Update: Wednesday, Aug. 10 - Redfin has revised its list of Best Cities for National Park Lovers. But don’t worry, Fresno is still No. 1 and actually got a little boost.
The company found that it used data listing Pinnacles National Park as a national monument. The 26,000-acre park near Soledad, in San Benito County on the Central Coast, became a national park in 2013. It is known for its unusual rock formations, caves and biodiversity, including some 30 endangered California condors.
The discovery means that Fresno is actually within a three-hour driving distance of four national parks, not three as previously reported. The finding also bumped Sacramento up on the list from No. 9 to third.
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Fresno is ranked No. 1 best big city to live in if you want to be near a national park, the technology-based real estate brokerage firm announced Monday. Woo-hoo!
In honor of the National Park System’s 100th birthday this month, Redfin data folks looked at U.S. cities with populations of at least 400,000 and ranked them according to the number of national parks within a three-hour drive.
“Often one of the first questions I am asked when meeting new clients moving to Fresno is, ‘How far is Yosemite?’” said Marti Cook, a Fresno Redfin real estate agent. Redfin, based in Seattle, opened a Fresno office in October 2014.
“When I tell them it’s about an hour away they beam with excitement,” Cook said. “Not only do Fresno residents enjoy all of the modern amenities of our urban areas, without the notoriously high prices of other California cities, they have three major national parks right in their backyard.”
Seattle comes in second located within two-hour drives to three parks: Mount Rainer, North Cascades and Olympic. Third on this list is Miami located less than an hour from Biscayne National Park and the Everglades.