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Jul 25, 2008
Outside Magazine
Seattle, Washington

Seattle is a perennial favorite Best Town    Photo: Amanda Clement/Stockbyte/Getty

Get the scoop on each of this year's Best Towns. Plus, check out our interactive map with archives of past years' Best Towns.


Washington, District of Columbia

Chattanooga, Tennessee

New Orleans, Louisiana

Ogden, Utah

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Tacoma, Washington

Ithaca, New York

Louisville, Kentucky

Eureka, California

Crested Butte, Colorado

Columbia, Missouri

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