Not only is the South Platte River Trail a pleasant and smoothly paved ride for its entire eighteen miles, but as it passes through Denver, the iconic views — of Mile High Stadium, Confluence Park, the Pepsi Center, Overland Golf Course and the Auraria campus, to name just a few — make it ideal for newcomers to get their bearings. Named for the river it follows for most of its journey, the north-south path runs from East 88th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Thornton to the River Point at Sheridan shopping center, and along the way passes through an eerily desolate stretch of sewage plants and oil refineries as well as lush city parks and ever-changing neighborhoods. Looking for a longer excursion? Jump onto one of the dozen trails that intersect it, including Cherry Creek, Clear Creek and the Mary Carter Greenway.
Readers' Choice: Cherry Creek Bike Path