Does your family wish those weekend bicycle rides would never end? Very soon, you can bike across the United States on a 4,000 mile trail!

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has just unveiled a new initiative to create the nation’s first cross-country rail trail. Using existing rail trails across 12 states, the route would connect Washington State to Washington, D.C.

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There are many trails that already criss-cross the United States, but what makes this trail different is that unlike other routes that follow roads and highways, this one is free from traffic as it follows old railroad beds.

The trail would start on Washington, D.C.’s Capital Crescent Trail and end up 35 miles outside of Seattle. Along the way riders will pass through Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Parks, Nebraska’s Cowboy Trail and the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes through Idaho’s panhandle, among others.

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The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy spent the past year and a half working with state agencies to find the best routes and connect the trails. The group plans to release the full trail map on May 8.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

 

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