Dreamframer/shutterstockYou can't talk about Phoenix without mentioning the sun (or the need for SPF—here are some great ones that dermatologists use on themselves.!). This desert paradise enjoys more than 325 sunny days each year. Phoenix is a sprawling oasis of luxury resorts, scenic hiking trails, and cacti gardens. And while the terrain may be arid, the golf courses are as green as anywhere on earth. People come from all over to play world-class greens like Troon North and The Boulders. The area is also famed for its luxury resorts—five-star standouts include the Arizona Biltmore, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, and Royal Palms—and award-winning spas. Those seeking zen won't want to miss Sanctuary Resort & Spa, a 53-acre haven of holistic health complete with an Asian-inspired spa and meditation garden. Phoenix is just one of the affordable U.S. cities to add to your travel bucket list.
Josemaria Toscano/shutterstockPortland is a foodie and coffee hot spot, due in large part to the bounty of fresh produce, meats, and seafood readily available the Pacific Northwest. Standout restaurants include Urban Farmer, a modern farm-to-table steakhouse specializing in sustainable ingredients like grass-fed Oregon beef, and Departure, a sleek pan-Asian restaurant and lounge with both vegan and gluten-free menus—both share a rooftop garden and apiary for hyper-local honey. You'll also find hives at Hotel Lucia and Hotel deLuxe, which you sample at the property's landmark cocktail lounge, the Driftwood Room. And at the Nines hotel guests get complimentary access to a workout closet, stocked with NikeFuel bands, yoga mats, soccer balls, and more. P-Town also likes to pedal. The city has 350 miles of bikeways and the fact that 7.2 percent of commuters cycle to work (the highest of any large metropolitan area in the country). Wondering how Portlandians de-stress? A trip to local soak spot Common Ground Wellness Center. Wind down with a water-heated stone massage or acupressure session at Knot Springs. And don't forget to take advantage of the hot, tepid and cold pools, steam room, and sauna. No wonder Portland was rated one of the top places for staycations.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Gloria V Moeller/shutterstockMany people reading this have probably never even heard of Sioux Falls, but this hidden gem is a hub of healthy living. For starters, the air quality ranks well above the national average and a recent survey sound that South Dakota is the least-sleep deprived state. That said, frigid temps—the average in January is six degrees—do preclude residents and travelers from spending too much time outside during winter. Luckily, a wealth of locally-owned, boutique fitness studios means that you can workout year-round. And no matter what type of exercise you prefer, you'll find it in Sioux Falls. Yogis will love heated flow at Santosha Hot Yoga. FORM offers both group fitness and private training sessions. Looking to sweat it out? Try hot sculpt yoga with dumbbells at AMT (Amy Miller Training). Before you begin a new workout, read up on these 12 must-follow rules to set yourself up for success.
St. Petersburg, Florida
ESB Professional/shutterstockSet on Florida's Gulf Coast, St. Petersburg attracts sun-seekers with its year-round bikini weather, white-sand beaches, and 361 days of sunshine (which means you'll need to pack your SPF). As expected, there are lots of water sports, such as speed boating, paddle boarding, windsurfing, and kiteboarding. For nature enthusiasts, there's Fort de Soto Park. Made up of five interconnected islands, spanning 1,136 acres of wetlands, tidal pools, mangroves, and palm forests. Travelers with fitness in mind can walk, run, or bike Pinellas Trail, a 38-mile trail and linear park built atop an abandoned railroad. Afterwards, cool down with a fresh-pressed juice at Karma Juice Bar & Eatery. Don't forget to carve out a couple of hours to check out Locale Market (voted one of the 10 best food halls in America) and grab a bite at FarmTable Cucina upstairs. And when it comes to accommodations, visitors rank Kimpton Hotel Zamora, The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, and The Don CeSar Hotel among their favorites.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Alexandr Junek Imaging/shutterstockA comfortable climate, sunny skies, and pristine beaches make this coastal community one the top-trending summer travel destinations. One of the most recognizable landmarks is the boardwalk, which stretches three miles and features walkways to the water's edge, public restrooms, and separate paths for cyclists and pedestrians. The new Hillier Ignite Fitness Park is equipped with rope, rings, pull up bars, balance beams, and a slack line. Classes at Oceanfront Yoga offer a peaceful environment to practice on the city's calming shores. And while the beach may be the main attraction, it's only the beginning. While people may go for the sand and surf, they stay (and return time and time again) for the myriad restaurants and recreational activities, like First Landing State Park with its 20 miles of trails and 2,888 acres of land to hike, camp, swim, bike, and reconnect with nature. Looking for an Instagram-worthy photo op? Check out King Neptune, a twenty-four-foot bronze statue that resides at the entrance to Neptune Festival Park.