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The Best U.S. Cities for a Fitcation

You know what they say – couples who travel together grow stronger together. Life often gets busy. You may be able to schedule some quality time on weekends or off-days, but sometimes it’s not enough. Carving a week to escape from work mode allows you to take a break from regular routines and spice it up.

One of the easiest ways to show someone you care is by spending time together—so why not go on a fitcation? A fitcation is a getaway that incorporates fitness, whether it’s planning one physical activity or making the whole trip revolve around health.

Exercise makes you a happier person because of endorphins, so don’t do it alone. We’ve rounded up the top 20 cities in the US for a fitcation, looking at various factors like the number of hiking trails, yoga studios, bike rental places, spas, gyms and more. We promise bottomless mimosas taste so much sweeter after a good workout, so read on to find out which city to break a sweat in first.

The 20 Best U.S. Cities for a “Fitcation”

U.S. Map depicting the top 20 cities for a fitcation

Fitcations with your partner offer the best of both worlds. Instead of getting in shape for your vacation, why not keep up with your healthy routines, or even start your fitness journey while on vacation? There’s no reason you can’t bring your good habits along!

Couples looking to stay fit on the road should visit these eight states: New York, South Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Utah, Connecticut, California, and Tennessee. Each active city earned a score higher than 40 out of the possible 50-point score. Miami, Charleston, Riverside, Knoxville, and Pittsburgh also ranked high on our list with each state scoring above a 29.

Despite not being the state with the best fitcation city, the Sunshine State had the most cities on the list, including Daytona Beach, Orlando, North Port, and Miami.

The Top 5 “Fitcation” Getaway Spots

Graphic showing the number of hiking trails, gyms, ATV rentals/tours, cocktail lounges and the average temperature in Albany, NY

Start packing your bags; the first destination to explore is Albany, New York. Whether you bike ride downtown or kayak through the Hudson River, your trip will make for an unforgettable outdoor experience with plenty of trails to choose from (15). The state capital overflows with history, culture, and natural spaces, earning it the top spot for a fitcation.

 

Graphic showing the number of hiking trails, gyms, ATV rentals/tours, cocktail lounges and the average temperature in Greenville, SC

Next stop: Greenville, South Carolina. Set among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville is tucked perfectly between North Carolina and Georgia. The beautifully charming city is an outdoor adventure hub, with 29 scenic hiking trails fit for you and your partner to explore.

 

Graphic showing the number of hiking trails, gyms, ATV rentals/tours, cocktail lounges and the average temperature in Poughkeepsie, NY

Poughkeepsie isn’t just fun to say; it’s fun to visit. Located in the Hudson River Valley, this city is a perfect spot to relax with your loved one in Upstate New York. “The Queen City of the Hudson” is the perfect vacation for a laidback explorer with four hiking trails.

 

Graphic showing the number of hiking trails, gyms, ATV rentals/tours, cocktail lounges and the average temperature in Daytona Beach, FL

The “F” in “Fitcation” stands for Florida. Daytona, the fourth rated city, has the most gyms, and with an average temperature of about 87 degrees, we see why. It’s called the Sunshine State for a reason. Treat yourself to a chilling cocktail after you break a sweat in Daytona’s heat, or one of its 23 gyms.

 

Graphic showing the number of hiking trails, gyms, ATV rentals/tours, cocktail lounges and the average temperature in Scranton, PA

Blow off some steam in Scranton, Pennsylvania. You may not have thought so before, but riding an ATV is a great way to get some exercise. If you and your partner are looking for a less traditional activity, ATVing puts you in touch with nature differently. The Electric City offers the most ATV tours and rentals (10).

Take Home Message

There’s a lot to get done in a day. It’s easy to get carried away by life’s busy schedule, so it’s essential to prioritize quality time as a couple. Exercise is a form of intimacy. If you feel like you don’t get enough time with your partner, a couples workout may be the perfect solution.

If you can’t catch a fitcation flight soon, that’s okay – you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to get in your best shape. Start your workout journey with your partner at home, at the gym, or explore local trails. Find plenty of training tips and advice in The Zone to get you started, or check out our new environmentally friendly whey protein powder, Whey Forward, to ensure essential recovery and nutrition after your workouts.

Methodology

We compared 100 cities across the U.S., gathering data across the following criteria: number of hiking trails, yoga studios, rafting opportunities, bike rentals, gyms, ATV rentals, mediation centers, spas, breweries, wineries, cocktail lounges, and average weather temperature. Each of these ranking factors were weighted using the following metrics.

Fitness – (Worth 7.5)

  • Number of Hiking Trails
    Worth 1.0
    Source: AllTrails
  • Number of Yoga Studios
    Worth 1.0
    Source: Yellow Pages
  • Number of Rafting/Kayaking Opportunities
    Worth 1.0
    Source: Yelp
  • Number of Bike Rentals
    Worth 1.0
    Source: Yelp
  • Number of Gyms
    Worth 2.0
    Source: Yellow Pages
  • Number of ATV Rentals/Tours
    Worth 1.0
    Source: Yelp
  • Number of Meditation Centers
    Worth 0.5
    Source: Yelp

Couple Getaway – (Worth 2.0)

  • Number of Spas
    Worth 0.5
    Source: Yellow Pages
  • Number of Breweries
    Worth 0.5
    Source: Yellow Pages
  • Number of Wineries
    Worth 0.5
    Source: Yellow Pages
  • Number of Cocktail Lounges
    Worth 0.5
    Source: Yellow Pages

Weather – (Worth 0.5)

  • Average High Temperature
    Worth 0.25
    Source: U.S. Climate Data
  • Average Precipitation
    Worth 0.25
    Source: U.S. Climate Data


Adele Halsall

Adele Halsall

Writer and expert

Adele is a keen blogger and yogi with a passion for the vegan lifestyle. She loves exploring new (sometimes weird) foods, cooking & testing new recipes, and always appreciates a good sourdough.


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