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National Geographic Adventure announces this year's top 50 adventure towns, state-by-state.   Text by Dan Koeppel

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For our September 2007 issue, contributing editor Dan Koeppel spent months tracking down and compiling a list of this year's top adventure towns. With an ideal mix of terrain, activity, and opportunity, each of the action hubs he found could inspire a complete and total life change.

Here's our first ever guide to the best mountain, urban, coastal, wilderness, and small towns in every state, where you can live the adventure dream daily.

The 50 Best Adventure Towns, State-by-State

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Wilderness  |  Small Towns Mountains  |  Waterfront  |  Cities

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Homer, Alaska - Hot Spot* >>
Cody, Wyoming
Flagstaff, Arizona
Valdosta, Georgia
Medora, North Dakota
Rochester, Minnesota
Alexandria, Louisiana
Valentine, Nebraska
St. George, Utah - Hot Spot >>

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op Small Towns:
Spearfish, South Dakota - Hot Spot >>
Bloomington, Indiana
Iowa City, Iowa
Northampton, Massachusetts
Lynchburg, Virginia
Marietta, Ohio
Fayetteville, West Virginia - Hot Spot >>
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Chatsworth, New Jersey
Hot Spring, Arkansas
Smyrna, Delaware

Top Mountain Towns:
Bishop, California - Hot Spot >>
Gunnison, Colorado
Missoula, Montana
Hanover, New Hampshire
Wenatchee, Washington
Hood River, Oregon
Boone, North Carolina
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Montpelier, Vermont
New Paltz, New York - Hot Spot >>

Top Waterfront Towns:
Waimea, Hawaii - Hot Spot >>
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Newport, Rhode Island
Rockland, Maine
Mystic, Connecticut
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Annapolis, Maryland
Beaufort, South Carolina
Lewiston, Idaho

Top Cities:
Chicago, Illinois - Hot Spot >>
Nashville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Huntsville, Alabama
Gainesville, Florida
Overland Park, Kansas
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Springfield, Missouri
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Hot Spot* - See extended coverage of these noteworthy towns in our September issue.

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