8 Ways to Get Back to Nature

8 Ways to Get Back to Nature

You don't have to travel long distances to get in touch with nature. Look for local scenery right outside your neighborhood. Photo: Flickr/Premshree Pillai

Summer is nearly upon us, and now is the perfect time to start planning your warm weather getaways. No matter where you live, a hidden gem of a mountain to hike, lake to kayak or beach to lounge on likely lies no more than a few hours away.

Even for the most budget-conscious urban dweller, there are many ways to enjoy one's natural surroundings without breaking the bank.

1. Stay in your state

Sometimes just a short drive out of your usual environment is all that is necessary to get away from it all. Each state has an extensive system of state parks, and often just a quick search on the Web with your state name and the words “state parks” will yield a hidden escape close to home.

A visit to a state park is also an impromptu way to explore your natural surroundings for a day or weekend without a...
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