Berkeley may be far better known for arts and activism than athletics, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch a great game or stay active within the city.

With miles and miles of trails and a population that likes to keep the car in the garage and the air clean, Berkeley is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the nation. In 2000, the City Council rolled out the Berkeley Bicycle Plan, an official pledge to "create a model bicycle-friendly city where bicycling is an attractive, easy, safe, and convenient form of transportation and recreation for people of all ages and bicycling abilities." Since then, the city has worked to expand its already extensive network of trails, which includes scenic paths through the Berkeley Hills and Ohlone Park Greenway.

There are also a number of sites within the city where climbers—both amateurs and experts—can put their scaling skills to the test. Among the scenic locations are Great Stoneface Park, Contra Costa Rock Park and Cragmont Rock Park.

And don’t forget, Berkeley is also a college town; Berkeley’s California Golden Bears compete in the full range of intercollegiate activities. The football team plays at California Memorial Stadium, a 72,000-seat facility that is packed whenever the Golden Bears take on the rival Stanford Cardinal.