America's Healthiest Cities to Visit
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 Resortlocated 12 miles outside of Santa Cruz on Monterey Bayhas 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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