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5 Incredible Guided Bike Tours in the West

Posted by Josh Sens on August 02, 2018
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Guided bike tours encourage you to get to know your destination like a local.

There are faster ways to travel, but bicycles can take you places you’ve never been and reveal your destination in a whole new light. In celebration of this delightful, immersive mode of transport, here are five great bike tours around the West.

Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour

The hilly streets of San Francisco can be hard on the lungs, but your guide will lead you on the flattest routes. And if your legs begin to tire, you’ve got an electric motor to help you get up, down, and around some of the city’s most notable neighborhoods and attractions. From its starting point in Fisherman’s Wharf, this four-hour tour takes you past a lineup of iconic landmarks, from the TransAmerica Pyramid and Aquatic Park to the Painted Ladies Victorian homes of Alamo Square. This being San Francisco, the weather can vary from one neighborhood to the next—so can the atmosphere. You’ll cruise through the increasingly tech-dominated Mission to the Haight-Ashbury district, where elements of ‘60s hippie-dom still cling to life, before making your way to Civic Center and along the bay’s edge back to the start. From $89/person.

Read More: San Francisco's Best Walking Tours

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Ride—and eat—your way through Portland with Everybody's Bike Rentals and Tours.

Beyond Portlandia Bike Tour

Travel the city like a local—on two wheels! True to its name, this two-hour tour aims to showcase the city as something more than the caricatured metropolis depicted on TV. Local riders take you on greenways and bike lanes beyond downtown to neighborhood coffee roasters, breweries, and bistros that you wouldn’t likely come across on your own. Along the way, you’ll visit a community-built tree house, stop to smell the flowers in a giant rose garden, and visit an urban farm populated by goats. Even born-and-raised Portlanders will see something fresh and pick up new trivia on the city’s history. From $39/person.

LA Taco Tours

Welcome to Los Angeles, land of movie titans, traffic jams, and killer tacos. On this three-hour tour, you’ll avoid the bottlenecks and instead travel the surface streets of downtown LA to visit some of the city’s best taco trucks and stands, including some tucked away in neighborhood nooks that even locals aren’t aware of. The price of the tour includes all the tacos you can eat, and we bet you’re going to want to eat a lot. Even better, you’ll learn about the city’s past and thriving culture while you munch. $100/person.

Read More: Tasty Food Tours Across the West

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You can't beat the views of the Grand Canyon from a bike.

Grand Canyon Bike Tours: Yaki Point

When the Grand Canyon gapes before you, you can’t help but gape back. And there are few better opportunities for gawking than a ride to the arresting overlook at Yaki Point. Designed for ages 2 and up, this two-and-half-hour South Rim excursion follows smooth, paved paths that trace the canyon’s edge at a spectacularly close (but still safe) distance. You’ll pop in and out of the pines and scrub brush to be rewarded with postcard views. On the way to and from Yaki Point, you won’t just get an eyeful. You’ll also enjoy a satisfying earful of information about the geologic and human history of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. From $42/person.

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Pedal your way to some of the best breweries in PDX.

BrewCycle Portland

You’ve heard of a pub crawl, but this is a brewpub pedal—a stop-and-sip excursion to some of Portland’s finest craft breweries. Don’t worry, you don’t have to steer. Sober tour guides do that for you on custom bicycles that seat 6 to 15 people. You and your fellow travelers provide the pedal-power on the two-hour rides, which feature stops at three craft breweries. Choose between five different routes with various difficulty and stops like Lompoc Brewing, Schilling Cider House, and Old Town Brewing. From $30/ person, beer not included.