TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN MASSACHUSETTS BY BIKE

August 17, 2017

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN MASSACHUSETTS BY BIKE

 

Ready to take a ride in bike friendly Massachusetts? Hop on your bike and see the most beautiful spots for today!

 

1. Boston

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Is one of the oldest cities in the United States, founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England. Perhaps no other city in America holds as much history of the colonial and Revolutionary War era as Boston. First, let’s go on Freedom Trail connecting or passing close to some of its best loved tourist attractions.

The three-mile Freedom Trail leads you past - and into - 16 of the city's principal historic monuments and sites. The trail will take you to Old Granary Burying Ground (where Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock are buried), King's Chapel Burying Ground (Boston's oldest cemetery with the graves of Governor John Winthrop and two Mayflower passengers), Old South Meeting House (where the ringing speeches of patriots spawned the Boston Tea Party), and the Old State House.

This is Boston's oldest public building and the site of the Boston Massacre.

In the heart of the city is Boston Common, America's oldest park and the start of the Freedom Trail. Boston Common and Public Garden Swan Boats. One of Boston's most iconic experiences for all ages is riding around the lake.

Great places to ride your bike are many, because Boston is a friendly biking city. Let’s see some of the best. First is the serene Jamaica Pond (2.9 miles), then Franklin Park (3.4 miles) - etched with bike paths, both paved and unpaved, hilly and flat. For a simple loop, start at White Stadium. Don’t miss also Charles River Esplanade (16.4 miles), Audubon Circle To Chestnut Hill Reservoir (7 miles), or Minuteman Bikeway  (20.6 miles) - among the country’s most famous rail trails.

 

2. Cape Cod

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In this magic place, you can experience the unsurpassed beauty of Cape Cod while discovering iconic sites and hidden scenes.

Biking has always been one of the most popular activities for visitors to Cape Cod and the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are great places to take a ride. You can safely enjoy both road and mountain biking on the many paved and off-road bike paths. If you need to rent a bike for adults or children there are bike shops everywhere. They have even child trailers also available.

First, you must go to Nantucket’s, a place that exhale its history. There are cobblestone streets, mementos of the whaling industry, graceful old buildings, and the Quaker presence that marked its thinking still is felt. The terrain seems custom-made for bicycling, never too steep and always scenic. There are over 24 miles of bicycle paths on Nantucket. The trails are separated from the roadways, great for a safe ride. Nantucket shuttle buses, equipped with bike racks, enable you to easily access any bike routes. You will see also a color-coded sign system helps guide bikers around the island.

Some of the most popular bike trails are: Cape Cod Canal Bikeway, Shining Sea Bikeway, Cape Cod Rail Trail, Nickerson State Park Network, Cape Cod National Seashore Network and Province Lands Bike Trail.

 

3. Concord

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Here we are in a  historic place, founded in 1635,  and the oldest European-settled town in New England beyond tidewater.

Concord, Massachusetts is a fascinating town from a historical perspective - having been home to Emerson, Thoreau and Hawthorne, among others. Its most famous site is probably Walden Pond, so you must take a ride to this spot. After, go see the Old North Bridge, site of the first American victory in the Revolutionary War. Also the Wayside and Orchard House, homes of the Alcotts, and Emerson's house are open to visit, Thoreau's famous cottage on Walden Pond has been replicated, and Thoreau's birthplace restored and opened to the public.

It is fascinating just to just ride around the streets and observe.

Going on Main Street, you have the feeling of living in the past, seeing all the nostalgic details here and there. Definitely you will visit it again soon.

 

4. Lexingtong

 

Riding on The Lexington Loop on this 30-mile ride brings you to one of the most picturesque landscapes in all New England.

Taking mostly backroads, you will ride through meadows, woodlands and quaint farms, and visit historic places like Concord, Lexington and the Old North Bridge. It will be by far the preferred ride of you! You have to reserve a day for this ride, to take it on a leisure pace and have some lunch break. If you are a fit biker, you will cover the distance in 3 hours. The ride is on paved roads, so it works for all types of bikes and the loop is mostly flat, except for a steep but short climb in Lincoln.

 

5. Mohawk Trail

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Enjoy picturesque traffic-free roads, miles of single-track mountain biking, family-friendly paved bike paths and networks of rail trails.

Both touring cyclists and kids with training wheels can find safe and scenic places to bike. There are several points to stop on this trail and admire the scenic places. French king Bridge for example. Or Poet's seat tower where can get some amazing views of the city from the tower.

Hail to the sunrise park, from here, you get a clear view of the mountain which gives you a chance to click some wonderful pics. Don’t leave the trail without seeing Mount Greylock, it’s not quite on Mohawk Trail, but you must go here if you are ending trail on west end. This is the highest point of Massachusetts with amazing views

The whole trail has a beautiful and restful scenery. This is a spot where the river rushes over rocks and the sound of the rushing water is so relaxing. This ride will be a most gorgeous sight in autumn with all the beautiful colors.

 

6. Fall River

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You can’t plan a trip to Fall River, without making a stop at The World’s Largest Naval Museum! Here you will have to spend the day exploring both the inside and outside of the USS Massachusetts – one of the 8 remaining battleships in the US.

For a relaxing break in the nature, go to Fall River Heritage State Park, a small state park that has a nice mile or so long wooden walkway, which runs along the beautiful Taunton River. You can take some great pictures of Battleship Cove from the park. In fact, taking a walk from the park to the cove is the perfect activity before or after your visit to the cove.

