Each year, Outside Magazine scours the nation to find those dream cities that offer a balance of great culture, perfect scenery, stress-free and reasonable cost of living, and, of course, easy access to the outdoors. This year, for its 35th Anniversary issue October, Outside is calling on the public to help select the best one ever from a pool of ten finalists in their Best Town Ever Facebook app.
To select the finalists, Outside partnered with the non-profit American Rivers to find great places to live that have the usual dreamy quality-of-living criteria and also an active recreational engagement with nearby waterways-kayaking, fishing, boating, walking and bike paths, and riverfront parks – and a positive environment story.
The winning town will receive the official honor of Outside’s “Best Town in America” and will be featured in the October 2012 magazine cover, and on Outside online.”
The towns nominated include – Hood River, OR; Missoula, MT; Boise, ID; Nevada City, CA; Durango, CO; Ithaca, NY; Milwaukee, WI; Richmond, VA; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC.
Here’s what Outside magazine said:
Here’s your chance to help us choose America’s best river town. With the help of American Rivers, the nation’s leading river nonprofit, we’ve narrowed the list to ten finalists. Vote for your favorite city and tell us what makes it so great. The winner will be featured on the cover of our October 2012 35th anniversary issue.
The number of days it took the Nevada City-based environmental nonprofit SYRCL to gather 5,000 signatures from locals to save nearby South Yuba State Park. The recreation area, one of 70 parks California slated for closure in May, remains open to the public today.
Hometown Heroes: Gary Snyder, the environmental poet that gave birth to the city’s beatnik vibe; Duane Strawser, organizer of the Nevada City Bicycle Classic, the longest-running bike race on the west coast; Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier.
American Rivers Says: Paddle and fish the nearby Yuba, American, and Bear rivers, and catch great river films at the annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in January. A recent floodplain restoration and river trail project on Deer Creek, which flows through downtown, is improving habitat and recreational opportunities, while activists continue to promote restoring salmon to the upper Yuba watershed.to vote.