The Best Places On Your Peloton You Need To Visit In Real Life, According To Travelers

Have you been traveling the world via your Peloton? We don't blame you. Since Peloton came on the scene, people have been hopping on their bikes and transporting themselves to faraway destinations. They've been getting both exercise and adventure, all from the comfort of their homes. But if you could cycle into the real-world version of any of these Peloton locations, where should you go? Well, we're here to travelerblog this very question.

Peloton is constantly updating its services, and its scenic rides underwent a significant revamp in 2021. Since then, the company has rolled out a wide array of gorgeous location-based rides from European wine regions to the Land Down Under. These places are all worth visiting. After all, they don't call them "scenic rides" for nothing. But if you're hoping to narrow it down, you've come to the right place. 

We've searched Tripadvisor, social media forums, and travel websites to find the Peloton locations people consistently raved about and rewarded with high ratings. Get ready to step off that bike and into some traveler-approved destinations.

Taroko Gorge, Taiwan

If you're a long-distance cyclist, you may have sampled Peloton's 60-minute scenic ride through Taroko Gorge. Winding down the narrow road, the views oscillate between lush greenery and marbled rock formations. You'll pass through cave tunnels opening up to cascading waterfalls, steep cliffs, and deep gorges. The entire area is a sight like no other, making it no surprise that Taroko Gorge has been ranked Taiwan's number one attraction outside Taipei, per Tripadvisor.

Taiwan may be a modernized country with one of the world's most dense populations, but many don't realize how vast and diverse the island's natural landscape is. Taroko Gorge is just one example of the beautiful blending of natural and modern worlds, with well-paved roads yet seemingly untouched scenery — untouched by human hands, at least. This gorge was formed over millions of years by the erosion of the Liwu River, which cut through the marble and granite rock formations in the area. 

To travelerblog this unique geological site, you can drive, cycle, or rent a moped to traverse the Central Cross-Island Highway, the only road through the gorge. Get out to walk the Shakadang Trail or cool off with a swim at the base of the route. If you prefer warmer waters, head to Wenshan Hot Spring to enjoy the natural mineral pools while leaning against giant metamorphic rocks.

Andalusia, Spain

Peloton offers a range of Andalusian rides, including 15, 30, 45, and 60-minute scenic routes, mainly through the rolling hillsides. If you've cycled these, you've gotten a taste of what this region is all about. However, to fully experience the Spanish region, you have to visit in real life. After all, Andalusia is a destination that appeals to all five senses, from tasting tapas and sherry to hearing sevillanas reverberate down cobblestone alleyways.

If you're unfamiliar, Andalusia is the epitome of southern Spain. Picture a long coastline with turquoise waters, sandy beaches, rolling mountains in the distance, and white villages dotting the hillsides. Driving through the region, you might pass an Osborne bull, a symbol of the area and a controversial reminder that you're in bullfighting country. As you reach cities, you'll find Moorish architecture and flamenco dancers performing in busy squares. But while Andalusia might be bursting with history and tradition, it also has a modern edge, with beautiful port cities offering nightlife, shopping, and resorts.

People consistently rave about Andalusia on social media. In the subreddit r/travel, one user wrote, "Andalusia is one of my favorite places in the world. It's ideal for a first-time trip [to Spain]. The people are generally quite laid back and friendly, the climate is pretty good, there's a lot of historical sites around, and the food is great." Some popular areas include Málaga, Seville, Cádiz, Ronda, Córdoba, and Granada (where you'll find the world-famous Alhambra).

Iceland

In the past decade, Iceland has put itself on the map as a top tourist destination. People are catching wind of just how magical this island is, and if you've tried any of Peloton's Icelandic adventures, you already have an idea.

In Iceland, Peloton has 10, 20, and 45-minute scenic rides and distance-based 5K and 10K routes. The company also has a guided route with Peloton instructor Ben Alldis, plus a guided run and hike. On some of these routes, you'll get a glimpse of the capital city of Reykjavík, the northern lights, and the Blue Lagoon. However, nothing compares to the real thing. As one Peloton user put it on r/pelotoncycle, "Not at all complaining since Iceland is one of my favorite places in the world (4x visitor), but man, how cool would it have been for them to do a 20-30 min nighttime aurora ride." If you visit the land of ice and fire, you certainly can, and that's not all you can do.

There are so many reasons to visit Iceland. It's brimming with natural wonders, including volcanoes, fjords, and waterfalls. To connect with local wildlife, go whale watching or ride on the unique Icelandic horse. Hike over glaciers and through ice caves, or soak in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon. Delve into the country's folklore and witchcraft history in the stunning Westfjords region, or enjoy cocktails and coffee in the trendy capital.

Banff National Park, Canada

Endurance athletes will love Peloton's Banff National Park ride, a 60-minute cycle through the Canadian wilderness. Along the way, keep your eyes out for a moose grazing on the side of the road, which is just the tip of the iceberg regarding animals you'd spot here. Banff National Park is the place to see bears, deer, and smaller creatures, as well as impressive landscapes. Expect turquoise lakes, alpine meadows, and glaciers set to a backdrop of snow-peaked mountains.

