2016 Best Cities for Outdoor Activities in America

Explore the best cities for outdoor activities based on weather, air quality, and access to parks, forests, and recreational opportunities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, NOAA, and other sources.

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    • City in Washington
    • 145 reviews
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    • City in Utah
    • 786 reviews
    Niche User:Everyone tries to get involved with helping each other have a fun and successful college experience. It is great that so many people are so friendly.
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    • City in Oregon
    • 224 reviews
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    • City in Washington
    • 66 reviews
    Niche User:I enjoy living in this suburb of Seattle as it has a decent-sized city feel without all the hassles of a city like Seattle, such as traffic and overcrowding.
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    • City in Washington
    • 16 reviews
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    • City in Colorado
    • 153 reviews
    Niche User:I absolutely love Boulder and I cant imagine a better place to live. Everyone is fit, outdoorsy, nice and down to earth. The setting is idealistic. The community is tight knit. The town does an incredible job of maintaining all the landscape etc. It has great public schools, and i love how its a college town. It's also within range of both great skiing areas, and Denver.
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    Costa Mesa

    • City in California
    • 31 reviews
    Niche User:People are very nice and here you could go for a walk in the middle of the night and not be spooked about if something bad is going to happen. people are normal and will help others in need of help. kids are respectful and wont dis their elders, in fact they would even help them.
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    • City in Washington
    • 83 reviews
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    • City in Colorado
    • 216 reviews
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    • City in Washington
    • 34 reviews
    Niche User:I've lived in the Silverlake/ Everett area for several years now, and extremely love it. I love the people I live around, the schools, and the restaurants nearby. I personally love the state of Washington and think it's the best State in the United States. I would love living in Washington for the rest of my life.
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    • City in California
    • 76 reviews
    Niche User:Overall I love where I live. Houses can be a bit too expensive for what you end up getting size/quality -wise, but it's a great place with great people.
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    Salt Lake City

    • City in Utah
    • 195 reviews
    Niche User:The general atmosphere of living on the campus at the University of Utah is overall very pleasant. The people are very friendly and outgoing. It is not a struggle to meet new people. There is plenty to do especially if you love the outdoors. Compared to other places, especially campuses, I think that I am very lucky to have the beauty that surrounds me and I am lucky to be able to go outdoors and explore the nature.
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    Los Angeles

    • City in California
    • 169 reviews
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    Long Beach

    • City in California
    • 175 reviews
    Niche User:There is little to no crime. Although the city itself is very small, Signal Hill Police has a reputation to be one of the best in California.
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    • City in Massachusetts
    • 10 reviews
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    • City in Colorado
    • 302 reviews
    Niche User:Lakewood is a place I like calling home because of how safe I feel when I'm walking my dog at night. The public transportation is easily accessible with many bus stops and multiple light rail locations. Everything is close by and just a fifteen minute drive to be in downtown Denver. Only thing I wish I could change would be to make it more affordable. I can only dream of one day owning a home here.
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    • City in Washington
    • 78 reviews
    Niche User:It is great area to live in, it is lively and friendly. If I had a choice on whether or not to live here again I would choose the former. Vancouver is a great place to live in even if it seems crowded at times.
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    • City in Massachusetts
    • 218 reviews
    Niche User:This neighborhood is close to downtown, has a great grocery store and is close to public transportation. Unfortunately, The housing market has gotten very expensive and it is hard to afford to buy something in this area.
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    • City in California
    • 54 reviews
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    • City in Oregon
    • 211 reviews
    Niche User:I wouldn't say it's bad but neither would I say it's good. You have to deal with the typical person trying to rob things around your yard and behind your house. Then there is always the possibility of your car getting broken into as well. I like where I live but if I could choose, I would choose a better place to live.
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    • City in California
    • 163 reviews
    Niche User:I love living where I am at. Everything is so close; my school is three minutes away, the shopping center I shop at is 10 minutes away, and hiking trails are four minutes from me. I really love everything here. One thing I do not like is the cost of living. It is SO expensive.
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    • City in Virginia
    • 52 reviews
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    • City in California
    • 45 reviews
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    • City in Colorado
    • 166 reviews
    Niche User:The area I live in is growing exponentially and expanding further out into the plains that used to dominate the area. New houses and neighborhoods are expanding everyday, so many of the companies or businesses open are newer and clean. However, the cost of entertainment around my area is rather high, so I often find myself with no inexpensive activities to participate in. The schools I went to were also high quality.
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    San Francisco

    • City in California
    • 128 reviews