Where are the best places to ride your e-bike? Electric bikes are a great way to do some serious sightseeing and explore what lies off the beaten path. But unfortunately, e-bikes aren’t allowed everywhere, meaning you’ll need to seek out places that are welcoming to e-bikes.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere new to explore, or you just want to bring your e-bike with you on your next vacation, we’ve put together a list of some great e-bike destinations that you can traverse with your e-bike.
If you’re still deciding which e-bike is best for the kind of riding you want to do, you will find comprehensive information over at our e-bike buying guide.
San Diego (California)
Known for its ideal climate and pristine beaches, San Diego is a great vacation destination if you’re looking for an e-bike-friendly city on the West Coast. Dubbed the “City in Motion”, it features over 500 miles of rideable bike paths and shared streets, allowing cyclists unprecedented freedom and access to all parts of the city. It’s also known for being one of the hilliest cities in the US, making it a perfect place to bring an e-bike. Ultimately, its idyllic weather and beautiful scenery make it a great place to ride if you want a smooth ride and scenic view without straying far from civilization.
Despite being in a region known for frequent rainfall, Portland is a biking haven. With a mild climate and beautiful forests and mountains surrounding the city, Portland has received high marks as a bike-friendly city by Bicycling magazine the League of American Bicyclists.
But it isn’t just the weather and scenery that makes it a great city for e-bikes. Portland has 385 miles of bike ways, with planning for an additional 95 miles of biking paths in the coming years. It also has a city bike sharing program managed by Lyft called Biketown, featuring the company’s first all-electric fleet of bikes. Of course, those bikes don’t have suspension, so you still might want to invest in one with full suspension.
Whether you’re a biking enthusiast, or you’re just looking for somewhere fun to take a ride, Austin is a great place to go biking. That’s because Austin has a number of specialty bike shops, city-wide MetroBike bike rentals, and an active biking community. There is also an incredibly versatile array of trails and paths.
If you’re looking for a leisurely, beginner-friendly trail with great scenery, you might check out the Onion Creek Trail. Or if you’re a more advanced biker that wants something more technical and challenging, then there’s the Emma Long Metropolitan Park. Just be sure you bring a bike that can handle the big jumps and rocky trails.
At the base of the Rocky Mountains lies the city of Boulder, Colorado, a city with cycling built into its DNA. It’s ranked as one of the Top 13 Cycling Cities by the Travel Channel and number one by People for Bikes, largely due to the amazing web of trails that run throughout and around the city.
There’s a perfect mix of businesses, scenery, and vibrant culture in Boulder. And like some other cities listed, it has a bike-sharing program, with around 50 cycle kiosks located in the area. Of course, if you really want to tackle everything Boulder has to offer without restrictions, you’ll need an e-bike that can stand up to the task.
New York City (New York)
One of the most iconic and culturally-rich cities in America, New York City is a world-renowned tourism hot spot. However, it’s also among the most walkable cities in the US, making it a great place if you’re looking to take your e-biking adventures to the big city. Not only does it have over 1200 miles of bike lanes and routes throughout the city, but the city also announced legislation in 2020 that allows people to operate e-bikes on city roads.
But don’t forget that space in the Big Apple comes at a premium. This makes a folding e-bike the superior choice for traipsing through the concrete jungle.
Paul Bunyan State Trail (Minnesota)
If you’ve got an appetite for big adventures, then you’ll definitely want to check out the Paul Bunyan State Trail in Minnesota. One of the longest bike trails in the US, this aptly-named trail spans a massive 110 miles through the Minnesota countryside. On your journey, you’ll see rich abundant forests, beautiful meadows, and over 20 lakes and streams.
Having an e-bike will make the journey more plausible for all but the most serious cyclists, but don’t assume you have to travel the whole thing in one go. This trail’s paved paths connect towns along the way, every 8-10 miles, meaning you can choose to take on the trail without biting off more than you can chew.
Hiawatha Trail (Idaho/Montana)
One of the more unique trails in the US, the Hiawatha Trail is a 15-mile downhill trail that traverses the Idaho-Montana border in spectacular scenic fashion. That’s because the trail is actually built on an old railroad system that passes through the Bitterroot Mountains. Along with stunning views of mountain-side forests and waterfalls, the Hiawatha Trail also offers riders a distinctive experience, with multiple trestle bridges and tunnels comprising the trail.
Keep in mind, however, that the tunnels are unlit and can span multiple miles. This makes having an e-bike with a light essential. Also, while an e-bike on an all-downhill trail might seem over the top, having pedal assist on the trip back up can make a big difference (should you decide not to catch a ride on the shuttle).
Mammoth Lakes Trail System (Mammoth Lakes, California)
If you’re looking for the perfect e-biking adventure, but you can’t decide what kind of ride you want, then Mammoth Lakes Trail System is the perfect place for you. Mammoth Mountain is the first park on US Forest Service Land to officially allow e-bikes on its trails, making it a historical landmark for e-biking. But it’s the park’s wide variety of views and terrains that truly make this place special.
From relaxed paved paths to brisk mountain trails, this trail system has something for everyone. If you want to take on a bit of everything Mammoth Lakes has to offer, you’ll definitely want to bring an all-terrain e-bike with you.
SkyPark at Santa’s Village (Skyforest, California)
An eccentric name for an eccentric park, the SkyPark at Santa’s Village is a bike park that blends the best of nature and urban design into an experience like no other. SkyPark is a 7-mile trail through the woods with a variety of carved trails, wooden ramps, and other technical challenges for riders of all skill levels to hone their skills on and have fun with.
Like the Hiawatha trail, an e-bike might seem excessive for the all-downhill terrain of this park. But with a long ride to the top, having a motor to help pull you up the mountain is a good way to preserve your stamina for the fun that awaits on the trails. Just be sure you grab a bike that’s suitable for the stunts.
Mt. Hough Trail (Quincy, California)
If you’re looking for a fun but relaxing trail to ride your e-bike on in the northern California area, then you should definitely check out the Mt. Hough Trail. This 10-mile trail is the main descent of the mountain, providing a leisurely ride while keeping a brisk pace. This makes it not only a great place for beginners and families with children, but also a great alternative to flat paved paths, providing just enough challenge to keep you engaged.
Because the path is unpaved and there are a few inclines that will put your bike’s motor to work, you’ll need a bike that can handle the terrain.