Looking for the coolest small towns in America? These small towns, fitting effortlessly in the backdrop of America's epic landscape, provide a breath of fresh air away from the big city life. They are packed with friendly and unpretentious locals who love, cherish, and work hard to preserve what makes their quaint, little towns exceptional.
If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy small town life, here are a few of my favorite small towns in America.
Fairfield, Iowa is beautiful and peaceful and filled with something for everyone. From gorgeous parks with scenic hiking trails and winding bikeways to world famous spas, beautiful campsites, and untouched green countryside, Fairfield is a great place to kick back and relax.
However, one of the major attractions that makes Fairfield stand out is the up and coming art scene. This small city has over two dozen performing arts centers and galleries making Fairfield a perfect destination for art and nature lovers looking to get out of the big city.
Weaverville is a little slice of perfection in the Trinity Alps. This town has a wonderful, Victorian vibe that draws visitors back to a simpler time. One of the coolest towns in America, Weaverville is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and picturesque mountains. It is perfect for people who want to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy a laid back mountain holiday.
This lively little harbor town is a favorite of people from all over the east coast. The downtown has an atmosphere similar to the Florida Keys, only slightly more upscale. Newport also enjoys plenty of fresh seafood, and a massive sailing culture, making it fun for the adventurous members of your family too.
Utah has some of the best landscapes in America, and when you spend your holiday in Cedar City you are right in the middle of it all. Cedar City, Utah tops the list for tourists who want to enjoy a quaint, small town with a wide range of exciting outdoor activities to choose from including mountain biking and rock climbing to snowboarding and skiing.
It is conveniently located near Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Grand Canyon National Parks, thus earning it the title "Gateway To The Parks". It is also well known for the popular Utah Shakespearean Festival that draws visitors and theater lovers from all over the country.
I am amazed that tourists haven't overwhelmed the picture-perfect seaside town of Cedar Key, Florida. On the other hand, the tourists who have discovered this wonderful gem want to keep it a secret as long as possible.
About one hour southwest of Gainesville, Cedar Key offers delicious fresh seafood, long strolls on warm beaches, and fabulous deep-sea fishing in a tropical paradise.
Just north of San Antonio, Boerne is a high-energy city that creates such a memorable experience that visitors return time and time again.
A stroll through the city offers a comfortable hometown ambiance, filled with the scent of freshly baked bread, charming coffee shops, unique shopping, and wonderful art galleries. Throughout the year, there are numerous parades, festivals, and even the famous Chocolate Walk. The city also sports the famous market days which draws people from the surrounding cities and counties.
From the high mountains of California to the warm waters of the Florida Keys, America has some very cool small towns that offer relaxation, culture, and just plain fun. If you are looking to get out of the fast pace and stress of busy and noisy cities, why not try visiting a few of these laid back small towns dotted across the country?
What is your favorite small town?
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Stephen Schreck is a world traveler, nomad, and adventure backpacker. Knowing a life of aimlessly wandering the globe in search of adventures was the only life for him he set out to make his dream his reality. Currently he is trying to conquer his fears and tackle his bucket list. Follow Stephen's adventures at A Backpacker's Tale or on social media on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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