4 Places to Add to Your Active Travel List


: Keep active when you stay in these great cities. Image courtesy of: shapecharge//iStock/Getty Images Plus collection/Getty Images

What comes to mind when you think “active travel?” A long plane ride to an exotic destination? Trekking through the wilderness? Camping in a remote spot?

The truth is you can find ways to enjoy active travel no matter where you go, but we have a list of suggestions for when you stay at any of the EVEN Hotels across the nation.

Here are four places in the U.S. where you can easily satisfy the urge to enjoy the great outdoors:

Break a Sweat in NYC

New York City, despite its urban setting, offers many ways to get in touch with nature or at least get in a good workout.

In the warmer months, you can rent a kayak to tackle the Hudson River (grab one for free at the Downtown Boathouse from May to October), take a yoga class in Central Park via the Yoga Trail or sign up for a free walking tour along the High Line with Friends of the High Line. You can even book a running tour that includes a jog across the Brooklyn Bridge.

When the temperature drops, you can go ice skating at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park or Central Park’s Wollman Rink or practice your skills at Brooklyn Boulders, near EVEN Hotels Brooklyn, which bills itself as the city’s largest rock climbing gym.

Norwalk, Conn., Offers Prime Birding Spot

Located about an hour north of the Big Apple on the Atlantic coast, Norwalk, Conn., offers a gateway to bucolic Sheffield Island, site of a Victorian-era lighthouse dating to 1868 — your ferry ticket includes a guided tour of the 10-room lighthouse.

You can also visit the Sheffield Island Unit of the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge, which spans across some 70 miles of Connecticut’s coastline and is a popular spot for bird watching. On Sheffield Island, you can hike a short nature trail and watch water birds from a large observation deck.

Explore Washington, D.C.’s, Nature, Bike Trails

The nation’s capital offers plenty of opportunities to pair visits to museums and monuments with outdoor activities. Near EVEN Hotels Rockville, Rock Creek Park, for example, boasts 32 miles of hiking and biking trail — you can pick up a bike through the Capital Bikeshare program.

In the summer, you can rent paddle boats in the Tidal Basin, or canoe or kayak on the Potomac River. You can even try out paddleboard yoga at Key Bridge Boathouse.

If you’re staying just outside the district in Bethesda, Md., you can easily walk, run, or bike to Georgetown via the 11-mile Capital Crescent Trail.

Ski, Bike in Omaha, Neb.

If you’re traveling through the nation’s heartland, you will find plenty of ways to get active in Omaha. You can go tubing or kayaking down the Elkhorn River, through outfitters like Tubing & Adventures, which also offer stand up paddleboard and yoga classes. Or hit up the Mt. Crescent Ski Area, which fields a variety of snow sports in the winter and the “Screaming Eagle” zip line in the summer.

A popular local event not far from Omaha is the weekly Taco Ride, which is a 9.6-mile bike ride that takes place every Thursday (spring through fall) on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail between Council Bluffs and Mineola, Iowa. This ride claims to be the longest-running weekly bike ride in the United States, and often draws more than 1,000 riders.

About the Author

Amanda Williams is a blogger, freelance writer and adventure-seeker from the American Midwest. Since 2010, Amanda has traveled to nearly 50 countries on six continents, and has written about her adventures in AFAR, The Huffington Post, USA Today Travel and her blog, A Dangerous Business.