California is known for its scenic routes whether by train, car or bike. The nice thing about a bicycle tour is you’ll take in more of this fantastical scenery along the way.
Since you might just pack the bike on your car to hit some of these trails, you can make this journey extra cool by staying at these retro motels along the way.
California isn’t called the Golden State for no reason, and with endless bike paths along the pristine coast, there’s nothing like taking in a beautiful golden sunset with the fresh ocean breeze and the occasional call of a seagull reminding you your in heaven… or that he just wants one of your french fries.
Seagulls LOVE french fries. They are notorious for stealing them from you and much easier to catch than fish, so watch out!
Midway up the coast is the Port of Los Angeles where you’ll find a great starting point in the seaside town of San Pedro.
There are miles of coastline bike paths heading north along the winding cliffs towards Rancho Palos Verdes.
Needless to say, the ocean views across the Pacific looking at Catalina Island are incredibly picturesque.
If you just want to bike around town and eat and drink along the way, here’s a fun a little bicycle tour we found around the marina.
Depending on whether you’re doing your bicycle tour along the boardwalk or pedaling along a bike path, “cruising” seems to be the key here as you want to take in the sites and remind yourself you’re not in a race. If you want to keep it classy, we love the Destiny Woman’s Cruiser by Schwinn.
The Schwinn Destiny Women’s Cruiser Bike is the bomb, nostalgic in style and this cruiser has summertime fun written all over it. Now you’re cruising jetsetty style!
This is an easy one in so many ways. 12 miles of flat riding along Mission Bay in pretty much perfect weather year-round.
Here’s a list of lots more great biking in the San Diego area.
Biking along the blissful paths of Mission Bay, San Diego, CA
Ventura has established miles of on- and off-street bicycle paths that stretch along the coastline for bicyclists, runners, and joggers as part of the Pacific Coast Bike Trail.
You’re right next to the sea and it’s easy to get splashed in the face with the sea mist when the waves are in a mood. Needless to say, if you’re any closer to the water then you’re probably swimming, not biking.
The Coastside Trail is truly a destination trail. It offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, access to several beaches and excellent nature viewing. This is along one of those sleepy little beach towns so a good spot to enjoy a very mellow ride. Rumor has it this is about a 10-mile trek.
Like bird watching from your bike? Then this is paradise. Bird watching is popular with Red-tailed hawks, blue herons and red-winged blackbirds.
This trail runs from Golden Gardens Park on Puget Sound, through Ballard, Fremont, the University of Washington, around the western side of Lake Washington and joins the Sammamish River Trail.
The total distance is approximately 20 miles.
The Burke-Gilman Trail is a paved, off-road facility over its entire length with the exception of an on-road segment in Ballard.
This is pretty much an easy bicycle tour and a great way to take in a historic railroad route near the Lake Washington Ship Canal and north along Lake Washington to the Sammamish River.