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Old 10-15-2017, 09:34 AM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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Lol why? Birmingham is very outdoorsy and so is New Orleans.

“Birmingham, known as the Magic City, is the largest city in Alabama and is a treasure trove of outdoor gems for people that are passionate about reconnecting with nature in an otherwise urban landscape. There are beautiful routes for trail running, hiking, and mountain biking.”

Didn’t know “outdoorsy” only meant that a City was to be surrounded by mountains.
I'm not saying there isn't nature, but Birmingham and NOLA have much higher than average obesity rates. It makes sense though because LA and AL are #1 and #3 respectively. Not enough people are running, hiking or mountain biking apparently.
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Old 10-15-2017, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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A city could be all obese people but still be outdoorsy.
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Old 10-15-2017, 10:15 AM
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Location: Miami
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I'm not saying there isn't nature, but Birmingham and NOLA have much higher than average obesity rates. It makes sense though because LA and AL are #1 and #3 respectively. Not enough people are running, hiking or mountain biking apparently.
Lol ok? What the hell that has to do with the thread though?

Fact of the matter is, Birmingham is a City/Nature combo city. There’s parks, trails, and etc. all over; I’d say Red Mountain Park is similar to Runyon Canyon Park in LA, but with more trees and other greenery, I believe it’s longer as well. Local Alabamians aren’t the only people who venture off into those activities.

And I’m pretty sure, Rail Road Park and The Rotary Trail has people running and walking everyday, if it’s not raining.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:53 AM
 
Location: The Springs
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Amarillo. The scenery is absolutely breath taking.
Lubbock, hands down!
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Old 10-16-2017, 12:47 PM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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Amarillo. The scenery is absolutely breath taking.
You wouldn't think it, but Palo Duro Canyon, directly south of Amarillo, is beautiful.





As for best city/nature combo, I would say Portland, Seattle, Denver, and Austin.
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Old 10-16-2017, 12:52 PM
 
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I'm going to go with Portland here, with Seattle and Austin as honorable mentions.
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Old 10-16-2017, 12:54 PM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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I'm going to go with Portland here, with Seattle and Austin as honorable mentions.
If you also include smaller cities, I would add Asheville NC and Santa Fe NM to the list as well.
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Honestly, I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I don't like having nature intertwined with the city I'm living in. As long as there are a few forest preserves and parks, that's fine by me. I actively dislike the aesthetic a lot of Western cities like Seattle and Denver have where there's very visible mountain scenery just outside the metropolis. To me it kind of says "ha ha, humans, you can build up all you want but this will always be superior".

I prefer the more grimy, concrete-jungle aesthetic - maybe you can travel a couple counties out to get a nature fix, but you're not surrounded by it. I like the feeling of our species having completely bulldozed over and transformed the land into something alien. I grew up in the city of Chicago and went to preschool in a 21-story tower in the Loop - I guess it made its impression early.
That's the way it should be. Nature>Man.

You can still have the "grimy concrete jungle aesthetic" while having nature intertwine.
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Minneapolis-Saint Paul has some incredible nature spots within city limits, and great ones not that far outside city limits.

You got waterfalls like Minnehaha Falls in MPLS and Shadow Falls in SP and the woods surrounding them. Tons of lakes, and other forested areas such as Theodore Wirth Regional Park just northwest of Minneapolis.
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:41 PM
 
Location: North America
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Honolulu is my favorite.
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