Late summer is a great time to see the city in all its glory and also a perfect time to enjoy a good old bike ride. So if you’re ready to get out there and ride somewhere new, we have a list for you. Here are 10 of the best places to go for a bike ride in Seattle.
Did you really think we’d start this list with anything other than the Burke Gilman? If you’re unfamiliar with the trail, it’s a 27-mile multi-use recreational trail that runs from Ballard to Bothell. Just keep in mind that the trail can get quite busy and you’ll have to watch out for runners, skaters, and other bikers. But you’ll have 27 miles of trail to cruise and you really can’t beat that.
Where: Burke Gilman Trail
This is an easy pick for an easy bike ride. You can’t go wrong with the loop at Green Lake especially if you go early in the morning. Now keep in mind, that because there is a walking trail you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for people drifting into the wrong lane. But this isn’t the place to be a speed demon anyway.
Where: 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N
If you live in South Seattle, this trail is a must-ride. The trail gets a little hilly at some parts but what we like about it is the fact that you can ride it all the way to Kubota Garden. So if you want a workout with an amazing reward at the end, this is a great option.
Where: Chief Sealth Trail
If you want to see some spring blooms then we recommend riding the Washington Park Arboretum Loop. You’ll get to see Azalea Way as well as Lake Washington. Plus you can hop off anywhere along the trail to smell the flowers for a nice and easy ride.
Where: 2300 Arboretum Drive E
If you’re feeling a little extra ambitious you can head over to the eastside on the 520 Trail. The best part of this ride is definitely the uninterrupted views of Lake Washington because you’ll be riding directly over it. But keep in mind, that you’ll also face some wind crossing the lake so be prepared for a real workout.
Where: WA 520 Trail
It’s kind of crazy how many waterfront trails Seattle has. But it makes sense due to just how many bodies of water our city has. This trail is fun because you obviously get to see Elliott Bay but you also get to ride by sights like the Olympic Sculpture Park and Pike Place Market. So bring some snacks with you and make a few stops along the way.
Where: Elliott Bay Trail
If you want to ride along the beach then you can’t go wrong with the Alki Trail in West Seattle. Like other trails on this list, this one is also multi-use. So you can take in the sights of Elliott Bay but be sure to also keep your eyes peeled for other people on the trail.
Where: Alki Trail
For a breezy and easy ride, you can hit the short but beautiful Seward Park Loop. You’ll get to ride through the forested part of the park but you can head to a waterfront spot after if you feel so inclined. Just watch out for pedestrians because this is a beloved park and is usually pretty busy.
Where: 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S
You’ve probably heard us talk about this park before because it’s pretty special. This quiet and tree-lined stretch of street is foot and bike access only. So you’ll be able to cruise to your heart’s content. Just be sure to keep your eyes peeled when you hit the stretch of road that joins back up with traffic.
Where: Interlaken Boulevard
Of course, we have to give a shout-out to our favorite park in Seattle. Discovery Park has quite a few places to ride your bike and of course, lots to see. So next time you’re heading to the park consider seeing it by bike instead of a car.
Where: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd
Now you have no excuse not to pull your bike out. Because all of these spots are great options for a bike ride in Seattle. Enjoy your ride!