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Old 08-08-2016, 10:19 PM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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Charlotte, N.C.
Was about to mention this. Charlotte goes from upscale suburban to woodsy very quickly.

It depends on what you mean by "big city" though. Most metro areas under 2 million in population would fit the bill.
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Old 08-08-2016, 10:22 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Most cities meet this requirement in abundance outside of some particular cities that either lack green areas or are geographically limited.
Also, nearby is a relative term. You can be nearby to the edge of a city's urban area but still be nowhere near the actual city itself.
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Old 08-08-2016, 10:24 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Was about to mention this. Charlotte goes from upscale suburban to woodsy very quickly.

It depends on what you mean by "big city" though. Most metro areas under 2 million in population would fit the bill.
There are many, many cities that do this across America. It's not unusual.
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Old 08-09-2016, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Dallas or Fort Worth, though it depends on what direction you're going.

Austin even more so. I think Austin's more woodlands, and DFW is more farmland. Whenever we drive to Austin we gotta be on the look out for deer as we approach the city.

Also, Miami. Though again, depends on where you drive to and from. If you head north on I-95 it's constant city and suburb one after the other for the most part. That part of the Florida coast is very built up.. but if you head west on I-75 or on the slower but more scenic, US Route 41 (Tamiami trail) you'll eventually reach the Everglades and Indian villages. My aunt lives in the western edge of Miami, there's pine forests nearby and literally a few blocks you're out in the swamp. North of the city, forget about it. Worst traffic in the south.
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Old 08-09-2016, 03:35 AM
 
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I would suppose that there are cities that have neighborhoods outside of town a bit with large property sizes, woodlands, and a farmy feel. Reason being someday I would like to have a hobby farm, yet still be within a half an hour of the city.

Almost any city in the Midwest, except Chicago where you have to drive an hour or more through the burbs before you reach any farmland.
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Old 08-09-2016, 08:52 AM
 
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Philadelphia does on all four sides. Some of the best in the country.

Boston has it on three sides.

New York has it on the West and North sides into Upstate.

Generally speaking, all of the big cities in the Northeast have this in spades.
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Old 08-09-2016, 09:29 AM
 
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Minneapolis St Paul sits at the convergence of 3 distinct terrains...

West/Southwest/South - rolling prairie with sloping hills, small streams, lakes and farmland.

Southeast/East into Wisconsin - bluffs, heavier woods, major rivers (Mississippi, St Croix) it's called the Driftless Region, where the big glacier that scraped all the topography flat didn't reach. It feels a bit like the foothill region of the Appalachian in the Southeast.

North - Heavily wooded, flat, tons of lakes. This is the traditional 'Up North/North Woods' also found in upper WI and MI. This is where the aforementioned glacier did scrape away the top layers of soil leaving a flat, pockmarked surface perfect for lakes and not so great for farming. This is where many people have cabins.
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Old 08-09-2016, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Katy,Texas
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He said within 30 minutes of driving, maybe Philly but I seriously doubt NYC and Boston has the country within 30 minutes of the city center.
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Old 08-09-2016, 09:44 AM
 
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He said within 30 minutes of driving, maybe Philly but I seriously doubt NYC and Boston has the country within 30 minutes of the city center.

NYC yes, but why not Boston?

Boston is just like Philadelphia.
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Old 08-09-2016, 09:45 AM
 
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NYC does to the north and west.
Baltimore to the north and west.
DC to the south and east
Philly to the east and west.

Philly has much better farmland to the immediate north and west within PA.
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