Few means of transportation give you as much freedom as a bicycle does: you have all the flexibility of walking but a lot more speed, which means that you don’t have to follow any time tables and specific routes if you don’t want to and you can still move around quite fast – freedom, right?
While you can take your bike pretty much anywhere, it’s a lot more fun to ride around places with amazing views, gorgeous nature, and fascinating sites, so we’ve put together a little list with all our favorite bike-packing destinations for you. Whether you’re looking for nice weather, lots of culture or a real challenge, here’s the place to find your next bike adventure so let’s have a look, shall we?
Pro tip: Make sure to pick the right date to go biking: wintertime or monsoon season will give you a very different experience than the sunshine of summer!
Can you think of a better place for cycling than the innovative, bike-friendly city of Medellín, located in the heart of the beautifully lush hillsides of Colombia? Chances are you can’t because here you have it all: lots of hills of different difficulties, absolutely amazing views and also a strong bike culture, making getting around both in and around Medellín a breeze. And speaking of pleasant weather conditions, the average temperature is around 22 degrees Celcius – all year round. And if cycling uphill isn’t your cup of tea, you can always take a cable car to the top, rent a bike and enjoy going downhill! This really is a bike paradise.
It’s not only the American West that has benefited from the movement of the tectonic plates in terms of gorgeous mountains, but this Canadian province also got its fair share of hills, mountain tops and valleys and if you add a fantastically beautiful – mostly forested – wilderness to the mix (we’re all about the cooking metaphors today!) you get one of the best locations for biking in the world. Here you can find long, short, easy and difficult trails – some of them used to be Native American hunting trails – and the biking capital of the world, Whistler, is only about two hours from Vancouver. It would be foolish not to go, really.
If our last destination was all wild nature and no busy city life, this one is the complete opposite: a paved, well-maintained path through a scenic, coastal park in the middle of Singapore – it’s a crown jewel of luxurious leisure biking and can offer you amazing views of the green, leafy park, white sandy beaches and impressive cityscape – all in one photo! You can stop for a barbecue or a swim whenever you want, and once the cycling is done you can go check out everything Singapore has to offer. Perfect.
We’re not ready to leave Asia quite yet – and why should we be, when there are so many fantastic places to explore? This one is a lovely combo between biking and sightseeing, and you’ll be able to embrace the local culture while you’re working those calves. Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments in the world, and each building of the temple complex has the most amazing, intricate architecture and decorations, and with a bike, you can see more sights in less time – now that’s what I call good math.
Now, this is as idyllic and picturesque as it possibly can get: think the Sound of Music movie, with snowy mountain tops, flowery hillsides, and green valleys with rustic houses scattered all over, and through all of this beauty, bike trails that will look almost too good on your Insta (if that’s even possible). Yes, a visit to the Tirol is like stepping into a postcard, and it doesn’t stop there: here you’ll also find all kinds of routes. You can go up into the mountains, stay by the meadows and water, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or have years of pedaling under your belt – there’s definitely something for everyone here!
If you’re in Austria anyway, why not pop over the border into beautiful Italy, a country where the sport of cycling might not beat football (soccer) in popularity, but is a shared second. Finale Ligure is another one of those places that seem to have it all: old, cozy villages, beaches and fantastic views over the Italian Riviera, and, of course, amazingly fun and challenging single trails. Cycle through dense forests, bushy mountain landscapes, and on winding, flowy roads – and you can pick and choose the difficulty level, too. It’s very easy to see why this is one of the most popular (but somehow not crowded) spots for cycling in the world.
Here’s another strong contender for the best biking trails in the world: Whakarewarewa Forest (or simply the Redwoods) is full of trails, from beginner to extreme, that was made by bikers, for bikers. Ride past majestic redwood trees, lush ferns, and you’ll never have to worry about getting lost or picking the wrong trail because they’re all clearly marked leaving no room for confusion. The easiest trails are rather flat and wide, whereas the expert and extreme ones include steep climbs, large drop-offs and manmade structures and jumps – what they all have in common is the amazing, unique surroundings. Sound pretty good to me!
All these locations seem great, don’t they? Whatever you’re looking for, and whichever time of year you’re planning on going on your bike adventure, you’ll definitely be able to choose a place from this list. If you’ve been already or know of other awesome places, please don’t hesitate to let us know, we love new experiences!