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Cost of moving: Spots for outdoorsmen

Western Alaska might be one spot for adventurers looking to move.

Western Alaska might be one spot for adventurers looking to move.

Lots of folks like city living, high-tech gadgets and all the comforts of the modern age. But for many, it's the great outdoors that hold the biggest appeal. Fresh air, peace and quiet, breathtaking natural scenery. So if the rat race has you down and you're thinking of packing up your studio apartment and trading it for a cabin in the woods, these locations might be perfect for you.

Bend, Oregon, has everything an outdoorsman could want with mountains, rivers and forests nearby, suggest reviewers at HowStuffWorks.com. The Deschutes River is perfect for canoeing and kayaking, and nearby Black Butte offers excellent mountain biking. The sun shines 300 days a year in Bend, and average home prices fall between $300,000 and $400,000, which is sure to brighten the smile of anyone thinking of moving to the Northwest.

In Ely, Minnesota, meanwhile, outdoorsy types can take advantage of a variety of serious winter activities, like snowshoeing, ice-fishing and snowmobiling. Average temperatures dip down to the teens during the winter months, but spring, summer and fall are all pleasantly temperate, according to HowStuffWorks. The tiny town is home to just 4,000 people, making it perfect for those who like to go on outdoor adventures alone. The median home price is roughly $145,000.

If you like fishing, but aren't too keen on doing it through a hole in the ice, maybe Mountain Home, Arkansas, is the place for you. The town is renowned for its largemouth bass, walleye, slab crappies and whopper trout, according to Outdoorlife.com. Homes in the area are even more affordable, with a median-priced house selling for roughly $92,900. The town's proximity to the Ozarks provides the opportunity for even more outdoor adventures.

Fish are well and good, but for some outdoorsmen, they don't provide quite enough sport. If that describes you, then maybe you should have your moving company drop your stuff off in western Alaska. The area known as Unit 17-19 is home to brown and grizzly bears, and hunting season is eight months long. You'll need to be flown in from a city or nearby town, but if you live in one of the tiny villages in the region - and are particularly good at roughing it in the great outdoors - you might be able to go on foot. A home in Aniak, population 575, will cost roughly $217,000, according to city-data.com.