65 Charming American Towns You Haven't Heard of But Should Visit ASAP (2022)

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When you plan a vacation, most people tend to go to more popular places, right? It's usually cities they've read about or towns and attractions that have been recommended by friends and family that make the bucket list. But that method might be short-sighted—after all, there are plenty of small towns in America that are worth traveling to, even if you didn't know they existed. These 65 small towns across the U.S. might not have made it onto your bucket list yet, but they absolutely deserve a spot.

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Alton, Illinois

Fun fact: Alton is the birthplace of jazz legend Miles Davis. The river town is also known for being one of the best places in America to spot a bald eagle. Every year, residents kick off eagle-watching season with the Alton-Audubon Eagle Ice Festival.

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Cooperstown, New York

Cooperstown is a must-visit destination for baseball fans, as it's best known for having the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. But the streets lined with cute shops and close proximity to outdoor activities, like camping, kayaking, and even skiing, is what keeps people coming back.

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Magnolia Springs, Alabama

The magnolia trees in the aptly named Magnolia Springs are the standout stars of the town, creating beautiful canopies on most streets. Fun fact: It's the only place in America that has mail delivered by boat year-round!

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Lindsborg, Kansas

Lindsborg, also known as "Little Sweden USA," is the perfect place to learn about Swedish culture. Between the art galleries, dining options, and folk dancing festivals, there's plenty to do. As you walk around, count how many colorful Dala horses you can find! The folk art tradition is just one of the many things that makes this town special.

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Marfa, Texas

This small, rural town is a surprising arts hub in the United States. High-profile figures have visited for its live music venues, art galleries, and unique restaurants. If the streets look familiar to you, it's because Giant and There Will Be Blood were both filmed here.

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Cape May, New Jersey

For a truly relaxing waterside vacation, it doesn't get better than Cape May. Stay at one of the quaint guest homes on the water and stroll along the endless rows of docks. While visiting "America's Original Seaside Resort," you can tour the local winery or even go whale watching.

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Cottage Grove, Oregon

Known as the "Covered Bridge Capital of Oregon," the town offers a trail studded with seven covered bridges that connect the village across rolling hillside and a series of waterfalls and rivers. The delightful setting is home to plenty of great hiking and bicycling spots, as well as several cozy B&B retreats.

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Springdale, Utah

Right at the edge of Zion National Park sits a small village where visitors can soak up the breathtaking mountain-scape as they enjoy dining at the local brewery or shopping at one of the many crystal and geode shops.

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Hilo, Hawaii

The town of Hilo is nestled along the Big Island's largest harbor and boasts beautiful waterfalls with stellar views. Just south of the tropical retreat is Volcanoes National Park, home to some of the most active volcanoes in the world.

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Stuart, Florida

Stuart is formally known as the Sailfish Capital of the World, thanks to its close proximity to the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon. The small town's tropical climate is perfect for snowbirds who enjoy getting away during the bitter winter months, but are looking for a less popular destination.

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Charlevoix, Michigan

From a legendary castle to mushroom houses to a stunning red lighthouse, the small town of Charlevoix has plenty to offer. And if you’re a fan of all things lavender, this is the ideal destination for you—Charlevoix is home to one of the largest Lavender Hill Farms, abundant with 29 varieties.

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Black Mountain, North Carolina

Black Mountain is nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a population of a little more than 8,400. The town was voted 2016's Prettiest Small Town Vacation by TripAdvisor readers. Taking a stroll through the town square reveals stunning landscaping, the small town’s famous rocking chairs, and, of course, hiking trails, camping grounds, and waterfalls.

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Leavenworth, Washington

This town has a Bavarian village feel that makes it a must-visit during Oktoberfest and during the holiday season. Take in spectacular views of the Pacific Northwest on nearby hiking trails or just take it easy with some shopping and wine tasting.

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Skaneateles, New York

This picturesque village is located right on the edge of Skaneateles Lake in Upstate New York. With beautiful and serene surroundings, you can spend the days of summer relaxing in a kayak or hiking the trails. Plus, there are premium shopping outlets not far from town.

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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

This tiny town is located on the Shenandoah River and the ideal getaway for nature lovers. There are eight (yes, eight) national parks and heritage sites to visit in the area.

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St. Simons Island, Georgia

History buffs and beach lovers alike will love this small island town off the Georgia coast. There, you can golf, fish, and visit plenty of historical monuments, and you can't miss climbing to the top of the St. Simons Lighthouse to see the view of the entire island.

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Bisbee, Arizona

Back in the day, Bisbee was a major silver and copper mining hub, but now it's a quaint small town home to artists and retirees. With houses on cliffs' edges and a mine cavern that you can still explore, it's pretty picturesque.

