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15 U.S. cities for outdoor enthusiasts

By: Bryan Nelson on Oct. 18, 2010, 12:30 p.m.
Seattle, Washington

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Seattle, Wash.

With Seattle as your base, you can kayak in the San Juan Islands, climb snowy peaks, explore the nearby temperate rain forests, enjoy the scenery and seafood of the Puget Sound, or embark for day visits to the Olympic National Park or Mount Rainier National Park.

Outdoor enthusiasts have been flocking here for decades. The city is also home to REI and Outdoor Research, so you'll never be short on equipment.