Rolling hills, fragrant orchards, open pastures, and miles of vineyards—the wine country practically begs to be seen by bicycle. Organized tours are offered throughout the region, or you can set out on your own and explore the winding back roads and busy thoroughfares of this agricultural wonderland. For a day in the saddle punctuated by winery stops, focus your ride on scenic, smaller areas in the valley. Spin through the northern Alexander Valley and stop to sample the cabernet and chardonnay the region is known for. Take an easy cruise along the (mostly) flat Dry Creek Road and stop for a sip of zin. Climb Old Howell Mountain for spectacular views of St. Helena and the valley. Zag along the shores of Lake Hennessey and picnic in the shade of oaks. The sun on your back, the breeze on your face, and the bounty of the valley to quench your thirst—this is spin class, wine-country style.
Almost everywhere we travel we like to book a bike tour. We feel it's the best way to cover more ground, view things from a different perspective, and enjoy the outdoors while exercising. We biked for approximately 25 miles or so on rolling hills. Made a few stops for wine tasting and a lovely picnic lunch. We had a wonderful time!
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Wine Country, California