You could tackle all 38 miles, or pedal our favorite 14-mile stretch (round-trip), which includes a break by the falls at 56th Street.
On your way back park your bike at Chelsea’s Kitchen and order a frosty pint from the open-air bar.
Things to do
Arizona Canal ― from Goldwater Boulevard to 24th Street and back: Pedal 14 miles round-trip for glimpses of Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak. Pull over at 56th Street for a stroll through Arizona Falls, a public-art display and hydroelectric plant; at 48th Street, learn the history of Arizona's irrigation. Between 40th and 32nd Streets, dip through Paradise Valley, past desert plants and cool architecture.
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa: Bell staff will happily secure your bikes while you explore the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired hotel and browse the lobby-level shops for Lilly Pulitzer sportswear ― or lotions from the spa to soothe your taxed muscles later. Info: Historical hotel tours $10, 10 a.m. Tue, Thu, Sat; 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; www.arizonabiltmore.com or 800/950-0086.
Chelsea's Kitchen: On your way back, hydrate with fresh-squeezed lemonade or a nice Syrah on the restaurant's shady canal-bank patio. Info: $$; lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily; 5040 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602/957-2555.