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5 Unforgettable Bike Tours for Sightseeing Vacations

5 Unforgettable Bike Tours for Sightseeing Vacations by Jenny Cox Holman, Jenny Cox Holman writer

Explore the fascinating landmarks and iconic sights of unforgettable cities in the United States and abroad through relaxing and leisurely guided tours on bicycles. Hop on a bicycle and enjoy a gentle breeze as you immerse yourself in the picturesque sights and cultural delights of an exciting city. We've found 5 unforgettable bike tours for sightseeing and adventure-loving couples and solo wanderlust travelers in the most iconic cities to create amazing, vacation memories!

Fat Tire Bike Tours

Imagine exploring Paris, France, the City of Lights, leisurely by bicycle to discover the most iconic Paris landmarks. Fat Tire Bike Tours provides an unforgettable experience with seasoned tour guides who are knowledgeable on the Parisian culture and city sights and adds a dash of humor and fun to each tour. Among the exciting tours that Fat Tire Bike Tours has to offer is a tour that provides priority access to the Eiffel Tower along with an entertaining guide to experience this must-see Paris landmark.

Their guide will take you straight to the second level while discussing the history, architecture, and fascinating stories about the Tower. You will learn about monuments along the Paris skyline, historical events including its place in two World Wars, and its role as a playground for countless daredevils.

For those couples or individuals looking to be inspired by the gorgeous landscape of the town of Versailles, Fat Tire Bike Tours can take you on a bike tour where you will ride to the famous city market to shop for your picnic supplies and then cruise through the Château's enormous grounds along a network of fantastic trails and tree-lined paths, pausing along the way to share the rich history of the palace and French monarchy. Next, it's on to your picnic at the end of the Grand Canal where we'll settle down for a royal feast.

After lunch, you will continue through the grounds to visit Marie Antoinette's Hamlet and the Petit Trianon. Finally, the bike tour offers you skip-the-line access to the Château to avoid the tremendously long lines. See the room where Marie Antoinette’s guards were killed as they protected her from the mob at the beginning of the Revolution. Walk through the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors where King Louis greeted guests, and centuries later the Treaty of Versailles was signed to end World War I. Ride with Fat Tire Bike Tours and you will explore exponentially more of the 2,000+ acres of royal property than you would ever be able to see on your own.

The captivating beauty found in the serenity of nature can be enjoyed on Fat Tire Bike Tours' unforgettable Monet Gardens and Giverny Gardens tour. You will take their private bus to the beautiful wheat and sunflower fields of Normandy to the village of Vernon. Then by bike, you will visit the market for picnic supplies and then lunch along the river in a beautiful park. After lunch you will cruise the charming bike path to Giverny. Monet's private gardens are alive with thousands of brilliantly colored flowers, water lilies floating on the pond and the famous Japanese bridge.

Stroll through the Monet Foundation as though you are walking through one of his beloved paintings. Monet's unique house, as well as his studio, are also open to visit so be sure to bring your camera! Additionally, the village of Giverny offers you numerous cafés and quaint, small streets waiting to be explored. This is the birthplace of the Impressionist movement. To end an amazing day, you will leisurely pedal back along the Seine River to Vernon for your return to Paris.

Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tours

The Golden Gate Bridge majestically stands as one of the seven wonders of the modern world and as San Francisco's most famous landmark. An amazing way to enjoy the 1.7 miles of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge is crossing the strait by bicycle. Blazing Saddles Bike Tours and Rentals gives adventure-seeking travelers a guided tour along San Francisco’s stunning waterfront. Truly the best way to see the bay, this tour is perfect for families and individuals seeking an up close and personal look at the city’s most celebrated landmark.

The tour begins at the picturesque Aquatic Park in Fisherman’s Wharf. The mostly flat National Park Bike Path will take you through Fort Mason, the Marina, Presidio National Park, and onto the iconic Golden Gate Bridge! Along the way, their local guide will share entertaining and educational information with you, including the history behind the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll cross the bridge on the sidewalk with stunning views of the city and bay, followed by a 10-minute downhill ride taking you right into the charming bayside town of Sausalito. Once there, most people choose to grab a bite to eat, relax, shop and enjoy Sausalito’s famously wonderful weather before taking their bikes on the ferry and returning to San Francisco.

Nantucket Bike Tours

Explore the Nantucket Island, located just 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, by bike through its picturesque beaches, peaceful sights and postcard worthy landscape. Nantucket Bike Tours offers a timeless tour to some of Nantucket’s hidden gems, beautiful sights, and historical locations. Travel with bike through the town of Nantucket, peeking down the old whaling streets and quintessential sights from Old Mill, Steps Beach, Lilly Pond, Brant Point Lighthouse and quaint neighborhoods.

You can venture out of town to a little fishing village on the edge of the island. Along the way, you will stop to enjoy some of Nantucket's most beautiful views and sights from the Moors of Nantucket, cranberry bogs, Sconset Bluff and Sesachacha Pond. Stroll to an exclusive beache and bike by the famous Sankaty Lighthouse.

Bobby's Bike Hike

Bobby's Bike Hike creates one-of-a-kind Chicago bike tours with personable, knowledgeable and fun guides to venture through a trendy and timeless city. Founded in 2002 and consistently ranked as #1 sightseeing tour in Chicago by TripAdvisor, Bobby's Bike Hike provides an insider’s view of the culture, history, architecture, and little known facts that define this phenomenal city. Whether you’re craving a local favorite such as a Chicago-style hot dog washed down with a handcrafted beer or want to explore the city’s unique culinary and ethnic innovations, they have a Chicago food tour that’s perfect for you. Get ready to discover the famous dishes you’ve heard all about as well as delicious hidden gems in off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods.

Your guided tour will take you by bike to explore the Lakefront Trail, visit unique neighborhoods and parks and see Chicago light up at night. Although some of their tours are kid-friendly, they created their Tike Hike specifically with families in mind. From a petting zoo, to making wishes in fountains, to rubbing the foot of a giant Abe Lincoln, Bobby's Bike Hike has plenty of things to do with kids in Chicago that’ll keep everyone entertained.

Boulder Bike Tours

Immerse in the look and refreshing feeling of the beautiful, outdoorsy, and hip Boulder community, sometimes described as “25 idyllic square miles surrounded by reality.” Voted by The Travel Channel in 2016 as the top cycling city in America, Boulder has hundreds of miles of bike paths, and this 2-hour easy-cruising tour will take you on the best route to find the most beautiful, historic and cultural sights. Experience the heart of Boulder with Boulder Bike Tours the way it’s meant to be seen – by bike through Boulder Creek Path and Boulder Canyon, historic neighborhoods and hotels, Uni-Hill District and the University of Colorado, Pearl Street Walking Mall and Boulder Farmer’s Market.


{Blog by: Jenny Cox Holman}

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