The 7 Best Summer Rides in the U.S.

There are 3.9 million miles of trails meandering through the bountiful U.S., roads that will take you almost anywhere you want to go from craggy mountaintops to stunning beaches to urban city centers, and adventure around every bend.  It’s no wonder american musicians and poets have been rattling on about the romance of the open road, is there any better way to feel alive than to hit the road with the wind in your hair and the glide of an electric bike beneath you?  Here’s a handful of our favorite rides for eye candy and even a little challenge as you explore our big, beautiful country.

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

The Parkway was designed as a scenic leisure road for motorists, and it serves as gorgeous ride for cyclists winding along the airy peaks of the Blue Ridge mountains from Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.  There’s over 469 miles of scenic roads filled with wildlife, waterfalls, and sweeping mountain views.  Insider Tip: There are few services along the road, so if you need to recharge plan your trip around the towns of Asheville and Brevard, two friendly quaint towns on the Parkway.  Bonus points: Asheville is home to some top notch breweries!


San Juan Islands, Washington

San Juan Islands, called ‘Inspiration for the Senses’ is just that, and is best enjoyed by bike.  With a mix of gentle roads and a few grueling hills, you can experience the best of the Pacific Northwest and only half the rainfall compared with Seattle!  For an easier ride, stick with Lopez island, or test your electric power with climbs on San Juan or Orcas island.  Wait, Orcas?  Yep, there’s an entire island dedicated to the whales, and you’re sure to see some if you stop and watch the waves!


 Crater Lake Loop, Oregon

Crater Lake is without a doubt one of this country’s crown jewels.  No place on earth will you find a lake with such depth, purity, and picturesque surrounding cliffs.  Despite Crater’s violent volcanic past, cyclists will discover nothing but pure bliss on the perfectly paved trail encircling the ancient caldera.  Insider Tip: Bring plenty of water, stay hydrated, and be ready for a hike in elevation!


 San Francisco Bay

Commonly called ‘sea to summit’, this trail will take you through all the most beloved bay area features on one riding, starting and ending in the city and showcasing some of Norcal’s awesome geographic diversity and beauty.   Cross the Golden Gate bridge, leave the tourists behind and find the rugged Marin Headlands, ride along the famous Muir and Stinson beaches as you finally make your way into iconic redwood forests to Mt. Tamalpais.

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The Pinky Traverse, Michigan

Michigan’s Leelanau Penninsula is often called the ‘Third Coast’, and rightly so.  Cherry orchards, vineyards, lighthouses, and sandy beaches will keep you company as you cruise along the ‘pinky’ of the lower Penninsula’s ‘mitten’.  This is a relatively flat route, and timed correctly you can end up at the Sleeping Bear Lake Michigan Overlook just in time for sunset. Pristine shoreline and sandy dunes in Michigan, who would’ve thought?


 Going-To-The-Sun Road, Montana

If you like hyphenated words and wild bighorn sheep, this one’s for you!  The entire road starting in West Glacier is about 50 miles with a climb up Logan’s Pass, but the glacial lakes, rivers, and pristine views are so worth it.  Plus you’ll have an electric bike, and that makes every ride 10x more enjoyable (not scientifically proven, writer’s opinion).  Insider’s Tip:  Arrange for a shuttle to pick you and your Sondors up at St. Mary’s east entrance.


 Gran Fondo, New York 

Great cycling is just a 10 minute ride from the hectic streets of New York City, and the best part of that deal is — you can start or end your day with your favorite carbs of choice in Manhattan (we recommend Russ & Daughter’s bagels).  Gran fondo meanders along a quiet road with the Hudson river, just cross over the George Washington Bridge to the Jersey palisades and make your way north through quaint river towns.  There’s a 1200 ft climb to Bear Mountain, take it or leave it, and don’t forget to cross the river to recover at Peekskill Brewery while you await your train back to the city.


Whether you’re looking for climbs over majestic mountaintops or an easy Sunday cruise, truly stunning rides await in every state.  These 7 serve as inspiration for our Sondors owners to take on new adventures and explore with the freedom of an electric bike.  Get on your bike and discover some new ones, and don’t forget to share!


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