6 Towns for Adrenaline Junkies to Live (and Earn) the Dream

It’s one thing to live the dream—one can do that quite eas­i­ly with the prop­er line of cred­it. Earn­ing and sustain­ing the dream is a much dif­fer­ent beast to tack­le. But many peo­ple do it year after year with excel­lent success.

A good way to ensure that you get your dai­ly dose of adren­a­line is to live in one of the below list­ed towns. They have just the right mix of nat­ur­al and man-made ameni­ties to allow for a career that goes beyond deep-fry­ers or a mop and broom.

ouOgden, UT — Ogden is the lit­tle cousin to the much more dense­ly pop­u­lat­ed Salt Lake City, just under 40 miles down Inter­state 15.  The num­ber of ski com­pa­nies that are head­quar­tered here is rea­son enough to take notice — the tal­ly cur­rent­ly sits at over 16 just in that indus­try alone. If you have a more tra­di­tion­al degree, there are many oth­er com­pa­nies and indus­tries head­quar­tered in Ogden, giv­ing this city one of the best for oppor­tu­ni­ties. Not to men­tion the world-class ski­ing, hik­ing, and moun­tain bik­ing that you can get to before that jammed out phish song ends.

nvNorth Van­cou­ver, BC - This is one of the best options for our friends in Cana­da.  The North Shore is one of the rare places where you can do your own adven­ture race in a sin­gle day. Three local ski resorts are close by and Whistler is just over an hour down the high­way. It’s also home to world-famous “shore”-style moun­tain bik­ing. Kayak­ing and hik­ing are also great options here, as is lay­ing on the beach watch­ing bald eagles go fish­ing.  To top it off, it’s home to some big out­door brands such as Arc’teryx and G3, and the bustling metrop­o­lis of Van­cou­ver is only a bridge away.

boBend, OR — Many peo­ple have no idea Bend even exists, and the locals are pret­ty excit­ed about that. I might even get pooh-poohed for the mere men­tion of this town as a hid­den gem. But at the risk of that, I’ll tell you that Bend is eas­i­ly one of my favorite cities in the US. The Deschutes riv­er runs through it, giv­ing the dry cli­mate life and abun­dant white­wa­ter and fish­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. In the win­ter the under­rat­ed moun­tain of Mt. Bach­e­lor is right there, giv­ing those in the know amaz­ing ter­rain and snow. In the sum­mer the moun­tain bik­ing and rock climb­ing attracts peo­ple from every­where. And there is plen­ty of work to go around.

biBoise, ID — The num­ber one thing that peo­ple think of when I men­tion Ida­ho is pota­toes.  It’s even on their license plate — “Famous Pota­toes”.  This prob­a­bly makes the local out­door nuts hap­py — there sim­ply isn’t enough room to etch “World-class fish­ing, bik­ing, ski­ing, hik­ing, white­wa­ter, and hunt­ing” on such a small metal­lic sur­face. With­in a two hour dri­ve is the Saw­tooth Moun­tains, one of the most scenic areas in the USA, which was also rat­ed “clean­est air in the low­er 48” by the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency. In Boise itself, a thriv­ing tech and food sec­tor means plen­ty of jobs are available.

vcVen­tu­ra, CA —  If you’re a surfer, this could be your go-to city. With­in an hour from LA and every­thing it has to offer, it is just far enough to not feel over­whelm­ing. Patag­o­nia is based here, which should be rea­son enough to relo­cate, as it is often regard­ed one of the best com­pa­nies in the world to work for. It’s a bonus that the chan­nel islands are a short boat ride away — giv­ing access to stel­lar uncrowd­ed surf conditions.

HIHon­olu­lu, HI — The largest city on this list also gives access to some of the world’s best surf­ing and fish­ing. The city itself enjoys a thriv­ing econ­o­my, while all around the island of Oahu you can immerse your­self in the water, whether it be on a surf­board, kayak, with scu­ba fins, or a spear gun. The hik­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties in the moun­tains are breath­tak­ing, giv­ing your­self a well-round­ed palette of options.

So that’s a brief list. Any oth­er ideas? Let us know below!