Coolest Small Towns 2013 Nominations!

Coolest Small Towns 2013 nominations have closed — we had 96,605 votes and 2,415 comments in support of 924 towns, our biggest turnout ever! Is your town on the list? Check out the nominations and comments below, and come back in January to see our finalists and vote for the winner.

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What makes a Coolest Small Town?

The town must have a population under 10,000. It also needs that indescribable something: independent shops, a sense of energy, an epic backyard, culture, delicious coffee. In other words, cool doesn't necessarily mean quaint: We want towns with an edge and a heart.

How we'll determine the winners

Once everyone's weighed in with their nominations, our work will begin: We'll be reviewing all the nominations, along with any other gems we discover on our own, to narrow the list to 15 finalists -- we'll use your votes as a guide, but also look for diversity in geography, attractions, architecture, and more. We'll post those in January and ask you to vote on the winner. Stay tuned! 

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  • Abbeville, LA
    The southern hospitality can't be found anywhere else! You are in the "most Cajun place on Earth", full of history, seafood restaurants , and the most friendliest people you ever want to meet! Come to someplace special on the bayou, Abbeville , Louisiana. You may never want to leave! - Anne Guilbeaux
  • Aberdeen, NC
    Close to golf. Still rural. Great Fire Department! - A. Styers
  • Abilene, KS
    Nestled in the heart of the Plains, Abilene is the coolest little town I know. Home of Dwight D Eisenhower and the Smokey Valley Railroad. The little town has a cool attitude and tons of young people have decided to call this place home. There are lots of fun and eclectic businesses like: ; ; ; ; ; ; and - Regan Schultz
  • Abingdon, VA
    Barter Theatre, VA Creeper Trail, the Martha Washington Inn, great locally sourced foodie restaurants, and much more. - Lyle
  • Addison, NY
    It has very unique scenery n Places to go - Rachelee Seelye
  • Albemarle, NC
    Everyone cares and helps each other. It is the great town to raise a family! - J Butler
  • Albert Lea, MN
    It is nestled in between 2 lakes and is just very inviting and beautiful! It is quaint and the people are friendly. We are easily accessible at the intersection of I-90 and I-35! Come visit! - Sue Callahan
  • Albion, ID
    The old Albion Normal School Campus is located here, and is gearing up now for the Haunted Mansions of Albion for Halloween. - John B. Davis
  • Albuquerque, NM
    The weather, the hiking and biking trails, and the views - Kathy
  • Aledo, IL
    The population is under 5000 but yet this town is the warmest most welcoming place I have ever resided in. Strong community support, wonderful schools and there is a small Walmart here. Surrounded by rich farm ground and only a few miles from the Mississippi River make this an ideal location! - Rhonda
  • Alexandria Bay, NY
    Amazing tourist town with incredible history. Hometown of the magnificent Boldt Castle, which has been featured on CNN, Yahoo, etc. Town is found on the beautiful St. Lawrence River with ideal location and surroundings. Love my hometown. - Jarrett Sweet
  • Algoma, WI
    Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, it embodies what small town America is. - Sue Weber
  • Altamonte Springs, FL
    Great entertainment venues at the Cranes Roost Park - All are free. Very environmentally savy and promotes responsble practices. Too many eating establishments to count let alone name them all. Have lived here since 1976 and will probably never leace except for vacations. - Laid Austin
  • Alturas, CA
    Awesome theater and arts scenes, and a charming downtown! - Alex Griffin
  • Amagansett, NY
    It's just a great small town with small local owned shops, great beach, neat restaurants, historic architecture, a library, art galleries, antiques shop, farm stands, two museums, farm land and has a very diverse population with a "life is good" attitude. - Richard Barons
  • Amboy, WA
    Unique logging town in southwest Washington that time forgot. Terrific memories made here. - Terry Erle
  • Americus, IN
    We are close to Purdue, our town lays right on the famous Wabash River, and we are close to one of the best Midwest, amusement parks, Indiana Beach. - Terri Cline
  • Amory, MS
    Amory has a variety of special things right on main street. Have a relaxing time at the Amory Opry House. Make your way down the street with a variety of shops from formal to casual clothing and much more. Finally stop in for a burger and fries with a coca cola in the bottle at Bill's Hamburgers. Go down a little farther and grab a shake from Dairy Kream. That's right "Kream". It's the best! Not only are those great, but the people are too. Take a scenic drive through the quiet neighborhoods and see the nice old houses. You won't find a cleaner town than Amory in values and looks. - Anita Jenkins
  • Andover, ME
    Appalachian Trail makes four road crossings within a few miles of town. Andover is a four season recreation town...We have a lot to offer people if all ages and abilities: fishing, maple syrup making, hiking, camping, 4-wheeling, skiing, snow machining, horse back riding, foliage, waterfalls, covered bridge...Who could ask for a town any cooler than Andover!! AND it's a TRUE small town: less than 900 residents! - Wendy Hutchins
  • Anna, IL
    Great History, Great Food, Great People, Great Shopping, Unique Lodging, Hub of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail - Andrea Dahmer
  • Anna Maria Island, FL
    Small town charm, no high rise condos or hotels. Lots of mom and pop restaurants and motels - Mandi
  • Annapolis, MD
    Located on the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis has it all, culture, sports, history, shopping, and proximity to DC and Baltimore. And Annapolians are the best, warm, friendly, welcoming! Where else can you go for the Annual Spring Sock burning? - Kathleen
  • Apalachicola, FL
    Sand, Sun and Fun - Daniel Itzkovitz
  • Arbor Vitae, WI

