Freedom City is situated along the coast at the confluence of the Wading and South Rivers where they flow into Great Bay, which makes its way through the Centery Narrows out into the ocean. The Interstate passes close by the city along the coast, providing easy access to all points of the city by land.
The heart of the city—downtown—lies between the rivers while the entire metropolitan area spans both sides of the rivers. Southside can be found on the far bank of the South River. Northward is Hanover, a largely college and technical community, home to a number of small businesses. To the west are a collection of suburbs and national forest with unspoiled natural terrain and opportunities for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The downtown peninsula’s elevation rises gradually toward Lantern Hill, while the land south of the South River rises toward low hills in Bayview and the areas south of the Jordan Airport. Parts of the seaside around the Centery Narrows and Great Bay rise a short distance above the water with some seaside cliffs in spots. Along the east are several coastal communities, exclusive estates, and manor houses, some of which date back centuries.
The city planners laid out downtown Freedom City as logically as possible within the constraints of existing roads, land area, and geological features. The central areas of the city are fairly new, heavily reconstructed after the Terminus Invasion, as are the suburban communities to the west. Sandwiched in between those areas are older communities, ranging from the affluent Lantern Hill in the north and the crowded West End to the less fortunate Greenbank and Fens neighborhoods along the South River.
Downtown Freedom City generally follows a grid pattern. East-west streets have the names of prominent individuals honored by Freedom City. Northsouth avenues are numbered, starting from Riverside and heading west to the Wallace Expressway. Alleys running between buildings in the downtown area are common, and are generally numbered separately from streets.
In outlying areas (like Lantern Hill, Hanover, and Southside), streets tend to meander. There are also more one-way streets, cul-de-sacs, and multi-street intersections. These streets are older, so they are often narrower, less organized, and in slightly worse condition. Traffic back-ups are becoming increasingly common on both sides of the downtown area, and renovations are ongoing