Dayton didn't make the cut in "Outside" magazine's Best Towns Wild-Card Round, but we did get the magazine's attention.
The city is among 12 cities to get honorable mention in the competition that sought the best place to live in the nation based on access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods and a good beer scene.
"Take lunchtime walks or bike share rides along the Miami River. Stuff your face at Second Street Market. Go crazy at the OutdoorX festival. Catch the breeze at Charleston Falls Preserve. And those double black diamond MTB trails they’re building in the MetroParks Mountain Biking Area (MoMBA) look awesome."
Athens was the only other Ohio city to get an honorable mention.
More than 6,000 votes were made for 108 towns in the magazine's first Best Towns Wild-Card round.
Outside selected 60 of the best towns in America for the annual competition — Columbus and our very own Yellow Springs were included. For the first time, the publication asked readers to help it ID four more.
Those four regional spots went to Port Angeles, Wash; New York; Saugatuck, Mich.; and Roanoke, Va.
Chattanooga, Tenn. was named the contest's ultimate winner after voting closed June 6.