Best Towns 2010: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Runner Up: Best Overall (East)

Outside Chattanooga     Photo: Andrew Kornylak/Aurora

Chattanooga is just right: affordable (median home price, $155,000) and big enough (pop. 524,303) to have great nightlife and restaurants. But with the Tennessee River bordering town, a lifetime of climbing and hiking in the surrounding Appalachians, and 30 miles of singletrack a few minutes away, it's easy to escape.

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