America’s Best Towns
Everyone thinks their town is pretty cool. But only 25 were great enough to make Outside Online’s list of the best towns in 2017, and that includes a couple in California.
What makes Outside Online so special? Well, the outdoor lifestyle magazine say it’s done it’s research. They formed a Special Advisory Council and scoured three decades of coverage to rank these cities. Of course, they’re partial to towns with plenty of outdoor exploits like biking, hiking and climbing.
Here’s a partial list, but be sure to check out the entire piece.
1. Bend, Oregon
Why: The outdoor activities -- from trails to climbing routes, bike parks and more.
2. Portland, Maine
Why: The food!
3. Salida, Colorado
Why: Again, outdoor activities. Bolstered by picturesque mountains.
4. Saint Petersburg, Florida
Why: Beaches galore.
5. Charleston, South Carolina
Why: Old timey charm.
6. Bishop, California
Why: Rock climbing, yo.
7. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Why: An abundance of culture.
8. Grand Rapids, Michigan
Why: A plethora of public spaces make this a family-friendly place to live.
9. Dayton, Ohio
Why: Cultural vibrancy and an economic comeback.
10. Missoula, Montana
Why: Natural beauty.
San Luis Obispo also made the list thanks to its awesome food and beaches.
Rankings compiled by Outside Online.
List compiled by Outside Online.