Best time to visit California

Cycling

Picturesque scenery, varied terrain, and gentle weather conditions attract cyclists to the Golden State

Cycling in California - Best Time
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Sharon Mollerus

Good year-round weather, varied terrain, and amazing landscapes make the Golden State a perfect cycling destination. California features several not-to-be-missed bike paths to add to your travel list. One of such treks is the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, in Los Angeles. This 35 km path goes from Will Rogers State Beach to Torrance County Beach. The trail runs through Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan, and Redondo. You will see all the color and glory of the city of Los Angeles as well as beautiful wide sandy beaches. Weekends may be too crowded on this trail.

Cycling the Venice Beach Trail
Cycling the Venice Beach Trail

The Rincon Bike Trail is a 6-km long path goes right along the coastline opening amazing views and a dolphin spotting experience. The trail starts at the parking lot of Rincon State Park and rolls past Rincon, a world-class surf spot, and finishes at downtown Ventura.

Cycling on Will Rogers State Beach, Santa Monica Bay
Cycling on Will Rogers State Beach, Santa Monica Bay

The Monterey Peninsula features some of the most majestic coastlines in the state. The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is a multi-use trail that runs 28 km from Castroville to Pacific Grove. Riding along the beautiful cypress trees and a dramatic rocky coast is a magical experience for every cyclist. You'll find a large number of spots to stop and marvel the beauty of the scenery around. The best time for this trail is in the morning.

Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Path
Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Path

A 27-km ride from Pacific Grove toward Carmel is one of the most beautiful rides. The almost 5-km long West Cliff Drive Bike Path, in Santa Cruz is another beautiful trail. The starting point is located at the San Lorenzo River and then through the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Lots of cycling boardwalks are waiting for you in San Diego and Santa Rosa as well.

The American River Trail (Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) goes along the American River for over 50 km of flat terrain. It is one of the longest and multi-use trails in the country. Various spots feature kilometres of gorgeous rides.

Generally, the best time for cycling along the California trails runs from spring through fall.

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