At StorQuest, we're all about living well. That's why we put together our guide to five cities that get it right. They offer everything you need to have one awesome adventure after another.
1) Boise, Idaho
The capital city of Idaho has a slow-moving, mountain-town vibe. But, affordable housing? Check – the median home price hovers around $350,000. Safe streets? Check that, too. Boise's crime rate is well below the national average. It also has incredible access to the great outdoors. You'll be able to log miles along the River Greenbelt, which follows the curve of the Boise River through downtown, ride the Ridge to River Trail System for excellent single-track adventures, ski or board Bogus Basin, and raft the Middle Fork of the Salmon River through Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
2) Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dog-friendly, easy commute to Denver, and Garden of the Gods out your backdoor? What's not to love about the Springs. In recent years, Colorado Springs has seen soaring growth, but housing that remains within reach (one-bedroom apartments rent for $1,050 and the median home price is just under $300K) and a lower-than-average crime rate make it appealing. So does stellar climbing, epic trail running, endless single-track, and world-class skiing within an hour of downtown.
3) Oxnard, California
Surprised a coastal SoCal city made the list? With incredibly scenic, iconic surf spots nearby, and miles of the Pacific Coast Highway to cruise, Oxnard brings its best year-round. Although not the cheapest place to live on our list, with a low crime rate and reasonable rents ($1,600 a month for a roomy one-bedroom apartment) its location is ideal. Ventura-adjacent, Oxnard is like your favorite cousin who has all the fun. Here you can fill your days with sportfishing, kayaking the Channel Islands, and exploring miles (like 20) of empty beaches.
4) Madison, Wisconsin
Sure, Madison is a relatively large city, but it does it well. Forest-like textures mixed with a college-town feel make Madison cool. With a median home price at $255K and lower-than-the-U.S.-average in crime, Madison might just be the next big city to move to. A bonus? Downtown access to the outdoors. Sample hyperlocal craft beer, canoe or kayak Lakes Mendota, Monona, and Wingra, and catch a concert (national and local artists) at a number of venues, including High Noon Saloon and Majestic.
5) Burlington, Vermont
Home to the headquarters for ice cream guru Ben & Jerry's, Burlington sits on the shore of glacier-carved Lake Champlain. The town (under 50K residents) embodies an earthy, can-do attitude with a median home price at $350K and a crime rate that is low by national standards. Launch your kayak from Waterfront Park for a morning paddle before cruising town on two wheels. Taste test Alchemist and Hill Farmstead's quiver of beers and discover why they craft the world's best brews. Or, take the ferry over to New York state (a quick 15-minute ride across Lake Champlain) for a full day of rafting Ausable Canyon.
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