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Gettyimages.com/young afro american woman is playing ball with her son, a 3 yeas old boy. They are outdoors in a garden with trees and bushes, it is summer.

As someone who lives in a big city—right in the center of it, from which getting to the outside of it takes at least 45 minutes in no traffic (and there is never no traffic) I understand that itch to get out of the metropolitan area. I also understand the panic that comes when you cannot scratch that itch. But sometimes, getting truly out of the city would require paying for a hotel room and a lot of gas. Sometimes, I just don’t have the time it would take to truly leave the cosmopolitan area. If I’m going to make the two to four-hour drive to some of the surrounding nature-heavy destinations, I’d like to be able to dedicate at least 36 hours to being there. But often, my schedule just won’t allow that. So, how do I feel that I get out of the city (so I don’t go insane) when I can’t actually get out of the city? I go to some of these places instead.

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Visit salt rock caves

Many large cities are picking up on the fact that those seeking a retreat love salt rock caves. When you visit these, you’ll instantly feel like you’re far from the city and deep in the Himalayan Mountains. Himalayan salt rocks can increase serotonin in the brain, making them deeply relaxing.

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