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Perdido Key, Florida

In this town, you can skip the touristy parts of the state and relax by the (much less crowded) beach. With fishing, boating, snorkeling, multiple golf courses, and more, there's a little something for everyone.

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Bardstown, Kentucky

If you like whiskey, Bardstown is basically a can't-miss stop — you might not be familiar with it, but it is the bourbon capital of the world, after all. It's home to several distilleries, including Jim Beam and Maker's Mark.

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Frenchtown, New Jersey

A visit to this charming, serene town might be just what you need. It's a great spot for biking and hiking as well as browsing the local shops. If you visit in July, be sure to check out their Bastille Day festival.

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Trinidad, California

With a population of less than 400 people, calling this town small is an understatement. That said, Trinidad is home to some beautiful public beaches and picturesque offshore rocks, and it has a rich Native American historic heritage.

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Put-In-Bay, Ohio

You'll need to take a ferry to make it to this quaint little island, but once you get there, you'll be instantly charmed. Relax at the beach, go sailing, or head to one of its many attractions, like the Antique Car Museum or Butterfly House.

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Astoria, Oregon

Astoria is actually the oldest settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, so if you love history, you'll love exploring this interesting town and its many museums, like the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

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Dorset, Vermont

For a peaceful visit, head to this quiet town and enjoy beautiful walking trails and an abundance of maple trees. Take a wildlife tour, head to a local music festival, or even check out a museum, like the American Museum of Fly Fishing.

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas

In the heart of the Ozark Mountains is this charming Victorian village, known for both its Historic District and its natural springs. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, which is home to big cats, is also in Eureka Springs.

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Damariscotta, Maine

This boating and fishing community located on the salty Damariscotta River will have you wondering why river towns aren't more popular. The shores are lined with oyster shells that historians say are from Native American gatherings between 2,200 and 1,000 years ago. Cool, no?

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Galena, Illinois

The historic charm of this mining town's six-block Main Street will make you feel like you took a time machine to a different decade. After you conquer downtown, must-see attractions include the Old Market House and the Historical Society and Museum.

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Pella, Iowa

Even though this Midwest town is quaint and quiet during the majority of the year, it totally transforms in May for the annual Tulip Time Festival. To honor their Dutch culture, they transform the streets into the Netherlands and host an epic parade.

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Welch, West Virginia

This town used to be all about coal mining, but today it's rich in history thanks to the Kimball War Memorial. We recommend grabbing a bite and sitting next to the nearby Elkhorn Creek that flows through the town and into the Tug Fort.

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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

This town's motto is "The Oldest Summer Resort in America," and its prime location on Lake Winnipesaukee proves why. People from all over New Hampshire, Boston, and even Hollywood (Drew Barrymore visited!) vacation here during warm summer months.

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65 Charming American Towns You Haven't Heard of But Should Visit ASAP? ›

65 Charming American Towns You Haven't Heard of But Should Visit ASAP
  • of 65. Alton, Illinois. ...
  • of 65. Cooperstown, New York. ...
  • of 65. Magnolia Springs, Alabama. ...
  • of 65. Lindsborg, Kansas. ...
  • of 65. Marfa, Texas. ...
  • of 65. Cape May, New Jersey. ...
  • of 65. Cottage Grove, Oregon. ...
  • of 65. Springdale, Utah.
Oct 11, 2021

What is the prettiest small town in America? ›

Rand McNally and USA Today called it the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America.” Travel + Leisure said you'll find “America's Most Beautiful Town Square” here, too.

What is the most old fashioned town in America? ›

Augustine, Florida. Known as “the nation's oldest city,” St. Augustine, Florida, has beautiful cobblestone streets and Spanish-inspired architecture.

What is the most beautiful place to live in the US? ›

Sitka, Alaska

The natural beauty and remote location of Sitka makes it a beloved destination for hikers, climbers, hunters, and fishermen; head just a few miles out of town and you'll feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, in the best possible sense.

What state has the most natural beauty? ›

1. California

California has almost every kind of natural beauty. The state boasts beaches in the south along its coast, deserts as you move inland, wine country, mountains, and national parks. California's most beautiful place to see is the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur.

What is the safest small town in America? ›

The top-10 safest small towns or cities, ranked by their low cost of crime per capita, are:
  • Monroe Township, New Jersey ($39 per capita)
  • Long Beach, New York ($42 per capita)
  • Orland Park, Illinois ($49 per capita)
  • Yorktown Town, New York ($53 per capita)
  • Lexington, Massachusetts ($59 per capita)
Feb 6, 2022

What is a quaint town? ›

attractively unusual, esp in an old-fashioned stylea quaint village.

