If you live in one of the most beautiful small towns in America?
While there is nothing quite like the energy of the big city, the hectic pace is not for everyone, and the townspeople themselves are often in need of a breather.
But the US is the home of thousands of perfectly charming small towns that are ideal places for a weekend break or to settle in. We have been through the country to find some of the best, whether you’re looking for a ski-lover’s paradise, a historic site, which is still in the vicinity of a large metropolis or a remote waterfront retreat.
Here are a few of our favorite small towns in America.
Traverse City, Michigan
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Although the largest city in Northern Michigan, Traverse City has a population of only about 15,000. It is known as the largest producer of tart cherries in the U.S. each year in July, it hosts a National Cherry Festival that brings hundreds of thousands of visitors.
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Founded in the 1850’s, when gold deposits were discovered in the Jackson Creek, this town fell on hard times when the wealth ran out. But in the 1960’s, Jacksonville was designated a National Historic District, and today it is the heart of the Southern Oregon wine region.
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But on the other side of the country, Dahlonega has much in common with Jacksonville, Oregon. It was the site of the first gold rush in the united states and is also now known for its many vineyards.
Taos, New Mexico
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Known for its pueblo houses, Taos has long drawn artistic types to its rugged setting, including influential abstract painter Agnes Martin. Today there are three museums, more than 80 art galleries and various venues.
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Skiing is perhaps the most popular tourist pastime in Stowe, but the city has much more to offer. In addition to the numerous outdoor activities (such as zip-lining and climbing), there are more than 70 shops and nearly 40 restaurants. It is also home to the Trapp Family Lodge, the resort is owned by the Von Trapp family made famous in The Sound of Music.
Clinton, New Jersey
An hour’s drive from New York City will get you to the picturesque town of Clinton, of which the most famous landmark is the Red Mill Museum on the banks of the Raritan River. Walk along the Main Street to enjoy cafes, shops and galleries.
For a truly remote destination, head to Sitka, which is only accessible by plane or ferry. The city is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream, as the sightings of bald eagles, brown bears, humpback whales, sea otters are common.
Located between Portland and Bar Harbor, this seaside resort is surrounded by a breathtaking landscape, ideal for adventurers, but it also has its fair share of cultural attractions, such as the Camden Opera House. The population peaks every summer, when the lovers of the beach, but the season is still a good time to visit.
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