Ahh, the great outdoors. Some prefer the hustle and bustle of city life, but we all could use a getaway every now and then. Living in a state where outdoor activities are close by is a major benefit and can make for a healthier lifestyle overall. Take a look at these locations in if you’re considering a new state to live in — they’ll get your body moving as well.
From oceans to mountains, the vast state of California has outdoor activities for absolutely everyone. If you’re in SoCal, you’ll love the surfing and non-stop sunshine. If you’re in the north, you’ll love the hiking, trails, and biking. If there’s an outdoor sport that isn’t been done in California, we’d be very surprised.
There’s a reason Salt Lake City has been a previous host for the Winter Olympics — it’s a fantastic place for winter activities. But what you may not know is that Utah is equally as beautiful in the summertime. Zion National Park has some of the best hiking in the nation, with the hike to Angel’s Landing known to be particularly stunning.
Winter enthusiasts will love the ski and snowmobile trails in Minnesota, but the summertime is just as exciting. There are lakes at every turn, with lots of spots to go boating or just relax by the lake. Lake fishing might be better in Minnesota than anywhere else in the USA. So, if you love to cast a line, you may have found your new home.
4. North Carolina
North Carolina is an amazing place to live. It features plenty of lakes and beaches and some of the best camping around. There’s also plenty of kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and hunting. For amazing mountain views, you can hike to the top of Mount Mitchell, or enjoy a scenic drive to an overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Whitewater Falls is the tallest waterfall in the East, in the Nantahala National Forest. There’s also plenty of excitement to experience on record-breaking zip lines and urban bike trails.
Washington State is great all year around — even when the snow starts to fall in the winter. Mount Baker and Crystal Mountain are both great options for outdoor activities. In the summer, there’s tons of hiking and trails, and the islands off the coast in the Pacific Northwest offer some great day trips.