North & Central America

Editor's Choice: Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota

Minnesota’s Twin Cities (pop. 673,000; metro area: 3.3 million) have a thriving theater scene, one of the nation’s best contemporary art museums in the Walker Art Center, and 12 Fortune 500...

Editor's Choice: San Anselmo, California

Nearly 50 percent of 520-square-mile Marin County is protected open space, from redwood groves to beaches to preserves like Point Reyes National Seashore and Muir Woods.

Editor's Choice: Ann Arbor, Michigan

The best thing about Ann Arbor, as locals call it, is that you never have to leave—there are great ethnic restaurants, a world-class university, bike lanes galore, and superb trails, like the 35-mile...

Best Towns 2013: Greenville, South Carolina

In the past two decades, this Greenville landed big employers like GE, Michelin, and BMW and transformed itself into a small city that’s alive with parks, leafy streets, bike paths, and a thriving...

Best Towns 2013: Oklahoma City

Six years ago Oklahoma City, a longtime oil-and-gas hub, was dubbed one of the fattest in the country. It's come a long way since then.

Editor's Choice: Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital (pop. 632,000; metro area: 5.8 million) is better known for museums and memorials than parks. But the driven young professionals who live here have 7,617 acres of parkland at...

Best Towns 2013: Bozeman, Montana

People who’ve migrated to southwest Montana sometimes say that they didn’t find Bozeman so much as it found them.

Best Towns 2013: San Diego, California

Indeed, seasons don’t mean much in San Diego, where hundreds of miles of trails, ample coast, and some 6,000 farmers with heirloom offerings make the living pretty sweet.

The Best Town in America 2013

After a lengthy voting process and much debate, we named Park City, Utah as 2013’s Best Town in America. Now, take a glimpse inside the little rural paradise that has us head over heels in...

Best Towns 2013: Waitsfield, Vermont

People come to the Mad River Valley as much for what it lacks—traffic, noise, pretention—as for what it offers: the Green Mountains out the back door, the Class II–III Mad River, and the great local...