Top 5 cycling destinations on the West Coast, USA

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You know we love a countdown & figure it’s only fair that we share our top picks for your next adventure on the West Coast, with having an office in Portland Oregon & all 🙂

5. Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

2,500 feet of climbing… are you ready? It doesn’t matter if you’re rolling on a road or mountain bike, want something challenging or relaxing; Red Rock Canyon has something for everyone!

With it’s unique, untouched landscape & terrain it’s a world away from the Las Vegas strip just a short 17 miles away. Bike Blast Las Vegas have everything you need for guided tours & bike rentals! Be sure to check them out here

Red Rock Canyon, Nevada via alansnel.blogspot.com

Image via alansnel.blogspot.com

4. Crater Lake Loop, Oregon

One of the deepest & most picturesque lakes in the US and you can cycle the whole way around it! Be warned the rim ride is not for the faint hearted with steep hills and high elevations right the way round.

If you’re looking for something more relaxing you’ll be pleased to hear there are a number of less intense road & mountain trials on offer! The insiders guide to Crater Lake’s Backyard has you covered here

Crater Lake Loop, Oregon via craterlakecentury.com

Image via craterlakecentury.com

3. San Juan Islands, Washington

Winding roads through farmland fields & lush forests… oh that sounds terrible right? 😉 Ferry hop your way through the islands, with over 170 to choose from (the main ones being Lopez, Orcas & San Juan) and get a first hand experience of what this magical place has to offer.

Hot tip- be sure to check out Emerald Isle! If all this amazingness hasn’t sold you then have a read of the BBC’s encounter  hereLifecycle Adventures offer custom itineraries for your adventure, check it out here

San Juan Islands, Washington via travelwizard.com

Image via travelwizard.com

2. Mt Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona

With hundreds of trials, copious amounts of sunshine and wide-open desert vistas; it’s no wonder Tucson is one of the top cycling destinations in the country.

There is plenty on offer for both road & mountain riders ranging from beginners to pro’s but with it’s continuous incline Mt Lemmon will make you work for it! Reward yourself with a speedy decent down the mountain (be careful on those sharp corners) and get yourself a tasty In-N-Out burger in town for a job well done 😉

For all the dets, be sure to check out Visit Tucson here

Mt Lemmon Tucson, Arizona via arizonabikerides.com

Image via arizonabikerides.com

1. Big Sur – Carmel to Cambria, California

It’s one of the classic bicycle adventures in the world so it’s no wonder it’s taking our top spot! Watch the waves roll in from the cliff face as you ride through the rugged & wild terrain, it’s simply breathtaking.

With continuous inclines & descents this one is for the more experienced. California bicycle tour have some great guided or self guided tour information here

Big Sur California, via pausethemoment.com

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