Bike-Friendly & Car-Free RTX Vacation Ideas

Getting Around Car-Free

This issue’s featured destination, Hilton Head Island, is a fantastic place to see by bicycle. With its extensive and accessible bike paths that can take you just about anywhere you need to go on the island, it is easy to leave the car parked and explore the area on two wheels. Plus, the area’s ideal weather will make you want to spend as much time in the fresh coastal air as possible.

Nearby Daufuskie Island, also featured in this issue, is even more unique in its transportation situation; no cars are permitted on the island at all. Accessible only by boat, most residents use golf carts to get around Daufuskie. Check out these RTX destinations that we love to explore on foot or by bike.

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Napa Valley, CA

The rolling hills and stunning vineyard views of Napa and Sonoma are a cyclist’s dream as you can explore the surrounding hills for a challenge and coast through the flatter valley roads for an easier trek. Bikes are a great way to visit the area’s vineyards while enjoying the pleasant weather. Many cyclists start and end their Napa bike adventure in Yountville, where there’s plenty of parking, the Napa Valley Bike Tours shop and a variety of restaurants and shops to fill you up before and after your ride. From here, several trails range from an easy 11-mile loop to a more advanced 23-mile loop to a vigorous 51-mile trek. The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition is working to create a 47-mile safe and scenic system of level, paved and family-friendly trails for walking and biking.

Tangier, Virginia

An hour south of Ocean City, Md., catch a ferry in Crisfield to Tangier Island, Va., in the Chesapeake Bay. After an hour and a half on the water, you’ll be transported to another time on this small island where the only wheels you’ll see are on golf carts or bicycles. Locals offer tours centered around the island’s most loved resources: crabbing, boating and nature. While dining on the island’s famous crabs in one of several restaurants open May through September, you’ll hear a dialect that is often mistaken for a British accent, as many of the locals are descendants of the Resoration-era English settlers. The lack of bridges connecting Tangier to the mainland has helped preserve this unique accent.

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San Antonio, TX

San Antonio is joining several other U.S. cities with a bike sharing program where you can grab a bike from any station throughout town and pay $10 for a daily rental. After a day exploring, bikes can be returned to whatever station is convenient for you. Plenty of bike lanes around town give easy access to bustling neighborhoods where you can visit local breweries and restaurants. The 9-mile Mission Trail was recently restored to welcome bikers as well as hikers along the San Antonio River. The trail begins at The Alamo and goes past four historic colonial missions as well as wildlife along the river including herons, egrets, ducks and turtles.

Bald Head Island, NC

An hour and a half south of Wilmington, N.C., and two hours north of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Bald Head Island is accessible by 20-minute ferry ride. 10,000 of the island’s 12,000 acres are untouched beach, marsh and maritime forest preserves with a few intimate neighborhoods tucked into the natural beauty of the surroundings. Ferries run hourly throughout the year from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. or later, with some times varying seasonally. A perfect day trip during an RTX vacation to Myrtle Beach, Bald Head Island offers golf, spas, dining and shopping as well as plenty of water and other outdoor activities. Golf cart rentals are available by the hour or day for getting around.

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