The 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America. Do You Agree?


  1. 21 Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin

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    Near the top of the Door County peninsula, and along Lake Michigan, this harbor town boasts a cute A-frame coffee shop, a microbrewery’s taproom, a nature sanctuary with hiking trails, and adorable inns.

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  2. 22 Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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    Historic buildings dating as far back as the late 1880s line the streets of the tiny, artsy downtown of Eureka Springs, tucked into the Ozark Mountains. The entire downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  3. 23 Chimayó, New Mexico

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    A beloved getaway for residents of Taos and Santa Fe, this Northern New Mexico town is just as artsy with unique events like the country’s most important Catholic pilgrimage each Easter and dozens of galleries selling native rugs and more. El Santuario de Chimayó is thought to be a healing spot.

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  4. 24 Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

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    Home to natural beauty, a castle dating back to 1885, and tons of spas and art galleries, this community is only a 90-minute drive from the nation’s capital.

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  5. 25 Stowe, Vermont

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    One of the Northeast’s premier ski towns, Stowe’s amenities—in addition to the ski hills—include spas, boutique shopping at indie retailers (including Shaw’s General Store, in business since 1895), and year-round outdoor recreation, thanks to its location at the foot of Mount Mansfield.

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  6. 26 Snowmass, Colorado

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    Skiers and mountain bikers love this tiny town but so do spa and dining enthusiasts, who can be kept busy for days thanks to resorts like the Westin Snowmass Resort and Viceroy Snowmass. Anderson Ranch Arts Center is an enclave for artists through its artist-in-residence program and hosted workshops, programs, and events.

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  7. 27 Sitka, Alaska

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    Near both Juneau and the Tongass National Forest, and in a mecca for world-class king salmon and halibut fishing, Sitka boasts 22 buildings and sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  8. 28 Magnolia Springs, Alabama

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    Mature magnolia trees create a canopy in this small town along the Magnolia River where mail is still delivered by boat. Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast is the only lodging option in this Gulf Coast town—but it’s very stylish.

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  9. 29 Leadville, Colorado

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    At around 10,000 feet, the country’s highest-elevation incorporated city—a former mining town that during the late 19th century had Colorado's second largest population behind Denver—boasts all the goods for foodies and beverage snobs (including a brewery) and is a popular training spot for runners.

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  10. 30 Ketchum, Idaho

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    In the heart of Idaho’s Sun Valley, this town is an outdoors utopia, with snow sports, fishing, rock-climbing, and more. Four gorgeous alfresco hot springs are nearby and open for soaking.

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