If you like the idea of a road trip across the US, but the prospect of spending days on end in a car makes you sick, a leg-powered, cross-country trip could be the solution. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) recently announced the Great American Rail-Trail, a 4,000-mile bike trail that will connect the East and West coasts via 12 states.

The Great American Rail-Trail will begin in Washington, DC, and end in Washington state, span nearly 4,000-miles, and link together several smaller gateway trails, like Capital Crescent Trail, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Panhandle Trail, Hennepin Canal State Trail, Casper Rail Trail, and Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail.


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Keith Laughlin, president of the RTS, said in a press release that “the investment of time and resources necessary to complete this trail will be returned many times over as it takes its place among the country’s national treasures. As we embark on the journey to complete the Great American Rail-Trail, we embark on the single greatest trail project in the history of the US.”

The goal of the trail is to offer a seamless, continuous path, separated from from vehicle traffic, for bikers and hikers, and a truly memorable way of exploring the US. Currently only 50 percent of the trail is complete, though the RTC plans to release full route details by spring 2019. More information can be found on the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website.

H/T: Travel & Leisure

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