It’s summer, and that means it’s the perfect time to hop on the bike and go for a ride! Iowa’s state parks and small towns have no shortage of places to ride and take in the state’s natural beauty, but there’s nothing like a truly epic bike trail in Iowa.

The Great Western Trail isn’t solely an Iowa institution – it’s actually built on Chicago’s old Great Western abandoned rail bed – but its Iowa section travels through the heart of the state.

You can ride through Des Moines, to some of the state’s top attractions, but the trail also weaves through some amazing small towns. One of these is Cumming, a town of only 436 and one of the smallest towns in the greater Des Moines Metropolitan Area. It’s home to some unique restaurants and distilleries that make for the perfect finish to a day of cycling.

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