwhile investment for those looking for something a little different.
Cycling in Southeast Asia is a somewhat simple affair, which is why it’s become one of the trending destinations for cyclists. As well as it breath-taking views and cool air, Southeast Asia is also easy on the pocket. Hotels are reasonably priced, as is the food. So all that’s left for you to worry about is what route you will take to fully embrace what Southeast Asia has to offer.
Like Southeast Asia, Morocco is a country that’s great for less-seasoned cyclists looking to spread their wings. Although Morocco is instilling a more tourist-friendly environment, there are still plenty of cycling routes that will see cyclists introduced to locations such as the Draa Valley and the Sahara desert. Cyclists particularly enjoy the thrills that riding downhill on a mountain has to offer.
There are only a selection of what the world has to offer the cyclist of today. Although there can be some travel involved, the trip is often worth it, as it offers the more-seasoned cyclist a break from the old routine.
It’s always advisable to carry out research before commencing any cycling trip away from home, but it’s worth it in the long run as cyclists will be introduced to sights and cultures from around the world, as well as creating some truly memorable experiences.