Best Bicycle Trail

Capital Crescent Trail
The Capital Crescent Trail has the blues. Or is it the purples? Plans for the Purple line have severely ticked off advocates of the beloved rail trail, and it’s only getting worse: Citing budget restraints, the Maryland Transit Administration recently rejected proposals to run both the trail and the light-rail track through a crucial tunnel in downtown Bethesda, possibly diverting bikers and pedestrians to a busy stretch of Wisconsin Avenue instead. Now seems like a good time to pay homage to the beloved multi-use path between Georgetown and Silver Spring, built on top of an old B&O railway route in the 1990s, which has since become the country’s most popular rail trail. Its tranquility, efficiency, and views outrank the region’s other paths, making it a win for commuters and casual users alike. Its bridges and tunnels are a treasure, from the Dalecarlia Tunnel to the Rock Creek Trestle. Supporters are numerous—and amorous. Just over a plaque in the Dalecarlia Tunnel, someone has tacked a fitting tribute to the region’s finest trail. It’s a laminated copy of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet No. 43, which begins, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...”