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
The next generation of socially conscious developers are fighting to make sure downtown revitalization doesn’t just benefit the wealthy
The places you'll never be able to afford and the ones so welcoming, you can move in tomorrow
Two days in the city should be enough to convince you to make the move
In burgs recognized for an abundance of adventure, these are the winning places that will set you up for everything
These places may not have won our Best Towns competition, but they're still pretty rad
Staring in April, we asked you to use a certain hashtag to nominate towns for the wild-card segment of our Best Towns 2015 contest. You did, and kept going—as of right now, there are over 7000 images with the hashtag #BestTowns2015. In no particular order, these are 50 of our favorites.
Use this interactive map to create a road trip through every burg from this year's contest
Even if these 12 towns didn’t make it to the Best Towns 2015 contest, they still stood out above the dozens of other wild-card entries.
The World Ski Championships, which run until February 15, will host more than 600 athletes representing 70 nations and thousands of spectators. Read: It's gonna be a party.
After 20 days and more than one million votes since the start of our 2014 Best Towns Tournament, we're finally down to the final four. With less than two weeks left, we take a minute to weigh in on what makes each of the finalists so special.
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...
Healthy. That's the word we kept coming back to. And we don't mean a fit or skinny population; we're talking about a city's cultural vibrancy, economic well-being, and overall quality of life. Presenting our picks for the 10 best cities in America, from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Plus: Our 10 favorite small towns.
Wanna live where the action is? The goal: Trails out the back door, a serious Saturday-morning peloton, whitewater just up the road, and neighbors eager to join in. Our source: The best adventure athletes in America, who tell us where they live and why. The result: 20 places where locals work, train, and play hard. Start packing now.
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.