Forget RVing across the country – what about biking or walking cross-country? If that sounds like something you’d want to do, you’re in luck. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy began working on the Great American Rail-Trail™ in 2019. Once completed, the trail will stretch more than 3,700 miles from Washington, D.C. to the state of Washington. Now that’s one way to sightsee!
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is currently working to connect gaps on more than 125 existing trails in 12 states across the country. So far, they’ve secured more than 18 million dollars in funding. The Conservancy believes now is a critical time to be part of a project like this, with more and more people exercising outside because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The trail is mostly built atop or near old railway lines, which account for more than 24,000 miles of multi-use trails in the U.S. The trail will be smooth asphalt in some parts, and gravel in others.
You can visit the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website here to learn more about the trail and follow along with its completion. Watch the video below to see the route (and some of the beautiful scenery along the way).
If you want to find beautiful biking trails to add to your bucket list, check out this Lonely Planet book, Epic Bike Rides of the Americas. And if you’re in the mood for a good biking story, 50 Shades of The USA: One woman’s 11,000-mile cycling adventure through every state of America is the one.