Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of big-city living? Head to a small town, where the folks are friendly and the world is just a little quieter. Here are the best charming small towns in America that should be in your bucket list.
Each of these places will sweep you off your feet and make you fall in love with traveling all over again.
So, without further ado, here are the best charming small towns in America. Boy voyage!
1 LEAVENWORTH, WASHINGTON
Want a taste of Bavaria without leaving the U.S.? The small Washington town of Leavenworth is modeled after a Bavarian village, and boasts a small population of 1,992 people.The town is nestled on the southeast side of the North Cascades, which provides breathtaking views that add to the Bavarian vibe.While you're there, stop by the Nutcracker Musuem, which has more than 5,000 nutcrackers on display.The town also hosts an unforgettable Oktoberfest celebration each year. Leavenworth is one of the best charming small towns in America!
2 BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA
Known for its historic sites, art culture and dining scene, Beaufort's southern charm will win over any traveler.Take a walk past moss-draped oak trees, or take a trip back in time on a horse and carriage ride. The eastern area of town features Civil War era homes with stunning water views. Architecture isn't the only thing this Lowcountry town has to offer.With kayaking, boat tours, sport fishing, horseback riding and bike tours available, this is a town that will satisfy even the most adventurous of travelers.
3 MOORESVILLE, ALABAMA
Looking for a really small town? Head to Mooresville, Alabama, home to just 60 residents.This tiny town has just six streets and spans 0.1 miles. What Mooresville lacks in size it makes up for in history. The town is home to the oldest operating post office in the state and the Church of Christ, where President James A.Garfield would preach during the Civil War. The entire town of Mooresville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
4 TELLURIDE, COLORADO
Known as one of the best skiing spots in the country, Telluride has more than 2,000 acres of ski land.But even if you're not a fan of the winter sport, you'll appreciate this small town's stunning scenery. Take a drive into Town Park and drink in the San Juan Mountains towering above the street. While you're there, take a trip to Bridal Veil Falls, the longest natural waterfall in the state.
5 MUNDS PARK, ARIZONA
Munds Park is an outdoor lover's paradise, offering stunning views and an extensive trail system.The Munds Park Trail System is an off-roading hotspot, but its trails are also great for biking and hiking. Check out Lake O'Dell if you like fishing, kayaking or bird watching. The lake is home to bald eagles and ospreys. Mormon Lake, the largest natural lake in the state, is just a short drive away. If you're visiting in the winter, you can ski at one of the only ski hills in Arizona -
6 PAIA, HAWAII
Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Hawaii is a haven for tourists.But the small town of Paia in Maui offers an escape from the tourist crowds and a true taste of local culture. This surf town has a bohemian feel, with vibrant storefronts, coffee shops, delicious restaurants and curious street art.
7 CANNON BEACH, OREGON
Cannon Beach has one of the most beautiful shorelines on the West Coast. It offers stunning scenery and a small-town vibe.The city is surrounded by state parks, which offer miles of hiking trails. Hike through the rainforest in Ecola State Park and catch a glimpse of the famous Haystack Rock. When you're through with that, head downtown to enjoy the quaint boutiques and galleries.