What is the best small city to live in in the US? ›

Best Small Cities to Live in America
Percentile*CityQuality of Life
99Brentwood, TN390
99Lexington, MA192
99Reading, MA1091
99Zionsville, IN766
26 more rows
Oct 19, 2021

What is the richest small town in America? ›

Sammamish

Where is the best rural place to live in the US? ›

Kendall County, Texas

Named a top rural place to live by CNN Money and Progressive Farmer magazine, Kendall County is a gorgeous area positioned about 30 miles north of San Antonio in Texas Hill Country.

Is there a town called basic in the US? ›

Basic is an unincorporated community in Clarke County, Mississippi, United States.

Are there still any old western towns left? ›

Tombstone, Arizona

As far as Wild Western Towns in the USA go, this one is probably the most recognized. Perhaps due to the infamous movie Tombstone, starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, and Bill Paxton, it was a great representation of how events went down back in the day.

Where is the cheapest but nicest place to live in the US? ›

Coming in at the top of the C2ER list was Cedar Park, Texas, which was named the most affordable place to live in America. Set outside Austin, Cedar Park made it to the top of the list, due to its low cost of living index (7.2% below the national average) and high income levels (17.8% above the national median).

What is the most fun place to live in the US? ›

New York, NY. New York City, the most populous city in the US, scored the top spot for entertainment and recreation and the second-highest ranking for nightlife and parties behind Las Vegas. New York City had the most restaurants per capita out of the cities analyzed in the report.

Where do most Americans want live? ›

The Most Desirable Places to Live in the U.S. in 2022-2023 are:
  • Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Seattle.
  • New York City.
  • Tampa, Florida.
  • Eugene, Oregon.
  • Charlotte, Noth Carolina.
  • Pensacola, Florida.
  • Asheville, North Carolina.
Jul 21, 2022

Which state is the most friendly? ›

Based on their results, the friendliest U.S. states are listed below.
  1. Minnesota. The term “Minnesota nice” lives up to its name. ...
  2. Tennessee. Tennessee is full of the famous southern charm and hospitality. ...
  3. South Carolina. ...
  4. Texas. ...
  5. Wyoming. ...
  6. Indiana. ...
  7. Colorado. ...
  8. Kansas.

What is the most beautiful color in the world? ›

YInMn blue is so bright and perfect that it almost doesn't look real. It's the non-toxic version of the world's most popular favorite color: blue. Some people are calling this hue the best color in the world.

What is safest US state? ›

New Jersey

What state has the least crime? ›

Maine. Maine has the lowest crime rate of 1,360.72 incidents per 100,000 people. In 2018, the total number of crimes reported in Maine dropped for the seventh straight year.

What's the safest big city in America? ›

The 20 Safest Big Cities in the U.S.
  • Santa Clara, California (tie) ...
  • Cary, North Carolina (tie) ...
  • McAllen, Texas. ...
  • Glendale, California. Population: 199,303. ...
  • Sunnyvale, California. Population: 152,703. ...
  • Santa Clarita, California. Population: 212,979. ...
  • McKinney, Texas. Population: 199,177. ...
  • Frisco, Texas. Population: 200,490.
Jun 17, 2022

What town is like Virgin River? ›

Near Snug Cove, Burnaby also provides the same Virgin River vibes. The exterior of Hope's house is found here, as well as Paige's Bakeaway truck being situated in Burnaby's Fraser Foreshore Park. East of Vancouver is Port Coquitlam.

Is quaint an insult? ›

Quaint means strange and unusual in an old-fashioned and charming way. It's a word you'd use to describe a little store that sells tea cozies and antique tea services, or your grandmother's habit of calling the radio the "wireless."

Where is the quietest place to live in the US? ›

It's a tiny town in the mountains of West Virginia called Green Bank. And it's known as "The Quietest Town in America." Nestled amongst the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia's Potomac Highlands region, Green Bank is home to less than 150 people.

What is the fastest growing small town in America? ›

What small cities are growing the fastest? According to U.S. Census data taken over the last year, some of the fastest growing small cities in the country include Herriman, Utah, Leander, texas, Little Elm, Texas, Bluffton, South Carolina, and Queen Creek, Arizona.

What is considered the most beautiful state? ›

1. California

Because it's insanely diverse, charmingly creative, and it has it all – from sun-kissed surf beaches and fascinating cities to picturesque vineyards, rugged mountains, soaring redwood forests, and dramatic deserts – California stands atop of my list as the most beautiful state in the US.

Are there still villages in America? ›

Since the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the federal government from legislating on local government, the states are free to have political subdivisions called "villages" or not to and to define the word in many ways.

What is a quaint town? ›

attractively unusual, esp in an old-fashioned stylea quaint village.

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