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Best cities for nature lovers

Phoenix may be a great place if you love nature.

Phoenix may be a great place if you love nature.

If you love the outdoors and want to live in a place where you can experience the best natural sites the country has to offer, there's plenty of places you can choose from. Whether you want to be near large lakes, mountain chains or national parks, there's likely a place somewhere that is perfect for bringing your moving containers. Consider some of these cities before contacting your moving company and scheduling your trip.

Salt Lake City
The Western section of the country is filled with plenty of natural wonders, and if you are considering moving to this region, you may want to consider Salt Lake City. The capital of Utah is next to the Great Salt Lake, which is the largest saltwater lake in the country. The lake is a popular tourist destination, and taking a mini vacation to the area may be a fun weekend activity. The city is also only five hours from both Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, which are some of the most popular places to take in the natural beauty of the West.

The Rocky Mountains are a popular venue for those who enjoy the outdoors, and it may benefit you to check out Denver if you love nature. The city has a unique claim to fame, as its elevation is approximately one mile above sea level, and it is only 90 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. While the city itself has plenty of areas to take part in outdoor activities, traveling outside it opens up plenty more options, and you won't have to travel far to find something that you like.

Knoxville, Tennessee
There are plenty of outdoor marvels in the Southeast section of the country, and planning a move to Knoxville may be a great gateway to some of these attractions. The city is a mere 40 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which has some of the best mountain views in the country, no matter the time of year. This could be a great trip in the autumn, as the area's changing leaves can be quite beautiful. The city's location in the Southeast allows for easy travel to many areas, which could give you many natural viewing options. 

Tacoma, Washington
The Pacific Northwest is a staple for those who love the outdoors, and setting up your new residence in Tacoma may be a great idea. The city is not as busy as nearby Seattle, but still allows you to be in the middle of Northwest Washington. Puget Sound is just north of the city, where you can take part in kayak tours or go boating. Tacoma is also approximately three hours from Mount St. Helens, which is one of the largest active volcanoes in the country. The mountain is a part of the Cascade Range, which has its peak at Mount Ranier, also within driving distance of the city.

If you are more interested in the Southwest, then heading to Phoenix may be an interesting destination. The city is in the heart of the desert, and offers several recreation areas. The city is approximately 3.5 hours from Grand Canyon National Park, which has some of the most unique rock formations in the country. The city may be even more attractive for its diverse plant life, as many from other parts of the country may not be used to cacti growing throughout the area. With the city's location, this may be more attractive to those who enjoy warmer climates.