Top 10 States for Outdoorsy Getaways

Does your family love vacationing in the Great Outdoors? Chances are that you don't have to travel far to find fun with Mother Nature.

To find out which states are the most outdoorsy, the folks at Retale.com looked at 10 key metrics, including population density, the number of campgrounds, summer camps, state parks and national parks; places to go rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, and fly-fishing; and schools for sailing, paragliding and hangliding. After crunching the numbers, they say these are the top 10 states for an outdoorsy getaway.

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California

Hiking in Yosemite

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No. 1 for most campgrounds
No. 1 for most rock climbing sites
No. 1 for most summer camps 
No. 2 for most sailing schools
No. 4 for most ski resorts

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New York

Lake Placid Adirondacks
Lake Placid CVB

No. 1 for most national parks, monuments, refuges and scenic trails
No. 2 for most fly-fishing waters
No. 3 for most sailing schools
No. 3 for most ski resorts
No. 5 for most kayak areas
No. 5 for most summer camps

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Pennsylvania

Pocono Mountains Outdoor Recreation
Visit Pennsylvania

No. 2 for most national recreation trails
No. 3 for most fly-fishing waters
No. 9 for most kayaking areas

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Oregon

Crater Lake
Travel Oregon

No. 2 for most hang-gliding schools
No. 2 for most state parks
No. 4 for most recreation hiking trails
No. 4 for most campgrounds

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Washington

Mount Rainier
Experience Washington

No. 1 for most state parks
No. 6 for most sailing schools
No. 6 for most campgrounds

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Michigan

Michigan kayaking
Pure Michigan

No. 1 for most ski resorts
No. 2 for most campgrounds
No. 2 for most kayak and canoe areas

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Colorado

Chimney Rock
Colorado Tourism

No. 2 for most rock-climbing locations
No. 5 for most ski resorts
No. 5 for most campgrounds

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Alaska

Denali National Park
Travel Alaska

No. 1 for most paragliding schools 
No. 9 for most national parks 

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Florida

Bradenton Beach
Lara Cerri/Visit Florida

No. 1 for most national recreational trails
No. 1 for most sailing schools
No. 1 for most canoe and kayak areas
No. 3 for most state parks

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Montana

Montana Fly Fishing
Visit Montana

No. 1 for most fly-fishing waters
No. 10 in lowest CO2 emissions

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