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Plan a Bike Vacation in the Twin Cities

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Riding through the North Loop neighborhood in downtown Minneapolis / Waqar Ahmad

Plan a Bike Vacation in the Twin Cities

By Explore Minnesota

Biking in the Twin Cities is a bit like biting into a Juicy Lucy. It seems relatively straightforward at first (“How is this different from a cheeseburger?”), but there’s no denying the truth after your first ride.

Like the Juicy Lucy, biking in the Twin Cities is more than the sum of its parts—and it’s better here than practically anywhere else in America. So hop on your pedal-powered chariot (or rent one from Wheel Fun Rentals, various bike shops, or the Nice Ride or Lime bike-sharing services) and take in the sights, sounds and scenic beauty on these popular paved and unpaved trails in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

  1. Loop Around the Chain of Lakes
    Biking around Bde Maka Ska, Minneapolis skyline in background

    Pedal your way around the scenic Chain of Lakes near Uptown Minneapolis / Meet Minneapolis

    Loop Around the Chain of Lakes

    A local favorite, especially in the summer months, is the 15-mile bike path circling the interconnected Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis: Brownie Lake, Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet. Separate pedestrian and biking trails create less congestion and more stress-free cycling. Rentals are available at Lake Harriet and Maka Ska.

  2. Ride the World-Famous Midtown Greenway
    Bicyclists on the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis

    Formerly a railroad corridor, the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis is now practically a highway for bikes 

    Ride the World-Famous Midtown Greenway

    Stretching from the Chain of Lakes to the Mississippi River, the world-famous Midtown Greenway is like a bike highway for South Minneapolis. The 5.5-mile former railroad corridor is grade-separated from the street grid, providing barrier-free and traffic-free bicycling. Find an abundance of local eateries and shops on Lake Street, one block south of the Greenway, or connect to the Hiawatha Bike Trail for direct access to U.S. Bank Stadium.

  3. Pedal the Mississippi River Trail
    Mississippi River Trail in downtown Minneapolis

    Walk, jog or bike along the Mississippi River Trail as it weaves through downtown Minneapolis

    Pedal the Mississippi River Trail

    Ride the Twin Cities’ portion of the Mississippi River Trail as it follows the mighty river from North Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul and beyond. Make pit stops for iconic Twin Cities landmarks along the way, such as the Stone Arch Bridge, Minnehaha Falls and historic Fort Snelling.

  4. Bike on Scenic Summit Avenue in St. Paul
    Bike on Scenic Summit Avenue in St. Paul

    Extending across St. Paul from the Mississippi River to downtown, Summit Avenue’s 4.5 miles of tree-lined bicycle lanes offer visitors a time capsule of Victorian-era opulence. Summit boasts the longest stretch of Victorian homes in the entire country, some of which have housed famous residents including Minnesota-born authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis. Stop for tours of the Governor’s Residence, the James. J. Hill House and the Cathedral of Saint Paul.

  5. Go Mountain Biking at Theodore Wirth Park
    Woman winter fat biking

    Winter fat biking on the groomed trails at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis / Waqar Ahmad

    Go Mountain Biking at Theodore Wirth Park

    Minutes from downtown Minneapolis, a wooded oasis for off-road adventures awaits on Theodore Wirth’s 6 miles of intermediate mountain biking trails. The new Trailhead center creates a hub for outdoor enthusiasts, complete with a bike and ski rental shop, locker rooms, strength and conditioning room, and Mill Valley Market restaurant.

  6. Get Rad on Singletrack at Lebanon Hills
    Rock feature at Lebanon Hills

    Lebanon Hills is full of fun, slow-paced rock features to test your bike handling skills  / Pinkbike

    Get Rad on Singletrack at Lebanon Hills

    The variety in both difficulty and scenery on Lebanon Hills’ 12 miles of singletrack trails make it a top choice for Twin Cities mountain bikers. The suburban park, located in Eagan adjacent to the Minnesota Zoo, invites riders of all skill levels to experience routes that transform from rolling hills to wooded lakeside paths, with new sights around each twist and turn. Give your bike a quick tune-up at the park’s West Trailhead facility, which offers a bike repair station, air pump, maps and more.