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Where to Live and Play: 31 Adventure Towns
We searched the country over to find the right towns for you, whether you're looking for a weekend getaway or the perfect place to relocate.
Text by Dan Koeppel    Photograph by Wood Wheatcroft

Photo: Boise, Idaho
BRIGHT LIGHTS: Nightlife in Boise's lively Hyde Park neighborhood.

Are you an urban adventurer or a small-town dreamer?
Do you crave culture or live for the beach? Find your spot in these 31 action-packed locales. Our expanded, online-only Adventure Guides combine details on the real estate market, population density, and scene, with activities, outfitters, and good places to eat in each place. So dig in and find your own kind of town, whether it's for a long weekend or a lifetime.

Where to Live and Play 2006: 31 Towns Perfect For You

See the 2007 Adventure Towns: 50 Best Places to Live >>

SPOTLIGHT: Boise or Bust!
In this last great stronghold of the American West, housing remains affordable, Western culture still thrives, and access to the nation's wildest state begins within city limits. 
Discover Boise, Idaho >>
Outdoor Meccas: 
Durango, Colorado >>


- Bend, Oregon
- Bishop, California
- Ely, Minnesota
- Gainesville, Georgia
- North Conway, New Hampshire

Adventure Cities:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania >>

- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Portland, Maine
- Portland, Oregon
Spokane, Washington
- Washington, D.C.

Small Towns:
St. Johnsbury, Vermont >>


Dillon, Montana
- Divide, Colorado
- Port Townsend, Washington
- Spearfish, South Dakota
- Waynesville, North Carolina

Cultural Hubs:
Austin, Texas >>

- Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Flagstaff, Arizona
- Knoxville, Tennessee
- Provo-Orem, Utah
- Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Beach Towns:
Pismo Beach, California >>

- Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
- Cordova, Alaska
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Kahului, Hawaii
- Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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Adventure's September 2006 issue features 31 amazing adventure towns; chaos at the top of Mount Everest; an inside look at surfing California's Lost Coast; 11 fall weekend getaways near you; the best high-tech footwear, world class adventure travel; hiking the Alps, and more!

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