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Boone’s Contenders in “Best Towns” Competition Announced by Outside Magazine

Boone has secured its spot among the top 60 towns that will compete for “Best Town” in America in this year’s competition hosted by Outside Magazine. Just today, Outside released a list of contenders. Check it out here to find out who Boone will take on when online voting starts May 4.

BIKINGIf Boone wins enough votes during the bracket-style tournament, it could top Outside‘s list as the best place to live in America. Winning would include a feature story in the September issue of Outside.

Outside‘s website explains that the top 60 towns were chosen because of their “great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods, and, of course, a good beer scene.”

You can vote for Boone online at www.outsideonline.com/vote starting May 4. To get started now, spread the word through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using hashtags #BooneNC and #BestTowns2015 to tell Outside why you love the High Country.

Don’t forget to check out our full story on the competition, including some local perspective on why this is such a great opportunity for Boone.

In the mean time, here’s Outside‘s list of places across the country that will be competing with our town for the top spot:


Annapolis, Maryland
Bar Harbor, Maine
Brattleboro, Vermont
Cold Spring, New York
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Elmira, New York
Lake Placid, New York
Lebanon, New Hampshire
Middlebury, Vermont
New Haven, Connecticut
Northampton, Massachusetts
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Providence, Rhode Island
Red Bank, New Jersey

Alpine, Texas
Athens, Georgia
Beaufort, South Carolina
Bentonville, Arkansas
Birmingham, Alabama
Boone, North Carolina
Charlottesville, Virginia
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Fayetteville, West Virginia
Houston, Texas
Ocala, Florida
Oxford, Mississippi
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Savannah, Georgia
Tampa, Florida



Bellaire, Michigan
Berea, Kentucky
Columbus, Ohio
Detroit, Michigian
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Ely, Minnesota
Evanston, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Iowa City, Iowa
Kansas City, Missouri
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Rapid City, South Dakota
Rochester, Minnesota
Spearfish, South Dakota
Yellow Springs, Ohio

Ashland, Oregon
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Flagstaff, Arizona
Ft. Bragg, California
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Hilo, Hawaii
Juneau, Alaska
Las Vegas, Nevada
Ogden, Utah
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Santa Barbara, California
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sheridan, Wyoming
Victor, Idaho
Whitefish, Montana