Pinterest's 20 Most Pinned Places for Healthy Travel
Positano, Campania, Italy
Indulge in fresh fish, pasta, and Limoncello (a specialty of the Amalfi Coast, where Positano is situated), but work it off with a hike in the mountains overlooking this seaside oasis. Follow the famous Il Sentiero degli Dei, The Path of the Gods, starting in the nearby town of Agerola, and hike downhill back to Positano for a 7.8 kilometer trek. (Psst...Find out How to Plan Your Healthiest (and Best!) Vacation Ever ).
Musha Cay Island, Bahamas
Musha Cay might be more of a pipe dream—the private island is owned by magician David Copperfield and will cost you a cool $39,000 a night. If that's not your jam, check into Kamalame Cay Private Island Resort and Residences, where you can still get the secluded Bahamanian feel without the price tag. Sign up for the Coral Nursery Restoration Program in conjunction with The Bahamas Nature Conservancy for a full-day immersion into how new coral nurseries are being planted, including two dives and the option to get your PADI SCUBA diving certification.
Spend your day strolling through streets strewn with craft and clothing markets, stopping for bowls of piping hot pho and famous Vietnamese iced coffee along the way (FYI: the coffee is served in tiny cups, but it's strong!). To try your hand at Vietnamese cuisine, sign up for a cooking class at Blue Butterfly. The restaurant's chef will take you through the food market to purchase your ingredients before showing you how to cook an authentic dish. As dawn approaches, head over to the Hoàn Kiêm Lake in the historic center of the city. The path around the lake is great for a scenic walk or run!
Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
The blue-green waters of the Havasu Falls are located within the Havasupai Indian Reservation, just outside Grand Canyon National Park. The trip to Supai village is a fit feat in itself—the one-way hike from the beginning of the trail to Supai is eight miles. The National Parks Service recommends blocking out three days for the trip (pack your camping gear for this one!) (Want more travel inspiration? Follow these 15 Instagram Accounts for Eye-Popping Travel Porn.)
Petrohué Falls, Chile
If you're planning a trip to Patagonia, the southernmost tip of South America shared by Chile and Argentina, plan on seeing the breathtaking Petrohué Falls in Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. Stay in Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas and book a tour with a pro, like Vayable, to hike into the park and see the chute-type waterfall and Osorno Volcano in the background.
Jarlshof, Shetland, Scotland
Storms in the 19th century revealed a Prehistoric and Norse settlement underneath the cliffs on the southernmost tip of Scotland. The 4,000-year-old site was excavated to uncover late Neolithic houses, a Bronze Age village, Iron Age wheelhouses, a Norse longhouse, a medieval farmstead, and 16th-century laird's house. Spend the afternoon exploring the ruins of Jarlshof, then check in to the Sumburgh Hotel, just a short walk away. Get some extra steps in by walking 30 minutes from the hotel to Sumburgh Head, where you can visit the lighthouse and nature reserve.
Wind through the city streets exploring Kyoto with a local on one of Country Walkers guided walking tours. You'll spend eight days trekking the Kumano Kodo, an ancient pilgrimage route and UNESCO World Heritage site with stops in Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka. Walk in the footsteps of former monks and emperors who used to stop at teahouses and shrines along the path, cross moats to a feudal castle, explore preserved temples and Zen gardens, and view traditional wooden homes and shops—sites you'd never see from the seat of a tour bus!
Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia
If you're planning a trip down under, Melbourne is probably on your list of must-see places. But you'd be smart to escape the city for the nearby town of Port Fairy, an old fishing village that still retains its charm. In 2012, it was even named the most livable town with a population under 20,000 by LivCom. Explore the historical walking trails to see 19th-century fishermen's cottages and merchant's homes, then dive into what the town is best known for: the sea! Take a surfing or SUP lesson with Go Surf School—the unique landscape offers gentle rolling waves for beginners and more challenging sets for pros.
Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
You can easily spend several days camping and hiking in Glacier National Park, but if you only have one day, plan a hike in the St. Mary Valley for panoramic views of Saint Mary Lake, the second largest lake in the park. (P.S. You may recognize it, with the Rocky Mountains in the background, from the movie The Shining.) Check with the ranger's station to see which routes are most accessible depending on the day. (And if trekking is your thing, add these 10 Picturesque National Parks Worth Hiking to your travel bucket list.)
Infuse your tropical vacation with a little history when you visit the Mayan ruins on the cliffs of Tulum (and the pristine beaches, of course). At the archaeological site of Coba, you can play Indiana Jones and climb up the steps of a 137-foot tall temple or walk down the sacbe, or white roads, that joined the ancient city's settlements. Refuel back at the Amansala Eco-Chic Resort and Retreat with fresh local fruits, like mango, papaya, and pineapple, then borrow a bike to ride on the flat white sand. Tulum also has one of the Best Fitness Retreats for Women Traveling Solo.
