Durango, CO | Bend, OR | Bishop, CA | Ely, MN
Gainesville, GA | North Conway, NH
Median Home Price: $379,900
Nearby Activities:Climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, fly-fishing
The Scene: Owens Valley ranchers and Buttermilks boulderers share paradise three hours from Yosemite, two from Death Valley, and half an hour from the Sierra Nevada.
OPTIONS: Route 395, the main artery between Reno with Los Angeles, runs straight through this cowpoke town, home to Mule Days, a weeklong celebration of pack-mules that draws rodeo lovers from around the country. Hike, climb, bike, and ski the Eastern Sierra range and Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the lower 48.
OUTFITTER: Sierra Mountain Center ($675; www.sierramountaincenter.com) leads three-day guided climbs of 14,505-foot (4,421-meter) Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48.
GOOD EATS: La Tacqueria Las Palmas (+1 760 873 4337) is a famous post-bouldering chow spot.
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