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7 of the Best Travel Destinations for Exploring the Great Outdoors

If you are planning a travel assignment for the summer, there are many great destinations that allow you to enjoy all that nature has to offer once your shift ends.  Let’s take a look at the best cities in the United States for soaking up the great outdoo
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If you are planning a travel assignment for the summer, there are many great destinations that allow you to enjoy all that nature has to offer once your shift ends.  Let’s take a look at the best cities in the United States for soaking up the great outdoors.

Salt Lake City, Utah.  Any assignment in Utah will put you within driving distance of some of the most breath-taking scenery you have ever seen.  Within 20 minutes of Salt Lake City, travelers find themselves surrounded by mountain wildflower meadows, lakes, and pristine hiking trails.  One local favorite is Cottonwood Canyon with miles of trails and amazing views of Salt Lake from your perch on top of the canyon.

San Francisco, California. Yes, you read that correctly, believe it or not, an assignment in San Francisco doesn’t have to be all about this eclectic Northern Cali city.  Just 20 miles north of San Francisco is Mount Tamalpais State Park and over 6,300 acres of wild grasslands, redwoods, and stunning wildflowers.  The park also features an incredible view of the city and San Francisco Bay from the top of its highest peak. Another must visit locale is Point Reyes National Seashore, just 35 miles northwest of the city, for kayaking along the coast and miles of hiking trails and birdwatching.

Portland, Oregon.  An assignment in Portland combines the best of city life and the beauty of nature that only the great Northwest can offer.  Travelers can retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark while exploring the Columbia River Gorge just 16 miles outside of the city.  From whitewater rafting to kayaking and biking, there is no shortage of outdoor adventures near Portland. How many assignments give you access to 14 major mountain peaks?  Put on your hikers and head west today!

Seattle, Washington.  Another gem of a city in our nation’s Northwest, Seattle is home to kayaking on Puget Sound and day trips to the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges.  One bucket list hiking trip is on Mount Si and a challenging four-mile trek that pays off with stunning views of Mount Rainier, Seattle, and the Olympic peaks.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  What many people don’t know is that 10% of Philadelphia is parkland, and the best of this is the 9,200 acres of Wissahickon Gorge. Featuring more than 57 miles of hiking trails, Wissahickon is a sea of green just outside the hustle and bustle of this large northeastern hub of humanity.

New York, New York. Who would ever consider the Big Apple to be a great travel destination for outdoor lovers?  Just because you want to take a travel assignment in the big city doesn’t mean you have to give up your nature loving for 13 weeks.  Just outside of New Your City is an abundance of state parks, the Hudson River and the Palisades.  A one hour drive will have you hiking in Bear Mountain and the Appalachian Trail with its stunning views of the Hudson River and Westchester.

Miami, Florida.  Just because you aren’t a big fan of the beach doesn’t mean you have to turn down an assignment opportunity in Miami.  You can enjoy the nightlife and culture in South Florida and still get you nature fix away from South Beach.  Discover primordial wilderness as you hike the 59 miles of trails through Everglades National Park, located less than an hour away from Miami and its 7 million people.  The 1.4 million acres of subtropical swamps, grasslands and forest are home to countless species of birds, alligators, and the mysterious Florida panther.

What is your favorite travel destination that keeps you close to the great outdoors?  Share your stories with fellow travelers in the comment section below or tell us on our Facebook page.