Best Towns to Live In

7 Aug

In the most recent issue of Outside Magazine, they posted an article on the 25 best towns to live in if your an outdoor enthusiast.  The reviews were based on the community, access to the outdoors, affordable homes, and solid jobs while providing the best cycling, paddling, running, surfing, skiing etc.   I thought this was a interesting article and found some of the towns they picked to be a bit of a shock.  The place that stood out to me the most and me realize how lucky I am, was Reno, NV.  Being a resident of this great town for nearly 2 years it has become apparent to me I’ve got it pretty good.  The category Reno made it for was the part that came as a bit of a shock to me, but needless to say it still made the list. Reno won the category “Best for Whitewater”.

The article describes how Reno still conjures images of cowboys/gambling and indeed you can find that, but there is also so much more.   In the past 20 years, investors have sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into the downtown with the building of the new ballpark as well as revamping the neglected Truckee river with parks and performing art centers.  Another great reason for living here is that firms ranging from techy (Microsoft and AT&T) to outdoorsy (Patagonia and Sportif) all have offices here.  This gives the young and educated populace even more reason to stay and with the housing market down a whopping 52 perent since 2006, how could you say no.

As far as the paddling, reno offers 11 pool drops with year-round flow, and is in a prime location right in the heart of downtown. Reno also offers one of the countries best whitewater parks as well as some of the sweetest western white-water from class V on the south Silver Creek to fun floats on the Truckee.

Aside from the rafting, Reno offers so many fun things right in its own backyard.  There’s not many places where you can ski and mountain bike in the same day and the great thing is, people are taking advantage of it all over.  Overall the poeople in Reno are extremely active and take full advantage of the great surroundings.  It makes it easy to get out and SWEAT ONECE A DAY.

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