Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Gloria V Moeller/shutterstock Many 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/shutterstock Set 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/shutterstock A 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.