Better take Colorado off the list too. Nothin bunch of yuppie posers with fancy boats, just wait til you see all the lost gear posts when the runoff hits. No good deals on places to live without bars on the windows. Denver sucks so hard you can't believe it, dont even think about Boulder. And you unless you want to catch hepatitis in the South Platte, you'll be spending 5 hours going 75 miles each way to the closest whitewater. place is expected to double in poopulation in the next 10 years so unless you like LA without the cool restaurants and a beach nearby, steer clear. And if you want to live where the water is and also have a job, you better get used to paying 75% of what you earn on a flea bag condo with 5 other guys, 3 dogs, and 2.5 girlfriends living there.
West by god virginia is the place you ought to be. I-80 will be your best bet getting there. easy cruise all the way.