Small towns in America offer something special and unique that the big cities can’t compete with; authentic charm, historic homes, a laid-back atmosphere, and warm and welcoming hospitality.

We found that visiting small towns in the United States provided us with a quintessentially American experience. I mean, you can’t find a rural honky tonk bar in New York City, right?

Best Small Towns in the USA

This guide reveals all the best small towns that are famous for their charm, charisma, and authenticity.

Apex, North Carolina

Downtown Apex is home to colorfully restored antique shops, specialty stores, and restaurants.

Gruene, Texas

There is nothing fancy about this place, which is what makes it one of the coolest places in the US to visit. Bring your copyboy hat and boots, let your hair down, mingle with the local residents, and have fun.

Franklin, Tennessee

This small charming Southern town is full of history, good boutique shopping, and a vibrant music lifestyle.

Port Townsend, Washington State

Port Townsend is a pretty and charming historic Victorian seaport bordered by Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and quite close to the Olympic National Park.

Stowe, Vermont

Stowe’s proximity to the mountains means it offers endless opportunities to enjoy hiking trails, biking, and cross-country skiing adventures. So you can enjoy the outdoors any time of the year!

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