4 Best Cycling Routes in Boston

Following up on our list of favorite running routes here in Boston, below are our picks for the best cycling routes in the Boston area.

1. Minuteman Bikeway

Nothing screams Boston more than riding down “America’s Revolutionary Rail Trail.” This 10 mile long converted railway path is great for doing speedwork being that it’s mainly uninterrupted by any intersections or cars.

2. Charles River Bike Path

The Esplanade isn’t just great for running or sunning in the summer — it’s an amazing bike path as well. Officially called the Dr. Paul J. Dudley White Bike Path, this loop starting from the Museum of Science all the way down to Watertown is 14 miles long and provides great scenery along the way! If you go on a summer weekend though, be prepared to weave through rollerbladers, dogs — just about anything imaginable.

3. Southwest Corridor + Arnold Arboretum

A popular commuter route during the weekdays between the Back Bay and Forest Hills MBTA stations, this 4 mile path is great to ride along on the weekends. Tack on a loop through the beautiful Arnold Arboretum, which is the home to nearly 15,000 individual plant species, and you’ll have a lovely 12.5 mile ride on your hands. We recommend you do this during the fall as well to get your leaf-peeping fix in during your workout.

4. Cape Cod Rail Trail

Yes, we know this trail isn’t in Boston, but Boston isn’t the only place where they have converted old rail paths into bike paths and this is one that you’ll definitely want to ride. The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a dedicated bike path running 22 miles from Dennis all the way up to Wellfleet. Plan this ride into your next trip down to the Cape and you won’t regret it. You can even make this into an all-day affair by stopping along the way to swim in lakes along the path.

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