Taking a walk along the beach in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan or Perdido Key is one of the best ways to take in the beauty of these Gulf Coast vacation destinations. Another great way to experience the beauty? By bike! 

Fortunately, there are ample opportunities to bike along the beaches, dunes and other stunning sights when you're staying in Gulf Shores rentals on the beach. Here are some bike rides the whole family is sure to enjoy. 

Rosemary Dunes Trail

Biking is one of the best ways to see the stunning scenery in the Gulf Shores area.Looking for the best in beachy biking? A ride on the Rosemary Dunes Trail starts off at the white sandy shoreline on Beach Road in Gulf Shores, about 1 mile east of State Park Road 2. From there, you'll ride east, away from the coast but into a tranquil forest of tall pine trees as you enter Gulf State Park. Look for alligators in the marshy stops on this paved trail, and check out the seasonal butterfly garden at Campground Road, where the trail ends. 

Twin Bridges Trail

This is an especially family-friendly trail, since it's only a mile long and offers parking at the Orange Beach Sportsplex at the trail's northernmost end. Pedal along the paved route and enjoy the scenery as it winds through dense forests and over scenic wooden bridges. If you want to keep riding, this path makes it easy to connect to the Rattlesnake Ridge Trail and Catman Road Trail at its southern end.

Bike along the beach

Taking a drive along Perdido Beach Boulevard, or Highway 182, allows visitors to see the seemingly endless white sand beaches that line the entire key. Fortunately, there are bike lanes on this road as well. In fact, every major roadway between Fort Morgan, Alabama, and Perdido Key, Florida, has some type of shoulder or bike lane in both directions, so more experienced cyclists might want to head out on these roads for a scenic ride. Along Perdido Beach Boulevard, you might also see trail heads to backcountry trails in Gulf State Park, giving you the opportunity to get off the beaten path if it suits you.