Wake up and smell the accolades

In its August issue, Outside magazine counts Asheville among the nation’s best cities for outdoor pursuits, joining such vaunted locales as Iowa City, Iowa, and Burlington, Vt.

Outside describes a city “cradled in a lush green bowl and surrounded on all sides by the Appalachian Mountains … an island of liberal alternative culture.” (And heck, that’s just Pritchard Park!)

According to the magazine’s editors, our fair city “serves up more than 2,000 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails and some of the nation’s finest whitewater creeking.” Just remember to wipe your feet before going inside.

— Kent Priestley, staff writer

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