Albuquerque, New Mexico
With 310 days of sunshine a year, it’s no wonder Albuquerque is a hotbed of outdoor activities—among them some innovative culinary-and-fitness fusion programs. While you’re probably familiar with its desert climate and candy-colored sunsets, what you might not realize is that Albuquerque also has a number of small vineyards, including Casa Rondeña, which hosts a weekly pilates and wine class. And the best way to start Sunday Funday? YogaRitas (yoga + margaritas) in the park at El Pinto. Every Sunday, Sydney Fontaine Forestal leads a donation-based, free-flowing yoga class. You can even order margaritas straight to your mat! Looking to get away? Spend a night or two at Los Poblanos, a historic inn and organic farm that grows heirloom and native crops, which are then served to hungry guests at the property’s field-to-fork restaurant. Need a good laugh? You’ll never believe this hilarious New Mexico state law.
Alaska? Isn’t it cold there? Yes, but Alaska boasts 17 national parks and its capital, Anchorage, offers access to five of its most spectacular you’ll find anywhere—including Wrangell-Saint Elias. At 13.2 million acres, it’s the largest national park in the country. To give you an idea of just how enormous that is, its footprint is that of Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Switzerland put together! The sprawling landscape is a paradise for hikers and mountaineers who come to climb Mount Saint Elias (the second highest peak in the U.S.) and Mount Wrangell (one of the largest active volcanoes in North America). Another of the park’s most impressive elements is Malaspina Glacier, which covers more than 1,000 square miles. That’s bigger than the state of Rhode Island! Anchorage is also Alaska’s most populous city and its cultural hub. Between the acclaimed Anchorage Museum and local events calendar (many of which are free), there’s plenty to keep both residents and visitors busy. Browse the best free tourist attraction in every state.
It should come as no surprise that the birthplace of Whole Foods is teaming with healthy fare. First up, head to Franklin Barbecue to sink your teeth into hormone- and antibiotic-free brisket. While you’re in town, be sure to swing by Snap Kitchen for some bison quinoa hash and Fresa’s for a Power Bol, packed with agave-lime chicken, greens, adobo chickpeas, sweet potato, avocado, and roasted cauliflower. Beyond great grub, Austin is one the fastest growing cities in the nation and a major wellness destination. Lake Austin Spa Resort recently debuted Ripple Effects, a series of activities—from morning dockside meditation and aqua zumba in the pool barn to lakeside group fitness classes and sunset paddle board outings—that lets resort-goers experience the benefits of being in, on, or around the water. The first week of each month, the Westin Austin Downtown does Lean ’17, a 5-day program that allows guests to partake in guided runs, juicing classes, and more… for free! Don’t worry, if you can’t make it then, you can still take advantage of the hotel’s ongoing wellness package—or try one of these wellness retreats around the country.