You Choose America’s Best Town Ever


One of these 64 towns can be called the “Best Town Ever.” Crowning the winner will be up to you.

Picking the locations for the fifth annual Best Town Ever contest wasn’t easy. Outside Magazine looked for places with great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods, and, of course, a good beer scene— these are the towns that are hidden gems, underdogs, towns on the rise, or those solid golden-oldies with a new twist. 60 towns were picked to represent 4 regions of the U.S. – West, East, Midwest and South. And for the first time a wild-card round had Instagram followers nominate their favorite towns for the final four spots: Port Angeles, WA; New York, NY; Saugatuck, MI; and Roanoke, VA had a strong showing of support to bring the competition to 64 towns. Now the gauntlet begins!

Who will advance in the tournament? That’s up to you. Click through to the voting section to vote for your favorite towns and see which town rises to the top. Here’s what you need to know:

  • You can vote once per round, per matchup (So that’s 32 votes the first round, 16 the next round, etc.)
  • Starting on May 4, the first five rounds of voting will last five days each (so vote every 5 days on a new matchup)
  • The winners will advance until only two towns remain on May 29, 2015 to kick off the final round
  • The winner will be the town with the most votes on June 5

Oh ya, and you can win great stuff!

Enter your email address and ZIP code at for a chance to win a three-night vacation to the winning town or up to $300 worth of new Toad&Co threads! Happy voting, and may the best town win!

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30 thoughts on “You Choose America’s Best Town Ever

  1. Love, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. One of my favorite pastimes is fly fishing on a beautiful mountain spring creek and this city and surroundings epitimize my dreams!!!!

  2. This “bracket” is absolute garbage!!
    Fayetteville, AR (not WV) & Eugene, OR are not in the mix?
    Two of the great college towns!
    I call error!!

  3. Whitefish is a great town because it is on a lake, Whitefish Lake, and their is a mountain resort right there, Whitefish Mountain Resort. There are excellent restaurants and shopping choices. The people are friendly and welcoming.

  4. PORTLAND,OR is the best city ever. With food pods, festivals, micro breweys everwhere and bike lanes to take you there. With mountians and oceans only 2 hours away. This place has it all.

  5. San Fransisco ! It has everything that you could want! Great weather, healthy food choices, great scenery. Plenty of outdoor activities and great people!

  6. Ely, Minnesota takes me back to my roots where the Boundry Waters Canoe area led me to feel the inspiration of traveling on the water with nature.

  7. Seriously? Asheville, NC is not on this list and Raleigh-Durham is? I live in Durham, and it’s a cool place. But if I want to go to the best town in N.C., I go to Asheville. It’s not even close.

  8. Since my favorite Texas town is not listed (and I think this contest should be more of a show of the smaller places — true towns — then my vote is for Alpine, Texas. I have had some unbelievable times in that far away outpost, most I can’t really talk about . . .

  9. In the voting area, Beaufort, SC is spelled incorrectly. Please change the “D” to a “T”. Thank you. It may make a difference in votes.

  10. Beautiful, all seasons, MTS. river’s, lake’s, stream’s, any thing u can dream of doing, u can, in Chattanooga, friendless people u ever meet, History so much, I lived a lot of p!aces, I always came back home!

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