Even the wildest of recre­ation junkies have to go to work too. As a solu­tion, we head out on the week­end in search of adven­ture, only to return back home for the work­week. Sure, it’s not #van­life, but for many, that’s okay. For oth­ers, that’s even bet­ter. Some cities pro­vide the best of both worlds, offer­ing both adven­ture and career oppor­tu­ni­ties. Here are the six best out­doorsy cities for young professionals.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
Locals enjoy twelve nation­al parks and mon­u­ments with­in a five-hour dri­ve. You read that right, twelve. And the out­doors fun does­n’t stop there—Salt Lake City has great city parks, access to near­by state parks and sev­er­al ski resorts, and even hous­es the famed and oth­er-world­ly Ante­lope Island, the largest island in the Great Salt Lake. There’s out­doors fun to be had, you won’t get bored in SLC.

It’s been said that data is the new oil. Salt Lake City’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the tech indus­try, more specif­i­cal­ly in data ana­lyt­ics has been on the rise for quite some time now. If you’re a young pro­fes­sion­al look­ing to keep the career momen­tum going, you can do that here.

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas
It’s no secret that warm weath­er is a year-round fea­ture of Austin, Texas. The inner-city green­belts are great for walk­ing and run­ning, but head a lit­tle bit out of town and you’ll find more. Every­thing from spelunk­ing to rock climb­ing and swim­ming holes to great hik­ing. As an out­doorsy bonus, Austin is ris­ing in the ranks for most bike­able cities in the U.S. That’s right, ditch the car and bike to work. But a fair word of warn­ing, those who have an aver­sion to bike com­mut­ing might be bet­ter suit­ed elsewhere—Austinites tell tales of bad traffic.

Over the past decade, Austin has become some­thing of a tech hub for the south­ern Unit­ed States. Inter­net com­pa­nies, star­tups, and ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists have need­ed an alter­na­tive to Sil­i­con Val­ley, and Austin has been step­ping up to answer the call.

Seat­tle, Washington

Seat­tle, Washington
You’ll always have every­thing you need to explore the great out­doors when Seat­tle is your base. From hik­ing to moun­taineer­ing to water sports and beach camp­ing, Seat­tle has it all. Climb Mt. Rainier, kayak the San Juan Islands and the Puget Sound, or head to Olympic Nation­al Park for the day. What­ev­er your out­door recre­ation plea­sure, the areas around here will cer­tain­ly sat­is­fy your needs.

For work, the Seat­tle metro area is home to major employ­ers like Ama­zon, Microsoft, T‑Mobile and many more. Yes, there’s a lot of buzz about how expen­sive it’s get­ting, but you’ll also have the pick of the lit­ter for suc­cess­ful and high-pay­ing jobs. Land a job here, and you’ll be good to go.

Min­neapo­lis, Minnesota

Min­neapo­lis-St. Paul, Minnesota
Home of the Gear Junkie, this is the city that knocked Port­land, Ore­gon out of its for­mer­ly held top cycling city spot. That’s right: Min­neapo­lis has the best bicy­cle infra­struc­ture in the nation. It’s also a city that has a great park sys­tem, plen­ty of hik­ing and awe­some kayak­ing in the Mis­sis­sip­pi and St. Croix rivers.

You might be sur­prised to know that the twin cities are ranked quite high for their afford­abil­i­ty and strong job mar­ket. So if you’re a look­ing for a great qual­i­ty of life and ample time out­side, you’ll find it here. It’s no sur­prise Min­neapo­lis-St. Paul makes it on the list of best out­doorsy cities for young professionals.

Port­land, Oregon

Port­land, Oregon
Speak­ing of Port­land… This one is prob­a­bly giv­en, since, you know, many nation­al pub­li­ca­tions write about Port­land being a mec­ca for cycling, hik­ing and oth­er­wise out­doors enthu­si­asts on the reg­u­lar. The food is good, the water tastes great, and the cycling infra­struc­ture is con­stant­ly get­ting bet­ter. It’s also just a short bike ride or dri­ve away from sev­er­al great trails, kayak­ing rivers and more.

On the busi­ness side of this self-pro­claimed weird town, big play­ers like Nike and Intel call the greater Port­land metro area home. And with the many quirky, small busi­ness­es pop­ping up every­where, there’s no short­age of work oppor­tu­ni­ties for young pro­fes­sion­als. In case you were sec­ond-guess­ing it, the Ore­gon dream is still alive and well.

Col­orado Springs, Colorado

Col­orado Springs, Colorado
We’d be remiss not to men­tion Col­orado Springs. As the near cen­ter of Col­orado, here you’ll be always be sur­round­ed by nature in all its glo­ry. Like ski­ing, hik­ing, or pad­dling? Col­orado’s got it. This city’s locals are often found enjoy­ing the Rocky Moun­tains and Pikes Nation­al For­est. To top it all off, it’s home to Gar­den of the Gods, a park fea­tur­ing epic red-sand­stone for­ma­tions and moun­tain views.

With its real­ly low cost of liv­ing, close­ness to Den­ver, and on par medi­an annu­al salary as com­pared to the nation­al aver­age, Col­orado Springs def­i­nite­ly ranks as one of the most desir­able cities for out­doorsy young pro­fes­sion­als. If you love the out­doors, it won’t be hard to find hap­pi­ness here.

That’s a wrap, folks
If you’re a young work­er who also loves to spend your time out­side, next time you hit the job boards, think of the best out­doorsy cities for young pro­fes­sion­als. With these urban-meets-wild havens, you can’t go wrong.