The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015

From sea to shining sea, our top picks for the most amazing American small towns to see this year.

By Bess Lovejoy

smithsonian.com
April 16, 2015

When it comes to places to take a vacation, it’s easy to think of America’s big cities: Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Miami.  (SEE BELOW ARTICLE AND CLICK ON A PICTURE TO VIEW LARGE PHOTOS)

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The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015

From sea to shining sea, our top picks for the most amazing American small towns to see this year.

By Bess Lovejoy

Best Small Town USA

smithsonian.com
April 16, 2015

When it comes to places to take a vacation, it’s easy to think of America’s big cities: Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Miami.

But America is filled with wonders that are less heralded but no less magnificent, from the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest to the moss-draped bayous of the South.

Along the way, there are sparkling caves, thundering waterfalls, quirky festivals, historic buildings, inspiring art and world-class food

all packed into towns with a smaller population than many college campuses.

For the fourth annual version of our list, we once again worked with the geographical information company ESRI to sort the nation’s small towns

(those with a population under 20,000) according to their number of cultural attractions, historical sites, nature opportunities and food-and-drink destinations,

then researched to find the places commemorating important anniversaries, openings, renovations, recoveries and other milestones in 2015.

Think of this list not as a ranking but as a menu, with something for every taste—whether it’s country bluegrass, Florida’s white beaches or Alaska’s blue mountains.

  1. Boonville, Missouri

Settled by sons of Daniel Boone, who established their salt business nearby, Boonville is home to hundreds of historic locations—from 2,000-year-old

Native American burial grounds to the 1860s Rivercene Mansion, built by a wealthy riverboat captain and now a graceful bed and breakfast.

There are also sites associated with the Sante Fe Trail, the Civil War and Jesse James, not to mention the Katy Trail

the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad converted into the nation’s largest rails-to-trails project, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

2015 also sees the 40th anniversary of the Missouri River Festival of the Arts, held August 27-29 at Thespian Hall, the oldest theatre still in use west of the Allegheny Mountains and

a former Civil War hospital. One of the nation’s most extensive collections of antique Mitchell cars and wagons

also just opened up at the Mitchell Antique Motorcar Museum, while a little further out of town, you can meet the Budweiser Clydesdales at their 300-acre breeding facility, Warm Springs Ranch.