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The very best cities for e-biking

It’s not a cop-out; electric wheels are great for touring new cities.

Electric bikes will never stand in for a workout. But, they enable you to see more of a city when you can cruise at faster speeds. And unlike Segways or Ubers, they require work; they give you an electric boost with every pedal strokebut you’re still the one doing the pumping. Here, a few spots across the globe that are particularly e-bike-friendly.

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  • South Walton, Florida

    South Walton, Florida

    The architects behind this city are pioneers of the New Urbanism movement, an urban-planning ethos in which cities spoke out from a town center to encourage foot and bike traffic and decrease the need for cars. South Walton is home to more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails winding past 16 unique beach neighborhoods. Nab a rental or sign up for a tour with GreenEBikes; their Undomesticated E-Bike Tours take you past alligators, white tailed deer, raccoons, birds, and turtles.
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  • Zurich, Switzerland

    Zurich, Switzerland

    Bikes and electric energy: two things Zurich loves. The rolling topography and essentially car-free Old City make getting around on two wheels easy, and there are semi-paved trails around Lake Zurich and other pretty parts of the city recommended especially for e-biking. Book a guided tour, borrow a free bike from their citywide program, or get a room at the iconic Baur au Lac hotel, where the concierge can coordinate full-day rentals or sign you up for their Bike & Dine program (which includes electric wheels and a packed picnic lunch for a full day of riding, ending with dinner on a rooftop overlooking the skyline).

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  • Denver, Colorado

    Denver, Colorado

    See Colorado on two (electric) wheels and still have energy leftover for rock climbing, kayaking, or any of the other things on your Denver to-do list. HALCYON, a hotel in the Cherry Creek neighborhood, makes things easy by offering complimentary e-bikes. Grab your cycle and cruise down the paved, 42-mile-long Cherry Creek Trail, or just zip three scenic miles to the city center.

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  • Hoi An, Vietnam

    Hoi An, Vietnam

    This charming city, midway up Vietnam’s coast, is great for bikers: plenty of quiet lanes, canal paths, and rural roadways—not to mention a stunning countryside just outside. It’s a former port town with a hodgepodge of ornate pagodas, covered bridges, shophouses, and temples. Grasshopper Adventures offers day outings (your call if you want the e-bike or regular version) around the city, plus one that makes it out to My Son Sanctuary, ancient ruins from the Cham empire.

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  • Carlsbad, California

    Carlsbad, California

    Wellness retreats, biking and hiking trails, water-sport-sprinkled beaches, and farm-to-table restaurants abound in this SoCal town. In fact, Carlsbad has a long history as a mecca for health junkies. In 1882, an entrepreneur tapped a mineral spring that became the nation’s first mineral spa. Pedego Carlsbad offers both tandem and solo e-cruisers for exploring seven miles of coastline.

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  • Melbourne, Australia

    Melbourne, Australia

    Melbourne’s central loop, Capital City Trail, is a major attraction for Aussie cyclists. It consists mostly of sections of other trails, including the Merri Creek, Yarra Trail, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail, and Inner Circle Rail Trail (all great options for those who want to push away from the city center). The circuit passes landmarks like Southbank, the Melbourne Zoo, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. You can rent an e-bike from Velo Cycles or look into a guided tour with Red Balloon, which offers a variety of routes (such as the Bayside Melbourne ride featuring historic piers and great waterside views).

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