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Top 7 Cities Near National Parks - Scenic View of Grand CanyonHappy National Park Week 2016! There is no better place to enjoy the great outdoors this spring than at one of our nation’s numerous national parks. With so many located just outside some of America’s greatest cities, you’re likely only a short drive away from chirping birds, frolicking elk (at least in Colorado), and swaying wildflowers. In honor of National Park Week (April 16-24, 2016), we’re highlighting seven of the nation’s top cities near national parks that offer attention-grabbing scenic views for nearby apartment residents and visitors alike.

College Students in a KitchenMany renters know of ApartmentSearch.com because of how easy it makes finding the perfect apartment, but did you know that finding your next home through the site can also help a good cause? Now you can opt to make a $100 donation to Volunteers of America (VOA), a nonprofit devoted to supporting and empowering America’s most vulnerable people, in lieu of a $100 Visa gift card just by finding your new home!

Group of Generation Z Teens

The next generation of apartment residents is an entrepreneurial, technologically-adept and financially-independent group. They may be too young to venture out on their own yet, but today’s children will be moving out on their own sooner than you might expect and they are excited to soon be living the lifestyle of modern apartment living.

This demographic group, dubbed Generation Z (born between 1994 and 2000), is even more independent than Generation Y and Millennials, with many more of these teens expressing a desire to start their own businesses and hire employees (even though they are still in school). These independent thinkers are likely to choose apartments, in order to have financial stability and live the independent lifestyle they enjoy.

Trees During Fall SeasonAs summer comes to an end, we start looking forward to the joys of fall: the cool, crisp weather, the autumn leaves, the aroma of fresh pumpkin pies, and celebrating Halloween, to name a few. Still, apartment dwellers in certain U.S. cities have the advantage of truly enjoying the beauty, fun, and festivities of fall.

Here are some of the top cities where apartment residents can enjoy fall:

Portland, Maine:

While the Northeast U.S. is known for its beautiful fall scenery, Portland is especially renowned for its fall foliage – and for making it easy for apartment dwellers to view the gorgeous scenery around them this time of year. They can take a bike tour of the trees and waterways using bike-share program Zagster or hike up Bradbury Mountain. Plus, there are local apple orchards where they can pick their own apples. October’s Harvest on the Harbor, which includes food samplings and the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition, is not to be missed by residents from all over the city.

Boy Hugging His MotherThe tears began to well up in Shawna’s eyes. She tried hard to make sure Sam didn’t see. It was always like this on this particular day every year. Sam looked back and waved as he got onto the school bus to his first day of 5th grade. She pushed back the tears, smiled and waved, then started the walk back to her apartment. Summer was over and school was back in session.

She closed her apartment door and walked to the kitchen for a fresh cup of coffee. As she scooped the grounds into the coffee filter, she once again began to cry. She remembered his very first day of school just like it was yesterday. He had cried before they left the apartment. Now he was a “big boy” and “too cool” to be seen with his mom doting over him. She wiped away the final tears, poured a fresh cup, and walked out on the balcony to enjoy a little peace and quiet.

Things haven’t been easy since Steven went back on active duty. He had been in Afghanistan for most of Sam’s life. Luckily, they had found an apartment that was close to the base, their friends, and a top-rated school district. Their old house had been too much for her to keep up by herself and was not in a great location for the things Sam would want as he grew up. When he left for overseas, Steven had agreed that she should find an apartment best suited for them.

Movers unloading a moving vanMoving is stressful in any scenario. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, there seems to be an insurmountable mountain of preparation. Tasks include finding a new home, finding new schools for your children, packing, moving all your belongings, turning off utilities at your old place at the right time, and turning on the utilities at your new apartment.

However, when you are moving for job relocation, the process is even more complicated. Now, on top of everything else, you have to adjust to a new work environment and fellow employees as well as learn your way around a new city. Fortunately, this is what ApartmentSearch specializes in: helping businesses and people in transition have a smooth and easy move to their new location.