Here at The Active Times, we’re big proponents of off-the-beaten-path adventures and exploring wilderness around the globe, but that mentality occasionally means that cities are overlooked.

Urban centers offer their own form of adventure—and some even satisfy the most active outdoor enthusiasts—so we decided to honor and highlight the cities you should absolutely see in your lifetime.

Among the many criteria, cities on the list were judged on access to outdoor adventure, greenspace (or preserved land), general aesthetic, culinary chops, nightlife, art scene and friendliness of locals (which played a small part in the rankings). The chosen cities were picked from around the globe and, hopefully, offer a small sampling of the diversity that’s out there.

From South Carolina to South Africa, these are the amazing cities you need to see in your lifetime.