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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

Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs

Hike in a red rock garden at Garden of the Gods. It's not the altitude blowing your mind, it's the scenery: wild red rock formations against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Or hang with gold medalists at the U.S. Olympic Complex, where you might catch a glimpse of the athletes in training. Free; no tours on Sunday;

Where the athletes eat: When you get hungry, Gertrude's Restaurant ($$; 719/471-0887) serves healthy gourmet fare in a sprightly bistro setting. Or shop for fresh produce at Old Colorado City Farmer's Market (719/574-1283). 



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