1. San Francisco, CA
John Flanagan, OD, PhD, FAAO
For a big, densely populated city, San Francisco is great place to get outside and exercise. Golden Gate Park is always jammed with walkers, runners, bikers, and skaters. On weekends, the park's grassy areas are filled with softball and soccer players.
If the coast is more to your liking, a string of beaches wraps around the northwest corner of the city, providing a spectacular backdrop for strolling, picnicking and even surfing for those bold enough to brave the icy waters (and sharks!) of the NorCal coast.
Just across the Golden Gate Bridge is Marin County where forested mountains and miles of stunning coastline offer an easy-to-access haven for hikers and bikers.
With opportunities like this so near, it's easy to stay fit, healthy and happy! Or it could just be the wine!