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Las Vegas, Nev.

A road cyclist takes a break to check out the view of Lake Mead.

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Bright lights, casinos, celebrities and over-the-top shows are probably the first things that come to mind when you think of Las Vegas, Nev. But this city of about a half a million people is also a central location for outdoor adventures.

With a median home price of about $300,000, Vegas is home to those who love the fast paced life of Sin City and the tranquil landscape that surrounds it. You can climb on Red Rock Canyon's famous pink sandstone at the Cloud Tower in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Zion National Park, one of the best locations in the U.S. for climbing and hiking, is about a two hour drive away. You can bike on the ridges of Bootleg Canyon to observe the many types of wildlife that call this area home -- coyotes, owls, lizards and bighorn sheep.

If winter sports are more your style, head to Mount Charleston for skiing or snowboarding. If you're interesting in water sports, the Colorado River boasts some great rapids for rafting. And for some peaceful canoeing, paddle around Lake Mead in its bluest of blue waters.

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