Lady Bird Lake, Austin

Austin's famed Lady Bird Lake makes for a peaceful backdrop, with trails surrounding the waters. Where to Stay: Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake

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Getting Outdoors in the Southwest (14 of 14)

 Austin's famed Lady Bird Lake makes for a peaceful backdrop, with trails surrounding the waters. Where to Stay: Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake
The Southwest is one of our favorite places to get physical thanks to its crisp, high-altitude air; gorgeous terrain; and earthy, holistic vibes. And though there may be tons of incredible national parks throughout the region -- including Arches, Zion, and the Grand Canyon -- other lesser-known areas prove to be just as majestic. Take a look at just a few of our favorite places in the Southwest to get fit and reconnect with Mother Nature! Sedona is most famous for its stunning red rocks, which are particularly beautiful in the glow of the sunrise and sunset. It's a hub for outdoor enthusiasts, with excellent biking, horseback riding, and especially hiking. Some of the most popular hiking spots include the iconic Cathedral Rock, Bear Mountain, Bell Rock, and Courthouse Rock. Where to Stay: Bell Rock Inn Albuquerque is very outdoorsy, and biking and walking are popular pastimes, particularly along trails such as Paseo del Bosque along the Rio Grande. Where to Stay: Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town Lake Las Vegas is a man-made, 320-acre lake surrounded by upscale hotels and residential properties. The lake is surrounded by gorgeous desert mountain views, and has beautiful trails for hiking and biking. Where to Stay: The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa The foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, where guests can experience nature trails overlooking the stunning desert terrain, are about 15 miles north of Santa Fe. Where to Stay: Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado The rustic, all-inclusive Tanque Verde Ranch is a quintessential Western dude ranch surrounded by miles of gorgeous mountains and desert. The property borders Saguaro National Park East, where guests can enjoy guided horseback rides, hiking, and mountain biking. Where to Stay: Tanque Verde Ranch Albuquerque hosts the International Balloon Fiesta each October -- an event that might be the most photographed in the world -- and local hot air balloon companies offer rides all year long. Visitors can even learn more about the ballooning culture at Balloon Fiesta Park and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. Where to Stay: Staybridge Suites Albuquerque North Surrounded by nothing but water and hillside, Lake Austin is a reservoir along the Colorado River. The waters make for a popular fishing and boating destination. Where to Stay: Lake Austin Spa Resort The Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, in Texas's Hill Country, is home to dozens of rare and endangered plant and animal species, and is the perfect place to discover nature through hiking, swimming, and biking. Where to Stay: Travaasa Austin Nestled in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, boulder formations, and plentiful cacti. One of the most spectacular sights is Camelback Mountain, the focal point of the city. Where to Stay: Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa Some of the best greens in the U.S. are located throughout the Southwest, but the metro-Phoenix area, known as the Valley of the Sun, is said to have some of the best links outside of Scotland. And the top choice for Phoenix? Designed by Jay Morrish in 1984, the 36 holes at the Boulders Resort have received numerous accolades from Travel+Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Golf Digest, and Golf magazine, among others. Read more about the features here! Where to Stay: Boulders Resort A decidedly more urban outdoor venture, the San Antonio River Walk is a line of public walkways along the San Antonio River, and one of the most vibrant areas of the city; it's often called one of the top tourist attractions in all of Texas. Where to Stay: Hotel Valencia Riverwalk Pinnacle Peak Park features hiking trails, plenty of good spots for rock climbing, and a wide variety of local flora and fauna. Where to Stay: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Oak Creek Canyon is a gorgeous spot in the heavily wooded area of Sedona. With an elevation of 5,250 feet, it stays cool at night even in the summer months, with winters often bringing snow. This canyon sits between Sedona and Flagstaff, along a geological rift that cuts across central Arizona called the Mogollon Rim. With the cliffs soaring overhead, it provides excellent views. Where to Stay: Junipine Resort Austin's famed Lady Bird Lake makes for a peaceful backdrop, with trails surrounding the waters. Where to Stay: Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake
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