Certain towns define themselves through their outdoor activities and their open-air cred. Hanalei, Kauai, has its waves. Boulder has its slopes. Durango has its trails. And you? You have two weeks of vacation a year and a yearning for outdoor living that persists for the other 50.
So what's keeping you from enjoying the al fresco life year round? Well, there's the oft-mountainous prices of homes in those outdoor meccas, for one. And then there's the pesky fact that they're mostly located in the Western half of the United States, quite possibly far from your life and your chosen career.
But we're here to tell you: You can have it all—an affordable home in a centrally located metro where adventure-filled days, nights, and weekends aren't far from your back door. So we hit the trails to find America's hidden outdoor meccas.
This city in the northern part of South Carolina is growing by leaps and bounds, but still manages to maintain its otherworldly natural beauty.
One of Greenville's biggest treasures is Falls Park, a 32-acre outdoor oasis on the Reedy River in downtown. Created in 2004, the park features art galleries on the water, a suspension bridge, outdoor theater performances in the summer, and, of course, waterfalls. Another is the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 19.9-mile greenway that spans several nearby cities and travels through the city.
Those looking for something a bit larger can check out the Nantahala National Forest and its gorgeous waterfall hikes just over an hour away. The oft-overlooked Congaree National Park, which offers canoeing, hiking, fishing, and camping, is just two hours to the east.
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Denmark. Egypt. Greenville.
CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg gave Greenville quite the shout out during an appearance on "CBS This Morning" Saturday. In a segment on top travel destinations of 2015, Greenberg featured Greenville (OK, we'll say it — #yeahTHATgreenville) as a top U.S. spot, calling it "the new Austin."
Greenberg highlighted the city's rapidly growing dining scene with 100 new restaurants opening along Main Street in the last two years, hiking and biking options, and affordability.
Los Angeles is the only other U.S. city to make the list.
At the first mention of Greenville, Greenberg says it's a destination that "may surprise you." Maybe it shouldn't?
South Carolina added more than 60,000 new residents to reach a total population of more than 4.8 million. That put the Palmetto State's growth rate among the top ten fastest-growing states nationally.
The latest evidence that South Carolina is drawing people from other states comes from United Van Lines, the big moving company, which found that the Palmetto State was one of the most popular destinations for its customers moving within the continental United States during 2014.
United's latest study of who's moving where ranks South Carolina No. 2 among contiguous states and Washington, D.C., for the percentage of inbound moves.
Out of 4,088 household moves to or from South Carolina that United handled last year, 2,512, or 61.4 percent, were inbound.