8 Charming Hidden Gems in Small-Town America You Din t Know Of

Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbour, on Maine's hilly coast, leads to Acadia National Park for hiking, kayaking and whale-watching. The town's oceanside walks and seafood eateries draw 4 million visitors annually.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

European Carmel-by-the-Sea has lovely architecture, art galleries, and tranquil beaches. Ocean views and great food made Point Lobos State Natural Reserve a top 2024 restaurant.

Telluride, CO

Telluride, a lovely ski town in the Rocky Mountains, with world-class skiing, Victorian main streets with shops and restaurants, and lively summer festivals with outdoor concerts and hiking.

Beaufort, SC

Southern seaside hamlet with ancient residences and the Spanish Moss Trail overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. Outdoor enthusiasts can visit Hunting Island State Park's magnificent beaches.

Fredericksburg, TX

Fredericksburg, a Texas Hill Country hideaway, has a charming main street with tasting rooms, boutiques, and German eateries. Hiking at picturesque Enchanted Rock State Park is great.

Ithaca, NY

Ithaca, home to Cornell University and over 100 wineries, is a bustling Finger Lakes college town on Cayuga Lake. The town has beautiful waterfalls and scenery.

Santa Fe, NM

Famous for its adobe architecture and artistic vibe, Santa Fe hosts top-notch art museums and galleries. The city also offers easy access to outdoor adventures in a distinctive Pueblo Revival style.

Saratoga Springs, NY

Mineral Springs Spa State Park and the Saratoga Race Course offer leisure and cultural events in Saratoga Springs, known for horse racing.

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