Your family craves adventure. As a team, you spend each weekend seeking out local festivals, new museums and the best parks within a day's drive of your house. If you're an active family, looking to relocate, consider calling one of these active cities home.
Or if you're already living in one of these great locations, lucky you.
Salt Lake City, Utah
This green community is a perfect place to soak in the outdoors. Salt Lake City is in the process of building a bike way that meanders throughout the city and downtown where more fun awaits. Whether you cheer on the Utah Jazz basketball team or catch a show at one of the many theatres and performing arts centers, there's never a lack of things going on in this city of nearly 200,000.
Making a move South? Consider locating to Austin where outdoor activities abound year round. You can spend the day picnicking and boating at Lady Bird Lake or making you way down the trails of the over 2200 acres of preserve land in the greater Austin area. Don't miss the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s nature programs for kids!
This city is growing by leaps and bounds, with a current metro population hovering around 2.4 million. Portland is home to the Oregon Zoo and the Portland International Raceway. There's also a thriving golf community with five nationally recognized courses at your fingertips.
Best part? Portland allows your family access to both the ocean and the mountains; both are within a 90-minute drive from Portland.
Does your family crave outdoor sports? If you make Denver home, you can spend each weekend snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling, fly fishing, white water rafting, zip lining or horseback riding. This city is flanked with some of the most picturesque mountainous terrain that's ready to be explored.
San Francisco, California
As a family, the city by the bay is incredibly welcoming and educational. Slip on your sneakers and visit the de Young Museum on the first Tuesday of each, month free of charge. Or walk through the free Wells Fargo History Museum and learn more about the Gold Rush. At the Presidio military post you can hike as a family on the two-mile Ecology Trail and take in amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
If your family is intrigued with history and the inner workings of the government, a move to Washington DC (or one of its nearby suburbs) is the perfect plan. Zip around the city's sites by bus, bike, Metrorail or river taxi. Then, sneak just 30 minutes outside the city and soak in the natural beauty of the waterfalls at Great Falls Park.
Or, stay local and stroll along the C&O Canal Towpath along to Potomac River.
There's no shortage of footpaths, walking friendly bridges and green space in this historical city. Each weekend your family can explore early American historical sites or take a boat tour on the bay. No matter which part of Boston you relocate to, you're close to the 350-year old Boston Commons park which features ball fields, a pond and even a spray pool for cooling off in the summer.
A hub of the Midwest, Minneapolis is home to multiple music and art festivals, a renaissance fair, monarch butterfly festival and even the Twin Cities Marathon. On weekends, active families enjoy exploring some of the hundreds of lakes that surround the city or biking around town. Minneapolis is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the US.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Known as Olympic City USA, Colorado Springs is home to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center and United States Olympic Committee Headquarters. Families with budding athletes will love the sports vibe in the city and should check out the annual marathon and abundant bicycle trails. The city also hosts a Therapeutic Recreation Program (TRP) so kids and adults with disabilities can also participate in leisure sports.
Asheville, North Carolina
Tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this artsy community offers a small town ambiance with big city amenities for families. There's no shortage of unique restaurants, museums and historical sites to explore (including the 8000-acre castle-esque Biltmore Estate!) in Asheville. Or, head out to the mountains and enjoy hot air balloon rides, rafting, zipline tours or hiking!
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