I'm nominating my own hometown, Athens, OH. Home of Joe Burrow, Atul Gawande, and Maya Lin, among others.
Athens has a reputation as a party school - and it is a pretty decent place to party. As with any college town, there are plenty of college sports-related activities, and college-related things to do... however, I'm going to nominate the town for the other things that made it a special place to grow up, and a pretty special place to go to school for my friends that stayed home. The city and University are integrated in a way only a few other places in the country are, and it makes for a really incredible experience; if you are a student, the town really goes out of its way to embrace you and make you feel like part of the community.
First, Hocking Hills State Park is about an hour away. If you've never, been, go check it out. The grandeur of the park is unrivaled, and its picturesque beauty speaks for itself - it's one of the most remote areas of the state, and one of the most beautiful and breath-taking parts of our country.
Second, while the food scene in any small town is suspect, the restaurant scene in Athens is surprisingly good. From Casa and Court Street Bagels to Restaurant Salaam, there's no shortage of spots to get a great bite to eat.
Third, the locals are genuinely FRIENDLY AND NICE. I live in MN where "MN Nice" is secret code for "Everyone is a passive aggressive POS, and nobody is going to really tell you what's going on in the social scene." That's not the case in Athens. At Krogers and want to find out what's going on? Ask the cashier. Nine times out of ten, they will be able to tell you of any random ongoings and last-minute, under the radar happenings in a 25 mile radius.
Fourth, local parks besides Hocking Hills are amazing. Stroud's Run, Silver Lake, and Fox Lake make for a great spring/summer weekend day.
Fifth, lots of great motorcycling roads. Speaks for itself. Careful for deer though.
Sixth, lots of great ATV & Dirt Bike spots.
Seventh, REAL FARM ANIMALS in the city limits. If your kids have never milked a cow, it's kind of a cool place to learn.
Eighth, The Ridges Mental Hospital's Cemetery. If you're into that sort of stuff, to see headstones dated from the mid 1800's, this is a really good spot to see 'em.
Ninth, Friday Night Lights. Coach Adams has quietly built a pretty good program out of basically nothing in A-town, and it's not one of the big, historical names in the state, but, it's still a pretty neat experience... and don't forget to stop at one of the local mom & pop stops in The Plains after a Bulldog win.