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Bicycle trips with your family

A family passes through a scenic route of

A family passes through a scenic route of the Hiawatha bike trail. Credit: Coeur d'Alene Chamber/Joel Riner

Let the good times roll this summer by taking a bike trip with your family. Here are five places for two-wheeled fun.

1 ST. PETERSBURG TO CLEARWATER, FLORIDA Roll past nature preserves, city skylines or endless beaches in Pinellas County. Consider the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, a 38-mile track built atop an abandoned railroad line. The route extends from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs.


2 MOUNT RUSHMORE, RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA Join an award-winning outfitter for this six-day family bike tour centered on the Mickelson Trail bike path. You'll see buffalo, national parks, active mammoth digs, water slides and rock climbing. The treks ends in the town of Deadwood, where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane once caused a ruckus.


3 MINNEAPOLIS Kimpton's Grand Hotel Minneapolis offers guests the option to join in a 5-mile guided ride through this bike-friendly city. You'll arrive at the historic Stone Arch Bridge, a former railroad bridge crossing the Mississippi River at St. Anthony Falls, and savor a picnic brunch prepared by your guide, hotel chef Kris Koch.


4 BLOCK ISLAND, RHODE ISLAND Ride through a scenery-rich island where more than 43 percent of the pristine natural environment is protected. You'll explore more than 30 miles of scenic trails and 17 miles of beaches and learn about the plentiful wildlife on this bird migration route stopover. Mostly flat, smooth, paved roads make it possible for two-wheeling members of multiple generations to enjoy this wonderland.


5 SPOKANE, WASHINGTON Go with a guide or chart your own course as you explore the rail trails of eastern Washington, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and on to the Montana border. Level, paved and pristine pathways make for stress-free and scenic family cycling. Up the adventure quotient by mixing in a day of kayaking, rafting or fishing on local rivers. Stop by a hot spring or consider a side hike.



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