    It is the land of lakes and so beautiful

    - Diane Kane
  • Asbury Park, NJ
    Great Walking and Shoppng in a quaint setting in all 4 seasons of the year. Small merchants and one of a kind items make this town sparkle. Between walks on the Beach and Boardwalk in the Summer to Autumn Leaf viewing to the Beautiful Picturesque Postcard shots of a Seafaring Christmas including Carolers singing in the streets. The town is all decorated and every tree has little white twinkling lights on them with Christmas Music filling the air - Kory Carroll
  • Asheville, NC
    Funky, diverse - Kim Messer
  • Ashland, NE
    Ashland, Nebraska is a small town of abotu 2,600 people,located off of Interstate 80, halfway between Lincoln and Omaha. We have the Strategic Air and Space Museum (SAC), Mahoney State Park - which has camping, ice skating, melodramas, an indoor playplace and a water park - and a Wildlife Safari park. In addition we are right next to the Platte River where there is airboating, fishing, and floating. Linoma beach is within minutes of us, with a landlocked light house that is on the National Registry. In town we have many small businesses to include a Dairy Cone, open only in summer, Cheri O's that is open for breakfast, coffee,and lunch daily, and serves ice cream all day. We have Parker's Smokehouse, a locally owned bbq that is delicious and draws people form Omaha and Lincoln and surrounding areas. We have two local vineyards/wineries, Glacial Till and Winery 426. In the summer bikers often pass through on hwy 6 doing poker runs. - Christine Caswell
  • Ashland, OR
    We have everything here! World renowned theater, fabulous wine-growing regions all around us, hiking and river rafting in the summer and skiing in the winter. A temperate climate. All this plus a wonderful community-oriented small-town atmosphere. We are located at the southern end of the beautiful Rogue Valley, surrounded by beautiful mountains. - Pamela Garrett
  • Ashland, WI
    Ashland on the south shore of Lake Superior has some of the oldest recorded history in the USA. Much of this history is recorded in the many murals painted on our historic buildings and in public places such as our McDonald's. You can learn about our Native American,shipping,industrial,war hero and local town folk history without ever leaving your car. - Barbara Johnson
  • Aspen, CO

    It is a very nice ski village, with four different mountains. Fun for hiking in the summer, and skiing in the winter. It has great food, and a very nice atmosphere to have fun.

