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06/04/2014 01:33 pm ET Updated Aug 04, 2014

The Best Vacations for Health Nuts

There's a common misconception that going on vacation leads to unhealthy eating and weight gain, but your summer trip doesn't have to cost you hours in the gym or pricey post-vacation cleanses. A new study examined the 50 largest cities in the U.S. to find the best budget-friendly vacation spots for the health conscious, considering the following:

  • Is the weather nice enough to spend your time outside, while avoiding harmful UV rays? This measure included average days of rain in July (based on past years) and percent chance of sun exposure from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Cities with fewer days of rain and lower sun exposures received higher scores.
  • Is it easy to purchase fresh foods? This data point incorporated the number of farmers markets within 10 miles.
  • Will you be able to get around the city on foot, or will you need to rely on cars or public transportation? This was based on the Walk Score for each city.
  • Are hotels affordable? Average hotel prices in July were determined according to Expedia.

For our full rundown of each city, check out the full study. You can also take a quiz to see which destination is perfect for you.

1. New York, New York
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New York image courtesy of Flickr.

2. San Francisco, California
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San Francisco image courtesy of Flickr.

3. Portland, Oregon
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Portland image courtesy of Flickr.

4. Washington, D.C.
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D.C. image courtesy of Flickr.

5. Los Angeles, California
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Santa Monica image courtesy of Flickr.

6. Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore image courtesy of Flickr.

7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia image courtesy of Flickr.

8. Long Beach, California
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Long Beach image courtesy of Flickr.

9. Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis image courtesy of Flickr.

10. San Jose, California
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San Jose image courtesy of Flickr.

11. Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago image courtesy of Flickr.

12. San Diego, California
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San Diego image courtesy of Flickr.

13. Seattle, Washington
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Seattle image courtesy of Flickr.

14. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee image courtesy of Flickr.

15. Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston image courtesy of Flickr.