You should visit some of the choices and see for yourself. Each person will see the same thing and have a different opinion. For my wife and I, we moved to Denver from PA because it has most of the things we are looking for, and we have friends here. I can drive 1-2 hrs, and snowboard, ride, hike, raft, shoot, etc., and while I would prefer to live in the mountains, the commute to work would not be worth it for me. Good luck and have fun deciding! If you visit Denver to check it out, drop me a line and I will round up a second bike and take you out riding in some of the most amazing country I personally have ever seen. Later, Kieran Oh man! I might just take you up on that, thanks! Thanks for all the responses everyone. I really enjoy reading what people have to say about where they live. We are definitely going to check out a few places before we move... I really like AZ (spent a lot of time there), but her parents now live there...and she wants some distance from them That kinda sucks to hear that the greenies are starting to spreading into the PNW..... I mean really, whats so wrong with plating 2strokes and blasting off fully automatic machine guns in the woods/ desert?