Colorado weighs in with the lowest obesity rate in the country, and it's not just the rural folks who stay in shape: In Denver alone you'll find a network of trails and paths that stretches for more than 100 miles. At the hub of Denver's latticework of trails is the site of the city's founding — the place where Cherry Creek meets the South Platte River. Wildlife abounds in this decidedly urban setting: You'll find red foxes, beavers, and dozens of bird species including eagles and hawks. In the distance you can see the snowcapped peaks of 14,000-foot mountains.
Next: A mountainous hike not far from the bay. — Photo by Ivo Roospold/Alamy
Even on vacation, Americans tend to see the world at 65 mph. But as a walker and constant traveler, I've discovered that our nation's virtually limitless trails offer a new, more leisurely perspective on everything from wild rivers to architectural wonders. Here are six of my favorite places to walk. Some are in the wild, others are in the city (and still others are in the wild in the city!), but all are easy to get to — with rewards you'll reap only on foot.