The Best Small Towns to Visit in the U.S.

There’s always something so refreshing and comfortable about visiting small towns, especially if you live in a big city. The people are always kind and authentic, places aren’t overpacked, and the views are breathe taking.

1. Eureka Springs, Arkansas

This quaint and quirky small town has a lot to offer including a wildlife sanctuary, a large golf course, the gorgeous Starkey Marina, and the 1800’s haunted Crescent hotel which you can read more about here. The downtown area at Eureka Springs is picturesque and charming, complete with many mom and pop shops where you can purchase one of a kind fashionable items. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take a hike towards Magentic Mountain where you’ll see a giant monument of Jesus along with a rustic and charming church.

2. Port Isabel, Texas

With their town motto being “our home is your home,” how can you not feel welcome? Port Isabel is quite honestly breathe taking, they even have their own lighthouse. Port Isabel is one of the oldest cities in Texas, dating back to 1519. The city features three unique museums. Port Isabel has great weather year round and is home to several festivals. If you’re lucky, you may even find buried treasure because rumor has it that some is still buried from pirates who once visited the land!

3. Nederland, Colorado

Nederland is truly a remarkable and unusual town. If you’re into the natural elements, this is the place for you. This small town features Rocky Mountain National Park the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area where you’ll see several stunning glaciers. These parks are the perfect place to snap a selfie in the wilderness with vibrant colors. After you’re hungry from all that exploring, check out The Deli at 8236 for some delicious sandwiches.

4. Bandon, Oregon

Bandon is the perfect place to vacation if you’re looking for a simple, small city that sticks to its old-fashioned roots. This small town features several great fishing docks where you can enjoy a serene and relaxing view. Bandon is full of charming little restaurants and craft breweries. Head to Edgewaters for a juicy steak with a rustic view of the ocean. If you’re craving something cheesy, Face Rock Creamery is the place for you, its full of tasty treats.

5. Caramel-by-the-Sea, California

This is no joke, the town is actually called Caramel-by-the-Sea. This small town is absolutely stunning. The views are phenomenal, the hotels are top-notch, and the scenery is lovely. This quirky area features plays, cultural events, art events, and retreats. Be sure to check out Caramel Beach, with a stunning and seductive ocean view that you can’t beat. You’ll enjoy the privacy of this location. Plus, it’s dog friendly!

6. Orange Beach, Alabama

This picturesque town is located near the Gulf of Mexico. These beautiful white beaches are the perfect travel destination. There’s plenty to do at Orange Beach including an upscale shopping center called The Wharf, The Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum, an amusement park called Adventure Island, and many more attractions. When you’re visiting the Gulf Shore, don’t forget to snap a few pictures of the breathe-taking view!

7. Sun Valley, Idaho

Calling all snow lovers! Sun Valley is the place to go. This small town has several cozy and luxurious resorts including Sun Valley Lodge, Sun Valley Inn, and quaint cottages. Sun Valley states that this is the perfect go-to place for “adrenaline junkies and solitude seekers.” Weather you’re skiing & riding, having a spa day, or drinking a hot coco at The Roundhouse, you’ll sure have a pleasurable stay.

8. Hannibal, Missouri

Any Mark Twain fan would know that Hannibal holds a special place in his heart. This historic town features several sightseeing opportunities including Mark Twain’s home, The Mark Twain Riverboat, and a haunted house AND wax museum (what could be more exciting?) If you’re looking for an old-timey restaurant visit The Rustic Oak Grill and Pub, where you can’t beat the prices or the taste.

9. Lily Dale, New York

Perhaps you love New York but have grown weary of the the populous traffic in New York City. Lily Dale is the perfect place to visit will still being in the state of New York. If you’re interested in Opera, be sure to check out the Fredonia Opera House built in 1891. There are several fun and bizarre attractions in Lily Dale including Lana’s The Little House, a specialty museum and Ron’s Treasures, an antique store. When you’re ready for some new threads, check out Papaya Arts (near Lily Dale), a shop with Aztec style.

10. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg– a history lovers dream! Visit the Gettysburg Battlefield dedicated to the war heroes who fought in 1863. This town is also a great place for ghost hunting, apparently many people come to investigate the surrounding area. Check out the Cashtown Inn if you’re looking for some ghostly gouls. When your’re done catching up on history or hunting for ghosts, grab a bite to eat 1863 Restaurant, right between historic battleground and famous landmarks.

11. Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City has a lot to offer for those beachgoers. Weather you have an interest in strolling the boardwalk, visiting museums, enjoying the preforming arts, fishing, and sightseeing, this small town has it all. Ocean City is kid-friendly and offers many FREE activities for you and your family to enjoy in Sundaes in the Park where free fireworks are shown, Movies in the Beach Night, OC dance party events, The Kite Festival, and many more.

12. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Kitty Hawk has so many fun and eventful activities to participate in. Let Wild Horse Adventure Tours start off your trip with a scenic view while you watch wild horses roam the beach with their majestic beauty. Golf at one of the most fun and entertaining mini-golf destinations North Carolina has to offer, Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf. If you’re into HD sports games, check out Turf’s Up OBX for some virtual reality fun.

Weather you’re packing up your skii’s or sunscreen, make sure that one of these small towns is your destination. These charming places feature small-town hospitality, unique and unknown attractions, and deliciously rustic dining experiences.

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