While iconic cities such as New York, Miami, and Los Angeles may be among the most popular places to plan a trip to in the United States, the country is also home to countless charming small towns that make amazing getaway destinations as well. Here are 8 such towns to consider visiting!
1. Marfa, Texas
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind vibe that’s equal parts artsy and quirky, Marfa is the place for you! This small Texas town is known for several eccentric draws, including a fake Prada storefront and supposed UFO lights. For those who love the outdoors, it’s also about an hour away from the gorgeous and remote Big Bend National Park.
2. Sebastopol, California
Sebastopol, California is a charming small town that was historically known for agriculture, including plum and apple orchards. Nowadays, it stays true to its roots by offering guests a peaceful atmosphere perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Despite the town’s small size, there’s still plenty to do, including exploring local shops and enjoying a wine tasting.
3. Manitou Springs, Colorado
Manitou Springs, Colorado, is the perfect choice for those looking for a relaxing mountain getaway. This charming town is known for its natural mineral springs, but they are far from the only reason to visit. You can also look forward to delicious local restaurants, gorgeous hiking trails, and a variety of places to stay, including cabin rentals and cozy bed and breakfasts.
4. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
If you’ve visited Grand Teton National Park, or enjoy skiing, chances are you’ve at least heard of Jackson Hole. This is a great option for those looking to explore the great outdoors while having plenty of city-style comforts to return to. This small town in Wyoming definitely has a more modern, urban feel to it, offering guests several high-quality resorts and restaurants, but also sits just outside of the stunning area that makes up the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
5. Bisbee, Arizona
Bisbee, Arizona, is a beautiful small town with an interesting past. Originally a copper-mining town, the town nowadays still features many of its original historic buildings and offers guests various locally-run things to do, including wine tastings and live music.
6. Leavenworth, Washington
If you find yourself in Washington State, you’ll definitely want to at least consider checking out this Bavarian-themed town. Leavenworth is home to dozens of charming local shops such as The Nutcracker Museum. While the town is probably best known for its Christmas light displays and holiday festivals, there’s plenty to do here any time of year. While the main street can have more of a touristy feel, especially during festivals, enjoying a stroll around the nearby Blackbird Island is a great way to enjoy some more solitude.
7. Mackinac Island, Michigan
Sitting in the middle of Lake Huron, Mackinac Island is a charming island getaway located in Michigan. This is a great choice for those looking to enjoy a slower pace and get away from daily life – not only is the town full of locally owned businesses, it’s car-free status allows you to enjoy the fresh air and wander the town’s streets. To get to the island, you can take an approximately 20-minute ferry ride from mainland Michigan.
8. Naples, Florida
Naples, Florida, is perfect for those looking for a luxurious, beachfront getaway. This small town is known for its high-end shopping and sparkling white sand beaches. The town’s iconic pier, Naples Pier, is a popular spot for fishing, viewing sunsets, and dolphin watching and the rolling golf courses, shops, and nearby state parks provide plenty to explore during your trip.
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