Smithsonian Magazine has compiled a list of the “20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2013”. Everyone has a favorite small town they’ve visited and fell in love with, be it the people, or the surroundings, or both.
Two of my favorites are Julian, CA, a cool (literally, as in temperatures) repose in the Southern California mountains, and Harbor Springs, MI (above), where the high school football stadium is surrounding by woods, and the Little Petoskey Bay.
What’s your favorite small town to visit?
Here’s the list from Smithsonian. I’ve been to a few of the these and would concur on all of them. They are great places, even though Gettysburg still freaks me out for the eerie feeling the Battlefield gave me.
1. Gettysburg, PA: The Battle of Gettysburg hits the 150 year mark this July, and big events are well into the planning stages. If you’ve never been, take two days to enjoy the full experience. The Battlefield takes one whole day to fully appreciate.
2. Cleveland, MS: One of the few states I have never been to, and really have no desire to go to. Although the Mississippi Delta is chock full of musical history.
3. St. Augustine FL: A beautiful little town, tucked off I-95 near Jacksonville. Gorgeous views and lots of historical things to do.
4. Baraboo, WI: I’ve been to many places in Wisconsin, but never hit Baraboo.
5. Astoria, OR: Where the movie, “The Goonies” was filmed.
6. Petoskey, MI: Across the Bay from Harbor Springs, it’s a gorgeous little town, and the Grilled Cheese at the Mitchell Street Pub is still a highlight.
7. Fairfield, IA: The Upper Midwest at its finest. And it’s got a spiritual component that you wouldn’t expect.
8. Los Alamos, NM: Because the home of the nuclear bomb is important.
9. Sitka, AK: Alaska is still a place I haven’t crossed off of my travel bucket list, and this seems like it would be THE place to visit.
10. Provincetown, MA: I’ve heard nothing but great things about this tip of Cape Cod.
11. Galena, IL: Hometown of Ulysses S. Grant.
12. Sausalito, CA: Just above the Golden Gate Bridge, is this gateway to Marin County that is more beautiful in person than photos can do justice.
13. Hanover, NH: College towns have their own unique charm, and this is no exception.
14. Oberlin, OH: Another charming college town.
15. Jackson, WY: Unbelievable views. Countless things to do. A hiker’s/climber’s/mountain biker’s paradise. Pick one.
16. Lexington, VA: Another college town, that also packs a great deal of history into its streets. A nice stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
17. Abilene, KS: Kansas is another state I’ve yet to hit. I’ll drive cattle through there one day.
18. Lihua, HI: I can’t believe there’s any place in Hawaii that’s bad. And this quaint town looks like a great stop.
19. Fredericksburg, TX: I have never been to this particular town, but small town Texas is a beautiful experience.
20. Glenwood Springs, CO: How can any small town in the Rocky Mountains be anything but a good thing? I can envision myself knocking back a draft beer, enjoying a fantastical view here.
So — what’s the most enjoyable small town you’ve ever enjoyed?