The Best Party Cities That Double As Fitness Hubs
From the clubs of South Beach to the sidewalk bars of Coconut Grove, the 305 is known for its nightlife. But southern Florida is no stranger to fitness either. Sure, it's populated with all the greats—Barry's Bootcamp, Exhale, and SoulCycle (stay at beachfront 1 Hotel South Beach if you love to spin; the property has its own SoulCycle). But Miami also has workout classes unique to the area, like JetSet—a popular Pilates reformer class with locations throughout the city. (See also: Your Healthy Miami Travel Guide)
Fit tip: Escape South Beach crowds and head to Wynwood, an up-and-coming artsy neighborhood. Once passed over by tourists and littered with graffiti, the area is now filled with murals, street art, more than 70 galleries, and a slew of fun workout classes. Try Legacy Fit, a bootcamp-style studio with a huge local following.
Manhattan is a city where you'll find someone waking up at 5 a.m. for a run and someone else just getting home from a long night at the bars. Both the nightlife and the exercise scene (the Big Apple is basically the birthplace of the boutique fitness craze) embody that go-go-go spirit.
Fit tip: Instead of choosing between sightseeing and exercise, do both at once. Work out on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (and spend an afternoon browsing its galleries) or run over the Brooklyn Bridge and brunch in another borough. NYC's bike-sharing program Citi Bikes is also a good bet for a solid spin along the East River, around the tip of Manhattan (where you'll see the Statue of Liberty), and up the West Side Highway.
Country music's hometown has become the homebase for bachelorette parties traveling from far and wide. For good reason: Lower Broadway is packed with honky tonks, juke joints, and classic bars with live music and activities like line dancing. But if walking between bars doesn't cut it for you fitness-wise, you're in luck. New hotels, like the Westin Nashville (with a prime location a stone's throw from Broadway), offer curated running maps of the area and sunrise yoga on the roof starting this summer. Local studios like KrankFIT and Neighborhood Barre are also worth a try.
Fit trip: Make time for nature. Twenty minutes out of town, Radnor Lake—a 1,332-acre park and designated conservation area—is perfect if you're craving some green space. Loop the lake on foot or by bicycle (the paved paths are for bikes) and keep an eye out for owls, herons, and otters. If you're visiting in the summer, go at sunrise or sunset. Park rangers give canoe float tours, and dawn and dusk are prime time for seeing the animals up close.
Ever since South by Southwest threw Austin into the limelight, the city has been the star of Texas—a must-visit for foodies (hello, BBQ and breakfast tacos!), music lovers, and hipsters alike. But for all it offers culturally, the city's fitness scene is not to be missed either: Austin harbors women-only boxing studios, art galleries that double as yoga studios, chic fitness apparel brands, and fabulous juice shops.
Fit tip: Swim. The city has multiple spring-fed pools throughout city limits. The most famous, Barton Springs in Zilker Park, is massive—it spans three acres! Deep Eddy is smaller, and perhaps a better bet for those who mean business. It has a designated area for lap swimmers. (Fun fact: Deep Eddy is the oldest manmade pool in Texas.) At nearby Lady Bird Lake, you'll also find kayak, SUP, and canoe rentals. (Q: Does SUP Really Count As a Workout?)
The gambling city's party scene needs no introduction (casinos, nightclubs, and rooftop cocktails, anyone?); but its fitness scene might. Start with the hotels that surprisingly put health first. The Venetian has a 40-foot climbing wall and a gait expert who analyzes your footfall and stride. The Aria runs a heart-pumping indoor hike that takes you through the resort's $40 million art collection. Plus, did you know you can do a running tour of the Strip?
Fit tip: Take a hike. Twenty minutes from the Strip sits Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, where you can hike, mountain bike, or horseback ride. Go a little farther out and you can explore the Hoover Dam, kayak on Lake Mead, or soak in nearby hot springs.
Colorado is awesome for many reasons: sunshine, ski slopes, hiking trails, and the fact that the state is home to nearly 230 breweries. In the state's capital city, you'll find many of them. Thanks to partnerships with companies like Denver-based CorePower Yoga and local breweries like Great Divide, you'll find yoga classes in breweries on a regular basis.
Fit tip: Work out with a view. (Because what's Colorado without the views?) Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a stadium carved right into the stunning red rocks, about 10 miles outside of town, is a local hot spot for a killer stairs workout (and you *will* feel the altitude). Keep an eye on the amphitheatre's calendar; sometimes, there are yoga classes and other fitness events, too.
An easy 90-minute flight from New York and Boston, Montreal has attracted a fun-seeking crowd for years (in part thanks to a drinking age of 18). But it has something for everyone—from dance clubs and cocktail bars to cozy pubs. (Try Plateau Mont-Royal or Old Port for easy access to happening spots.) You'll find the healthy in the city, too: In Old Montreal, on the water, you can rent bikes or kayaks, or run and hike the city's many parks. Plus, you can stroll the aisles of Jean-Talon Market, an open air farmers' market—one of the largest in North America.
Fit tip: Seek out the city's Trekfit parks—they're user-friendly outdoor training circuits scattered throughout the city in parks like Parc Toussaint-Louverture and Parc Henri-Dunant. The areas are outfitted with fitness equipment and by downloading the app, you can access training programs based that particular area and your goals.
Los Angeles—with easy access to the mountains (yep, year-round hiking), the ocean (and surfing and swimming and snorkeling), and a killer left coast party scene—has it all: a fitness scene responsible for shaping Hollywood's most coveted bods, sweatworking events that connect like-minded ladies, plant-based eateries with names like Café Gratitude, and restaurants with their own art galleries (and killer cocktails).
Fit tip: Why not see what all the hype is about and try your hand at a few of the trendiest celeb-backed workouts in town? Row your heart out at the popular LIT Method or climb your way through the talked-about VersaClimber workout at Rise Nation—it will leave you in a puddle of sweat, but the view of the Hollywood Hills from the post-class patio (that's a thing in LA) is worth it.