On my recent tour of the UK, I came across the designation "Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty" or AONB. I even rode through one (Forest of Bowland).
It got me thinking of what other areas I'd ridden through I would rank as AONBs.
I came up with a list of 12:
California's Big Sur Coast
Gorges du Tarn, France
Acadia National Park in Maine
The Forest of Dean and Symonds Yat, Gloucestershire, England
Clear Lake, Oregon
Speen Bridge to Kingussie, Scotland
Swan Valley, Idaho and the Snake River, Wyoming.
White Mountains, New Hampshire
Carson Pass and the Hope Valley in California
Payette River valley to Stanley, Idaho
Maine in Autumn
I wrote an article describing each place and a photo if you'd like to know more.
I'd be interesting in areas that you've ridden through that you'd rate as AONB.