The Best Places to Live

If you're still not convinced you've found paradise after reading, "Yes, Real People Live Here" in the August, 2007 issue of Outside, you're in luck. We've profiled a slew of the best towns in the U.S. Here, dive into the archives for more places to hang your hat, kayak, surfboard, or crampons.

2006: Location is Everything
Where should you live if you live for adventure? We polled a slew of top skiers, bikers, climbers, and paddlers to bring you the ultimate guide to America's premier outdoor playgrounds.

2005: The New American Dream Towns
Think Utopia doesn't exist? Maybe not yet—but these ten towns are making a play for perfection with adventure-friendly innovation and cool ideas for building smart communities. Plus the hottest concepts in urban revival, combating sprawl, and better hometown living.

2005: Swellsville, USA-Best Surf Towns

2004: 100-Proof Americana
Drop in for a day, stay a week, or put down roots for a lifetime. In these soulful, just-under-the-radar hideouts, distilled small-town pleasures still go down smoothly.

2003: Best College Towns—Outside University: The Top 40

2002: Paradise Found—the Outside Land Guide
Ever fantasized about heading off into the country and building a little place with good views and a porch for the rocking chair? Here's your blueprint on how to make it happen.

2001: Welcome to Your New Backyard
Want instant access to the Big Outdoors—trails, rivers, wild shores, just minutes from home—without compromising your livelihood? Then check out these ten towns on the verge of paradise, where you don't have to ditch it all to have it all.

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