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Old 01-25-2010, 03:25 PM
 
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I love big city life...but I also enjoy going back country camping on the weekends.

Any suggestions for a place for me?

Thanks.
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Old 01-25-2010, 03:28 PM
 
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Drive to or walk to?

Probably either way Denver would rank high.
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Old 01-25-2010, 03:38 PM
 
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Yeah, if I could walk to the back country that would be even quicker (or at least closer) access so yep thats exactly what I'm talking about!
Thanks!


Just to clarify further...the place I'm envisioning will hopefully have at least 300, 000 people if possible.

Hmmm........
You know what else would be a cool thing to have?
The high acreage of public land in a 60 mile radius per capita!



It'd be great if I could find a job in a 300, 000 + city, cut out from work at 5PM Friday and have NO TRAFFIC on my way to the great, vast, public outdoors!

I know, I know...I'm a dreamer right?
Hahahaha
lol

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Old 01-25-2010, 04:49 PM
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You might look at Colorado Springs. It's a little closer to the back country than most of Denver.
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Denver, Colorado Springs, Cheyenne, Fargo, Salt Lake City, Green Bay, Bismarck, Rapid City, Wichita. Pretty much any city in the Mountain West and Western Midwest will work.
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:29 PM
 
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What about Portland and Seattle?

I've heard some good things about them...any thoughts on those two?

Thanks tons!

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Old 01-26-2010, 01:09 PM
 
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Even in the Northeast, many of the smaller major cities would work too. From Syracuse to campsites, for example, only takes 10 minutes. You don't even have to leave the county. Campground Details - Green Lakes State Park, NY - ReserveAmerica - [ny]

Green Lakes State Park - NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

There are others as well.
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:29 PM
 
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What about Portland and Seattle?

I've heard some good things about them...any thoughts on those two?

Thanks tons!

Top-shelf camping near either. Several national parks, fantastic hiking in the Cascades, etc.

These would be my top choices if I my number one priority was easy access to outdoor life (assuming you're okay with occasionally-soggy weather).
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Reno, NV. Close to Lake Tahoe, Tahoe National Forest, and the Sierra Nevada mountains. 70-80% of Nevada is public land. Total metro area around 350,000. Moderate climate with four seasons. What else could you want?
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:23 PM
 
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Top-shelf camping near either. Several national parks, fantastic hiking in the Cascades, etc.

These would be my top choices if I my number one priority was easy access to outdoor life (assuming you're okay with occasionally-soggy weather).
Same personally,closest cities to some of the best outdoor activities in the country,and the rain is almost a stereotype,many north eastern and southern major cities get much more rain than both.Though it does rain a lot.
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