There is nothing quite like the charm, beauty, and comfort of an American small town. They exist as a contrast to the fast-life, bright-light big cities, and are often havens for young couples, old couples, singles, and families. There is more open space, more community, more tree-lined streets, and more fresh air. They are often named as best places to live in various publications. Maybe you’re drawn to the school districts, the parks, the low crime rates, or the small yet frequently active culture scenes. Whatever your reason, here’s a list of some of the nation’s best, brightest and happiest small towns.
Tubac, Arizona (population >1000): This working artist’s community, located in an ancient Spanish fort, is a cultural gem of Arizona. In addition to being artfully rich, Tubac also offers outdoor activities like birding and hiking.
Walla Walla, Washington (population 30,000): Home to Whitman College, Walla Walla boasts some lovely wineries and a beautiful downtown. This city is very livable: lots of tree-lined streets and pretty parks.
Franklin, North Carolina (population 4,000): Franklin is the southern gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and there are outdoor activities aplenty, from hiking and gem mining to fishing and kayaking. Plenty of services and shops make Franklin an ideal location.
Williamsburg, Virginia (population 14,000): This small town, a living museum, is dedicated to history, colonialism, antiques, and good, old-fashioned living. It’s located right around the corner from bigger-label entertainment, like Busch Gardens.
Beaufort, South Carolina (population 11,000): Just north of Hilton Head, Beaufort embodies Old Southern charm; part of it is a national historic landmark. Beaufort is known as “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands.”
Northampton, Massachusetts (population 28,500): Smith College gives the New England classic of beautiful, tree-filled Northampton a decidedly liberal slant. Tourists, residents and students create a lively and enjoyable downtown.
Auburn, California (population 13,500): Historical, naturally beautiful Auburn has over 20 recreational rivers, plenty of golf courses, and easy access to bigger California cities for further recreation. Since it’s located in wine country, there are many excellent restaurants.
What are some of your favorite small towns? Post your comments below!
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