For those who love small towns, look no further, as these one-of-a-kind towns are vibrant and host a handful of big city amenities from trendy cafes to spectacular outdoor scenery. But not to worry tiny-town lovers, these areas still provide that quaint, small town charm that tugs at many people’s heartstrings. If looking to escape the big city, getaway to what America is known for best, small towns.
Bend is a highly active community, birthing many Olympic athletes. And there’s no secret to great sport and recreation, thanks to Bend’s limitless outdoor playground. Just a short drive to Mount Bachelor, visitors come to ski, hike and mountain bike. Take a walk near the old mill to seek the picturesque, high-desert landscape. Downtown Bend comprises of trendy shops, chic cafes and lots of local brewpubs.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Home to University of Michigan, Ann Arbor houses a plethora of excitement beyond the downtown streets. Besides small business shops and vegetarian cafes, Ann Arbor is an international delight hosting cultural events, international cuisine and live music performances. Small town meets liberal college culture to boast plenty of activity on and off-campus. Surrounding parks provide Michigan residents the chance to connect with nature outside the library walls.
Durango is persistently chosen as one of America’s Best Small Towns. The award-winning titles don’t come to surprise as Durango is packed with outdoor activities. Travelers visit to rock climb, hike, bike, ski and photograph the surrounding mountains. When hungry, head to town, where plenty of restaurants host local to international flavors.
Gig Harbor, Washington
This waterfront town is home to enormous views of Mount Rainier over the harbor waters. Whether you drive or boat to Gig Harbor, the beauty of water, coniferous trees and Mount Rainier captures the heart of small town lovers. Shops and cafes are located around the marina to enhance density within small-town limits. Enjoy art museums, wine tastings and gourmet restaurants.
If looking for a town that has a local trail blazed by George Washington in 1753; look no further than Butler, PA. This historic landmark distinguishes the town’s history, but thanks to modern growth, Butler has its own baseball team, arts, theater and chorus community as well as a thriving downtown.
The colorful buildings situated along the waterfront makes for an aesthetically pleasing small town. With year-round warm weather, locals build sandcastle, walk the beach and search for treasures in the surf. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife like pelicans hanging out on the Gulf.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.