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TOP 100 SMALL TOWNS & CITIES IN THE U.S.A.


Charming small cities and towns can be found across the United States. But which ones are widely considered to be the best? We have put together a highly-opinionated list of what we believe to be the top 100 small cities & towns in the United States. It is not an easy task to pick 100 top small cities & towns out of a pool of thousands, so this web-page will forever be a work-in-progress as we travel & visit more small cities & towns across the country.

This top 100 small cities & towns list is sorted alphabetically by state (and not by rating or quality). We have also intentionally excluded all cities with a population over 100,000 (i.e. Ann Arbor, Michigan; West Palm Beach, Florida; Boulder, Colorado; Savannah, Georgia; Chattanooga, Tennessee). Remember, though, this is just our opinionated & subjective list. There are hundreds of other fascinating small cities & towns in the United States.

With all this being said, you probably won't want to miss these wonderful small towns & cities:

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STATE SMALL TOWN / CITY WHAT MAKES THIS SMALL TOWN / CITY SO GREAT? POPULATION
Alabama GULF SHORES beaches; golfing 10,963
Alabama ORANGE BEACH beaches; boat tours 5,788
Alaska HOMER mountain scenery; art galleries; boutique shops; boat tours 5,415
Alaska SKAGWAY mountain scenery; gold-rush history; tourist railroad 1,012
Alaska GIRDWOOD mountain scenery; skiing/snowboarding; hiking trails 1,975
Alaska KETCHIKAN art galleries; boutique shops; sea-kayaking; totem poles 8,214
Alaska TALKEETNA mountain scenery; scenic flights; snowmobiling; access to Denali National Park 876
Arizona FLAGSTAFF mountain scenery; skiing/snowboarding; hiking trails; access to Grand Canyon National Park 68,785
Arizona SEDONA red rock desert scenery; New Age centers; vortexes; 4WD-ing; spas; sandstone rock formations 10,281
Arizona WILLIAMS Route 66 history & attractions; access to Grand Canyon National Park 3,094
Arkansas EUREKA SPRINGS historic buildings; tree-house & log cabin resorts; theatre 2,086
California AVALON island culture/lifestyle; Mediterranean-style architecture; beaches; boutique shops; boat tours 3,802
California CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA beaches; art galleries; boutique shops; access to Big Sur Highway 3,876
California LAGUNA BEACH beaches; art galleries; SCUBA diving; snorkeling; boutique shops 23,341
California MALIBU beaches; surfing; hangout of the rich & famous 12,958
California NAPA wineries/vineyards 80,011
California PALM SPRINGS desert scenery; boutique shops; golfing; spas; hiking trails; access to Joshua Tree National Park 46,854
California SANTA BARBARA beaches; Spanish Revival architecture 91,196
California SANTA CRUZ beaches; youthful/hippy spirit  63,364
California SOLVANG Bavarian-themed attractions, stores & restaurants 5,506
California SONOMA wineries/vineyards 11,017
Colorado ASPEN mountain scenery; skiing/snowboarding; art galleries; boutique shops; hiking trails 6,805
Colorado BRECKENRIDGE mountain scenery; historic/Victorian buildings; art galleries; boutique shops; skiing/snowboarding 4,749
Colorado DURANGO mountain scenery; skiing/snowboarding; hiking trails; rafting; mountain biking; scenic railroad 17,834
Colorado ESTES PARK mountain scenery; hiking trails; boutique shops; access to Rocky Mountain National Park 6,165
Colorado STEAMBOAT SPRINGS mountain scenery; skiing/snowboarding; hot springs; hiking trails 12,260
Colorado TELLURIDE mountain scenery; skiing/snowboarding; hiking trails 2,369
Connecticut MYSTIC maritime history & museums; boutique shops 4,205
Delaware BETHANY BEACH beaches 1,142
Delaware REHOBOTH BEACH beaches; nightlife 1,424
Florida KEY WEST beaches; nightlife; art galleries; B&Bs; diving; sportfishing; boat cruises; water sports 25,704
Florida DESTIN beaches; water sports; parasailing 13,264
Florida ST. AUGUSTINE historic architecture; horse-drawn carriages; beaches 13,841
Georgia TYBEE ISLAND beaches; water sports 3,082
Hawaii HALEIWA beaches; water sports 3,970
Hawaii HANALEI beaches; water sports 450
Hawaii LAHAINA art galleries; boutique shops; Hawaiian-history museums 11,704
Idaho COEUR D'ALENE mountain scenery; golfing; boat tours 47,912
Idaho KETCHUM mountain scenery; hiking trails; skiing/snowboarding; hot springs 2,720
Illinois GALENA historical red-brick buildings; boutique shops; B&Bs 3,327
Kentucky BARDSTOWN bourbon distilleries 12,998
Kentucky BEREA art galleries; boutique shops 14,374
Maine BAR HARBOR boutique shops; boat tours; access to Acadia National Park 5,308
Maine OGUNQUIT beaches; gay culture; boutique shops 912
Maine PORTLAND historic buildings; innovative restaurants; boutique shops 66,318
Maryland FREDERICK historic buildings; Civil War history 68,400
Maryland OCEAN CITY beaches; beach boardwalk; mini-golfing; seafood restaurants 7,102
