Best for biking
Mountain biking at the beach might sound like a contradiction, but at Bluff Point State Park in Groton, Conn., there’s a dirt road along the Poquonnock River that leads straight to the sound. There, you’ll find picturesque Bluff Point Beach, which juts out to rugged Bushy Point. Numerous tracks spread out from the main trail like spokes on a wheel; choose one and ramble along the shores or go inland to see remnants of the John Winthrop house dating from the early 1700s. Even better, head up to the bluffs and look south across Long Island Sound to Fishers Island in New York, east to Watch Hill in Rhode Island, or west to New London in Connecticut. In Provincetown, the Province Lands Bike Trail is a 5-mile loop with free parking at the visitor center and at Beech Forest. Take a breather at tranquil Bennett Pond or stop at the high point near the visitor center to gaze at the Atlantic.