Boston is no Denver, but there are still a couple of mountains (glorified hills, really) to climb. Just a few minutes outside of the city proper is a 7,000-acre reservation with 125 miles of pristine hiking trails. Climb to the top of Great Blue Hill and enjoy an unmatched view of the Hub's skyline—just prepare to share the scenery with crowds during the warmer months. Ski bunnies can return in the winter for some modest slalom action.
While urban living offers the best in restaurants, nightlife and theater, sometimes you just want to get outside, stretch your legs and hit the open trails in peace. Believe it or not, you don’t need to travel to the White Mountains or the Appalachian Trail to get your nature fix. There are plenty of picturesque hiking spots near Boston. Whether it’s climbing scenic wooded preserves or exploring waterfront trails, these local hikes are perfect for walking off the bustle of The Hub. No time to leave the city limits? Head over to one of Boston’s best parks. And if you want to turn an afternoon stroll into a full-on escape, check out the best weekend getaways from Boston and the best day trips from Boston.
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