5 West Coast Cities Every Fitness Buff Should Visit

by Ben SanfordAugust 11, 2017

Say Hello to Fitness Tourism in These Great Cities

Sticking with your workout routine can be tricky, especially while you’re on vacation, or if you’re visiting a new city where you plan to move. It can feel all too convenient to skip a yoga session or cut back a few miles on a run, and just because you’re in a new town, your workout plan falls apart. But working out and staying fit doesn’t have to be at odds with taking a relaxing vacation, or moving to a brand new city.

These five cities have all the resources and geography to turn your vacation time into a health conscious fitness retreat. And if you’re planning an upcoming move, these five places should definitely be high on your list of top spots to relocate to, where fitness concerns rank high and opportunities to stay in shape seem to be endless.


Gateway to the Columbia River Gorge, the Oregon Coast, and the Mount Hood National Forest, Portland is at the epicenter of fitness in the Pacific Northwest. Mountain bikers, skiers, surfers, kite boarders, etc. – all of them can rejoice! Take a day out of the city to catch some waves and wind in nearby Hood River, known as “windsurfing capital of the world.”

Everyone knows that Portland is historically weird, and fitness in Portland is no exception. Check out Funky Fitness PDX for great workout plans and other community postings.


Seattle ranks 4th in the American Fitness Index, so it’s no secret that the Jet City has strong fitness roots. With great hiking available in Discovery Park and the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges, you will never run out of miles to cover.

Jess Estrada’s Seattle fitness blog, Fresh Jess, has tons of ideas for finding fitness in Seattle. Be sure to also check out her posts featuring day trips outside of the city.

San Diego

San Diego is playfully referred to as “America’s Finest City,” and it’s no secret that a rich fitness scene contributes to its beautiful-looking population. With gorgeous beaches that stretch from La Jolla to the Sunset Cliffs, San Diego is perfect for volleyball sessions and long jogs on the beach. The city boasts a plethora of bike and running paths and waterfront boardwalks, with sunshine nearly every day of the year.

Kellen from A Cup of Kellen, a lovely San Diego fitness blog, has great resources for training loops and race schedules. Be sure to also check out Heart and Sweat, a resource that compiles San Diego fitness blogs and helps connect fitness buffs with classes, races, and trainers.

San Francisco

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, with 80,000 acres of redwood forests and scenic shoreline, should speak for itself when it comes to bringing in fitness buffs to San Francisco. And don’t forget the San Francisco Bay Trail, which spans 350 miles of waterfront path. Throw in a farmers market and an organic meal at one of SF’s many healthy food options, and you have one of the best cities for a fitness buff’s dream vacation or relocation.

Check out Citrus & Gold, a San Francisco wellness blog with an amazingly helpful post on the best salads in San Francisco.


Sacramento is another great California destination for traveling fitness buffs. With community events like the Sacramento Fit Crawl (think bar crawl with fitness classes,) tons of yoga studios and the American River Bike Trail, you’ll be sure to find something fun to get you sweating.

Helpful blogs to get you moving during your time in Sacramento might include California Family Fitness or Girls on the Grid, for ladies looking for fun community and local workout groups in the Sacramento area.

Get Traveling and Get Fit at the Same Time

Turn your hard-earned vacation time into a wellness retreat in one of these five West Coast cities. Whether you’re planning on hiking the Cascades in Seattle, biking around the American River in Sacramento, or surfing in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, your vacation or your next move just got a little more fit and a lot more fun.

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.

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