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Best U.S. Cities for Nature Lovers

It’s possible to live in a city and enjoy a healthy dose of nature.  Moving to a big city doesn’t mean giving up your love of nature, and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of the ten best cities to live for nature lovers.

You can live in a spot that boasts a lively nightlife scene as well as grade A hiking, mountain biking, kayaking skiing, etc. Some of America’s most well-known cities are becoming serious hubs for outdoor adventure, proving that the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on cities, recently released a list for the Best Cities for Outdoor Activities in America.  The data used to form these rankings takes into account a location’s environment and surroundings, including air quality, local weather, and access to natural amenities and outdoor recreation like state and national parks. 

At Colonial Van Lines, we think that you can have your cake and eat it too. We also believe that choosing a spot to move should be the most challenging part of moving, but we wanted to make that part just a bit easier, too. After you’ve decided on a place to move and aced your remote interview, get a free moving quote from us (no hidden fees, we promise) and we can get you situated in an awesome city that doesn’t compromise convenience or natural splendor.

 If you love a city’s accessibility and enjoy the great outdoors, read on for the 10 best places to live for nature lovers.

10. Everett, Washington

Population: 104,708

Everett is located just 25 miles north of Seattle, with the Cascade Mountains to the east and the bay to the west. It’s nestled between a bay and the Snohomish River, providing tons of waterfront views. The historic downtown boasts a vibrant art and culture scene. Outdoor recreation opportunities include skiing, hiking, biking and kiteboarding.

9. Denver, Colorado

Population: 633,777

Known as “the mile-high city” because of its elevation about one mile above sea level, Denver is known for its natural beauty and abound with things to do outdoors. The city is a hiker’s dream – situated between the High Plains and the Rocky Mountains. Denver has more than 4,000 acres of traditional parks and 14,000 acres of mountain parks. The city is also home to an awesome music scene and world-class cultural attractions.

8. Tacoma, Washington

Population: 201,794

Tacoma has it all – mountain views, the ocean and an energetic city. Tacoma is on the banks of the Puget Sound and just 40 miles away of Mount Rainer National Park. Point Defiance, the city’s largest park, offers hiking trails and beachfronts; it also houses a zoo and an aquarium.

7. Costa Mesa, California

Population: 111,635

Costa Mesa is a walkable city located just a short drive away from the world-renowned beaches in central Orange County. Costa Mesa offers a ton of outdoor activities and has a range of sprawling outdoor space. The city’s Fairview Park has trails, hills and a forested sanctuary. It’s a spot that’s conducive to running, hiking, biking and horseback riding.

6. Boulder, Colorado

Population: 102,002

Mountain peaks and sandstone slabs surround boulder – it’s full of natural wonder. Boulder has been dubbed “the city nestled between the mountains and reality.” It’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering plenty of space for mountain biking and hiking.

5. Bellevue, Washington

Population: 132,268

Bellevue has over 80 miles of trails and is within one hour of three national parks including The North Cascades, Mount Rainier and Olympic. It’s the perfect city for anyone who wants to explore the Pacific Northwest’s many natural wonders.

4. Kent, Washington

Population: 122,620

Kent is located between Seattle and Tacoma, with stunning views of Mount Rainier. There’s over 26 miles of walking trails in the city and dozens of community parks. From Kent, you can hike to the mountains, take a ferry to an island or enjoy regional attractions like the space needle.

3. Portland, Oregon

Population: 602,568

Portland is a quirky town that offers a myriad of outdoor activities from kayaking to skiing to hiking. The city’s Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the United States.  

2. Provo, Utah

Population: 114,804

Provo is situated between the Wasatch Mountains and Utah Lake, offering waterfront activities as well as hiking, skiing and more. It boasts what is arguably the most dramatic backdrop in the Wasatch Front, Mount Timpanogos. Provo has fantastic outdoor opportunities year-round, and a thriving arts and culture scene.

1. Seattle, Washington

Population: 637,850

Seattle is bordered by water, making it the perfect spot for water sports enthusiasts. It’s easy to take a day trip to Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Snoqualmie Falls or the San Juan Islands. You can also go on a whale-watching boat tour to see orcas, humpback whales and other majestic wildlife in their natural habitat.

Get Going on Your Next Big Outdoor Adventure with Colonial

These cities offer a perfect mix of city life and outdoor adventure, where you can easily head to a local brewery after an epic day of outdoor activities.

Whether you’re moving across the state or even across the country, we’d like to make your move as stress-free and affordable as possible. We’ve got over five decades of moving experience and we customize each and every move to fit with our customer’s unique needs.

Colonial Van Lines supports you in all of your adventurous endeavors. When you hire us, you’ll get:

  • End to end service, including packing, moving, and storage
  • Reliable, friendly, experienced movers
  • A plan customized to fit your needs and budget
  • A free transparent rate quote
  • Affordable options

As the nation’s top moving company, we pride ourselves in providing nothing less than five-star moving experiences. If you need further convincing, check out our reviews and customer testimonials, and feel free to contact us today so that we can help you with your relocation to a city where natural wonders are within reach.

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