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.

3rd Thursday Street Festival in Downtown Sheridan, WY

To find the best small towns in the country we examined cities with less than 25,000 residents. We looked for places that offer a relaxed lifestyle with beautiful scenery, cultural amenities, great restaurants and lots of outdoor activities. See which small towns made our list.

Students Picnic at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN

Our third annual list of the best college towns looks at cities where the college plays an integral part of the economy and culture. We ranked the cities according to the ratio of students to residents, cost of living and entertainment options. You'll be surprised by what we found.

Best BBQ Cities

Spend any time looking for the best barbecue cities in America and there's no doubt you'll come across the usual suspects. Much has been written about the smoking, saucing and rubbing going on in places like Memphis, Austin, Chicago and Kansas City, but the search for the best 'cue is an endless one. So consider our list of barbecue cities as an addendum, or maybe it's just excuse to keep on eat'n.

Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, KS

We went looking for the best soccer cities and ended up finding some of the best places to live. Cities with great soccer facilities tend to have great amenities in general and offer residents a high quality of life. Check out some of the best soccer complexes, biggest soccer clubs and most passionate fans in the country.

Rainbow Row in Charleston, SC

Why study history in books when you can walk through it? These cities have made historic preservation a priority and recognized the potential it has for attracting tourists, residents and businesses. Community leaders in these towns are committed to protecting historic buildings and, to a greater extent, their city's identity.

Tempe Marketplace in Tempe, AZ

Looking for a great vacation spot that won't bust your budget? We analyzed 500 cities and found the best places for affordable vacations. These cities are packed with things to do, and in many cases attractions that are free. If you're planning a trip, be sure to check out our suggestions for the best vacation destinations.

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