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Duluth, Provo, finalists for ‘best outdoors town’

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DULUTH -- Duluth and Provo, Utah,  will face off in a week of online voting to determine which is the ‘best outdoors town’ in the country


The winner of Outside magazine’s competition will be announced Sunday.

Duluth routed Asheville, N.C., in the semifinals more than doubling Asheville’s vote total. Meanwhile, Provo eked past Ithaca, N.Y., by a narrow margin.

So how do the cities stack up?

Duluth boasts easy access to Lake Superior and a growing network of hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing trails; an extensive park system; downhill skiing, kayaking and even surfing, among other pursuits.

Provo is about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City and is home to Brigham Young University. City boosters have touted its trail system, rock- and ice-climbing opportunities and proximity to the Sundance ski resort.

To vote and to see the current standings, go to for a link to the Outside magazine ballot.

The competition started last month with a 64 city bracket; Duluth beat Columbia, Mo.; Athens, Ohio; La Crosse, Wis.; Minneapolis and now Asheville.