Get Out of Town and Stay Out: Top 5 Outdoors Cities

When you want the excitement and glamour of the city, as well as the calm and quiet of the great outdoors, make tracks for these five stimulating cities.

BY Aefa Mulholland

July 11 2008 12:00 AM ET

Las Vegas

Beyond the neon,
the brash bray of the 24-hour strip, and the hordes of
buffet-hogging out-of-towners lie some of the world’s
most spectacular outdoors adventures options.

What to Pack: Running gear, hiking boots, chalk
bag, mountain bike, fishing rod, deck shoes, PFD.

Make Tracks: Within easy reach of wonders such
as red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, Valley of Fire, and Mount
Charleston, the colors of the desert far outshine the
neon of the strip and downtown Vegas.

Going Clubbing: The all-inclusive Nevada Outdoors has a packed
calendar of skiing, lake excursions, climbing and hiking
expeditions.

Austin

Over a hundred
swimming holes, a gay-adored beach, and impressive
climbing crags beckon from the star of Texas.

What to Pack: Running gear, hiking boots, chalk
bag, mountain bike, fishing rods.

Make Tracks: Enchanted Rock, about 90 minutes
from the city, offers great climbing crags and bouldering
areas. Take the dog to Red Bud Isle Trail for a bit of
a workout, head to little known Commons Ford Waterfall
Trail or Pedernales Falls, join the hot bodies at
gay-popular Hippie Hollow on Lake Travis or head to one of
the 101 swimming holes in the
vicinity.

Going Clubbing: To find out more about outdoors
activities in the areas, contact Austin Gay Outdoors Club.

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