Everything seems easier when surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery, so why should exercising be any different? In my travels through 23 grand years of existence, I have had the privilege of visiting some breathtaking locations. If you find yourself on vacation near one of these spots, kill two birds with one stone and view upon the majesty of Earth’s creation while simultaneously staying active!
1. Glacier National Park, West Glacier, Montana
Spanning over 1,000,000 acres, there is no shortage of beauty to behold in this national park. A hiker’s paradise, expansive trails leave much to be explored in the northern woods of Montana. Be sure to visit Logan Pass, where an extraordinary amount of wildlife can be visible from nearly 7,000 feet above sea level.
2. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Arbor, Michigan
Located along the northwest coast of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes is a spectacular place to get some unconventional exercise. A tiring trek through thick sand to the top of these towering dunes will leave you breathless in more ways than one, as an incredible view of Lake Michigan awaits your arrival at the top.
3. The Wynn Golf Club, Las Vegas, Nevada
For the active golfers out there, walking this sprawling course in the depths of a hot Nevada summer will surely have a sweat dripping from your brow. A one of a kind experience, the view of the waterfall on the 18th hole will make the $500 hole in your wallet feel a bit less painful.
4. Nankoweap Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
This list will conclude with a location not for the faint of heart. The Nankoweap Trail is widely known as the most treacherous the Grand Canyon has to offer, but not without the spectacular upside of astounding views of one of the true natural wonders of the world. Narrow paths sometimes give way to drops of over 100 feet, but those brave enough to venture out and make it through will surely not regret it.