10 Best Places for Outdoorsy Types to Live


Bend, Ore.

Kayaking on a lake in Bend
Kayaking on a lake in Bend
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Although Bend, Ore., is experiencing rapid growth, the town is definitely not crowded. With a population of almost 80,000, Bend has pretty much everything that a lover of the great outdoors could ask for in a hometown.

Because of its water sports and skiing, outdoor adventurers are settling in Bend's paradise. After rafting, canoeing, or kayaking down the Deschutes River, you can climb Smith Rock.

With an elevation of 3,635 feet (1,108 m), Bend is great for mountain adventure sports. Black Butte offers a prime spot for mountain biking. Looking for great hiking? Check out the Deschutes National Forest. In the winter, Mount Bachelor and Tumalo Mountain are great places to hit the ski slopes.

Homes in Bend are in the $300,000 to $400,000 range. If you like fun in the sun, Bend's your place; Bend averages 300 days of sunshine each year [source: City of Bend]. Temperatures in Bend range from 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 1 to 10 degrees Celsius) in the winter and 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (26 to 32 degrees Celsius) in the summer. The only thing missing from Bend is the ocean, but if you're craving some waves, the beach is only about a four hour drive away.