10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America

Are you looking for a weekend getaway or a vacation away from home, yet still retaining a relatively calm and private atmosphere? There are hundreds of small towns all across America that can fit the bill perfectly, each with their own unique character and attractions to offer something for everyone. We’ve chosen our favorite little towns that are guaranteed to get your mind off the clock.

1: Florence, Oregon

Florence, Oregon
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Oregon is known for its beautiful outdoors and easy-going lifestyle. The beaches in Oregon are no exception here, it is both ideal for romantic getaways and family vacations. The town of Florence isn’t packed with shopping malls, but it does have plenty of amazing sights and landmarks to visit. If you’re the more adventurous type, you can dive into the country’s largest sea cave and watch all the sea lions frolic around.

Address: Florence, OR

2: Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan
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Michigan is packed with cozy little towns, but we chose Traverse City for its access to both great beaches and iconic blossoming of cherry trees everywhere you look. It will produce moments of feeling as though you stepped into a watercolor painting with pinks, blues, and vibrant greens all around.

Address: Traverse City, MI

3: Beaufort, South Carolina

Beaufort, South Carolina
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This small town has a great mix of historic sights, country comforts, and spectacular seats to the Atlantic that would put any stressed soul at peace. If you like to be out on the water, Beaufort has great kayaking opportunities and boating tours to try to catch some dolphins out in the wild.

Address: Beaufort, SC

4: Galena, Illinois

Galena, Illinois
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Chicago may be all about crowded, loud, and windy streets, but if you take a trip down to Galena, you will experience a drastically different climate. Things seem to slow down more here. While still a very popular destination in Illinois, Galena’s real estate is all scaled down and very traditional. You can enjoy some the nation’s best kept secret: Illinois wineries, over a romantic dinner inside a cottage.

Address: Galena, IL

5: Carmel-By-The-Sea, California

Carmel-By-The-Sea, California

This location in California is a favorite among celebrities, but don’t let that deter you from considering it as a great small town to visit as a mere common. The village isn’t about glam or expensive tastes (although, they do cater to those that do), the cobblestone streets, small shops, and quiet beaches are postcard-quality features you can come to expect from small towns like Carmel. Why the name Carmel? Because of its sweet interior. The residents are delightful in Carmel, too.

Address: Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

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