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Monday, August 12, 2013

Park City Named Best Town In America

Outside Magazine says Park City is the best town in America, thanks to its abundant recreational opportunities, cultural offerings and close proximity to Salt Lake International Airport. In this article describing the ranking, the magazine uses this introduction text:

There’s no better blend of small-town friendliness, absurdly easy access, and five-star culture than Park City -- if you can afford it.

Below are a couple more exceprts from the article:

Park City feels like a Colorado ski town dropped into Utah’s 12,000-foot Wasatch Range, with one significant difference. Unlike Telluride or Aspen, it has a major city, Salt Lake, and an international airport 30 minutes away. Local love for Park City can feel a little over the top—it got two-thirds as many votes in our contest (5,179) as it has residents. To see if that affection was justified, I parachuted in for a 72-hour, Chamber of Commerce–led recon tour. What I found was a town that breeds the active lifestyle.

Picking the Winner
To find the best place to live well, we started with the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual list of the country’s 50 healthiest cities, then added a few small and midsize active towns that the metro-centric pool overlooked. We called local runners, cyclists, climbers, and surfers to help narrow the finalists to ten places where it’s easy to eat healthy, find work, and quickly access great trails, beaches, and mountains. Then we put them up for a three-week vote on Facebook.

The Top Ranked Towns:
  • Park City
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Bozeman, Montana
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Carbondale, Colorado
  • San Diego, California
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Waitsfield, Vermont
  • Oklahoma City
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Carrboro, North Carolina
  • San Anselmo, California
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan

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