Maple Leaf Reservoir Park path and sport courts. Credit Nancy Chaney
Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Seattle
This calm, leafy hangout is perfect for the littlest riders in your family — whether testing out two-wheelers, trikes or scooters — and those not yet ready to commit to longer distances. A smooth, flat path of just under a mile loops around this 16-acre park, which also includes a covered picnic shelter, sports courts and a huge grassy playfield. There’s no shortage of fun once the bikes get tossed to the sidelines, either: Walk down the steps (or roll down the sidewalk) to the park's lower level that features a terrific, all-accessible playground, a zip line, a sweet butterfly garden and a sand pit.
Post-cycling pit stop: Just kitty-corner across Roosevelt Way (use the crosswalk) from the park find neighborhood favorite Cloud City Coffee with drinks, food and a tot play area. Or grab a slice from Flying Squirrel Pizza a couple of blocks away.