If we have learned anything from 2020 and the beginning of 2021, it is to not take our time outside for granted. So, how can we maximize our time outside without going on a major vacation multiple times per year? If you feel like you are missing out on all nature has to offer, it just might be time to move to a city that can accommodate your love for the outdoors. There are countless cities out there that can fulfill this need, but we want to help you find the best one for you. Here are a few ideas to get your mind running!
Ann Arbor, MI
This is a small college town, but it is quaint and has so much potential to live your life outdoors. With it being smaller, you can bike almost anywhere you need to go, or you can even walk most of the time. Plus, it has some of the most beautiful seasons. During fall, the leaves change, and the entire town is transformed into an autumnal paradise. You can spend your time at the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum or the Matthaei Botanical Gardens to really soak in the outdoors!
Though Seattle is a city, it still has the ability to satisfy your outdoor wants and needs. You can spend time along the coast at the harbors, at Pike Place Market, head to the zoo, go out on the water on a cruise, take an airplane tour of the city, see the sights from The Space Needle, or even head out on a day trip to Mt. Rainier National Park. Basically, what we are saying is, despite its city-like qualities, Seattle has a lot of outdoor adventures to offer!
Ahhh, Denver, the Mile-High City! The beauty that is Denver is really unmatched. Plus, it is close to so many other beautiful places, you will never be bored while living there. And, you can get the cheapest flights from Denver, so you aren’t locked in to living there and only spending time there. You will be able to explore nearby places outside or go a little further, too—head over to California, Minnesota, Nevada, or even Florida! The possibilities are endless.
Okay, if you are going to pick to move to Alaska, you have to be willing to deal with some pretty cold temperatures, but we promise it will be worth the move. There are only a few states in the U.S. that have glaciers, and even so, Alaska is the state that has the most. Not only will the glaciers draw you there and keep you there, but you will also be in love with the wildlife that you can see in their natural habitats outside. You can visit the bears at the conservation centers, see the glaciers daily, and you have the chance to see the Northern Lights as well. There is no way you can go wrong with Anchorage, AK. Just make sure you invest in a warm jacket and layers for the exceptionally cold weather.
Newport Beach, CA
There are tons of beach towns to live in California, but Newport Beach is a place like no other. From spending time outside on the beach to taking your Duffy out around Balboa Island, you can spend tons of time enjoying yourself on the water. We know that most towns have a mall or a shopping center of some sort, but none of them compare to Newport’s Fashion Island. The plethora of shops and dining opportunities are all located in a beautiful outdoor mall—it is sure to satisfy everyone who shops there. No matter what outdoor activities are your favorite, you are bound to create a happy home in Newport because there is so much beauty to be found!
Spending time outside can improve your mental health, allow you to be more active, and fulfill your need to immerse yourself in nature. No matter where you choose to live, we hope you reap the benefits and find a better quality of life!
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