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SAN DIEGO

The city's 150-plus canyons have often been neglected, subjected to erosion, polluted runoff, litter, and invasive species. But they're now getting some TLC. Last year, San Diego completed the first piece of the City Heights Canyons Loop Trails project, linking several canyons with a 5-mile path and making way for native plants like black sage and California sunflowers. There's much more to come: San Diego has dedicated a full 13,200 acres of cityowned land to a larger canyon park and trail system, which should be completed by the end of 2021. sdcanyonlands.org.

SEATTLE

It doesn't get more urban than this 42-site route running through Pioneer Square and the surrounding neighborhoods. Commemorating the city's original Japantown, the Japanese American Remembrance Trail was inaugurated in February. Some stops point to longgone building sites and landmarks, including locations that speak to the upheaval created by World War II internment camps. …

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