Visitors consistently rave about Banff National Park, with one Tripadvisor user claiming, "I have traveled a bit in my life so far, but I have to say that the one place I am the most fond of and took my breath away every day was Banff National Park." And you'll have no problem filling your days with outdoor adventures here. It's a lake lover's paradise, and visitors can hop from Lake Louise to Moraine Lake and beyond. You can also drive the Icefields Parkway towards Jasper, stopping to snap photos from the glass-encased Skywalk. 

After time outdoors, you might crave some creature comforts. Luckily, there are several charming mountain towns nearby that are perfect for some R&R. Golden is the place to go on a budget, Canmore makes a tremendous base for hiking, and Banff town has it all, from farm-to-table food to craft beer, cute coffee shops, and upscale spas.

South Island, New Zealand

A 45-minute scenic ride through New Zealand's South Island is not enough to travelerblog everything this region offers. Like many destinations on this list, you'll find mountains, beaches, and glaciers galore. After all, what's a Peloton scenic ride without views?

There is so much to do here, and while you could pack it all into a road trip, you might need much longer to soak it all in. On the r/travel subreddit, one user explained, "I could spend three months in South Island. It's amazing," and another user recommended, "Don't try to cram too much in." So, if you're hoping to prioritize the highlights, the South Island has a few unique locations that kept popping up in our searches.

First off, you can't travelerblog the South Island without visiting Milford Sound. This destination has that untouched, remote feeling that completely immerses you in nature. While you can't spend the night here, you can take a helicopter tour or nature cruise over the sound. Adventure seekers will also appreciate Mount Cook National Park's opportunities for kayaking, hiking, and skydiving. And if foodie endeavors are more your thing, we recommend sampling world-renowned wines in the Marlborough District.

Patagonia, Argentina & Chile

Patagonia is a vast region at the southern end of South America, spanning Chile and Argentina. On your Peloton, you can take a 15-minute cycle through Santa Cruz, which has a laidback lifestyle and a landscape reminiscent of New Mexico. You can also take a 45-minute scenic ride in Torres del Paine, Chile, a massive, mountainous national park, or a 60-minute ride through Argentine Patagonia, known for forests, grasslands, and immense glaciers.

In Patagonia, hiking, camping, and horseback riding are at your fingertips. Whether you want to climb mountains or ice towers, you've got options. One famous Patagonian destination is Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the only glaciers worldwide that is actually growing. You can trek across it, navigate the icy waters by boat, or enjoy stunning views from the observation decks. In addition to its natural wonders, Patagonia is also home to a unique culture. The indigenous people of Patagonia, including the Mapuche and the Tehuelche, have a rich history and traditions that are still celebrated today. Visitors can learn about their culture, sample traditional foods, and attend festivals and events.

It may be far from the States, but when travelers asked if the journey was worth it, people responded with a resounding "Yes!" On a Tripadvisor forum, one commenter supported this claim, "Yes! Patagonia is worth it! You will not believe how incredible it is. If you have to choose one place, choose Patagonia!" Another chimed in, "Go for it...You will not be disappointed."

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Imagine a tropical land straight out of a fairytale, with butterflies fluttering to the backdrop of towering waterfalls and lush forests. Alajuela, Costa Rica, lives up to this image, and to experience it firsthand, you'll have to step off that Peloton and book that flight.

Alajuela is one of the biggest cities in Costa Rica, with its own international airport. It's easy to access, and you'll have all the amenities of an urban destination, malls and museums included. You can relax in the General Tomas Guardia Park or buy souvenirs and sample local cuisine at the Mercado de Alajuela. And since the city is surrounded by greenery, you won't feel as if you're in a concrete jungle but a real one. Here, you can check out the Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, where you can see sloths, jaguars, monkeys, and more. Tripadvisor reviewers also recommend visiting the Poas Volcano Crater and taking a coffee tour.

Costa Rica is considered one of the happiest countries in the world, perhaps due to its hospitality, sunshine, and scenery. The locals' motto, pura vida, translates to "pure life," and that energy is contagious. The saying is about living life simply for the joy of it. And whether you're ziplining through the forest or enjoying a homemade casado with friends, you're bound to taste la pura vida in Alajuela.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand

Is a tropical vacation calling your name? Whether you want to escape the winter cold or fully embrace those summer vacation vibes, Thailand is the answer. And if a 15-minute ride through Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park doesn't satisfy that craving, head there in person.

The most famous attraction within the park is Phraya Nakhon Cave. This immensely Instagrammable destination is the sort of place you have to see to believe. After a short hike to the center of the cave, you'll be rewarded with a stunning natural skylight with the sun focusing directly on an ornate royal pavilion. According to Tripadvisor reviews, it's the top site in the area, and one visitor suggests "taking the boat as it brings you in at a beautiful beach where you can relax and swim after visiting the cave."

