A 33-mile bike ride up 2,675 feet on a cold, wet island in Puget Sound in February may sound brutal. But tell that to the 4,000 cyclists who sign up each year for the Chilly Hilly on Bainbridge Island. “You can get an eyeful of the Seattle skyline, ogle a bald eagle, and soak in dreamy harbor vistas,” says habitual entrant Gordon Black. “If only all suburbs looked so good.” Bakeries are as abundant as conifers along the route, and the epic post-ride chili feed is a near-instant restorative. Mark your calendar for February 28 (entrance fee is $35). If a warmer weather version is more your speed, you can download the route map and DIY ride it anytime at squeakywheels.org.
- Nat Geo Expeditions