While theres nothing quite like the energy of the big city, the hectic pace isnt for everyone, and urbanites themselves often need a reprieve.
But the U.S. is home to thousands of perfectly charming small towns that are great places for weekend escapesor to settle down in. Weve swept the country to find some of the best, whether youre looking for a ski lovers paradise, an historical place that’s still near a major metropolis, or a remote waterfront retreat.
Here are a few of our favorite small town in America.
1. Traverse City, Michigan
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Though the biggest town in Northern Michigan, Traverse City has a population of merely about 15,000. It’s famous for being the largest producer of tart cherries in the U.S.each July, it hosts a National Cherry Festival that brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors.
2. Jacksonville, Oregon
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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 treasure operated out. But in the 1960 s, Jacksonville was designated a National Historic District, and today it’s the heart of the Southern Oregon wine region.
3. Dahlonega, Georgia
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Though on the opposite side of the country, Dahlonega has a lot in common with Jacksonville, Oregon. It was the site of the first gold rush in the U.S. and is also known today for its many wineries.
4. Taos, New Mexico
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Known for its pueblo houses, Taos has long drawn artistic forms to its rugged put, including influential abstract painter Agnes Martin. Today there are three art museums, more than 80 galleries, and several performing arts venues.
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5. Stowe, Vermont
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Skiing might be the most popular tourist pastime in Stowe, but the town has much more to offer. In addition to the myriad outdoor activities( like zip-lining and rock climbing ), there are more than 70 stores and virtually 40 restaurants. It’s also home to the Trapp Family Lodge, the resort owned by the Von Trapp family attained famous in The Sound of Music.
6. Clinton, New Jersey
An hour’s drive from New York City will get you to the quaint township of Clinton, whose most famous landmark is the Red Mill Museum on the banks of the Raritan River. Stroll down Main Street to enjoy cafs, stores, and art galleries.
7. Sitka, Alaska
For a truly remote destination, head to Sitka, which is accessible merely by plane or ferry. The town is a wildlife lover’s dream, as sightings of bald eagles, brown bears, humpback whales, and sea otters are common.
8. Camden, Maine
Situated between Portland and Bar Harbor, this seaside town is surrounded by stunning sceneries perfect for escapade seekers, but it also has its fair share of culture attractions, like the Camden Opera House. Its population surges each summer when the beach devotees arrive, but the off-season is still a prime time to visit.