    - Noah Meyers
  • Atchison, FL
    It has wonderful people, beautiful old homes and is a lovely river town - kathy bird
  • Atchison, KS
    It is the birthplace of Amelia Earhart. They have a festival and fireworks display every year honoring her. Atchison was featured on a HBO special as one of the most haunted towns in the state. I was born and reared in Atchison. It has a hometown feel and the people are exceptionally friendly. I no longer live there, but go home quite often. We appreciate your consideration... - Donna Sayles-Corbin
  • Athens, AL

    Areal mix of old/new, city/country. An abundance of beautiful foliage and mountains just to the East.Lakes throughout the area. Just over an hour from Nashville TN & Birmingham" less than three hours from Atlanta & the gulf coasts. Also, one of the fastest growing regiona in the US.

    - Gary Graves
  • Athens, GA
    Great music scene, UGA school, lots of art (ATHICA, Georgia Museum of Art), the Georgia Botanical Gardens, great restaurants (Five & Ten, The Farm, Last Resort, Harry's Barbeque), and beautiful, charming downtown area. - Lauren Cunningham
  • Athens, NY
    Greatest area craft brewer and dynamite restaurants and outdoor events - Andrea Tollkuehn
  • Athens, OH
    Athens, Ohio, is home to Ohio University, giving it the best small-town/college-town mix. The town is located in the hills of Southeastern Ohio with the beautiful scenery of the Hocking River around it. Because of its rural appalachian location, Athens is a hot spot for parks and recreation. There are several city parks and an extensive scenic trail system for hikers and bikers. The area also has a great scene for anyone interested in the arts. There are a great number of museums as well as large festivals and events. The bars in the town always have live entertainment of great local bands and artists. Athens was named one of the fifteen most haunted cities in America in the "Scariest Places on Earth" from Fox Family Channel. The area houses many old, historic buildings, cemeteries, and the area now known as The Ridges, which was once the Athens Lunatic Asylum. - Brittany Murray
  • Auburn, AL
    It's orange and blue; it's "hey, y'all! So good to see you!" it's lemonade so sweetly sour it makes you pucker; it's a world-class art museum; it's a dip in the creek at a park on a hot summer day; it's the peaceful sunset of a small-town Sunday evening; and in the face of adversity, it is people coming together to rebuild a rivals community in "Toomers for Tuscaloosa." The famous Toomer's oaks may be dying, but the spirit Auburn will never say die. - Nancy
  • Austin, NV
    It has a castle built in 1897! - Toni Parks
  • Avalon, NJ
    Avalon, NJ is a small seaside barrier island off the coast of New Jersey. It has the perfect balance of hip, quaint, stylish and friendly. Our shops feature the latest fashion trends off the runway from New York City and our restaurants boast an authentic and modern flair that makes eating both delicious and adventurous. Yet at the same time, Avalon is a small-town "Where everybody knows your name." The residents and business owners have a camaraderie that you can only find in a small-town setting. Avalon is rich in history, beautiful in nature and perfect for a family vacation "down the shore". - Patrice Davis
  • Avoca, NY
    It's the coolest because it is a beautiful small Town surrounded by hills and river and creeks. - Nancy Riegel
  • Bainbridge Island, WA
    *Surrounded by salt water and 2 magnificent mountain ranges. *A 30-minute ferry ride from the city of Seattle. *The whole island(4 miles by 12 miles)is inside the city limits. *Good food, good parks, good schools, distinct neighborhoods, diverse businesses,interesting history, civic pride. *Educated, well-traveled citizens. *Some parts feel urban and some feel rural. - Steve Nielsen
  • Baldwin, MI
    It's surround by the prettest spring feed lakes and manstee national forest. - Jeri Mitchell
  • Baldwinsville, NY
