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Old 01-11-2019, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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[quote=kelly61212;54104017]Hi! I'm looking for a city/state that has all four seasons, but with minimal rainfall. I'd prefer it to be as sunny as possible while still having a winter season- it does not have to snow, but I want it to be within 4 hours of a place that does snow. Does anyone have any suggestions for this?[/QUOTE
Hello,
Albuquerque is the place for you. Being at 5000ft above sea level it gets a few inches of snow. But go to Santa which is only about a 40 to 50 min drive, and you will get all the snow you can handle. And if that's not enough, keep driving to Taos about 9000ft. I was going to move to Albuquerque, but I don't like sand storms. Very nasty I'm told. Good Luck Sun shines there about 350days a year.
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon (in Transition)
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Hi! I'm looking for a city/state that has all four seasons, but with minimal rainfall. I'd prefer it to be as sunny as possible while still having a winter season- it does not have to snow, but I want it to be within 4 hours of a place that does snow. Does anyone have any suggestions for this?
El Paso, TX and Albuquerque, NM come to mind.

Do you have any city size preferences?

By the way, four seasons implies some snowfall. Otherwise, it is perhaps three seasons. What is winter without snowfall? Hardly winter at all.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:25 PM
 
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El Paso, TX and Albuquerque, NM come to mind.

Do you have any city size preferences?

By the way, four seasons implies some snowfall. Otherwise, it is perhaps three seasons. What is winter without snowfall? Hardly winter at all.
I would not say El Paso is a true 4-season climate.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:00 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Hello,
Albuquerque is the place for you. Being at 5000ft above sea level it gets a few inches of snow. But go to Santa which is only about a 40 to 50 min drive, and you will get all the snow you can handle. And if that's not enough, keep driving to Taos about 9000ft. I was going to move to Albuquerque, but I don't like sand storms. Very nasty I'm told. Good Luck Sun shines there about 350days a year.
Sand storms? Really? In Albuquerque? Someone was pulling your leg if they told you that. Maybe they didnt want you to move there. We have occasional hazy days, most often from California forest fires. On some very windy spring days it might get hazy from dust. We do have an occasional cloudy day and more snow this year than usual.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Reno, NV or Lake Tahoe, CA
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:13 PM
 
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Boise is another option if you want a fairly big metro.


OP should give a population size range and more criteria if you want help narrowingly it down.


Flagstaff is both a college town and a tourist. Should be enough stuff to do unless you are coming from a much bigger metro and need / use stuff that are only found in big metros.
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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I'd throw in considerations for Spokane Washington, Wenatchee Washington, and Bozeman Montana.
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Old 01-14-2019, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Hi! I'm looking for a city/state that has all four seasons, but with minimal rainfall. I'd prefer it to be as sunny as possible while still having a winter season- it does not have to snow, but I want it to be within 4 hours of a place that does snow. Does anyone have any suggestions for this?
Obviously there are quite a few places that meet this broad criteria. What else do you want or need? Do you have to work, what line of work, budget for housing, what recreational activities do you want, what kind of travel access do you need, are there education requirements, are you bringing family with you, etc. More info will help us help you.
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon (in Transition)
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I would not say El Paso is a true 4-season climate.
Certainly not, but it still meets his/her wishes. I see no real desire for snow.
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Old 01-15-2019, 01:15 AM
 
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Boise, Spokane and Bend are all great cities. In Canada Kelowna is a great option. There are also some nice smaller towns in the PNW such as Yakima, Wenatchee, The Dalles/Hood River that are also affordable with plenty of amenities. Medford/Ashland/Grants Pass is also a beautiful area but does have some rain in areas. Grand Junction, Colorado is a decent small city as well.
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