Favorite small towns for getting outdoors

Bike, hike, raft, climb ― these towns welcome adrenaline junkies

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DOWNIEVILLE, CA

Population: 325

What a house costs: $345,420

The Sierra gold-mining town hosts the annual Downieville Downhill mountain bike race.

Info  sierracountychamber.net

Hood River, OR

Population: 6,736

What a house costs: $318,500

East of Portland, the windsurfing capital of the continental United States also has some of the world’s best fruit.

Info  hoodriver.org

KAMUELA, BIG ISLAND, HI

Population: 8,158

What a house costs: $369,000

Acres of pristine ranchlands, ocean vistas from nearby hills, plus Merriman’s, one of Hawaii’s best restaurants.

Info  kamuela.com

LANDER, WY

Population: 7,131

What a house costs: $249,000

Home to the National Outdoor Leadership School and terrific hiking in the adjacent Wind River Range.

Info  landerchamber.org


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