Maryland ANNAPOLIS Colonial architecture; cobblestone streets 38,722
Massachusetts EDGARTOWN island culture/lifestyle; white-clapboard colonial homes; boutique shops 4,308
Massachusetts OAK BLUFFS island culture/lifestyle; boutique shops 4,698
Massachusetts PROVINCETOWN beaches; gay culture; whale-watching; boutique shops; art galleries 2,980
Massachusetts STOCKBRIDGE historic architecture; boutique shops 1,950
Michigan MACKINAC ISLAND Victorian architecture; boutique shops; horse-drawn carriages; fudge shops; historic fort 489
Michigan TRAVERSE CITY beaches; water sports; cherries; wineries/vineyards; golfing 14,674
Minnesota ELY canoeing/kayaking; dog-sledding 3,455
Missouri BRANSON theatre/live shows; amusement parks; zip-lining 11,340
Montana BOZEMAN historic buildings; mountain scenery; hip culture; fly-fishing; skiing/snowboarding; hiking trails 41,660
Montana RED LODGE historic buildings; mountain scenery; skiing/snowboarding; hiking trails 2,215
Montana WEST YELLOWSTONE fly-fishing; horseback riding; access to Yellowstone National Park 1,321
Montana WHITEFISH historic buildings; mountain scenery; skiing/snowboarding; access to Glacier National Park 6,864
New Hampshire NORTH CONWAY mountain scenery; hiking trails; skiing/snowboarding; access to White Mountain National Forest 2,349
New Hampshire PORTSMOUTH historic colonial buildings; boutique shops 21,440
New Jersey CAPE MAY Victorian architecture; B&Bs; golfing; whale-watching 3,535
New Jersey OCEAN CITY beaches; beach boardwalk; mini-golfing 11,701
New Jersey WILDWOOD beaches; beach boardwalk; amusement parks; water parks 5,185
New Mexico TAOS art galleries; boutique shops; skiing/snowboarding; Native American culture 5,766
New Mexico SANTA FE adobe architecture; baroque churches; art galleries 69,976
New York LAKE GEORGE amusement parks; water sports; boat tours 3,486
New York LAKE PLACID Olympic history; mountain scenery; skiing/snowboarding; hiking trails 2,521
New York SARATOGA SPRINGS horse-racing events & history; boutique shops; spas 27,436
North Carolina BLOWING ROCK mountain scenery 1,233
North Carolina BOONE mountain scenery; Appalachian music heritage 18,130
North Carolina ASHEVILLE BBQ; breweries; ghost/haunted tours 87,236
Ohio SANDUSKY amusement parks, water parks 25,346
Oregon ASHLAND Victorian architecture; B&Bs; Shakespearean theatre 20,684
Oregon BEND mountain biking; hiking trails; waterfalls; microbreweries; skiing/snowboarding 84,080
Oregon CANNON BEACH beaches; sea stacks; art galleries; boutique shops 1,694
Pennsylvania INTERCOURSE Amish culture; boutique shops; horse-carriage rides 1,274
Rhode Island NEWPORT sailing; mansion tours; beaches; boutique stores 24,089
South Carolina BEAUFORT antebellum mansions; B&Bs 13,130
South Carolina HILTON HEAD ISLAND beaches; golfing; water sports; boat tours 40,039
South Carolina MYRTLE BEACH beaches; golfing; water sports; boat tours; arcades; amusement parks; mini-golfing 29,992
South Dakota DEADWOOD historic buildings; gambling parlors; wild-west history 1,261
South Dakota KEYSTONE access to Black Hills attractions, including Mt. Rushmore & Custer State Park 344
Tennessee GATLINBURG tourist attractions; mini-golf; moonshine distilleries; access to Great Smoky Mtns 4,158
Tennessee PIGEON FORGE tourist attractions; live theater; amusement parks; access to Great Smoky Mtns 6,132
Texas FREDERICKSBURG boutique shops; historical museums 10,886
Texas GALVESTON beaches; boutique shops 49,608
Utah MOAB desert scenery; hiking trails; mountain biking; 4WD-ing; access to two national parks & BLM land 5,140
Utah PARK CITY mountain scenery; skiing/snowboarding; hiking trails, mountain biking 7,558
Utah SPRINGDALE desert scenery; boutique shops; access to Zion National Park 548
Vermont BURLINGTON hip/eclectic college-town atmosphere; skiing/snowboarding; breweries; bike paths 42,284
Vermont STOWE mountain scenery; hiking trails; skiing/snowboarding 4,411
Vermont WOODSTOCK Federal- and Georgian-style homes; boutique shops 2,996
Virginia CHINCOTEAGUE beaches, wild horses, boat tours, seafood 2,913
Washington LEAVENWORTH Bavarian-themed attractions, stores & restaurants; access to Alpine Wilderness 1,965
Washington PORT TOWNSEND Victorian architecture; art galleries; boutique stores; access to Olympic National Park 9,113
Wisconsin WISCONSIN DELLS water parks; amusement parks; boat tours 2,712
Wyoming CODY western themed attractions & museums; rodeos; access to Yellowstone National Park 9,740
Wyoming JACKSON skiing/snowshoeing; whitewater rafting; boutique shops; access to Grand Teton National Park 10,449


Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

downtown Park City, Utah
downtown Park City, Utah

Town Square in Jackson, Wyoming
Town Square in Jackson, Wyoming

beach boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
beach boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware




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