8 of the most bike-friendly destinations in the Midwest

May 17, 2022

Des Moines holds a treasure trove of bike paths for recreational and avid cyclists alike, especially those training for the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). In the metro area, trails meander through green spaces like Gray's Lake and Water Works Park, with myriad opportunities to refuel and rehydrate along the way (El Bait Shop and Confluence Brewing are two local faves). If you want to ride a real-deal railroad trestle from back in the day, bike the 25-mile High Trestle Trail that overlooks the Des Moines River. Or try the scenic 26-mile Chichaqua Valley Trail, which connects Berwick to Baxter. Not able to travel with your bike in tow? You're covered with the BCycle program and nearby shops like Bike World.

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