Escape the City Without Going too Far

While there are a number of benefits to living in a big city, it can make an active person feel trapped every once in a while. Without regular access to open areas, surfaces other than concrete and minimal park space, even the happiest city dweller can start to feel a bit claustrophobic.

Fortunately, some places make it easier to escape the city than others, with nearby hiking, campgrounds and bike trails. See what resources are in your area to find, plan and prepare for your next outdoor adventure.

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Hit Up an Outdoor Retailer

One of the best resources for urban-bound outdoor junkies is a gear and equipment retailer. There are stores all over the country, and many of them offer information sessions, courses, and different events. While some are free, and others cost you, it gives you a chance to talk with others who have found ways to escape the city.

Additionally, it's getting easier and easier to find smaller, more specialized stores for rock climbing, mountain biking, and other extreme sports. With knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, you should have no problem finding a spot, and the equipment, for your next adventure.

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Look Online

Unsurprisingly, the internet has just about everything you need to plan a trip outside the city. Not only will you be able to find most equipment and apparel you need, but most retail sites offers tips, tricks and ideas on the specific activity that they specialize in.

Be sure to sign up for daily deal sites to find new activities without breaking the bank. Though the more popular sports will have frequent deals, such as stand up paddle boarding, yoga and kayaking, look for specific discount sites that specialize in outdoor activities. Programs like Active Advantage Outdoors will have a variety of outdoor adventure gear and activity deals that provide new and exciting ways to escape the city.

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Find a Meetup

Find new ways to escape the city with an outdoors MeetUp. In the New York City area, there are hundreds of groups devoted to hiking, biking, camping, climbing, kayaking, paddling, and enjoying the outdoors in every way imaginable.

If you'd rather fly solo, or stay local, take a look at what's happening in your own backyard. See if your city has an Audubon center, botanical gardens, walking tours or even a zoo. This is an easy outdoors escape that won't take you too far. These options are perfect for a family activity, or a day when relaxing is a higher priority than racking up endorphins.

If you want to escape the city, get creative. If the nearest mountain is too far or you don't have a group to camp with, see what's around you. Get involved in local groups through the Internet or specialized retailers. The benefit of city life is that there are always a lot of people around with similar preferences. Find them and get outdoors.  

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About the Author

Emilie Littlehales lives in New York City with her fianc?. She's proud to be a RRCA-certified running coach, a founding member of the LUNA Chix NYC run team, and a Team Oiselle athlete. When she's not running you can find her knitting, doing yoga, or aimlessly browsing the Internet. She maintains her own running-related blog at http://www.icametorun.com, and also writes for the LUNA Chix Journal. Her dream is to help empower women through sports by one day opening up her own individual coaching practice..

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