What kinds of cities make families happy? That was our starting point. The answer, of course, is complicated. Our first assumption: kids like being around other kids. So we looked for cities where a high percentage of the population is under age 18. Next we looked at affordability...
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Katie Heaney tries to figure out the difference between "shriveled dead thing" and chupacabra
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Katie Heaney learns that rivers really don't care how many times you've kayaked on a lake
Katie Heaney walks into the longest cave in Wisconsin and, despite the bats, the darkness, and the bats, makes it out alive
While these towns didn't make the final cut in our first-ever crowdsourced guide to the best places to live in America, they are your favorite write-in candidates. We turned to you, the readers, to find out what makes places like La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Cle Elum, Washington, so perfect for adventure-seekers.