Happy Valentine's Day! Here is a photo album of 10 romantic biking destinations known for their scenery, abundance of water vistas and most importantly, off road paths that let you hold hands with your honey.
1. Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor, Maine
Just off the coast of Maine lies Acadia National Park, home of several charming small towns, and the carriage road network of off-road trails that were built by the Rockefellers for the purpose of wowing their guests with natural splendor. It still works.
Rentals: Acadia Bike
2. Netherlands' North Sea
The Hague to Dunes
With a stately park serving as your gateway out of the city, the LF1 bike path eventually runs you through the natural area of the dunes along the North Sea. The bike path is first-rate (of course... look where you are), the beach is just over the stairways that traverse the dunes, and plenty of paths cut inland, should you choose to head to a small town for food.
Rentals: Du Noord Bicycles
Lodging: Hotel Restaurant Duinoord
3. Great Allegheny Passage
Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC
Over 340 miles of car free path that takes you gently downhill from urban Pittsburgh, through Pennsylvania's wooded interior to urban Washington D.C. in quiet bliss.
Travel Guide: Bikabout's Guide to the GAP and C&O
5. Twin Cities Greenways
Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN
Former grain mill rail lines that have since been converted to intra-city greenways connect most everything to most everything else here, meaning you can easily bike together to a great meal, a microbrewery, and then home, all with minimal on-street riding.
Travel Guide - Bikabout's Best of Bikeable Minneapolis
6. Canal de l’Ourcq
Beginning in the northeast of Paris, this path follows the Ourcq River for 67 miles out of town, taking you past Paris's industrial and suburban outskirts and into the quiet woods along the canal.
20 miles from Paris to Claye-Souilly
Travel Article - A Soft-Pedaled Escape from Paris
Rentals: Paris a Velo C'est Sympa
Return train station to Paris: Villeparisis
7. Sparta-Elroy Trail
Sparta to Elroy, Wisconsin
America's first rail-trail project, and still one of the best, this trail features easy grades, quaint towns, and three cool, dark stone train tunnels - the longest of which is over 3/4 of a mile long.
Rentals: Elroy Sparta Website
8. La Route Verte
Quebec City & Montreal, Quebec
Over 3,000 miles of bike paths traverse Quebec, including Montreal and Quebec City. Everything is here - the mountains, farms, woods, and cities that are cultural gems in their own right.
9. Vineyards of Sonoma County
Sonoma, Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, CA
Quiet back roads and an extensive bus network that has bike racks makes it much easier to cover Sonoma Valley by bike than most realize. The scenery is golden and perfect in a way that few places outside California can compete with, and the refreshing pit stops are world-class.
Rentals: Spoke Folk (Healdsburg)
10. Danube River
Probably the most popular bike path in all of Europe, and for good reason. It connects Passau in Germany with Vienna, with the downhill direction (towards Austria) being the overwhelmingly popular direction. Probably the most scenic of all the routes we've listed.
Rentals: Danube Cycle Path directory