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Calling all adventure seekers! We've got 10 action-packed vacations designed for fitness-minded travelers who want to explore America and burn some calories at the same time.
Click on each city for our healthy-minded traveler's guide.
Austin Charleston Las Vegas MIami New York Salt Lake City San Francisco San Diego Seattle Washington, D.C.
WHY: If it's true that everything's bigger in Texas, why not apply that to your muscles? The adage is doubly so for the state's capitol building, which is a whopping 360,000 square feet. When you've finished investigating nearly 400 rooms and its surrounding 22 acres of manicured lawns and monuments, head for the Barton Creek Greenbelt to hike, bike or run its 7.25-mile trail or to climb its imposing limestone cliffs. For some healthy competition, grab your foursome and tee off at Fazio Canyons at Barton Creek, recently named the No. 1 golf course in Texas by Travel and Leisure Golf magazine. To unwind at night, head downtown and experience Austin's robust live music scene — with more than 200 venues to choose from, you're sure to find something to get your toes tapping.
NUMBER OF GOLD'S GYMS NEARBY: 11
WHY: Charlestonians have repeatedly been voted the country's friendliest people, so you can count on the locals to direct you to the nearest jogging path, canoe rental or golf course. Take a scenic bike ride across North America's longest cable-stayed bridge, or trade in the wheels for a horse at the Inn at Middleton Place (theinnatmiddletonplace.com), where you can take a guided trail ride around the grounds of a former rice plantation. Don't forget to stroll down the city's Museum Mile. You'll discover six museums, five historic houses and four scenic parks. Looking for a surfside sweat session? Just 30 minutes from downtown Charleston is Kiawah Island, home to 10 miles of gorgeous white sand and top-flight golf courses, including the Ocean Course, which was featured in the 2000 film The Legend of Bagger Vance.
NUMBER OF GOLD'S GYMS NEARBY: 2
WHERE: Las Vegas
WHY: Sure, you'll get an adrenaline rush from a game of no-limit Hold 'Em, but there's even more action off the Strip. For starters, head to the desert for sinfully extreme outdoor sports, like the punishing mountain bike route "The Dominatrix," hosted by Bootleg Canyon Trails (bootlegcanyon.org). Up the ante even more with a high-stakes Red Rock climb; Jackson Hole Mountain Guides offer all-day packages on Mount Wilson for climbers of all experience levels starting at $235 per person (jhmg.com). When the sun goes down, the City of Light sizzles, so drag your thoroughly exhausted self to Eyecandy Sound Lounge & Bar at Mandalay Bay for their Corpse Reviver No. 2 cocktail — and some old fashioned Vegas fun. Before you hop a plane back home, book an appointment at the Four Seasons Spa for their signature Desert Oasis Body Treatment ($250 for 80 minutes, fourseasons.com), where your masseuse will make sure all those toxins you picked up in Vegas stay in Vegas.
NUMBER OF GOLD'S GYMS NEARBY: 6
WHY: How about a red-hot workout amid some sexy scenery? Ocean Drive is decorated with skin-baring locals strutting their stuff, and going for a jog along this action-packed stretch of coastline can be as easy as exiting your hotel lobby. (Jogging on the sand burns almost twice as many calories as jogging on pavement.) End your run near 8th Street, where beach volleyball will be well under way. After an afternoon of spikes and serves, swim some laps in your hotel pool (at 205 feet, the National's pool is the longest on South Beach), or hit up the beach for some wet and wild action snorkeling, wreck diving or waterskiing. When the sun goes down shake what your mama gave you at Yuca Lounge on the nearby Lincoln Road (just a few blocks from Gold's Gym). This lively spot offers salsa lessons on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. (Go to salsamia.com to get a coupon for a free lesson.)
NUMBER OF GOLD'S GYMS NEARBY: 5
WHERE: New York City
WHY: With 23 pedestrian-friendly square miles, the island of Manhattan is an explorer's paradise. Forgo the yellow taxi and take a jog up Broadway from 42nd Street in Times Square to Central Park; it's roughly a mile, but you'll hardly notice the distance with so many attractions to distract you. (Hot dog vendors! Street performers! Horse-drawn carriages!) Once there, jog a lap or three around Central Park (roughly 6.2 miles) or head to the Central Park Boathouse (thecentralparkboathouse.com), where you can set out to explore the park's nooks and crannies via boat (great for your back and arms) or bike. When it comes to sightseeing, the sky's the limit: The city is built upward (hey, there's nowhere else to go), so opt to take the stairs in almost any building you visit, even the colossal Empire State Building, whose 102 floors and total 1,860 steps span over 1/5 mile. (The current record for fastest climb, set in 2003, is 9 minutes, 33 seconds.)
