Yakima: lived there 10 years, great if you want your kids to join a gang. White Pass ski area is close, Goat Rocks have some hiking but not a lot. Snoqualmie Pass, Alpine Lakes, and Stuart Range are close by, Rainier and Olympics are not far.
Wenatchee: lived there 10 years, liked it. The Stuart Range and Icicle canyon is in the back yard. North Cascades, Leavenworth, Lk Chelan, North Cross Highway, Alpine Lakes, Stevens pass and Snogualmie Pass ski areas are close, Mission Ridge very close
Boise: have lived here 18 years. Its a paradise for mtn bikers, and white water fans. There is far more backpacking in Idaho than in Washington state. Lots of road biking. Hiking in foothills. Something like 19 mountain ranges in the state. Lots of road biking, club rides, and group rides. Much sunnier and drier than Portland. You can fly fish, kayak, and canoe in downtown Boise, and lots of same in the rest of the state. Good university. Bogus Basin ski area 19 miles away, season pass is $225. Cross country skiing all over the place. If you are outdoor oriented, you would like Boise.
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