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View Poll Results: Best "wilderness" city?
Portland, OR 4 3.70%
Burlington, VT 3 2.78%
Fort Collins, CO 2 1.85%
Minneapolis, MN 3 2.78%
Asheville, NC 3 2.78%
Flagstaff, AZ 2 1.85%
Seattle, WA 18 16.67%
Knoxville, TN 2 1.85%
Anchorage, AK 20 18.52%
Boulder, CO 1 0.93%
Bend, OR 1 0.93%
Rapid City, SD 3 2.78%
Portland, ME 1 0.93%
Missoula, MT 4 3.70%
Nashville, TN 0 0%
La Crosse, WI 1 0.93%
Charleston, SC 0 0%
Louisville, KY 0 0%
Ithaca, NY 1 0.93%
Duluth, MN 5 4.63%
Salt Lake City, UT 6 5.56%
Denver, CO 6 5.56%
Austin, TX 3 2.78%
Los Angeles, CA 2 1.85%
Wenatchee, WA 1 0.93%
Other 16 14.81%
Voters: 108. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-24-2015, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Midwest USA
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Missoula
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Old 05-24-2015, 04:55 PM
 
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Boise is beautiful. I've thought of moving there, but I really like being near large coastal areas. The rivers near Idaho are nice, but pale in comparison to the vast majesty of Puget Sound.

That's not intended as dis on Boise, but it's not as geographically diverse as Seattle.
I am talking about the rivers in Idaho, not near Idaho. My post was also referring to the wilderness areas adjacent and near Boise. The Payette River forks north of town in the Boise and Payette National Forests offer some of the best whitewater in the world and the scenery is beautiful. The Boise River system that drains out of the Sawtooth Wilderness is also very beautiful. Idaho has a lot of rivers in some of the most diverse ecosystems in the west. I also don't think the rivers in Idaho "pale in comparison to the vast majority of Puget Sound". I have worked for whitewater river companies the past 5 summers and a lot of our tourists are from Seattle. The Salmon River drainage including the Middle Fork are possibly the most fabled whitewater rivers in the Lower 48 and of course the scenery is world class.

The areas around Boise (and Idaho in general) offer some pretty amazing geographical and eco diversity. You can either choose the desert or the mountains and forests and the forests north of Boise stretching towards Canada are among the most healthy in the west with an impressive amount of flora and fauna diversity.

Based on your theory, all of the inland west states would pale in comparison to Puget Sound which isn't how I see the world.
The Seattle area is of course very beautiful, but the west is such an amazing area of the nation and really most states in the west can claim some of the most beautiful wilderness scenery in the county.

But back to the topic, cities like Boise, Salt Lake and Denver are all adjacent and near out of this world scenery, but my personal opinion is that Boise is closer to true wilderness of the three I listed and the outdoors are just so much more accessible and pristine imo.

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Old 05-24-2015, 05:48 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Many are good choices. I would say Alaska and TN choices.
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Old 05-24-2015, 08:43 PM
 
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Based on your theory, all of the inland west states would pale in comparison to Puget Sound which isn't how I see the world.
The Seattle area is of course very beautiful, but the west is such an amazing area of the nation and really most states in the west can claim some of the most beautiful wilderness scenery in the county.
The inland areas do pale in comparison to coastal areas for the simple reason - no oceans. Oceans are the most vast and diverse ecosystems in existence.

Boise's wilderness areas might be more readily accessible, but is the overall quality as good? No, plain and simple. There are no rain forests in Boise and no salt water bodies. There are certainly nice mountains and deserts, but Seattle has those within a couple hours. In short, we have everything, whereas Boise is lacking marine and rain forest ecosystems.
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Petition to add Albuquerque to the list.

Just a day hike or a 15 minute tram ride from the edge of the city to the top of the 10,679' Sandia Mountains. We have easier access to the wilderness from the city than Denver does to theirs IMO. It also takes about as long to get from ABQ to the Rockies in Northern NM as it does to get from Denver to, say, Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Old 05-26-2015, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Petition to add Albuquerque to the list.

Just a day hike or a 15 minute tram ride from the edge of the city to the top of the 10,679' Sandia Mountains. We have easier access to the wilderness from the city than Denver does to theirs IMO. It also takes about as long to get from ABQ to the Rockies in Northern NM as it does to get from Denver to, say, Rocky Mountain National Park.
looks like a giant city down there
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:51 PM
 
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Petition to add Albuquerque to the list.
ABQ is definitely up there as well. The surrounding mountains are beautiful. I'd dock it a few points for lack of water and ecological diversity. It's mostly desert and dryer inland forest ecosystems, which, while certainly beautiful, is somewhat limited compared to the best areas.
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Ouray, Colorado
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:05 PM
 
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Has to be Anchorage. In the lower 48, Salt Lake or Seattle (or Boise). Or Vegas. Very inhospitable wilderness in NV though.

Why vote for Minneapolis when Duluth is listed?
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Petition to add Albuquerque to the list.

Just a day hike or a 15 minute tram ride from the edge of the city to the top of the 10,679' Sandia Mountains. We have easier access to the wilderness from the city than Denver does to theirs IMO. It also takes about as long to get from ABQ to the Rockies in Northern NM as it does to get from Denver to, say, Rocky Mountain National Park.
I like ABQ but "easy access to wilderness" is a bit of an oxymoron. The Sandias are nice, but up here we call them foothills.

I'll second Jim's vote for Ouray.
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