Some people are so focused during their workout that they hardly notice where they are, let alone which famous faces may be passing by them. And we applaud those people who dedicate the utmost concentration to their fitness regimen. But some of us may have a wandering eye while working on our fitness (hey, it doesn’t hurt to see the toned bods of fellow exercisers) and others may need a little motivation to hit the streets and get moving. So we’ve come up with a list of the best workout spots for celebrity sightings – and we’ll also tell you which hotels to stay in to be close to the star-gazing hotspots. From New York to Los Angeles, celebs have been getting their sweat on and we know just where to find them!
1. Runyon Canyon Park
It seems like celebrity magazines feature photos of celebs running, hiking, or walking their dogs in Runyon Canyon Park every week. At 160 acres, this park offers tons of hiking trails of various difficulties so it’s no surprise that stars of every age and fitness level are spotted here (and the loose dog policy means it’s also a popular spot for bringing pooches on a stroll). The three main trails are Runyon Canyon Road, Star Trail, and Hero Trail. Named for the numerous sightings, Star Trail is a moderate hike while Hero Trail is the most challenging, with steep inclines. Fergie and hubby Josh Duhamel are often spotted taking walks and runs together, and Khloe Kardashian Odom was recently sighted alongside her hubby, Lamar Odom, and her brother, Rob Kardashian. When Scarlett Johansson was getting hot and heavy with Sean Penn, she and her then-boyfriend got hot and sweaty on a jog with pal Owen Wilson.
Where to Stay: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, L.A., Calif.
The 300-room Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, literally an L.A. landmark, is a luxurious, hip hotel just a 10-minute walk from an entrance to Runyon Canyon Park in West Hollywood. The hotel combines the shimmer of silver-screen history with a cutting-edge party scene, centered around a massive pool (perfect for a post-workout dip) and a bar, and there is a terrific, casual restaurant open 24 hours. Service is surprisingly good (lacking the snobbery of some upscale L.A. hotels) but the rooms, though well designed, are smaller than average.