Tag archives for biking

The greater Williamsburg area is a fantastic place to be outdoors. During my stay I rented a bike, took long walks, sipped wine in a spectacular setting, and boarded a boat for a cruise down the James River. Exploring the land from different perspectives gave me a greater appreciation for the complexities of America in its earliest stages–and the spirited community that occupies the site of its earliest permanent English settlement today.

Many travelers opt for hop-on, hop-off tour buses to get a quick primer on a new place. As silly as it can look, and it does, it’s a useful way to get oriented when you’re visiting a destination for the first time. But there’s an alternative: biking.

L.A. is defined by choked traffic and smog, a car-centric place that inspires a headache in people even before they get behind the wheel, right? That’s exactly why the city decided to show locals and tourists alike that there’s another way to explore the City of Angels.

My kids and I will be retracing the most famous expedition in American history on the Lewis and Clark Trail. It took the intrepid explorers more than a year and a half to cover this distance. We’ll do it in two months. On bikes.

Best Bike Tours for Foodies

What better way to sample the culinary delights of a region than by peddling along its backroads, enjoying the scenery and working up an appetite for the next meal?

Here are ten great itineraries for all you food- and wine-loving cyclists out there.

The Berlin Wall By Bicycle

Berlin’s infamous wall is mostly dismantled, but its ghost still haunts the once divided city.

Supercharged Swiss Wheels

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Apply Swiss ingenuity and an active love of the outdoors to a landscape profuse with mountains, and you get the rechargeable Swiss electric bike.

Trying Out the Finger Lakes

The weekend before Memorial Day, I successfully completed a triathlon that had me swimming, biking, and running in continual succession. Afterwards, my wife and two sons greeting me with enthusiastic acknowledgement, to which I responded that the whole family was going to do the Finger Lakes triathlon the following weekend. They seemed less than thrilled.…

For seven years, National Geographic has combed the globe to find Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her extraordinary achievement in exploration, conservation, and adventure sports. This year, our Adventure editors, in partnership with Glenfiddich, selected men and women who are pioneering innovation in the world of adventure. Here on Intelligent Travel…

Take in the sights, smells, and sounds of the bustling streets of Beijing the traditional way—by bicycle. The traffic may be wild, but you’ll find plenty of bike lanes, few hills, and sights to see. Here are some bike tips and places to stop in the city. [BBC] Offering the ideal mix of fun activities,…

Eco-Friendly Rio?

Jam-packed highways, crowded favelas [slums], and beaches crammed with tanned bodies– hardly the image of an eco-friendly environment. Ah, but Rio de Janeiro defies all expectations. This chaotic city is brimming with verdant green spaces and networked with myriad pedestrian paths. Jungle Jaunts Just minutes from Rio’s urban sprawl, Leslie, my guide from Crux Ecoaventura,…

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Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime package in the magazine, recently returned from a trip to the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with her teen sons. This is the last of a four-part series. Click to read the first, second, and third posts. A confession: Travel editors don’t always plan…

Last year, Rainer Jenss traveled around the world with his wife and two sons, and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel. This year, he’s back with a new column that focuses on traveling with kids. Ask a typical New Yorker (if there is such a thing) when they last went to the top…

Bike San Diego

In our March 2010 issue, Traveler contributor David Swanson counted San Diego among North America’s top bike-friendly cities. With SoCal as the first stop on my nine-day California road trip, I decided to put San Diego biking to the test. The result: sunburn and a sore behind, but also the discovery that biking is one…

Bamboo Bikes

The world is a blur this month for the swift competitors racing in the Tour de France, and most of them have been pedaling faster than ever since with the introduction of ever-lighter carbon bikes each year. But for biking enthusiasts who crave such top-notch speed and durability, a whole new eco- and budget-friendly option…

Beantown is Greentown

I went to college in Boston, and the city still holds a special place in my heart. From biking along the Charles River to wandering through Beacon Hill, going back always feels a bit like going home. So I was excited to hear that since I’ve left town, the city has been upping its eco-cred.…

Biking (and eating) Providence

Many people visit Providence, Rhode Island, to tour the local colleges or make a pit stop on their way to Boston. But for those who live there, P-town is a diverse, laid-back city full of restaurants with character, Victorian architecture, peaceful hiking trails, and aspiring artists. Plus, it also happens to be an extremely pedestrian-…