Best Towns 2010: Bend, Oregon

Runner Up: Best for Mountain Biking

Deschutes River, Bend, Oregon     Photo: Courtesy of the Central Oregon Visitors Association

Outdoorsy types of every stripe have long been attracted to this high-desert adventure outpost, which has grown to nearly 160,000 residents. But it's irresistible to mountain bikers. The town possesses a staggering 484 miles of singletrack within an hour's drive, from all-day epics on buffed-out trails to after-work loops that practically end at the brewpubs (there are seven in town). Better still, most of them can be ridden year-round.

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