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Old 06-16-2007, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Currently researching places for my next possible move. Amongst Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Denver and San Fran, which city offers the "best" and most outdoor activities within easy driving distance - activities such as hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, running trails, state and national parks, etc? I am a runner and triathlete so love being outdoors! Don't practice any sport consistently - besides running/cycling/swimming but like to do a variety of outdoor activities on weekends.

Not into activities involving the snow besides X-Country skiing and snowshoeing maybe once or twice a yr.

Cost of living doesn't matter - I currently live in Manhattan.

Thanks!
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Old 06-18-2007, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Default Anyone?

Anybody with a comment?

I know I can't go wrong with any of these cities in the "outdoor category" but still would love to hear from others!

Thanks!
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Old 06-18-2007, 01:24 PM
 
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Of your list, I'd pick Seattle. Despite the rain, you can do many things there. It's closer to National Parks than the other cities (3 to be exact). You mention you're not into snow activities, so I discounted Denver though it would be up there for sure with highly active Boulder nearby. There is apparently a large NY-East Coast contingent in Boulder (why, I don't know, but that's what they say on these threads). Denver isn't as close to the mountains as most people perceive. I'm not as familiar with Portland but I think Seattle offers more water-based activities. San Diego would be a great choice as its weather never interrupts your activities.
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Old 06-18-2007, 01:32 PM
 
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SF is near a lot of great areas for the outdoors, but the traffic getting to those areas can be tough! I personally would rate Portland above Seattle b/c there is far less traffic to get to the activities and you have acess to the high desert which has a much drier climate. If money is not an option- look into San Diego or even Hawaii.
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Old 06-18-2007, 01:50 PM
 
Location: moving again
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Portland and seattle have so many outdoors things to do and they are known for that. lots of trails and things.
On a side note, DC has a lot of outdoor things around. 1/3 of the city is park
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Old 06-18-2007, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Wi for the summer--Vegas in the winter
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From your list--I would pick PORTLAND. May I suggest that you also research into MADISON Wisconsin. The outdoor recreational opportunities in the area (and in a 100 mile or so radius) is truly mind boggling. SERIOUSLY!!
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:48 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Anchorage, Alaska all the way. =)
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Default Thanks for the suggestions

I am not planning on moving somewhere strictly for the outdoor activities, however, that is one factor. Alaska and Hawaii are definitely not options - only to visit! WI - not an option either - I am a city girl, but yes, I know there are tons of activities up there. I grew up in Chicago. DC - don't want to live anywhere on the right coast.

Of the cities I listed it is most likely between Seattle and San Fran though, followed by Portland and lastly Denver.

Thanks again!
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Old 06-19-2007, 06:26 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I would vote for Denver. It is too rainy in Seattle and Portland to actually enjoy the outdoors that much. It doesn't snow very often in Denver, and even the close in mtn areas are snow free much of the time. It is only about 1 hr to the mtns from the city, and Denver is close to Rocky Mtn Nat. Park. Which 3 national parks is Seattle close to? I am only familiar with Olympic, and it is at least as far to Seattle as RMNP is to Denver. The only thing you don't have in Denver is a lot of water activiites.
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Wi for the summer--Vegas in the winter
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I am not planning on moving somewhere strictly for the outdoor activities, however, that is one factor. Alaska and Hawaii are definitely not options - only to visit! WI - not an option either - I am a city girl, but yes, I know there are tons of activities up there. I grew up in Chicago. DC - don't want to live anywhere on the right coast.

Of the cities I listed it is most likely between Seattle and San Fran though, followed by Portland and lastly Denver.

Thanks again!
Well Madison is a "CITY" of almost 250,000 has has many 'Big City' ammenities. Chi-town, Millwaukee and the "Twin Cities" only a few hours drive away. Well if not Madison, than I would say Portland. San Francisco is nice, but costly as all heck!!
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