People underestimate Milwaukee. The city is steadily transforming into what former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson hopes will be “the Silicon Valley of water.”
But Nashvillians have always spent weekends getting wet—boating and bass fishing on Center Hill, Percy Priest, and Old Hickory reservoirs and paddling the Harpeth and Caney Fork rivers.
"Outdoor fanatics, hippies, crazy college kids, retirees, horse-whispering cowboys, creative entrepreneurs, activists, rugged rednecks, collegiate-sports aficionados, adrenaline junkies, and everyone in-between meet downtown on Thursday nights for two-for-ones."
The hiking and backpacking are as good as anyplace else, and there's rock climbing, backcountry skiing, and more bike and running trails than you can imagine.
In Boise it’s all about the Greenbelt. The 26-mile parkway lining the Boise River and bisecting downtown is the city’s lifeblood, providing access to more than 20 parks, multiple biking and hiking trails, pedestrian bridges, and an outdoor amphitheater.
Residents can ski at Sugar Bowl (45 minutes away), mountain-bike 120 miles of singletrack within a 20-minute drive into Tahoe National Forest, and visit five vineyards less than 30 minutes from downtown.
How once polluted Richmond became the unlikeliest river-recreation mecca in the country.
The best thing about A-squared is that you never have to leave is that you never have to leave—there are great ethnic restaurants, a world-class university, bike lanes galore, and superb trails.
In recent years, this city of 195,000 has become a runner's paradise.
Between the art museums, architecture, professional sports teams, and restaurants, the city of 2.7 million (metro area: 9.7 million) has long been one of the best cultural cities in the world.
The nation's capital is better known for museums than parks. But the driven young professional who live here have more natural space per person at their disposal than any other city this size.
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and something amazing happens: the people disappear.
This outpost of 20,000 has a much slower pace than a rowdy college town.
Fort Collins stands above the rest thanks to its backcountry terrain (like 10,276-foot Cameron Pass), its prime location on the brown-trout-filled Cache La Poudre River, the great biking scene, and, of course, the microbrew-dominated economy.
People come to the Mad River Valley as much for what it lacks—traffic, noise, pretention—as for what it offers: the Green Mountains out the back door, the Class II–III Mad River, and the great local food that comes with living in a historic farm town.
Readers praised Boston for its small size, walkability, and athletic culture.
Seasons don't mean much in this sun-steeped city, where hundreds of miles of trails, ample coast, and some 6,000 farmers with their heirloom offerings make living pretty sweet.
Spokane lives up to its motto: "Near nature and near perfect."
People who've migrated to southwest Montana sometimes say that they didn't find Bozeman so much as it found them.
“Pretty much ten months out of the year, I can be hiking, biking—anything I want.”
There's no better blend of small-town friendliness, absurdly easy access, and five-star culture than Park City—if you can afford it.