Seattle’s 3 Best Bike Rides

In a city with so many parks and dedicated bike paths, Seattle is lush with cycling options. Grab a trusty, two-wheeled steed and take it for a spin on one of these much-loved routes.

Burke-Gilman Trail

via Flickr user SounderBruce

via Flickr user SounderBruce

The Burke-Gilman Trail connects Seattle from Ballard to Bothell, running down around the Locks and Gasworks Park, skirting the University of Washington before rolling through wooded neighborhoods. It’s best to begin your ride by UW with a coffee on the Ave before you pedal down the paved trail past Gasworks. End with a snack at the beach at Golden Gardens.

Interurban Trail to Mukilteo

via Flickr user Robert Ashworth

via Flickr user Robert Ashworth

Starting in Fremont, it may take a little finagling to stay on the trail as it jogs through neighborhoods, but once you pick it up, the paved bicycle and pedestrian trail can take you as far north as Everett, with an easy detour over to the Mukilteo Ferry if you want to bike on to Vashon. From the Space Needle to the ferry terminal, it’s a little less than 30 miles, all on bicycle-friendly routes.

Seattle Bike-n-Brews

via Flickr user Anne and Tim

via Flickr user Anne and Tim

If you fancy an organized ride incentivized with local brews on either end, Cascade Bike Club’s annual Bike-n-Brews is the way to go. Sign up for the ride early, since spots fill up long before the cycle in the beginning of May. You’ll cruise from Schooner Exact Brewery, take a 30 mile loop with a pit stop at Airways Brewing Company, and head back to SoDo, mainly utilizing the Interurban Trail for a smooth ride.

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