It's a great time of year for bike rides in the Twin Cities.
Axios' Nick Halter has biked roughly 20,000 miles along metro trails, and he's come up with a list of his top favorite rides.
- Of note: All of these can be shortened or lengthened if you change your starting point.
Gateway Trail: Phalen Regional Park to Stillwater (33 miles round trip)
- Pedal through rolling farmland and end in downtown Stillwater, where you can grab a bite to eat or even spend the night at a hotel, as some do.
North Cedar Lake Trail: Downtown Minneapolis to Excelsior (33 miles round trip)
- You quickly go from skyscrapers to meadows just west of downtown, then pass gorgeous homes in Deephaven.
Minnehaha Falls to Raspberry Island (18.6 miles round trip)
- Ride past Fort Snelling and then down into the heavily wooded Lilydale Park next to the Mississippi River.
- Of note: There's a detour near Mendota.
Minneapolis Grand Rounds (up to 51 miles)
- You could choose any number of routes on this trail system that goes through every quadrant of the city. Nick's favorite 25-mile stretch includes the Chain of Lakes, the lush Theodore Wirth Park and the Mississippi River.
Cannon Valley Trail: Cannon Falls to Red Wing (43 miles round trip, or 21 miles if you pedal to Welch and come back)
- It's debatable if this is part of the Twin Cities metro, but it's a quick drive either way. The trail follows the Cannon River and it's gorgeous.
- Heads up: There's a $5 trail fee.
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