Walk This Way

Fitness & Workouts, Websites and Blogs — By on January 16, 2009 at 1:15 am

Being in a new place can be disorienting: Where can you grab coffee? Take a yoga class? Find a good book? To learn what’s around, check out walkscore.com. Simply type in your address to get a list of grocery stores, coffee shops, libraries, parks, restaurants, bars, gyms and more within 2 miles of where you are. Then dress for the elements and head outdoors-you’ll fit in some exercise, and do the planet good by not burning gasoline. WalkScore.com also ranks the “walkability” of over 2,500 neighborhoods in the largest U.S. cities.

And though you may have a specific destination in mind, walking can help you uncover stuff you might not have otherwise found. In my own wanderings, I’ve unexpectedly stumbled upon community gardens, sidewalk art drawn in chalk, and-I kid you not-an old highschool friend. That’s why my favorite way to explore a city will always be on foot.

Photo credit: mazatlan.com.mx

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