At every turn down the winding streets in Portugal's capital city, you'll find spectacular views that are just waiting to be photographed. The city is extremely walkable, despite steep hills that challenge your glutes and hamstrings! Visit Mercado da Ribeira, a large vibrant food market, where you can pick up regional cheeses or charcuterie and nibble on them as you walk through Monsanto Forest Park, the city's 2,400-acre playground. At sunset, take a wine and food tour with Viator, where you'll indulge in some the foods the city is most known for: tapas—all while burning off some extra calories.
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
NOLA is home to fluffy beignets, jazz music, and Bourbon St. (read: boozy nights and rough mornings). But if you're in The Big Easy, you can balance out all that worthwhile indulgence with a few healthier things too. Before you hit the bars, spend the day with Free Tours By Foot. Offering six different tours that take you across the entire city, you'll spend two hours or more walking, making every last bite of that Cajun goodness worth it come dinnertime. At the end, you'll pay what you thought the tour was worth—no pressure to dole out a hefty sum. Later, head down to the French Quarter, where you'll find some of the city's best bars. But first, check out Meals From The Heart Café, featuring a health-conscious menu with plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. (Not traveling any time soon? You can still learn How to Cook Like a New Orleans Native.)
Hike the Kjerag mountain in Rogaland, Norway, but curb your enthusiasm for Instagramming your Dancer's Pose on the famous site here—a boulder wedged between two rocks—the drop is about 800 feet to the fjords below. Instead, bask in the glory of making it up three hills and snap some aerial views while standing safely on firm ground. Most trekkers begin at the nearby town of Stavanger and rent a car to drive out to Øygardstøl, where the hike begins. From there, account for at least a five hour round-trip to Kjergbolten.
Spend your afternoon walking through Djemaa el Fna, the city's main gathering spot, where you can survey the souks, watch a snake charmer, and taste authentic street foods. When the buzz of the city starts to get to you, head to Les Bains de Marrakech, the best known public baths, or hammams. Soak in the baths, sweat it out in the sauna, or splurge on a massage or body wrap. If you're craving a little more adventure, book a day trip (or more!) out to the Atlas Mountains, where you can bike and hike through the rocky terrain.
Cape Town, South Africa
Get a view of the city from above on top of Table Mountain, known for its namesake plateau top. Skip the lines for the cable cars to the top and hike up instead—there are over 40 routes to choose from, but the most popular and easiest takes about two hours and follows a well-constructed path that you could easily do without a guide. Afterwards, grab lunch at Plant, a plant-based café that makes their own dairy-free cheeses, eggless mayo, and tempeh bacon to top off tasty sandwiches and salads.
Somoto Canyon, Nicaragua
Somoto Canyon, now a national monument, was relatively unknown until a group of scientists discovered it in 2004. Now, it's a popular spot for the adventurous set—be prepared to hike, swim, and leap! Book a trip with Somoto Canyon Tours for the full experience. The standard route is about four hours and includes a mile hike, about two hours of swimming, floating, and rock scrambling, then a jump off of a 15-foot cliff (pack your waterproof camera!).
Los Angeles, California, USA
How does Hollywood stay so fit? Delicious, fresh food options and killer workouts abound in LA. Book a bike at Cycle House for a high-intensity spin workout that's unique to the city. You may recognize the studio and instructors from the reality show Hollywood Cycle on E! Then get geared up for lunch at Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurant that's a good place for celeb spotting—regulars include Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba, and Dianna Agron. Bonus: Los Angeles has one of the Best Beaches in America for Fitness Lovers.
Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Fiordland National Park, the largest national park in New Zealand, contains the country's most famous fiord, Milford Sound. Fiords are deep inlets of the ocean formed by glaciers that occur between high cliffs, and the best way to experience the natural masterpiece is from water level, in a boat or kayak. Southern Discoveries offers a combination cruise and one-hour kayak trip with access to the Milford Discovery Center and Underwater Observatory, where you can view the life under the surface, including rare black coral and colorful sea creatures. (P.S. Kayaking is just one of 7 Adventure Vacations to Take for the Fitness Thrill of It.)
Plan your trip to Reykjavik between October and March, the best time to see the Northern Lights. Clear skies and a cold night make for the best viewing, so bundle up and walk as far away from light pollution as you can. Miklatún and Hljómskálagarður, two of the city's parks, make for great spots away from the downtown lights. During the day, rent a bike and explore the cycle-friendly city. (Another reason to visit? Iceland is one of the Happiest Places in the World.)
New York City, New York, USA
Pack your running shoes and block out some time for a jaunt across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. From Brooklyn, you'll have beautiful views of Manhattan from afar. Head back over the bridge to the main island and try out a boutique fitness class—New York is where many of the country's fitness trends originate from. (You can shake your stuff in one of these 5 Dance Classes That Double as Cardio Workouts.)