No, don’t leave your bike at home because the 2.5 mile Alfred J. LIma Quequechan River Rail Trail has been completed.  It starts on the Westport line on Route 6 and runs along the South Watuppa Pond, crossing Brayton Road in Fall River and continuing to the center of Fall River following the Quequechan River. There are trasil entrances at Rodman St. and at Britland Park off Wordell St. This multi-use paved path has been included in the signed route from Westport.

 

7. New Bedfor

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This is the working waterfront, America’s #1 fishing port.

Is nicknamed "The Whaling City" because during the 19th century, the city was one of the most important, if not the most important, whaling ports in the world, along with Nantucket, Massachusetts and New London, Connecticut. Of course, they have New Bedford Whaling Museum that features the largest collection of whaling artifacts in the entire country. You’ll get to take a tour through maritime history and have the opportunity to survey the 66-foot long skeleton of a baby blue whale, which is one of only six complete skeletons on display in the word.

In New Bedfor, you can ride a lot and stay fit, because there are lots bike lanes, and racks. You can bike everywhere, Downtown, the heart of the city, laced with shops, galleries and authentic restaurants. Or to the Seaport Cultural District, that emanates a historic charm. Or to the South End surrounded by 3 miles of accessible shoreline with excellent beaches and the famous Fort Taber Park and Military Museum. Also The West end has beautiful architecture showcasing spectacular Victorian, Queen Anne, colonial and Greek homes styles revealing the nostalgic charm of whaling days. Take a ride and explore all these attractions within a fairytale scenery.

 

8. Pioneer Valley

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This is a wonderland for cyclists!

Long, short, flat, uphill, all are paths to pedal in the Pioneer Valley. If a road is not a designated bike path, it is almost sure to be bicycle friendly, with cafes, scenic overlooks, wooded rest stops, swimming areas, and state parks along the way.

Local bike shops are abundant in Western Massachusetts, as are cycling events that cater to all levels. Everyone visiting Pioneer Valley go to Yankee Candle Company which delights candle lovers everywhere with more than 160 scents to choose from in their Sampler Emporium.

New additions include Wax Works, an interactive feature where guests can make their own jar candles, wax hand sculptures and more, the Perscentality board, which allows visitors to see which scents are bound to appeal to them, based on their personality traits, and the Fragrance Mixology section, where shoppers learn how to create their own custom wax blend. And we are not ready to go yet! If you are a basketball fan, you can’t miss Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame where you can see its history come alive with a series of interactive exhibits and rare artifacts.

 

9. Martha’s WineYard

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Bike riding on Martha’s Vineyard is simply spectacular.

Martha’s Vineyard, one of the most important objectives here and it can be a challenge to cover the whole island of Martha’s Vineyard, which is almost 100 square miles of off-road trails crisscross the Island. Whether you want a leisurely tour or a vigorous challenge, along the ocean or through the forests, scenic or direct routes are available for every skill level.

Recreational and young cyclists will find wonderful sights on any number of the 44 miles of down-Island bike trails, including Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluffs to Edgartown and back (roughly 18 miles round trip, but certainly doable in parts).

This route is mostly flat and easier for children, as well as adults. For a more challenging trip, the "up-Island" trip to Chilmark and Aquinnah is much hillier and can cover more than 40 miles roundtrip.

Here are our three of our favorite trails, bike-rider friendly, fun and safe:

Beach Road between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown: This stunning six-mile, paved trail travels along the Nantucket Sound on one side and the 7-acre Sengekontacket Pond on the other, and is entirely flat. The stunning views make it one of the most popular trail on the Island.

Katama Loop to South Beach: Just outside of Edgartown, there is a fabulous bike path that loops down Katama Road, along Atlantic Drive, and over to Herring Creek Road. It’s a lovely 5-mile, flat, paved loop with some incredible wildflowers along the way, open fields, farms, South Beach, and the Katama Airfield (you might just see the vintage red biplane taking off and doing some aviation tricks in the air).

Manuel F. Correllus State Forest: has miles and miles of flat, paved bike trails. And since it is so conveniently located, you can get there easily by way of additional bike paths that connect from any of the three major towns (Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, and Edgartown).

 

10. Salem

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Here you can experience the spookiness from myths and stories. It might be the only place with so many pseudo horror things to visit: The Witch House of Salem, Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery, Witch Dungeon Museum, Salem Witch Hunt Film & Tours, The Witch House, Salem Witch Village.

Ok, come on, normal people go in the first place to other kind of stuff, as taking boat tours to Bakers Island Lighthouse or visit the extraordinary Peabody Essex Museum, where you can see collections of maritime art.

For a ride on the streets of historic Salem and surrounding towns, you should take a Salem-Marblehead ride. Start at Salem Willows Park at the corner of Fort Ave. and Bay View Ave. near “Salem Willows Park” signage in Salem. A bike rack and park benches are nearby and plenty of parking is available. This ride is in an urban environment that has in places narrow streets and may be heavily trafficked. The standard ride goes around the Neck then through Old Town in Marblehead, and is approximately 18 miles in length. The terrain is gently rolling with a few hills. Two options increase the distance up to 22 miles.

To escape from the crowdie ambiance, you can definitely choose mountain biking in Salem Woods.

That not by far all, but now we wait for your tips for Massachusetts on happytohelp@bikeroo.net!

Where do you ride when you travel up here? We will be more than glad to come back and try your recommendation. 





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