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Best Hiking Cities for 2021

by Katie Skrzek

Mar 25, 2021

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Destinations / North America

It’s time to hit the trails!


Outdoor services provider LawnStarter recently released its study of the best cities in the United States for hiking in 2021. LawnStarter compared 150 of the largest U.S. cities based on 11 factors, including trail access, climate and safety.


California is the state to visit for prime hiking opportunities. Eight cities in the state ranked in the top 10, with San Francisco taking the top spot. Overall, the West Coast ranked highest with Portland, Oregon, and Tucson, Arizona, rounding out the top 10. Cities in the south, north and Midwest are less likely to have ideal weather conditions for hiking. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was one of the cities with the highest average of cold days. Mobile, Alabama, was among the cities with the highest natural hazard risks.


Top 10 cities for hiking:

  1. San Francisco, California
  2. Oakland, California
  3. Los Angeles, California
  4. San Diego, California
  5. Portland, Oregon
  6. San Jose, California
  7. Huntington Beach, California
  8. Moreno Valley, California
  9. Tucson, Arizona
  10. Long Beach, California


Bottom 10 cities for hiking:

  1. Mobile, Alabama
  2. Baton Rouse, Louisiana
  3. Shreveport, Louisiana
  4. Jersey City, New Jersey
  5. Tallahassee, Florida
  6. Anchorage, Alaska
  7. Montgomery, Alabama
  8. Augusta, Georgia
  9. Cincinnati, Ohio
  10. Cape Coral, Florida


For a full list of results, including methodology, visit the website.


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