The Ultimate Best Places for Outdoorsy Types to Live Quiz

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About This Quiz

If you love the feel of a fresh breeze on your face, the sun on your back and the thrill of exhilarating views or adventure sports, you might consider yourself an outdoorsy type of person. There are many different places you might consider to be paradise, ranging from cities with nearby rivers and mountains to small, isolated towns where you can ski and hike. Take this quiz to learn more about the best places to live for those who love the outdoors.

What sort of activities is the town of Ely, Minnesota, good for?

Ely has been described as a "waterman's paradise." Its unspoiled landscape is a popular spot for canoeing, biking, fishing and hiking. In the winter, temperatures dip into the teens, providing good conditions for snowshoeing and ice fishing.

How many lakes, rivers and streams are there in Ely?

The small town of about 4,000 people is home to more than 5,000 lakes, rivers and streams. Aside from its lakes, Ely also provides stunning views of glacier-carved ridges and remnants of glaciers.

Why has southern Bohemia, in the Czech Republic, been left untouched by urban expansion?

Southern Bohemia was closed off by the Iron Curtain, leaving it relatively untouched and unexplored. You will find densely wooded forests, opening to charming hillside villages where you can experience Czech culture at its best.

Hiking is a popular activity for Czechs. How many miles of trails can you find in the Czech Republic?

There are more than 24,000 miles (38,600 kilometers) of marked trails throughout the Czech Republic. In 1889, the Czech Hiking Club was founded. The club maintains the trails and has installed color coded trail markers to guide people through the picturesque landscape.

What sort of climate will you find in Washington, D.C., in the summer?

The nation's capital is known for its wet, hot summers and moderately cold winters. These mild temperatures allow for many seasonal activities.

Which river in Washington, D.C., is a good place for many water activities?

The Potomac River runs through Washington and provides the perfect setting for sailing, canoeing, kayaking and rowing. Great Falls, Virginia and George Washington State Forest are also close by and are good areas for mountain biking and hiking.

What records does the town of North Conway, Hew Hampshire, boast?

Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast at 6,288 feet (1,900 meters), is located in North Conway. North Conway is also famous for its unpredictable weather, recording a wind gust of 231 mph (372 kph) at Mount Washington on April 12, 1994. This was the highest gust of wind ever to be recorded.

Tuckerman Ravine in North Conway is a popular hiking spot and a hotspot for skiing in the winter. What angle ski slopes can you find there?

Tuckerman Ravine boasts 45-degree ski slopes in the winter. The Tuckerman Ravine Trail is a popular hiking spot. The hike is about four miles long and takes you as high as 4,000 feet.

Durango, Colorado, is home to which famous mountain range?

Durango is located near the Rocky Mountains, where you can hike, ski, mountain bike and ice climb. The lowlands of Durango will remind you of the American Southwest, since the area has been strongly influenced by Native Americans.

What is the name of the trail that runs from Denver to Durango?

Many people like to hike or bike along the Colorado Trail, a 500-mile trail which goes from Denver to Durango. Along the trail there are elevations of over 13,000 feet. The Animas River which runs through downtown Durango provides a place for kayaking or canoeing through canyons or you may prefer to climb on the sandstone at East Animas.

How hot does it get on a summer's day in Boone, North Carolina?

The Blue Ridge Mountains that surround Boone keep things pretty cool. The top temperature in July and August is usually around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 C) and the temperature in the winter falls to the 20s. Boone has a population of around 15,000 and is one of the only towns of its size to sit at such a high elevation of 3,332 feet. While in Boone, enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking in the Pisgah National Forest or canoeing on the Nolichucky and French Broad Rivers.

Besides for the scenery, what other experience does the city of Boone provide?

Appalachian State University is located in Boone, so you can ensure your time in Boone will be culturally and educationally enriching. If you are in Boone in the winter, you may want to try out your skiing at two of the South's best skiing points: Banner Elk and Blowing Rock.

In which European country is Costa Brava found?

Costa Brava is a Spanish coastal town, known for its creativity, art and landscape.

Costa Brava overlooks which sea?

While you hike the mountains of Costa Brava, you can enjoy beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. You may want to canoe or kayak on the sea as well.

What type of sport is Bend, Oregon, popular for?

Bend is located at 3,635 feet and is known for the mountain adventure sports that it offers. The prime spot for mountain biking is at Black Butte, and Deschutes National Forest is a popular location for hiking.

How many days of sunshine does Bend average each year?

Each year there are around 300 days of sunshine in Bend. If you like to have fun in the sun then this is the place for you!

Las Vegas, Nevada is famous for the __ sandstone at Red Rock Canyon National Park.

Las Vegas is famous for its casinos and over-the-top shows. However, it is also a popular outdoor adventure location.

On which river near Las Vegas can you go rafting?

You can find some great rapids along the Colorado River near Las Vegas. If you prefer peaceful canoeing or paddling, you can visit the very blue waters of Lake Mead.

Water bodies including Beaver Pond, Haskell Pond, Highland Lake and Presumpscot River Reservoir are all how far from the town of Portland, Maine?

You won't need to drive more than 10 minutes to get to any of these bodies of water. This makes Portland a great place for canoeing and kayaking.

You can find some large ski slopes at __ near Portland.

Lost Valley boasts slopes dropping 240 feet and is located just 24 miles out of Portland. Shawnee Park is 35 miles out of Portland and has 1,300 feet vertical drops. For a more laid-back experience, you might prefer the many bike or walking trails around the coastal landscape of Cape Elizabeth or you may want to visit one of the many lighthouses.

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