Take Your Cycling Hobby Around The World: Most Scenic Cycling Routes To Put On Your Travel Bucketlist
Cycling has become a popular travel and wellness activity. Compared to other forms of exercise, cycling is generally low impact, which means it causes less strain and less injuries, makes for a good muscle workout, increases strength and stamina, and makes for a fun way to stay fit and hang out with friends.
Many cities around the world feature beautiful and scenic cycling routes that could be conquered by both newbie and advanced cyclists. Here are a few cycling routes to get you started. How many of these will you dare to try?
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
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The Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia is one of the most popular travel destinations in the state as it boasts one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. Cycling along The Great Ocean Road will give you breathtaking views of the sea, the iconic collection of limestone stacks called the 12 Apostles, waterfalls, and clear blue skies.
Cycling from Torquay to Allansford via the Great Ocean Road covers more than 227 km of dramatic coastline, perfect for the starter cyclists. Travelers recommend to do the route on a weekday to avoid the cars hitting the road for a weekend trip.
Tauern Bike Path, Austria
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Austria has a number of cycling paths and trails but one of the most scenic routes is the Tauern Bike Path. The route is named after the breathtaking Austrian mountain range and promises an easier route with mostly flat roads.
The Tauern Bike Path starts from the Krimmler Waterfalls, along the rivers Salzach and Saalach to Salzburg, then on to Passau. On the way, there are many scenic stops to take advantage of like the Zell am See-Kaprun region for glaciers that kiss mountains and lakes, and the ice caves near Werfen.
Carretera Austral, Chile
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The Carretera Austral promises one of the most adventurous but beautiful cycling routes, that’s why it’s often taken by cyclists despite its length. The trail goes through partially unpaved roads, rural sights, untouched forest areas, huge beautiful lakes, and rocky mountainscapes—a feast for the eyes, indeed.
Cycling the Carretera Austral can be a bit daunting in the colder months with ice-cold winds reaching 100 km/h so stick to visiting Patagonia from December to February. Bring along a really trusty bike because this trail will punish your bike like no other.
Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, Canada
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The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) is one of the most established and curated trails for cyclists so you won’t have a hard time looking for maps, guidebooks, and stops for this trail. The bike route is a bit tough and can stretch for 4,455.3 km so expect a long biking adventure.
90% of the GDMBR is biked on unpaved trails and will typically take cyclists from six to ten weeks, so it requires a bit of skill to complete. Expect to meet moose and grizzly and black bears along the way.
North Sea Cycle Route, Europe
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For a cross-country cycling commitment, why not try the North Sea Cycle Route that traverses the continent of Europe? The route offers a long 5,942-km route that brings you from England through Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium. In 2003, it was awarded the Guinness world record for being the world’s longest cycle route.
This long-distance cycling route will take you through urban and paved roads to beautiful natural terrains. Weather conditions in the countries can vary but the route is generally easier to take on in the summer.