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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.

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.

We put together a bracket of our 64 favorite towns in the country. See how your pick stacked up.

Think you live in the best town in America? Prove it by entering your town in our Best Towns tournament. All you need is an Instagram account.

The 60 towns that will go head-to-head in a winner-takes-all contest to find the best place to live in 2016

Best Towns 2016: Prize Details and Official Rules

In burgs recognized for an abundance of adventure, these are the winning places that will set you up for everything

Two days in the city should be enough to convince you to make the move

Off-the-charts home values are turning countless adventure hubs into fiefdoms of the wealthy—but they aren’t going down without a fight

A river- and mountain-loving town took home the top prize (again) in our 2015 contest.

Two towns bonded over their Best Towns rivalry

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.

Think you live in the best town in America? Prove it by entering your town in our Best Towns tournament. All you need is an Instagram account.

Gas is cheap and flying is not. The dollar is strong, so tourists will be flocking to Europe—leaving domestic destinations blissfully uncrowded. The result: stay local and the country will be yours.

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.

Los Alamos, New Mexico, wins Liveability's "Best Small Town" contest

We put together a bracket of our 64 favorite towns in the country. See how your pick stacked up.

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...

A clean, green, LEED-certified hostel in south Chattanooga where athletes of all stripes feel at home.

Etiquette for the canine playground

Readers voted Richmond, Virginia, the nation's most livable river town. (No joke!) To find out why, Jon Billman paddles, runs, and snorkels for crabs in the former Confederate capital. Plus: the lowdown on nine other great river towns.

How to add more excitement to your work week

Live smarter in the city with these five essential skills

From farm shares to bike shares, these seven flashes of genius are reinventing a metropolis near you

Adventure amenities make a lot of towns seem dreamy. What sets these 19 burgs apart is their nod to reality: affordable homes, solid job prospects, and vibrant nightlife. Start packing.

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