A white Christmas is certainly nice, but how about a winter holiday that includes the mountains, deserts, and shores of sunny San Diego? For 56 years, Hostelling International's Christmas Bike Trip has attracted bike riders young and old, novice and veteran, for a six-day, 400-mile trek through southern California.
With its flat, wide tree-lined streets and laid-back way of life, Sacramento was made for a single-speed cruiser.
Sometimes the old ways are still the best ways. Even with hybrid cars growing in popularity among drivers, there's still no real alternative to the power of your own two feet, to get you where you're going without leaving a significant ecological footprint. Besides, hiking and biking are both healthy and fun, and ensure you get a chance to "stop and smell the roses" along the way.