Mike Grudowski

Location is Everything

Wanna live where the action is? The goal: Trails out the back door, a serious Saturday-morning peloton, whitewater just up the road, and neighbors eager to join in. Our source: The best adventure...

The New American Dream Towns

Think Utopia doesn't exist. Maybe not yet—but these 10 towns—from Littleton, New Hampshire, to Charleston, South Carolina—are making a play for perfection with adventure-friendly innovation and cool...

Salt Lake City, Utah

POPULATION: 182,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 30 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $204,300 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 19.2 min. When the mayor of the largest city in Utah uses his annual State of the City address to evangelize...

Littleton, New Hampshire

POPULATION: 6,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 39 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $153,000 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 17.7 min. It would have made a dandy plot line for a Frank Capra picture. Act One: Sleepy North Country burg...

Fort Collins, Colorado

POPULATION: 126,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 28 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $220,500 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 18.5 min. This cottonwood-shaded college town in Colorado's Front Range gets short shrift compared with its...

Charleston, South Carolina

POPULATION: 97,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 33 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $248,000 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 20 min. You can't capture a sense of place and charm in a bottle, of course. But Charleston has come pretty...

Davis, California

POPULATION: 65,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 25 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $333,000 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 20.6 min. If more developments resembled Davis's Village Homes project, subdivision might not be such a dirty...

Portland, Oregon

POPULATION: 550,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 35.2 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $203,600 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 23.1 min. For more than three decades, Portland has been so green you could serve it as a side dish. And...

Chicago, Illinois

POPULATION: 2.7 million // MEDIAN AGE: 32 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $265,000 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 33.2 min. When Mayor Richard M. Daley (son of Richard J. "Boss" Daley, mayor from 1955 to 1976) first...

Madison, Wisconsin

POPULATION: 208,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 30.6 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $223,000 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 18.3 min. It's easy to fall for Madison. Wisconsin's capital is like a girl who aces all her finals,...

Pasadena, California

POPULATION: 146,000 // MEDIAN AGE: 34.5 // MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $509,200 // AVERAGE COMMUTE: 25.9 min. Los Angeles County's unholy trinity of smog, sprawl, and gridlock long ago earned it the stamp...

1,800 Miles B.C.

Our two-week pleasure tour samples the best of Canada's most bountiful province

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