Bicycling and shopping vacations
She likes to explore the shops and he likes to sweat? No problem.
© Beth Gauper
Chicago's Lakefront Trail goes past Navy Pier and near the shops of Old Town, Oak Street and the Magnificent Mile.
As often as not, vacationing couples find they're in a mixed marriage: One likes to shop, one likes to bike or hike.
What to do? I've seen dozens of men patiently waiting on benches as their wives and girlfriends scour the shops.
But it needn't be an either/or proposition. Pick one of the destinations below, and you'll find both great shopping and great riding (or running, or skating) routes, plus great restaurants in which to relax afterward.
Where to ride: Chicago's 18-mile Lakefront Trail. For more, see Spin City.
Where to shop: The Magnificent Mile, Oak Street, the Loop, Old Town, Navy Pier. For more, see Chicago stories.
For more, see Bicycling around the Twin Cities.
Where to shop: Downtown, Uptown, Grand Avenue, the Mall of America. For more, see Twin Cities stories.
Where to shop: Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. For more, see Milwaukee stories.
© Beth Gauper
The Cedar Lake Commuter Trail takes bicyclists to Target Field and downtown Minneapolis.
Where to shop: Cedarburg, a Yankee mill town with a winery, galleries and shops in antebellum buildings. For more, see Jolly Cedarburg.
Where to ride: The 42-mile Root River State Trail and 18-mile Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail in southeast Minnesota, which connects to the Root River trail five miles west of Lanesboro.
For more, see Bicycling in bluff country.
Where to ride: 130 miles of the Paul Bunyan State Trail from Baxter to Akeley, the Heartland State Trail between Park Rapids and Cass Lake and the Migizi Trail around Cass Lake in Minnesota lakes country.
For more, see Bicycling the Bunyan.
Where to shop and stay: Nisswa. For more, see Fast times in Nisswa.
Where to ride: The 32 miles of the Badger State Trail from the Madison exurb of Fitchburg to the Illinois border, 13 miles on the Jane Addams Trail to Freeport, Ill.; and 23 miles on the Sugar River State Trail from New Glarus to Brodhead.
Where to shop: New Glarus and Paoli. For more, see A slice of cheese country.
Where to ride: The 31-mile Ahnapee State Trail from Casco to Sturgeon Bay, trails in Peninsula State Park and county roads around Door County.
Where to ride: The 19½-mile Cannon Valley Trail between Cannon Falls and Red Wing on the Mississippi River in Minnesota.
Where to shop: Pottery Place and downtown in Red Wing. For more, see Roaming in Red Wing.
Where to ride: Minnesota's 55-mile Central Lakes Trail, which connects with the Lake Wobegon Trail and spurs into Morrison County for a 127-mile system.
For more, see Bicycling the Central Lakes.
Where to shop: Alexandria. For more, see Alexandria's enigma.
Last updated on June 6, 2016