West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA: Stop at one of the bluffs or benches scattered along this spectacular oceanside road, or try the grassy lawns of Lighthouse Point, looking out at surfer hot spot Steamer Lane. parks.ca.gov or 831/420-5270.
The Rio Grande Gorge, NM: From the tiny town of Cerro, cycle 10 miles south to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area picnic sites. They’re right on the rim of the gorge, with views to match. 575/758-8851