Best Towns

Best Towns 2010: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Kona (pop. 30,889) might be better known as the site of the Ironman World Championships, but the surfing is so good that it used to be reserved for island royalty. Newbies will find gentler...

Best Towns 2010: Reno, Nevada

POPULATION 419,261MEDIAN HOME price $176,300HOMETOWN HERO Jim Litchfield, who established Reno's whitewater park and runs the Reno...

Classic Mountain Towns

JEKYLL AND HYDE When the spring-breakers roll in, Breckenridge temporarily becomes a snowy Cancun. But the 150-year-old village (pop. 3,500) has a more...

America's Best Cities: Portland, Oregon

KEY STATS 2.2 million: Population (metro)$248,000: Median home priceA: Multisport grade2 million: Number of volumes at Powell's, the largest bookstore in...

America's Best Cities: Cincinnati, Ohio

KEY STATS 2.1 million: Population (metro)$106,000: Median home priceB-: Multisport grade1 million: Pounds of goetta a German dish consisting of pork,...

America's Best Cities: Austin, Texas

KEY STATS 1.6 million: Population (metro)$182,000: Median home priceB-: Multisport grade92: Number of annual music festivals held in town...

America's Best Cities: Atlanta, Georgia

KEY STATS 5.3 million: Population (metro)$115,000: Median home priceB-: Multisport grade 0:Net carbon emissions generated by the Corner, a part of...

The Best Small Towns

Salida, Colorado Think of Salida (pop. 5,000) as a ski hub without a resort—the nearest hill is the underrated, overpowdered Monarch Mountain, 20 minutes away. Which...

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