Let’s face it, not all cities are created equal. And, depending on what you are into, you might have to leave to find your “thing”. Not all of us can choose where we live because of jobs and family and so we hop in the car or on a plane to go do the stuff we really love. If outdoor adventure is for you, here are some great cities to check out, if you haven’t already.

  1. Asheville, NC has incredible views and is a very popular vacation spot because of the Biltmore Estate and Grove Park Inn. Asheville has it all, for everyone, even those who would rather stay indoors. But its the surrounding area that attracts the outdoor buffs. thousands of trail miles crisscross the mountains around Asheville as well as rushing rivers for white water rafting and tubing.
  2. Cody, Wyoming is a town that might not pop into your head immediately as a must see. It is on the eastern edge of Yellowstone National Park. Here you will find a Wyoming adventure full of mountain climbing and whitewater paddling or you can explore Yellowstone National Park. And, when you are done with all that, relax at a local rodeo in the evening.
  3. Aspen, Colorado. Well, you had to know Colorado would be on the list. Aspen is great because it offers activities during every season. It is situation in the Elk Range Mountains where you can snow ski three different ranges and in the summer visit the twin summits of Maroon Bells.
  4. Bellingham, Washington, where you can participate in the town’s famous “Ski to Sea” race, a challenging trek from the slopes of Mount Baker to the waters of Bellingham Bay. In addition, there are extensive trail networks for biking, hiking and trail running.
  5. Telluride, Colorado is where you go if you are an ultra extreme adventurer into biking, ultra running, skiing, and mountain climbing. Telluride has all of this and is located in a beautiful box canyon.