Your eyes aren't fooling you, the thermostat is registering spring temps, so it's time to go outside to enjoy warmer weather and beautiful scenery. Even better, you don't have to venture too far outside of New York City to kick the rust off of your bicycle.
Jimmy Phillips, founder of the personal cycling tours company The Domestique, shares his favorite locations to ride in and around New York City.
- Yearning to escape the city's hustle and bustle? Just two hours outside of NYC, Seven Lakes Drive in Harriman State Park boasts 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking and cycling trails and foliage views of a lifetime.
- Runners and bikers enjoy New York's Tallman State Park, with multiple running tracks and trails overlooking the easterly slope of the Palisades, the Hudson river and Piermont Marsh. Depending on the season, you can take advantage of the free tennis courts, cross-country skiing routes, hiking trails and dog-friendly paths after your cycling session.
- From historical walking tours to cyclist groups, there's never a dull moment on the Williamsburg Bridge. Grab your Citi Bike and take a Domestique biking tour while soaking in the stunning Manhattan skyline. Before heading back to Manhattan, check out the North Brooklyn Farms on Kent, where locals have created a thriving community garden under the bridge.