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Here Are The Most Photogenic Cycling Trails Around The World

A fresh dose of Instagram inspiration.

Cycling is one of those activities that makes you feel more alive. Zooming through the air, you feel like you’re truly a part of the glorious scenery that surrounds you. It also doesn’t hurt that you can stop at any moment to take a fire Instagram shot.

To help you on your way, we’ve collated the most photogenic places around the world for you to cycle through. Most of these trails are quite long, but you can just pick your beginning and end point wherever you like. Unless you’re a seasoned cyclist. In which case, you better get peddling.

#1 Tauern Cycle Trail, Austria

Photo: Visit Salzburg/Facebook

Imagine flying down a path, surrounded by towering mountains and trees. The Tauern Cycle Trail takes you through places like the Hohenwerfen Castle, Bluntau lake, Werfen ice caves and Krimmler Waterfalls. Of course, just pick where you’d like to begin along the trail and make the journey as long as you want. Extra bonus: sweet mountain air.

#2 The Karakoram Highway, China/Pakistan

The Karakoram Highway goes all the way between Kashgar, China and Islamabad, Pakistan. It’s the highest paved road in the world, and traverses some of the world’s most unique landscapes making it a favourite among seasoned cyclists. The entire route is 1200 kilometres long and includes the world’s highest border crossing at the Khunjerab Pass. Definitely one to brag about.

#3 Tulip Fields, Netherlands

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Flowers are the best Instagram fodder there is. And what’s more iconic than the Netherland’s Tulip Fields? This cycle is a lot shorter than the others. The route starts in Lieben, before trundling down the Bloembollenroute (Flower route) and finishing in Haarlem. Don’t forget to stop to smell the tulips along the way.

#4 Otago Central Rail Trail, New Zealand

Otago Central Rail Trail

Photo: Otago Central Rail Trail/Facebook

The Otago Central Rail Trail is the pride of New Zealand’s South Island. Beginning in Middlemarch and continuing for 150 kilometres to Clyde, the route follows the track of the old Otago railway. It should take around 3-5 days to cycle and includes lots of charming towns, rivers and magnificent mountains for you to whizz right through.

#5 Shimanami Kaido, Japan

This bike trail is technically an expressway, but don’t let that stop you. The 60 kilometre ride takes you from Honshu, the main island, over to Shikoku, taking in the beautiful Hiroshima Prefecture and Ehime Prefecture. There are plenty of places to stop and take pictures, as well as multiple bike hire spots if you wanted to stay overnight.

Alright, guys. On your bikes!

(Lead image: Tatara Ohashi Bridge via ranggapb/Flickr)

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