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Old 04-07-2011, 07:47 PM
 
Location: ATL & LA
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Does a city with the follow criteria exist? If not, what closely resembles it?

- less than 2 hours to a nice beach (would prefer ocean, but a beautiful lake you can swim in is ok too)
- mountains within 3 hours distance (skiing/snowboarding in winter, hiking in summer)
- lots of green space & parks
- bike friendly
- plenty of sunshine
- good restaurant/nightlife scene
- live music
- good amount of people under age 30


First thought is Los Angeles but wondering what else fits the bill?
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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Denver is close, but the beach aspect might be lacking.
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Carrboro and Concord, NC
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raleigh & richmond
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:28 PM
 
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Portland, Oregon fits the bill if you're willing to give up the "plenty of sunshine" requirement.

I mean it's sunny up here in the summer and early fall at least...
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:07 PM
 
Location: You Ta Zhou
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I think Sacramento would work, though I am not sure on distances from Lake Tahoe, which would combine your wishes, or the Pacific Ocean. Other than that, it seems to be what you want. Davis would probably be best for you.

My other idea was Portland, as already suggested.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:11 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Does a city with the follow criteria exist? If not, what closely resembles it?

- less than 2 hours to a nice beach (would prefer ocean, but a beautiful lake you can swim in is ok too)- SC Beaches, Lake Murray
- mountains within 3 hours distance (skiing/snowboarding in winter, hiking in summer)- Cataloochee Ski, Wolf Ridge Ski , skisugar
- lots of green space & parks -Parks in Columbia, SC
- bike friendly-Bike Columbia
- plenty of sunshine- "Maps of United States Annual Sunshine"
- good amount of people under age 30- Columbia-Population-Profile.
- good restaurant/nightlife scene-?
- live music -?

First thought is Los Angeles but wondering what else fits the bill?
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If you're looking at the east coast too I think Columbia SC might be worth a look.



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Old 04-07-2011, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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What's your budget? How 'bout New York?
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Silverthorne, Colorado
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Seattle would work too. Of course, the water is chiller but there are still some nice beaches in the area. Plus the mountains are to DIE for!

As someone else mentioned, in summer the Pacific Northwest is great about the sunshine. It doesn't get too hot either. In my opinion, it more than makes up for the dreary winters.

Of course, for all year sunshine, I think San Diego would be a good bet for you. Or somewhere in between there and LA so you can be closer to the ski resorts in SoCal's mountains.

There is also the Bay Area. I know I'm only suggesting the West Coast, but if the OP wants good skiing/boarding, then the West Coast it has to be. The East Coast, even though it has skiing, really does lack in that department.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Well, the OP did specify water you can swim in. Which I suppose you could near Seattle if you're a walrus or other sea-going mammal with a substantial layer of insulating blubber.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Silverthorne, Colorado
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Haha, that is a good point.

Although I'm no expert on Seattle, they do have a ton of lakes. I'm sure their water temperature is warmer than the ocean's is, but probably chilly still.
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