Being a city kid comes with the obvious perks—access to great museums, plenty of playgrounds, tons of events—but sometimes you might feel like you're missing out when it comes to experiencing nature. Just think of all the wildflowers you could see. Luckily, you can pack up the kids and become one with nature by exploring these great hiking trails and wide, open spaces, all within a few hours' drive or less. From sand dunes in Indiana to waterfalls in DuPage County, here are some of the best spots to hike as a family.
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