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The climate crisis has affected every corner of the country, including many of the places we once fantasized about moving to for a better quality of life

The past year showed us all that having access to the outdoors is essential for our health and well-being. It also magnified the inequities inherent in that access. For 2021’s Best Towns package, we chose 13 of the country’s most diverse places and evaluated them according to the factors that matter today: sustainability, affordability, and outdoor equity. Here are the cities of tomorrow.

It's situated next to Great Smoky Mountains National Park's largest campground and is a now an eerie piece of history

Developers want rivers lined with high-rises and environmentalists want reintroduction of native grasses. A successful waterfront revitalization needs both.

The next generation of socially conscious developers are fighting to make sure downtown revitalization doesn’t just benefit the wealthy

Craft breweries inject culture, youth, and cash into communities. It’s no wonder towns across the country are fighting to get one.

Adventure assets have made millions in these five towns

Green beer isn’t just for Saint Patrick’s day. The craft-beer industry is growing with the planet in mind.

Great places to live don’t just happen—they’re made. We talked to experts around the country to find out exactly what the most livable towns are doing to rev up the local economy and attract adventure-loving residents.

Here are the experts who helped us name the country's most amazing places

Presenting the best burgs on the planet

How does a city turn itself from a backwater to one of Outside's Best Towns? Libby, Montana, is trying to figure it out.

In 2016, Billings, MT beat out the likes of famed mountain towns like Jackson, WY and Bend, OR to take home the top spot in Outside's annual Best Towns contest

We talked to climbers, Olympic mountain bikers, musicians, and award-winning chefs about what exactly makes their hometowns so special and fun

The places you'll never be able to afford and the ones so welcoming, you can move in tomorrow

Will Jackson, Wyoming, or Billings, Montana, be chosen as the Best Town in America? It's time to vote.

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