olapiquena
Hey all, 

So... the wife and I would love to go somewhere to ride for a week or two this summer. 

We're trying to get ideas about places that meet the following criteria:
- We can ride between 50-80miles per day
- Uncrowded/No to little traffic
- Not too hot (preferably cool and... rainy is actually ok)
- Hilly to Mountainous
- Not high altitude
- Decent food/culture/off bike options... or something special going on... define as you will
- minimal to no need for daily driving

We are pretty spoiled, living in a dirt riding paradise with great food...etc.. so our expectations are likely totally unrealistic
but... we need to get away. 

In the past we've gone to and loved; 
- Crested Butte
- Vancouver Island/BC
- Whitefish/Glacier/Banff

We could do a hub type trip or don't mind riding place to place. 

So... if you were us, where would you go? 

Thanks, 

JS


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trippertim
My first guess would be that you can't go wrong with any of those, but seems like Crested Butte might not meet your criteria for "Not high altitude".

I've never been to Vancouver Island / BC, so can't talk to that, but I love the area from Glacier over to Spokane. Going to the Sun Road, Kootenai NF, Hungry Horse Reservoir, Route of the Hiawatha and Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and the Cabinet Mountain area east of Sand Point etc are all great areas.

We'll be in southern Idaho this year for our travel, but really want to get back to the Panhandle again soon.

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TenMile
I live on Vancouver Island and there is tons of amazing riding that you can do over a 1-2 week period.

You could make a multi-day out of Victoria to Sooke to Port Renfrew to Lake Cowichan to Duncan to Crofton, to Salt Spring Island, to Pender Island to Mayne Island and back to Victoria.

That ride can be done over a 1-2 week stretch depending on how long you want to stay in some of the locations -- all are beautiful.

There are routes you can take that are a mix of gravel and pavement.  Lots of interesting things to see, great restaurants, some amazing cultural experiences.  Happy to answer any questions.
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Zurichman
You didn't say if you did gravel bike rides in those areas or roadie riding. If roadie riding was ok I would do Tour of Wyoming. I have done what use to be the Big 3 kin Colorado and kind of like them but want to do Tour of Wyoming. There is a lottery system sometime in Jan.

Zman
If it was easy it wouldn't be a memory. You just hope you don't have all your memories in the same ride. been there dun that Zman
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Tumbleweed
I haven't done it, but isn't it possible to ride point to point around Barclay Sound primarily on dirt (gravel)?  You could tie in the ferry for your way to get to the point.  I don't think there is a lot of luxury along the way, but some high points and lot's of scenery.  All low altitude but some elevation involved.
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