St. Petersburg, Florida
Known for its thriving art community, St. Petersburg is also one of the healthiest cities in a traditionally not-so-fit state. You’ll be hard pressed to find out-of-shape bodies here, as many locals adjust to the outdoor lifestyle. Anchoring the fitness scene is Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, a 38-mile trail and linear park built atop an abandoned railroad line that extends from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs—a perfect path for biking, walking, jogging and skating. The trail (not only unique to St. Pete but rare for a coastal Florida town) also crosses rivers, creeks, pedestrian bridges, and various towns where you can hop on kayaks in natural, untainted environments or head to the ocean that’s warmer after April. Since the water is often flat, paddleboarding is popular here, especially at night, thanks to Mad Beach Paddle Sports, which provides boards with LED lights. Stay at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, the perfect pad right on the beach.
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