Grand Marais in race to be named America's 'Best Town'


Calling all Minnesotans: Grand Marais needs your help to be named America's "Best Town."

Outside Magazine's annual contest to name the best town in the country is down to the quarter-final stage and Grand Marais is Minnesota's only representative in the running.

After seeing off Bollnas, CA, Duxbury, MA, and Yachats, OR, in the first three rounds, the picturesque North Shore destination is up against Ludlington, MI, for a place in the semi final.

As of Tuesday evening, Grand Marais was trailing with 47 percent of the votes, with voting ending on Saturday.

You can cast your vote (for Grand Marais, obviously) here.

The North Shore has proved a popular choice with Outside readers before, with Duluth winning the "Best Town" title in 2014.

Towns that previously won or were runners up in previous years are excluded from the contest, with this year's contestants nominate by Outside's followers on Instagram – with Grand Marais one of the four most popular suggestions.

Outside gives the title to towns that have "great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods, and, of course, a good beer scene."

The city of Grand Marais is no stranger to accolades. In 2015 it was named America's "Best Small Town" by the readers of Budget Travel Magazine.

If you want to know more about what makes Grand Marais so great, check out the Visit Cook County page.

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