Sometimes we take for granted the beauty that’s on our very own doorstep!
The USA is an incredibly diverse and beautiful country, so making this list was particularly difficult. There’s no better place to pack up and head off on a road trip. With a range of climates, vistas and things to do – there’s something to do no matter what mood you’re in!
Here are 16 Stunning Small Towns in the USA. Start making plans to get visiting!
Nestled at the foot of magnificent glacial carved mountains facing the Pacific Ocean on Baranof Island, Sitka is located on the outer coast of Alaska’s Inside Passage and lies at the heart of the largest temperate rain forest in the world, the Tongass National Forest.
The town of Avalon surrounds beautiful Avalon Bay on the southeast end of Santa Catalina Island. Avalon has been a popular destination for visitors since the early 1900’s. From the ‘20’s and beyond, Avalon has attracted film stars to presidents and still maintains its charm and allure today.
Prospectors discovered gold when they founded Breckenridge in 1859, Today, locals and visitors alike are still discovering gold — white gold that is — as in the 300 annual inches of pure Colorado powder this real mountain town and ski resort are known around the world for.
The north shore town of Paia, Maui is now over 103 years old and boasts a history alive with diversity and accomplishment. The birth of the town can be traced back to the opening of the Paia Store in 1896. The real roots however, go further back to the creation of the plantation camps which housed workers of the Paia Sugar Mill which up until 2000 was Maui’s oldest operating plantation.
The City of Galena is located in the unglaciated area of Northwest Illinois. It’s rolling hills, history, 19th century architecture and opportunities for year round outdoor recreation attract nearly a million visitors a year.
Incorporated in 1854, Rockland’s well-known for its industrial beginnings of commercial fishing and lobstering, granite quarrying, lime processing, and shipbuilding. Home to nearly 8,000 residents, Rockland offers a diverse mix of art, culture, economics, and recreation.
One of New England’s most elegant communities, Edgartown was Martha’s Vineyard’s first colonial settlement and it has been the county seat since 1642. The stately white Greek Revival houses built by the whaling captains have been carefully maintained. They make the town a museum-piece community, a seaport village preserved from the early 19th century.
This is a town built on the personalities, charm and wisdom of its local residents who work hard and play harder. Every winter the hearty residents band together to welcome visitors with celebrations like the Whitefish Winter Carnival, complete with a home-town parade, penguin plunge, yetis, vikings, snow sculptures, and non-stop parties.
Virginia City, Nevada
Once a vital settlement between Denver and San Francisco, Virginia City influenced the entire country. During its boomtime, Virginia City’s mining proceeds amounted to millions of dollars, equaling billions today. Every inch of this picturesque, Victorian-era town, celebrates this colorful history.
Dixville Notch, New Hampshire
Dixville Notch State Park spans 127 acres. Within the park is a scenic gorge and waterfalls on two mountain brooks. Hiking trails lead to Table Rock and nearby mountains.
Davis is located in beautiful, scenic south-central Oklahoma. Full of natural beauty, Davis is home to Turner Falls Park, one of the state’s tallest waterfalls that drops 77 feet into a refreshing swimming hole. Full of wildflowers and breathtaking scenery, both Turner Falls Park and the Arbuckle Mountains are popular camping areas in the region.
Hood River, Oregon
Located at the panoramic crossroads of the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Mountain Range, Hood River Valley’s 15,000 acres of orchards produce approximately 45 percent of the nation’s winter pear crop.
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Its steep hillsides, narrow streets, and terraced gardens earned the town its nickname “The Switzerland of America.” The beauty of this region has beckoned people for almost two centuries. Today, the restored Old Mauch Chunk Railroad Station in the center of the town offers visitor services and train rides into Lehigh Gorge.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Pigeon Forge, a mountain town and vacation area in eastern Tennessee, is the home of Dollywood, entertainer Dolly Parton’s Appalachian-themed park consisting of rides, an adjoining water park and a museum of her costumes and memorabilia.
Stowe is a premier four season resort destination particularly renowned for its alpine and Nordic recreation, mountain biking, hiking and world class spas. The community comes alive with festivals, shopping and dining opportunities with activities for everyone in all seasons.
The site of present-day Abingdon is located on a well-traveled wilderness route called the Great Road, which many pioneers traveled through the Blue Ridge Mountains on the way to settle the new American frontier.