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Taking a trip soon? Don't spend all of your time enjoying the sights from your car or a tour bus. Hop on a bike instead. As you pedal your way around a new town, or through picturesque countryside, you'll be able to hear, smell and even touch things, allowing you to truly experience your surroundings. And hey, all that riding is good for your health, too.
Today, people all over the world are discovering the joys of touring by bike. In the United Kingdom, for example, the number of bicycle holidays rose 30 percent from 2005 to 2007 [source: You Claim]. And cycling trip operators all over the globe are reporting increased interest. Even tiny Armenia has researched cycling vacations as a potential source of tourism [source: Business Support Center].
Don't worry that cycling while on vacation may be a hassle. It's actually a snap. Just strap your bike onto your car and bring it along. Or rent one at your destination. If you don't want to figure out a cycling route, sign on with a tour operator. Most offer everything from easy, half-day spins around town to strenuous, week-long rides covering hundreds of miles.
Starting to get excited about biking around a beautiful, new locale? Here are five really sweet one-day rides to whet your appetite.