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Pringle Creek community is located right in the heart of the Willamette Valley, in Salem, Oregon. Salem has just been listed alongside places like San Francisco and Boston as one of the top 25 beautiful US cities to live in if you enjoy spending time in nature. Our community values nature and has over a 1/3 of it dedicated to green space that harbors orchards, tree-lined paths along the creek, and a community garden to name a few.

Tanza Loudenback | July 9, 2016
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25 Beautiful US Cities to Live in if You Love Spending Time Outdoors

A recent ranking by Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on cities, revealed the best cities for outdoor activities in America, proving that city life and the great outdoors are not always mutually exclusive.

To compile its ranking, Niche gathered data on 227 US cities including local weather and air quality, access to natural amenities like beaches and state parks (counting those within 100 miles of the city), access to national parks and forests (counting those within 200 miles of the city), and general access to nearby outdoor recreation facilities. (Read the full methodology here.)

The resulting list reveals that some of the best cities to live in if you love spending time outdoors are in the Western US. In fact, 22 of the top 25 cities are in the West, with several located in the Pacific Northwest, specifically.

Below, check out the 25 best cities for outdoor enthusiasts.

25. San Francisco, California
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Population: 829,072

Nearby state parks: 20

Nearby beaches: 70

Weather grade: A+

Sitting atop a peninsula flanked by the Pacific Ocean, the City by the Bay is considered one of the most walkable cities in the US. The city’s most famous park is the 1,000-plus acre Golden Gate Park, which is home to several, smaller parks and a zoo, botanical garden, and golf course. 

24. Aurora, Colorado
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Population: 339,480

Nearby state parks: 4

Nearby beaches: 0

Weather grade: A-

Located just east of Denver, Aurora boasts more than 300 days of sunshine annually, making outdoor activities one of the premier draws for the area. The Aurora Reservoir is a popular destination with plenty of recreation opportunities like fishing, swimming, and boating.

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23. Roseville, California
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Population124,250

Nearby state parks: 3

Nearby beaches: 2

Weather grade: A+

Roseville is situated just 30 minutes outside of California’s state capital and a two-hour drive from scenic South Lake Tahoe. The park-laden city has been honored as a bike-friendly community and has more than 32 miles of off-street bike paths.

22. Alexandria, Virginia
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Population146,422

Nearby state parks: 20

Nearby beaches: 19

Weather grade: B

Located along the Potomac River just outside of Washington, DC, Alexandria is home to 940 acres of parks and recreation centers. In addition, there’s the popular 17-mile Mount Vernon trail that ends at George Washington’s home of the same name.

21. Orange, California
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Population138,980

Nearby state parks: 5

Nearby beaches: 43

Weather grade: A+

Orange sits at the edge of Santiago Oaks Regional Park, a 350-acre park with five miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails that lead to an additional 10 miles of trials in nearby Anaheim Hills.

20. Salem, Oregon
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Population157,967

Nearby state parks: 26

Nearby beaches: 3

Weather grade: B-

Salem, the capital of Oregon and the state’s third-largest city, is located in the Willamette Valley just one hour east of Oregon’s beaches and one hour west of the Cascade Mountain Range.

Continue reading the list of top 25 beautiful places to live here.