Easy Urban Escapes

With wild hikes within an hour, these 15 cities have some of the best outdoor access in urban America—and the only prerequisite for exploring is a pair of sneakers. Plus, find out where to eat and drink like a local afterward. —Kate Siber

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Melissa Ann de Leon
Melissa Ann de Leon

Yes, Glacier National Park is a beautiful park and a stay of even 3 days is short.  A lot of scenic drives, hikes, foto ops, you will want to stay longer and come back.  Surrounding areas  like Flathead Lake are beautiful as well! More hikes, raft rides, camping, lodge or hotelling, whatever your pleasure is, it is all there.  One of the best vacations one can have, with Yellowstone and the Tetons closeby,  Idaho too. Wow, One week is short!

rose clark
rose clark

I agree good list.  but one that you don't have is glacier park in Montana.  they have many different hiking trails a few for people who can't do rugged hiking, some that have distance and grades and some for the several day trail.  all beautiful and wildlife can be spotted.  especially bears.  trails will have a sign saying it is closed due to bears.   you can hike, fish, camp, boat, or just relax.  it is gorgeous.  it is worth traveling to.

Anthony Wilkinson
Anthony Wilkinson

Excellent list, all wonderful places that I would love to explore more than I have been able to up to this point.

Just a note on Big Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, the 30 miles distance listed in the article is from downtown SLC to the very TOP of the canyon (Brighton Ski Area).  Many of the hikes are even closer.

The mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon is actually only 17 miles from downtown, which calculates to about a 20 minute drive due to interstate highway travel speeds and typically light traffic.  And this is only one of a handful of canyons, ridges, and 11,000+ ft. peaks within a 30 minute drive of downtown, many even closer than the Cottonwood Canyons.  Amazing access!

gabriele dellanave
gabriele dellanave

@rose clark 

Fair comment and I support Rose adding that the Tetons as well offer excellent, for any level, hiking/walking opportunities.

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