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Seattle, Washington

Seattle has many resources for the physically active. Discovery Park has miles of hiking trails over its 500 acres, and Lake Union is a popular destination for swimmers and water skiers. Alki Beach is accessible by a water taxi, and its appeal isn’t limited just to swimmers. It's a popular destination for bike riders, inline skaters, joggers and even garden-variety pedestrians.

In the winter months, Snoqualmie Pass offers some of the area’s best skiing. It’s one of many Sno-Parks located less than an hour from the city. If you need equipment for any of these pursuits, you’re in luck. The flagship location of sporting goods store REI is located in downtown Seattle.

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