Best Towns

Best Towns 2015

Picking the locations in our fifth annual Best Town Ever contest wasn’t easy. We looked for places with great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods, and...

Best Towns 2015: The Contenders

These towns stand out for their great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods, and, of course, a good beer scene. Starting on May 4, you’ll be able to...

Hit the Road: Find Your Best Town Ever

Last July, my wife and I faced a question: should we stay or should we go? We had moved from Denver to Boston two years earlier for my job, but I had just left the position to work as a...

Why Duluth is the Best Town in America

On a recent summer morning at the Duluth Rowing Club on Park Point, a seven-mile sandbar that separates the town’s harbor from...

The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S.: 2014

You cast more than 1.5 million votes in our biggest Best Town Ever contest to date. One town may have triumphed, but you loved 15 other amazing places, too—from Burlington Vermont to...

Outside's Best Towns 2013

The goal was simple: find America’s best place to be healthy. We wanted a town with ample trailheads, nearby adventure, great farmers’ markets, and, hopefully, a...

The Best River Towns in America

To help select America's most progressive, adventurous, and livable river towns, we turned to a trusted source: You. Over the past few months, 20,000 readers in 10 finalist towns engaged in a...

America's Best Towns 2011

These towns are the finest places you'd ever want to call home, from a Midwestern mountain-biking hub, to a Seattle-area hang-gliding mecca, to, um, Boulder. (We know, shocker.)...

America's Best Towns: 2010 Edition

Play Hard, Live HereWhat makes a great adventure town? Every year, that same question is at the core of the debate over our Best Towns list. The answer, of course, depends...

Best Towns 2010: Ashland, Oregon

POPULATION 20,996MEDIAN HOME PRICE $395,000HOMETOWN HERO Hal Koerner, two-time Western States 100 winner, owner of Ashland's Rogue...

Best Towns 2010: Mammoth Lakes, CA

With a world-class ski resort (Mammoth Mountain Ski Area) and the second-largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48 (John Muir and others) off the back porch, Mammoth Lakes (pop. 7,392)...

Best Towns 2010: Bozeman, Montana

POPULATION 39,282MEDIAN HOME PRICE $259,500HOMETOWN HERO Greg Mortenson, co-founder of the Central Asia Institute and founder of...

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