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Median Home Price: $150,000
Hot Job: Hospital physician
The Scene: Washington's second largest city, Spokane blends livestock and lumber with high tech and health services. Its design, inspired by 5,878 foot (1,792 meter) Mount Spokane and an Olmsted park system, is a model for ecologically conscious planning.
OPTIONS: Hike the river valley of Riverside Park for globs of volcanic basalt outcroppings, or relive 1988 U.S. Olympic mountain bike trials on Wild Rose Prairie.
OUTFITTER: Ride 72 miles (116 kilometers) of former rails on the Coeur d'Alenes trails over lake water, through an Indian reservation and into moose and deer habitat with Silver Bike Tours (+1 877 808 0913).
GOOD EATS: Try the Asian-fusion-cum-comfort-food at Moxie (+1 509 456 3594). The Chipotle Glazed meatloaf is unique. Try it with a 2002 Columbia Valley Merlot from Barrister Winery, a local vintner.
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