However, Khao Sam Roi Yot is much more than this one cave. Outside, you'll find towering limestone cliffs, wetlands, and beaches. Bird watchers will never get bored as there have been over 300 different species of birds recorded, per Thai National Parks. And although this destination is typically visited on a day trip, you can rent bungalows overnight for the full Southeast Asian travel experience.

Monterey, California, USA

To experience California's beautiful coastline, take Peloton's 5K cycling route through Monterey. But to feel that cool sea breeze on your skin, you'll need to head there in real life — as you should. It's one of the most popular places to visit on the West Coast and is considered both safe and incredibly scenic, making it a fantastic, family-friendly spot.

On Niche, locals describe it as having "a small hometown feel, and the people are very warm and supportive." Another person mentioned, "I don't have to worry about crime or traffic here. It is paradise." Monterey's weather is also quite mild, and it often has a cloud cover that gives way in the early hours of the morning. Evenings usually call for a cozy sweater as you watch a gorgeous sunset over the Pacific Ocean. 

Priciness might be Monterey's biggest downfall. But considering the recreational activities and views, a visit is worth it. There are plenty of things to do, from whale watching and biking to enjoying a round at world-famous golf resorts. Kids love the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, and parents love the food and wine scene even more. If you're hoping to relax, take in the views on the 17-Mile Drive or go beachcombing along the expansive shoreline.

Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve is a beautiful coastal region in southern Portugal, known for its stunning beaches, warm weather, and picturesque towns. One of the most extraordinary things about the Algarve is its coastline, lined with cliffs, caves, and rock formations that look straight out of a postcard. Peloton has capitalized on this landscape by creating a 10-minute scenic ride and a 30-minute cycle through Serra de Monchique, a mountain chain known for its honey and brandy.

The Algarve also has some of the best beaches in Europe, including Praia da Rocha, Praia da Marinha, and Praia de Alvor. You can try your hand at surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. If you seek more novel experiences, kayak into the Benagil Cave, which comes naturally equipped with covered beaches and a skylight.

For those who prefer exploring on land, the Algarve is home to many charming towns and villages, such as Lagos, Albufeira, and Faro. Lagos has a rich history and is home to several museums and historic sites, including the Forte da Ponta da Bandeira and the Church of St. Anthony. Faro, the regional capital, also has several engaging museums and historic landmarks, such as the Faro Cathedral and the Arco da Vila. Wherever you land after a long day of sightseeing, treat yourself to the region's delicious seafood and wine.

Zion National Park, Utah, USA

If you're in awe of unique geological formations, Zion National Park will rock your world. Located in Southwestern Utah, this park spans over 230 square miles. You may have seen a short portion of it on the Peloton's 15-minute scenic ride, but what's onscreen doesn't compare to the in-person experience.

Here, you'll see soaring red rocks in all sorts of jagged formations. And if you've got a decent vantage point, you can look down to observe where deep sandstone canyons meet winding rivers and green valleys.

This landscape creates the perfect outdoor playground. An extensive network of hiking trails ranges from easy walks to challenging multi-day hikes. Some popular hikes include Angel's Landing, The Narrows, and Observation Point. Adventure seekers can go rock climbing, canyoneering, or backpacking as well. The park also has a variety of ranger-led programs and educational activities, including guided hikes, stargazing events, and wildlife spotting tours. However, if you're taking a break from exercise (along with that Peloton), take the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Don't forget to hop out for that picture-perfect moment amongst the rainbow rocks.

Tuscany, Italy

Peloton's 20-minute scenic ride, followed by a glass of wine, might give you a taste of Tuscany, but for the full experience, you'll need to hop on a plane. And when you do, you won't be disappointed. Tuscany is just as it looks in the movies, and the romantic in you may have fantasized about strolling through the Tuscan countryside, wine in hand, as you look out over vineyards, olive groves, and cypress trees. So why not turn that fantasy into a reality?

Tuscany's rolling hills are interspersed with walled towns, sleepy villages, and bustling cities. On one of the hilltops is an ancient town called the City of 100 Towers. Now called San Gimignano, it has a long tradition of producing fine wines and spices. Tuscany is also home to some of Italy's most iconic cities, including Florence, where Italian art and architecture flourished. You can visit the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelangelo's David, or see stunning churches like the Duomo and Santa Croce.

Tuscany is a large region, so it's best to know which areas appeal to you most. On Rick Steve's Travel Forum, a past visitor recommended the quintessential road trip through the countryside, stopping in "Montalcino for expensive wines, Pienza for beautiful scenery and cheese, Cortona for scenes of work a day Tuscany, and all the lovely places in between." Wherever you end up, you can indulge in Tuscan cuisine, including pappardelle al cinghiale (wild boar pasta) and castagnaccio (chestnut flour cake).

Methodology

How did we develop this list of the absolute best places on your Peloton to visit in real life? First, we reviewed the list of Peloton rides available and did a Google search for each region. We looked through sites like Yelp, Tripadvisor, Reddit, and Rick Steve's Travel Forums to see which places got consistently high ratings and positive reviews. Then, we continued to use these websites along with our own travel expertise to recommend specific attractions and activities in each destination.