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Our Favorite Road Cycling Spots

Fall is fast approaching and that means changing leaves, cooler weather and the best time of year to get outside and ride! We have traveled the world cycling all types of roads with all types of bikes and have come up with our favorite destinations that you will definitely want to add to your bucket list.

1. Tuscany, Italy
The Italian countryside is something that everyone should experience. The quiet roads, stunning views around every corner, the gelato, wine and food… You are not only cycling on some of the best roads in the world, but you are also experiencing the culture in a way that you wouldn’t see when traveling by car. If you want to tick this off your bucket list, Women’s Quest offers a once in a lifetime retreat to Tuscany in September. You won’t want to miss experiencing Italy like only a real local would.

2. Champlain Valley, Vermont
There is no place better to watch the changing of the leaves than Vermont. Cycling the backroads in the Champlain Valley offers minimal traffic, amazing views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks and fun local farm-stand/small town shop stops along the way. The terrain is moderate with a mixture of flats and slight climbs. Time your trip just right and you will be seeing the fall colors in a completely unique way!

3. Sonoma, California
Fall in Sonoma offers beautiful mountain views along with ripened grapes and cooler temperatures through the valleys. The area offers an opportunity to flexibly ride your way to wineries and small towns no matter what type of cyclist you are. If this destination interests you, visit www.womensquest.com for more information on our October Sonoma Retreat including daily cycling, wine tasting and yoga.

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands
We can safely say that Amsterdam is the bike capital of the world with over 800,000 of its residence riding their bikes on a daily basis and more than 300 miles of bike paths. Whether you take a ride through the city or head out to the countryside for a quieter experience, you can’t go wrong! Some even spend several weeks circling the entire country with a few sets of clothing, sleeping at local bed and breakfasts along the way.

5. San Juan Islands, Washington
Cycling these islands is a must.  There is nothing like riding with the Olympics as your backdrop and the sea by your side.  Small towns offer great places to stop and grab a coffee or lunch, browse farmers markets and get to know the locals.  Did we also mention the day off for whale watching?  Can’t make it this fall?  Join Women’s Quest in 2017 for our 6 day retreat hosted in Anacortes.