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ARE THERE FAMILY-ORIENTED BIKING TRIPS ON THE LEWIS AND CLARK TRAIL FOR A COUPLE WITH A 12-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER?
Christy Schlafly

St. Louis, Missouri


The explorer's bane is the mountain biker's bliss. Go with Western Spirit Cycling (800-845-2453; www.westernspirit.com) to the Bitterroot Mountains along the Montana-Idaho border for five days on the 90-mile Lewis and Clark Lolo Trail, built in the 1930s on an original Nez Perce Indian path that the explorers followed. Powering up and down a forested ridgeline at 5,000 feet, you'll get a serious taste of L&C country. Plus, you'll camp near the sites where they stopped. Cost is $895 per person. Though active teens will do fine, your 12-year-old may need another year. Warm up with Western Spirit's Yellowstone itinerary ($875 per person), five easy days across lupine-choked meadows.

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