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The 50 Most Beautiful Towns to Visit in Each US State

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Updated: 25 May 2018
Whether you’re living in the States or just travelling through, here are 50 beautiful small towns – one in each state – which you really shouldn’t miss.



Absolutely charming, Fairhope is labelled ‘the jewel of the Eastern Shore’ for a reason…

Fairhope, AL, USA

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It may not be the easiest town to get to (only accessible by air or sea), but it sure is worth the effort!

Sitka, AK, USA

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Full of historic landmarks and home to The Phippen Museum, Prescott is perfect for any culture lover.

Prescott, AZ, USA

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Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs has been named one of AmericanStyle magazine’s Top 25 Small Cities for art four years in a row. If you love music festivals, the town is a must-visit, as it hosts events such as the annual Opera in the Ozarks.

Eureka Springs, AR, USA

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Easily explored by foot and home to the Carmel Bach Festival, Carmel is the ideal place to visit for a relaxing, cultured getaway.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA

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Crested Butte

From hiking to skiing and mountain biking to climbing, Crested Butte is the ultimate playground for the adventurous.

Crested Butte, CO, USA

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This town is home to one of the country’s largest maritime museums, has a street full of Colonial period houses and is even famous for its Mystic Pizza restaurant!

Mystic, CT, USA

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Rehoboth Beach

With plenty of shops, restaurants and hotels right by the beach, this is the perfect town for a relaxing seaside escape.

Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA

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Crystal River

The ultimate destination for kayaking, snorkelling, and even swimming with manatees! A great destination for water sports, as temperatures are high all year round.

Crystal River, FL, USA

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Canton’s location was once the heart of the Cherokee Nation. Explore the surrounding Heritage Trails and make the most of the beautiful nature and outdoors.

Canton, GA, USA
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Haleiwa, Oahu

This town is known as the surfing capital of the world. The crystal clear water and local shops offer the ideal setting for any kind of traveller.

Haleiwa, HI, USA


Idaho Falls

This town is surrounded by beautiful forestland, but the most spectacular sight is the gushing waterfalls located on Snake River, which cuts through the area.

Idaho Falls, ID, USA

Idaho Falls, Idaho
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For those who prefer to sit back, relax, and enjoy stunning French colonial and Greek revival architecture, Galena is the town for you.

Galena, IL, USA

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A must-see for any food and art lover. Craft studios, galleries and farm-to-table dining establishments are dotted all around this town, known as the ‘Art Colony of the Midwest’.

Nashville, IN, USA

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Enjoy water sports, the Higgins Museum, shopping, and dining at this popular summertime destination!

Okoboji, IA, USA

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Dodge City

This town, once known as ‘The Wickedest Town in the American West’ is an absolute must-see for any history lover.

Dodge City, KS, USA

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There is no shortage of Southern hospitality in Murray, which has actually been voted the ‘Friendliest Small Town in America’ by Rand McNally and USA Today.

Murray, KY, USA

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This is one of the most popular destinations in Louisiana – maybe this has something to do with the famous Natchitoches meat pie?

Natchitoches, LA, USA



See the most amazing views of the harbour from Dock Square and Cape Porpoise!

Kennebunkport, ME, USA

Kennebunkport, Maine
Kennebunkport, Maine | © pml2008/Flickr



You can’t miss the town that was voted America’s ‘Coolest Small Town’ by Budget Travel in 2014. It was used as a set location for the 1999 film Runaway Bride, and is just as quaint in real life.

Berlin, MD, USA



The idyllic summer destination. Take a stroll along the rows of historic whaling captains’ houses, or just relax on the beautiful beaches.

Edgartown, MA, USA

Edgartown Harbor Light
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Mackinac Island

Horse riding, kayaking, and biking are a few of the outdoor activities on offer at Mackinac Island. It is also well known for its delicious food, candy and fudge shops, perfect for a well balanced vacation!

Mackinac Island, MI, USA

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Grand Marais

It’s close to the Sawtooth Mountains, Lake Superior, Gunflint Trail, and even has festivals all year round.

Grand Marais, MN, USA

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Ocean Springs

Wildlife, history, culture, galleries, and quaint cafes – there’s something for everyone in Ocean Springs.

Ocean Springs, MS, USA



Take a break from the big city and get a dose of fresh air. Florissant has 20 city parks, adding up to almost 400 acres of parkland.

Florissant, MO, USA

Florissant, Missouri
Florissant, Missouri | © Brock Roseberry/Flickr



A must-visit location, especially for those who love to ski, due to its location near the Glacier National Park.

