Top 10s

We’re always coming up with new ways to show off great cities. See our top picks in categories like green cities, college towns, food cities and tons more.

White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis includes the Central Canal.

Our picks for the best downtowns of 2014 include cities undergoing significant improvement. We looked for downtowns with declining vacancy and growing populations. These places are attracting new residents and businesses while creating a vibrant scene that draws tourists and unites the greater community with a sense of pride.

Downtown Portland, ME

Staying healthy shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg. Yet across the country, health-care expenses are putting big dents in family budgets. The Top 10 Cities for Affordable Health Care offer some relief.

Kayaking on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, PA

When choosing where to retire, most older adults look for places where they can stay active, engaged, inspired and healthy. So to determine our 2013 list of the best places to retire, we looked for cities with excellent and varied cultural and recreational options, vibrant atmospheres, and accessible, quality health care. Considering where to retire? Take a look at our picks.

Top 10 College Towns, 2013

Our Top 10 College Towns 2013 list showcases communities with strong ties to the universities that call them home. These places offer residents a high quality of life thanks largely to the impact the college has on the town.

Top 10 Best Small Towns, 2013

The best small towns stand out as bastions of the American Dream, with unique cultural assets, beautiful natural attractions and residents passionate about preserving the character of their communities. Take a look at which cities made our list of the Best Small Towns in America.

Portland Rose Festival in Portland, OR

We've picked the best summer festivals that exemplify the cities where they take place. These celebrations aren't just drawing tourists, they are treasured by their communities.

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