NUMBER OF GOLD'S GYMS NEARBY: 25
WHERE: Salt Lake City
WHY: Ready to shred some powder? Salt Lake City, host of the 2002 Winter Olympics, is the Mecca of snow-centric sports. It boasts Utah Olympic Park, where brave visitors can try bobsledding, tubing, ski jumping, luge, skeleton or slope-style skiing and snowboarding. Still need convincing that Utah is a fitness junkie's fantasy? Women's Health recently voted Salt Lake City the Nation's Healthiest City for Women, and Men's Fitness just named it the Fittest City in America. See what all the sweat's about by touring the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, a popular hiking and biking nature route that extends 90 miles through the foothills of the Wasatch Front.
NUMBER OF GOLD'S GYMS NEARBY: 17
WHERE: San Francisco
WHY: Ready to work those calf muscles? With 50-plus hills, this city will challenge even those who log intense daily sessions on the stair climber. Your first challenge: Head to Grandview Park, which is, yes, on a hilltop with spectacular views of the city. (Bring a jacket — it gets windy.) If you're an in-line skater, don't miss the broad esplanade along the popular Embarcadero, where you'll encounter plenty of skaters and joggers. And don't miss the famed Golden Gate Park, one of more than 200 parks in the city. (At 1,017 acres, it's even bigger than New York's Central Park.) A cup of tea in the park's photo-worthy Japanese Tea Garden is a great way to wind down at the end of a (hilly) day.
NUMBER OF GOLD'S GYMS NEARBY: 11
WHERE: San Diego
WHY: Chalk it up to the sunny climate, an abundance of water sports or the fact that the state's governor is a former bodybuilder, but the Golden State makes the list twice. Burn off that In-N-Out burger in Balboa Park (named after the explorer, not the boxer), which offers a 38,000-square-foot multipurpose gymnasium with badminton and volleyball, a golf complex with beautiful views of downtown, a tennis club and hiking and biking trails, not to mention lawn bowling (ask a member of the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club for a lesson). Also located in the park is the San Diego Zoo, which spans 100 acres and includes more than 4,000 animals. Once you've had your fill of lions, tigers and bears (oh, my!), explore the 70 miles of coastline via a bike, a surfboard, skates or a sailboat. Mission Bay has relatively calm waters and an abundance of activities (including a Sea World), so it's a great choice for fitness-minded families.
NUMBER OF GOLD'S GYMS NEARBY: 1
WHY: It may have a rep for rain, but Seattle's mighty Mount Rainier is the perfect place to unleash your inner Grizzly Adams. Climbing the 14,410-foot glaciated volcano is a challenging vertical eight-mile commitment that pits man against nature as you brave ever-changing wind and weather conditions. Before you tackle this monster mountain, you'll need to secure a climbing pass from the National Parks Service ($30 per person, nps.gov). And remember to dress warm; many trails above 4,500 feet are under snow — even in mid July. Feeling peaked? Perk up with Seattle by Foot's Original Seattle Coffee Crawl (seattlebyfoot.com), which provides you with a history of the Northwest's coffee culture and liberal samplings of fresh-brewed goodness, all while on foot.
NUMBER OF GOLD'S GYMS NEARBY: 14
WHERE: Washington, D.C.
WHY: By land or by sea, the nation's capitol is the ultimate destination for urban adventuring. With nearly 20 Smithsonian museums, 40 theaters and 15 million visitors every year, it's easy to see how the epicenter of American democracy rocks. For a monumental workout, try the evening walking tour of the Mall offered by Washington Walks (washingtonwalks.com), which includes such sites as the Lincoln and Vietnam Veteran's Memorials. While you're in the neighborhood, be sure to visit the Washington Monument and its 897 stairs, which you can take — only on the way back down — as part of a twice-daily guided tour. Then get on your sea legs and explore the city by kayak. The Potomac River offers breathtaking views of the monuments, while the C&O Canal takes you through historic Georgetown and beyond. Craving entertainment? Take a day to explore over 3,000 acres of Rock Creek Park, but make sure you end up at its Carter Barren Amphitheatre, which hosts concerts and plays throughout the summer.
NUMBER OF GOLD'S GYMS NEARBY: 50