America's Healthiest Cities to Visit

In great American cities where active lifestyles intersect with delicious food, it's possible to plan a trip that's both healthy and extr...
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Santa Cruz, CA

This college town near Silicon Valley bears the typical West Coast hallmarks of health: warm weather, miles of coastline (surfing is the local sport of choice) and a young, active population. One particular draw is the 7,000-acre Wilder Ranch State Park, where hiking trails wind through Redwood forests.

Stay: The Seascape Beach Resort—located 12 miles outside of Santa Cruz on Monterey Bay—has bamboo massages and organic-plant facials, plus a WWII-era Victory Garden transformed into a golf course.

Eat: At La Posta, the seasonal Italian Menu is hyper-local: Wild nettles are foraged nearby and sprinkled atop pizzas; eggs come from chickens raised in the backyard.

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