Alaska’s Best Biking

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Biking can be a rewarding adventure in accessible parts of the state. The paved-road system is straightforward, and traffic is usually light. However, the road shoulders can be narrow, and people tend to drive fast in rural areas. Unpaved highways are bikable but are tougher going. Use caution when it comes to traffic, weather, and wildlife.

Anchorage, Alaska. Anchorage has an excellent bike-trail system. Biking this city is a good way to appreciate its setting as a metropolis perched on the edge of vast wilderness---but beware the occasional furry creature sharing the bike trail with you!

Denali National Park Preserve. Take your mountain bike on the Alaska Railroad and bike Denali. Although the park road is largely unpaved, it has a good dirt surface and only light traffic. This immense preserve has some of the best wildlife viewing in the state.

The Interior. Mountain biking has become a hot sport here. Fairbanks has miles of scenic bike paths along the Chena River. Most roads have wide shoulders and those incredible Alaska views. Trails used in winter by mushers, snowmobilers, and cross-country skiers are taken over by bikers when the snow melts.

Southeast Alaska and the Ferry System. You can bring your bike on Alaska's ferry system at an extra charge. Use it to explore the Southeast's charming communities and surrounding forests, but come prepared for heavy rain.

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