Cooking Light Best Cities Awards

We rank the 20 American cities that best fit our philosophy to eat smart, be fit, and live well.

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Cooking Light's favorite city.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Seattle, Washington

An abundance of fresh local foods, walker-friendly streets, and inclusive attitudes helps make Seattle America's best city for healthy living.

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The City of Roses

Cooking Light Best Cities: Portland, Oregon

Life is good in our second-ranked city, thanks to its seemingly endless supply of outdoor activities, cutting-edge restaurants, and vibrant environmental consciousness.

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The capital city sets an accomodating agenda with farm-fresh dining, diverse culture, and ample opportunity for exploration on foot.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Washington, D.C.

Our capital city sets an accommodating agenda with farm-fresh dining, diverse cultures, and ample opportunity for exploration on foot.

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The fourth-ranked Cooking Light city boasts lush parks, shimmering lakes, and a natural backdrop.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota

In our fourth-ranked Cooking Light best city, lush parks and shimmering lakes provide a natural backdrop to a rich cultural landscape.

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The Ferry Building has served as a food-lovers starting point in San Francisco since 1898

Cooking Light Best Cities: San Francisco, California

Our fifth-ranked city steps up with one of the world's most unforgettable settings along with great cuisine and an energetic spirit.

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Boston offers beautiful views from the water.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Boston, Massachusetts

Strolling historic parks and swanning around the water are but two of the pastimes that make summer prime time to enjoy our sixth-ranked city.

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The mile-high city ranks seventh on our list of favorite destinations.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Denver, Colorado

The Mile-High City ranked seventh on our list for an outdoorsy Western lifestyle that makes living well accessible and irresistible.

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Our eighth-ranked city proves a worthy destination for food lovers, adventure seekers, and cultural aficionados alike.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Our eighth-ranked city proves a worthy destination for food lovers, adventure seekers, and culture aficionados alike.

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America's fifth largest city is a hot bed for historical sightseeing.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In America's fifth-largest city, the historic past provides a backdrop for a present that's healthful and happening.

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Tucson Arizona is named our 10th-ranked city.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Tucson, Arizona

Our 10th-ranked city offers a taste of the authentic Southwest in a desert setting that's ideal for a warm winter getaway.

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Cooking Light's 11th-ranked city.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Baltimore, Maryland

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Cooking Light Best Cities: Colorado Springs, Colorado

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The Andy Warhol Museum celebrates the life of the Pittsburgh native.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Cooking Light Best Cities: St. Louis, Missouri

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Bicycle rides are a great way to explore our 15th-ranked city.

Cooking Light Best Cities: New York, New York

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This dynamic, healthful city is number 16 on our list.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Atlanta, Georgia

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Austin's Barton Springs Pool features natural springs that maintain a refreshing 68-degree temperature year round.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Austin, Texas

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Our number 18 city is on the move towatd healthier food and lifestyle options.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Chicago, Illinois

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Lake Mead provides a welcome oasis not far from Las Vegas's lights.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Las Vegas, Nevada

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Our 20th-ranked city has the purest water of any major city in the country.

Cooking Light Best Cities: Kansas City, Missouri

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