Portland, OR, the active capital of the West Coast, has one of the best route varieties of any city in America. In a span of just a few miles, you can cruise long, flat distances along the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, or head uphill in any direction for a killer glute workout. Leif Erikson Drive wins our vote, hands down, though—12 miles along a gravel road in the city’s 5,000-acre Forest Park is pretty hard to beat. (Not to mention, loose gravel is easier on the knees than pavement.) On this urban route, you’ll genuinely feel buried deep in the woods.
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