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9 fittest towns of the West

It’s easy to be fit out West, with big mountains, bike-friendly towns, and beaches that practically beg for a volleyball net

Photo by Michael Hanson


Take a stroll on one of the densely wooded paths in south Seattle's 300-acre Seward Park, featuring views of the city skyline and Mt. Rainier, bike paths, and sandy beaches. Or bring your bike and follow the 14.2-mile Burke-Gilman Trail from Ballard, east through fun, funky Fremont, north along the shores of Lake Washington (see views of downtown), ending in Kenmore.

Where the atheletes eat: Locals loyal to La Medusa ($$$, 206/723-2192) show up religiously, eager to eat from a Sicilian-inspired seasonal menu where 90% of the produce comes from the local farmers’ market. Past meals have included sautéed second-growth morels and Walla Walla onions, and zabaglione with fresh raspberries and figs.



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