Olympic National Park, WA: Park at the end of East Beach Road and cruise down Spruce Railroad Trail for 4 miles with turnoffs overlooking Lake Crescent and the Olympic Mountains. 800/833-6388
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.govor 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
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Photo by Thomas J. Story
Travel in style
Bicycles: We like classic Velorbis bicycles, distributed exclusively by Copenhagen Cyclery in Chicago, with shipping nationwide. Men’s Scrap Deluxe in aluminum, $1,895;copenhagenbike.com