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Arizona among top destinations for nature-lovers

Arizona is among the top metro cities for nature-lovers.

According to, Phoenix ranked No. 7 on the list of desired destinations for those who lead an active lifestyle.

Phoenix received rave reviews for its weather and access to city parks and outdoor activities.

Head outside of Phoenix to South Mountain, the largest municipal park in the country. With horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking trails available, there’s something for every adventurer. Papago Park is a must-visit, with the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Garden and an archery range to keep the whole family happy.

The criteria for cities that made the list include weather, parking availability and accessibility to national parks.

Albuquerque, NM claimed the top spot with San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC rounding out the top three.