There are many cities across the United States in which to live. They all offer numerous possibilities regarding dining, shopping and accommodation options. Often times there are art galleries and museums to explore. However, not all have amazing landscapes in the background that also provide a wealth of outdoor recreation activities. Take a look at some of the cities deemed to be the most beautiful, underrated and ripe for outdoor fun.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle is the place to be for anyone who enjoys water-based activities, as the city lies nestled between Lake Washington and the Puget Sound. Popular activities include boating, kayaking, and sailing along with watching the marine life that migrates through the area. Land-based opportunities are also abundant thanks to the 44 state parks close to the city. Day trip options include a visit to Mount Ranier, Mount St. Helens and a trek to the Snoqualmie Falls.

Charleston, South Carolina

The coastal city is another great coastal location and boasts a fascinating history that dates back to the 17th century. Enjoy a cruise along the waterfront on a real riverboat or explore a historic plantation. Relax on the beach, go stand-up paddle boarding or dare to take a zip line adventure. Maybe tour the Beidler Forest where the trees are more than 1,000 years old and majestically stand in the swamp. A boardwalk enables visitors to go bird watching and see local marine life.

Provo City, Utah

Provo was founded between Utah Lake and the Wasatch Mountains. Along with boating, fishing and hiking opportunities, the winter months provide the chance to go skiing. The rustic surrounds are also great for catching a glimpse of native wildlife. The many species of trees that blanket the mountains make Provo City a wonderful destination for taking in the dramatic fall colors. You do not have to travel far to be without the light pollution of the city. The International Dark Sky Park in Kodachrome Basin is a favorite with stargazers.

Boulder, Colorado

The community lies in the valley between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. Tall upright slabs of sandstone form the foothills known as the Flatirons. Go hiking on the paved paths during the spring and witness the meadows filled with wildflowers. In winter, the snow on the slopes welcomes skiers.

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