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Opt Outside on these 15 National Forests near Cities

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For those who live in the city, getting outdoors can sometimes be tough. Between the concrete jungle and small city parks, many find themselves missing the solitude and rejuvenating green space that our National Forests and Grasslands provide. Luckily, for millions of people, many National Forests are right outside major city centers. Though you might call an urban environment home, we hope you find some time to escape the city to explore our Forests.

Looking for the perfect place to escape the city on Black Friday to opt outside? Or to opt outside any time of the year? Here’s a short list of some of our favorites:

Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Near: Los Angeles, CA

Joey Zayachak

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Near: Seattle, WA

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Mt. Hood National Forest

Near: Portland, OR

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Near: Salt Lake City, UT

Michael Erickson

Tonto National Forest

Near: Phoenix, AZ

David Anderson

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

Near: Denver, CO

Mitch Warnick

Mark Twain National Forest

Near: St. Louis, MO

John Henderson

Sam Houston National Forest

Near: Houston, TX

Cade Restivo

Osceola National Forest

Near: Jacksonville, FL

Susan Blake

Green Mountain National Forest

Near: Albany, NY

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Wayne National Forest

Near: Columbus, Oh

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Huron-Manistee National Forest

Near: Grand Rapids, MI

Cibola National Forest

Near: Albuquerque, NM

US Forest Service

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Near: Chicago, IL

Arthur Pearson

Black Hills National Forest

Near: Rapid City, SD

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