S.F. Ranked Best City in Nation To Be Outdoors

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San Franciscans enjoying the outdoors
You no longer have an excuse to sit inside and watch Netflix on your laptop while Facebooking on your iPad. San Francisco has been ranked the best city in the nation to enjoy the outdoors.

So get off your ass!

According to creditdonkey.com, a financial education website, the City by the Bay is tops when it comes to year-round temperatures, parks, and the ability to get around town without a car.

Open your blinds now, and see for yourself.

Researchers looked at temperatures, walkability, and access to parks and nature of 50 cities across the nation to come up with their top 10 list (you will never believe who came in second place).

Some highlights from the study:

  • Average July High Temperature for S.F. : 65.8 F
  • Average January Low Temperature for S.F.: 45.6 F
  • Ability to Live Car-free Ranking: No. 2
  • Combined National and State Park Acreage (for the state): 9.6 million

Here's what the outdoor researchers concluded:

San Francisco takes our top spot for outdoor-friendly cities. With mild temperatures throughout the year and many easily-accessible California parks, San Francisco really has it all for those who want to enjoy the outdoors year-round. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is one of the most popular national parks in the country; it includes top-notch surfing beaches and Crissy Field, a restored salt marsh ecosystem. In addition, with over 200 miles of bike routes throughout the city, you won't even need a car to get around.

Nobody asked us, but if you're feeling stumped about how to get out there and enjoy what little oxygen there is remaining, here's a few basic ideas:

  • Bike through GGP, up the Great Highway by the ocean, then through the Presidio.
  • You will be a new person.

  • For the less adventurous: walk home instead hailing a cab.

  • Bike/hike Mt. Sutro

  • If you are lucky enough to have a backyard, then you should be sleeping in it at least once a week. Get a trampoline if there's room.

  • Play tennis in Dolores Park. If that's too much exercise for you, get a 6-pack of beer and watch people play tennis in Dolores Park. Technically, you are still enjoying the outdoors, right?

  • Drink coffee and watch the boat at Crissy Field. If you are feeling motivated after that jolt of caffeine take a hike along the path up to the Golden Gate Bridge. It's not even four miles, people!

  • Go to the Marin Headlands and just be.

And the list goes on ...

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aliasetc topcommenter

Love the weather, love the ambiance, hate the scumbags muggers, tourists, useless cops, parking Nazis, illegal Chinese, Mexicans,

Zarpana Kabir
Zarpana Kabir

ugh! stop with these stupid lists of best cities. of course sf will be in the top. over it.

Michael Gray
Michael Gray

Yeah, I'm calling bullsh*t. Gusting winds, 60 degree weather, lost tourists pirouetting about the sidewalks....

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