Hamilton Pool is an Austin local favorite for beating the summer heat. Photo: Courtesy of Shutterstock.com

Hamilton Pool is an Austin, Texas, local favorite for beating the summer heat. Photo: Courtesy of Shutterstock

Next time your boss sends you to a conference in downtown Philly or Phoenix, take heart: You can still book some time on the trails even if your hotel is smack dab in the middle of a city. RootsRated, a website and mobile app, functions like a search engine tailored specifically to outdoorsy people stuck in the city. Just plug in your metropolitan area and what activity you're itching to do, and RootsRated will aggregate a long list of local places you can go to scratch it out.

Even if you don't live in a city, RootsRated is a solid resource for finding new hiking, biking, paddling, and climbing locations a little closer to home. Exhibit A: Did you know Austin, Texas, is home to the state's only government-maintained, clothing-optional (read: you can take your clothes off here) public park, Hippy Hollow? Or, Exhibit B: You can watch more than 18,000 birds of prey migrate over Hawk Mountain near Philadelphia every year. There's even a guide to the best coffee-shop bike rides near Washington, D.C.

Would you believe this otherworldly place is in New York state? Photo: Courtesy of Shutterstock.com

Would you believe this otherworldly place is in New York State? Photo: Courtesy of Shutterstock

Want recommendations straight from the locals? Check out the "Stories" section, which is rife with insider secrets, like the best swimming holes near Flagstaff, Arizona, and a movie buff's guide to Asheville, North Carolina, where filmmakers set blockbusters like "Dirty Dancing" and "The Hunger Games."

So the next time you're in deep in the city, RootsRated can help you bypass the hot-dog stand and book it to a quick and easy getaway nearby (bonus points if you're on your boss' dime).

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