Whitefish, MT, USA

Whitefish, Montana
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Full of local history, culture, and beautiful scenery, Aurora is often ranked as one of the best places to live in Nebraska.

Aurora, NE, USA

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During your visit here, make sure to stop by the Genoa Bar – the oldest Saloon in Nevada.

Genoa, NV, USA

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New Hampshire


During your visit, go back in time at the Horatio Colony House Museum and Nature Preserve – here you’ll find furniture and interior decor dating back to 1806.

Keene, NH, USA

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New Jersey


Nicknamed the ‘Antiques Capital of New Jersey’, this town showcases beautiful Victorian houses, quaint antique stores, and hosts plenty of craft festivals and food fairs.

Lambertville, NJ, USA
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New Mexico


Artists such as Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe have visited this beautiful town to admire its spectacular scenery.

Taos, NM, USA

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New York

Saratoga Springs

Visit the town ranked one of the top 10 places to live in the New York State, known for its horse races and picturesque views.

Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
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North Carolina

New Bern

Aside from its rich cultural background as the second town to be founded by European immigrants, New Bern is also the birth place of Pepsi Cola…

New Bern, NC, USA

New Bern, North Carolina
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North Dakota


It may be mostly known for it’s fishing, but Garrison is also home to amazing museums and events, such as the Dickens Village Festival, which transforms the town into a Victorian parade, complete with horse-drawn carriages.

Garrison, ND, USA


Yellow Springs

Charming, arty and colourful, Yellow Springs is a paradise for creatives and free thinkers.

Yellow Springs, OH, USA

Yellow Springs, Ohio | © J Todd. Poling/Flickr
Yellow Springs, Ohio | © J Todd. Poling/Flickr


Medicine Park

Visitors to Medicine Park quickly fall for the charms of the cobblestone streets, which are considered a phenomenon in the town.

Medicine Park, OK, USA

Medicine Park | © Larry Smith/Flickr
Medicine Park | © Larry Smith/Flickr
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Hood River

Indulge in Hood River’s award-winning craft breweries, restaurants, and insanely photographic views!

Hood River, OR, USA

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New Hope

A great location for antique shops, beautiful stores, wildflower preserves, and sightseeing tours.

New Hope, PA, USA
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Rhode Island

Block Island

A travel destination bound to please the whole family, Block Island offers hiking, fishing, biking, sailing, swimming, and relaxing on its beautiful beaches.

Block Island, RI, USA

South Carolina


Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the area is forested and hilly – perfect for enjoying the beautiful landscapes.

Greenville, SC, USA

Liberty Bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy River, Greenville, South Carolina | © Angela M. Miller/Flickr
Liberty Bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy River, Greenville, South Carolina | © Angela M. Miller/Flickr
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South Dakota


As the area’s oldest town, Custer is full of activities for adventure seekers and history buffs alike. Due to its surrounding landscape, you can even find free-roaming buffalo and other wildlife at the Custer State Park.

Custer, SD, USA



This campus town bustles with restaurants, galleries and festivals, amid the beautiful natural environment of the Great Valley of East Tennessee.

Knoxville, TN, USA

Knoxville | © Ed Ogle/Flickr
Knoxville | © Ed Ogle/Flickr
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Port Isabel

Take part in a variety of water sports including kayaking, parasailing and boating tours. You might even catch a glimpse of dolphins if you’re lucky.

Port Isabel, TX, USA

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The famous red rocks you’ll find here are a haven for adventure-seekers and scenery enthusiasts.

Springdale, UT, USA

Zion National Park, Springdale | © Steven dosRemedios/Flickr
Zion National Park, Springdale | ©Steven dosRemedios/Flickr
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The perfect place for a relaxing vacation. Enjoy the peaceful landscape, explore the historical scenery, swim in the quarry, and partake in the Dorset Theatre Festival.

Dorset, VT, USA
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The beautiful streets lined with homes dating back to 1779 make Abingdon the ideal spot for a weekend getaway.

Abingdon, VA, USA

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This is a must-visit destination for any wine lover! Known as ‘the birthplace of the Washington wine industry’, you’ll be spoiled with lush vineyards to sample wine, and delicious food to go with it.

Prosser, WA, USA

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West Virginia


History buffs cannot miss out on visiting what is likely the oldest town in the entire state, founded all the way back in 1762.

Shepherdstown, WV, USA

Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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Fish Creek

Find some peace and quiet in a town that has less than one thousand inhabitants…

Fish Creek, Wisconsin, USA

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Be sure to stop by the dude ranches, where they host year-round events including the Pioneer Days Rodeo, the world’s oldest paid rodeo, and the Wyoming State Winter Fair. Immerse yourself in the culture of the West!

Lander, WY, USA