Bomb down wide-open steeps and loose pumice on a world-class competition trail; chug uphill through grassy meadows to a paradise picnic spot overlooking glassy mountain lakes; or cruise easy-rolling, sweetly shaded singletrack to a funky coffeehouse.
Set on a high-desert plateau on the eastern flank of the Cascades near Mt. Bachelor, Sunriver, a mecca for river rafters, mountain bikers and fly fishermen, has also evolved into an exceptional 54-hole golf retreat.
When Colorado entrepreneur John Quincy Adams Rollins carved a road over the Continental Divide in the 1860s, he did more than open a route for wagons: Rollins bestowed future mountain bikers with an epic ride over the top of America.
The Balsams, in Dixville Notch, N.H., is one of the last of the grand old hotels where a century ago wealthy socialites arrived for the summer, wore white tie and ornate gowns, and waltzed in the ballroom.