The 4th of July – a US national holiday that has long been synonymous with independence, sparklers, barbecues, beaches, and days off from work. As it should be.
Here at Spinlister, however, we think it’s time to add one more activity to the itinerary: cycling. After all, what better way to get up close and personal with our American heritage than by pedaling along some of the most historic trails in the country?
So before you unpack the burgers and bocce balls, take a quick look at four landmark American bike rides that will help you ring in the 4th of July in true patriotic style.
Find the Perfect Bike for Your Independence Day American Bike Ride:
1.) MINUTEMAN RAIL TRAIL – BOSTON
Boston’s Minuteman Rail Trail is as close as you can get to faithfully retracing the celebrated Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, which heralded the onset of the American Revolutionary War. Stretching for 10 miles from North Cambridge to Bedford, it’s the perfect mix of exercise and education, and will still get you home in time to catch the fireworks. READ MORE.
2.) MOUNT VERNON BIKE TRAIL – WASHINGTON DC
The 17-mile ride from Arlington to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate is about as much history as you can pack into a world-class bike trail. Enjoy views of the Potomac, the National Mall (across the river), Old Town Alexandria, and the 21-room farmhouse that helped to memorialize the legacy of America’s first president. READ MORE.
3.) GOVERNORS ISLAND PARK – NEW YORK
Between May and October, New Yorkers flock to Governors Island for its fantastic views and its relative tranquility. Aesthetics aside, however, this seasonal cycling destination is home to some historic American architecture including Fort Jay and Castle Williams, each of which saw battle during the War of 1812. READ MORE.
4.) SCHUYLKILL RIVER TRAIL – PHILADELPHIA
While Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell might be Philadelphia’s biggest claims to fame, its best bike ride has a historic appeal all its own. The 8-mile ride on the Schuylkill River Trail takes cyclists along a waterway that played a critically important role during the Industrial Revolution. READ MORE.