Best Towns

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 freelance...

Why Duluth is the Best Town in America

The finalists in our Best Town Ever competition have a lot in common: Thriving food scenes, walkable neighborhoods, and, of course, incredible access to trails, rivers, mountains, and lakes. But no...

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

We've discovered exactly what makes them the best towns to call home. You voted in surprising up-and-comers and classic adventure hubs. We took a hard look at their offerings, from abundant trails to...

Voters' Choice: The 4 Best Towns in America

After 20 days and more than one million votes since the start of our 2014 Best Towns Tournament, we're finally down to the final four. With less than two weeks left, we take a minute to weigh in on...

The Best River Towns in America

To help select America's most progressive, adventurous, and livable river towns, we turned to a trusted source: More than 20,000 readers in 10 finalist towns engaged in a mostly friendly and always...

America's Best Towns 2011

Adventure amenities make a lot of towns seem dreamy. What sets these 19 burgs apart is their nod to reality: affordable homes, solid job prospects, and vibrant nightlife. Start packing, for these are...

America's Best Towns: 2010 Edition

Where do you end up when you want a community with incredible access to the outdoors, affordable homes, and solid jobs? Some very surprising places. Introducing the top 25 towns in America—from...

Classic Mountain Towns

Places where the eating and drinking and hanging out downtown is every bit as great as the skiing at the resort

America's Best Cities

Healthy. That's the word we kept coming back to. And we don't mean a fit or skinny population; we're talking about a city's cultural vibrancy, economic well-being, and overall quality of life....