A local favorite is cycling the Chain O Lakes Loop. Minneapolitans are lucky to have such an easily accessible 12-mile loop found only minutes from downtown. With scenic lake views and well-paved trails, it’s hard to pass-up the opportunity to enjoy a nice ride along the Chain O Lakes. After the long bike ride, taking a dip at Cedar Lake’s Hidden Beach is always a good idea.
If you want something a bit longer and want to venture through new parts of the city, then the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway is the trail for you. Encircling the entire city of Minneapolis, this 55-mile urban loop is composed of seven interconnected sections that take you through some of Minneapolis’ most vibrant neighborhoods.
Just outside the city is Elm Creek Park Reserve. The largest of Three Rivers Park District, this park spans over 4,900 acres and features 20 miles of paved road biking trails that take you through scenic hardwood forest and rolling prairie.