Best Towns 2010: Spokane, Washington

Runner Up: Best for Trail Running

Spokane     Photo: Spokane Regional CVB

Spokane (pop. 468,684) isn't as polished or hip as Seattle or Missoula. Which is why we like it. We also like how affordable and lush and underrated it is. There's damn fine skiing nearby (five resorts within two hours), serious whitewater, and lots (and lots) of running trails. Like Riverside State Park, whose 75-mile network starts just five miles from town.

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