One of the most charming aspects about travelling in America is visiting one of the small towns scattered across the country. Many of these towns capture a certain spirit and ambiance that is missing in larger towns and cities. Small towns give you the opportunity to interact with the people who live and work there, and make a visit all the more personal. While it’s very difficult to choose 5 small towns from so many wonderful spots, these stand out from the rest because of their proximity to areas of natural wonder or because of their very uniqueness.
- Bayfield, Wisconsin has actually been designated as one of the country’s best small towns. Perched on the shores of Lake Superior, Bayfield offers visitors not only a chance to shop in some very unique stores, such as the Bayfield Artists’ Guild,but also to visit the Apostle Islands National Park. The quaint homes and stores in Bayfield add to your enjoyment. Apple Fest in October is a celebration you will not want to miss.
- Grafton, Vermont is a picturesque small town located in the southwestern corner of the state in the Green Mountains. New England is noted for its historic small towns, and Grafton has preserved many of its older buildings to make visiting this town a unique experience. Be sure to stop at Grafton Village Cheese where you will find delicious, hand crafted cheeses. The Vermont Museum of Mining and Minerals features beautiful displays of fossils, minerals, and an astonishing geode.
- Black Mountain, North Carolina will offer those who appreciate majestic scenery a chance to enjoy this small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you enjoy hiking and camping or just want to soak up some Southern hospitality at the town’s fine restaurants, this town is definitely worth visiting. If you have a musical bent, stop at Rickenbacker Violins where you can find handmade violins by the owner as well as restored instruments. Spectacular Chimney Rock Park is only a short drive to the east.
- Willcox, Arizona might be easily overlooked, but a stop at this small town will not only offer you a chance to experience the beauty of the American Southwest, but also enjoy a range of shopping and sightseeing opportunities. Fort Bowie National Historic Site provides an interesting picture of this area’s past, and the visitor center and shop offer refreshments and souvenirs. Those who enjoy wine will not want to miss a trip to Coronado Vineyards where you can enjoy fine food and wine from the restaurant while looking out over the adjoining vineyards.
- Langley, Washington might be designated as a city, but with a year round population of just over 1,000 it certainly qualifies as a small town. Located on Whidbey Island at the north end of Puget Sound, Langley offers unique shops as well as the special flavor only found in seaside communities. You can watch a glass artist at work at Island Art Glass or have an ocean kayaking trip through the Whidbey Island Kayaking Company.
America’s small towns offer tourists and travelers a chance to get off the beaten track and experience the real country with real people. A range of experiences and adventures, as well as shopping opportunities, await you in these small towns.