Tucson, Arizona Selected as Top Ten Finalist in Outside Magazine's Search for the "Best Town Ever"

Cast Your Vote for Tucson During Outside’s “Best Town Ever” Facebook Contest

Tucson, AZ, June 16, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Tucson has been selected by Outside magazine, America’s leading active-lifestyle publication, as a finalist in its search to determine the best Outside town in America. The three week competition, held exclusively on Facebook, kicked-off June 8, and will go through June 26 at facebook.com/outsidemagazine

Outside scoured the nation to find dream cities that offered a balance of great culture, perfect scenery, stress-free and reasonable cost of living, and, of course, easy access to the outdoors; and Tucson is a top contender.

Now Outside is calling on the public to help choose the best one ever from a pool of ten finalists that include: Charleston, SC; Chattanooga, TN; Madison, WI; Portland, OR; Portland, ME; Santa Fe, NM; Ashland, OR; Boulder, CO; Burlington, VT; Tucson, AZ.

“It is an honor to be recognized, Tucson truly is the Real Southwest experience,” said Rick Vaughan, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It is the perfect place to experience breathtaking natural beauty, distinctive history and culture and abundant outdoor pursuits that lift the spirit.”

The winning town will receive the official honor of Outside’s “Best Town in America” and will be featured on the October 2011 magazine cover, Outside Online, and an exclusive segment on Outside Television.

“These top ten towns all have the soul and the substance to be called Outside’s Best Town Ever. Our audience is extremely passionate about where they choose to live and travel – so we are thrilled to engage them in the process to help us determine the best,” said Outside’s Editor-in-Chief Christopher Keyes.

As part of the contest, the public can vote, submit photos, video and comments backing up their selection; content that will have a chance to appear in the Outside magazine and on Outside Television. All voters will have a chance to win a five-day adventure to one of the top ten towns. The winning town will be determined through a combination of total votes; overall support as a result of content submitted; and creativity.

About Outside Magazine
Outside is America’s leading active lifestyle magazine with 2.5 million readers every month. For more than 30 years, the magazine’s mission has been to inspire active participation through award-winning coverage of travel, sports, adventure, health & fitness, gear & apparel, personalities, the environment, and the style & culture of the world Outside. Along with receiving many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence.

About the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau
The MTCVB is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Tucson area as a convention, visitor and film production destination. It is financially supported by the City of Tucson, Pima County, the Town of Oro Valley and more than 600 individual and business partners.

Metropolitan Tucson CVB
Jessica Stephens