Durango, CO | Bend, OR | Bishop, CA | Ely, MN
Gainesville, GA | North Conway, NH
Median Home Price: $327,500
Nearby Activities: Everything but surf
The Scene: Bend is growing so quickly that nearly everyone's a newcomer. But there's still plenty of room to play: Paddle the Deschutes River, climb Smith Rock, ski Mount Bachelor, or hike the Deschutes National Forest.
OPTIONS: Bend averages 300 days per year of sunshine, which means more time to ski, climb and hike Mount Hood and Mount Bachelor, or mountain bike Black Butte. Paddle the Deschutes River or trek 4.5 hours to the coast if you really get a craving for some waves.
OUTFITTER: Ouzel Outfitters runs two-day rafting excursions down the Deschutes ($345; www.oregonrafting.com).
GOOD EATS: Take to the Pine Tavern (+1 541 382 5581) for the marionberry cobbler and gin and tonics.
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