    Developed on the Seneca River we have exquisite scenery and the second busiest lock (Lock 24) on the Erie Canal. Boaters love to dock in Baldwinsville and enjoy Papermill Island and the concerts/events that take place with the Seneca as its God given backdrop. - Sharon Reiser
  • Baltimore, MD
    it is peacefull there - Amy
  • Bandon By The Sea, OR
    Bandon is a quiet little village with a beautiful coastline that is the most unique town on the Oregon coast. It has a magical mystical 'pull' that just draws you to it. You can fish, crab, camp or just relax and enjoy the sun in summer or storms in winter. No place like it! - Jean Miller
  • Bangor, PA
    It has a slate industry heritage, one of the first little league championship teams in history, a monolith park, a former cork and bottle factories, and made Ripley's for the only town in the US with all slate roofs, and was one of the first small towns in the US with it's own railroad stop, and is a rock throw from Delaware Water Gap. - Marcia Turtzo McMullin
  • Barboursville, WV
    Barboursville Has Went From Nothing There From The 70's & Before To A Thriving Little Community With Major Growth In Just About Everything. Here Is Barboursville's Website That Explains & Shows More Than I Can Explain. - Jerry Pinson
  • Bar Harbor, ME
    Acadia National Park. Nice people. Atlantic ocean. Cadillac Mountain. Lobster. Geddy's pub. The Thirsty Whale. Glen Mary swimming hole. What more do you need? - Jacqueline Kawate
  • Barnesville, OH
    Pumpkin Festival - Tim Groves
  • Bartlesville, OK
    When you're driving across the Oklahoma prairie, a small cluster of skyscrapers suddenly pops up on the horizon. Home to the Phillips Petroleum Company, Bartlesville is a mecca of art, music and culture. We host the OK Mozart music festival every summer, which draws Grammy winners like Esperanza Spalding and various other composers and performers. Our civic ballet is one of the best in the state. We also are proud of our town's rich history, as downtown is growing and thriving every year with new restaurants, small businesses and family-oriented activities. Bartlesville is the coolest!!! - Dorothy Colaw
  • Bastrop, TX
    Historic downtown full of quaint shops and businesses such as Lock Drugs with a working antique soda fountain! The downtown area is bordered on one side by the Colorado river and an old iron bridge. There is a river walk and a beautiful brewhouse with tiers of decks and a biergarten on the riverbank so you can sit and enjoy music and watch kayakers & tubers. - Martha
  • Bath, ME
    It is just adorable! The antiquing is outstanding, the people are friendly, and the food is fantastic! - Mrs. Bath Maine
  • Bath, NY
    In the heart of the finger lakes region with a rich history dating back to 1796 when the town was birthed. - Jake Denson
  • Bath, WV
    The cleanest freshest water this side of the mississippi. - Robert Yarrington
  • Bayfield, CO
    Small town on the Pine River with such a close knit feeling that it has been nicknamed Bayberry RFD. 2300 of the coolest residents you will find - DebbiAnn
  • Bayfield, WI

    Bayfield is an eco-municipality on Lake Superior, the great Gitchigumee, with Travel Green Wisconsin awards. It's the kayaking and sailing heaven of Wisconsin among the 22 Apostle Islands of the National Lakeshore.

    - Karen Ruedi Crowell
  • Bay Saint Louis, MS
    Bay St. Louis rose lke a Phoenix from the ashes of Hurricane Katrina. A town that was devasted just 6 years ago has risen to proudly show its' beautiful Arts Ditrict, Glorious White Sand Beaches, Superb Little Theatre and an array of gambling venues within its' city limits. The weather is tremendous! Beautiful sunrise and sunsets. Try it, you might like it and may never want to leave. Beautiful!!! - alvin R. Smith
  • Bay St Louis, MS
    Cause it survived Katrina and is strong - Leslie Perry
  • Bay St. Louis, MS

    Obliterated twice by hurricanes in the last half-century (Camille in '69, Katrina in '05), Bay St. Louis is the little seaside town that keeps coming back. Its walkable Old Town district is again populated with unique shops and local restaurants, with the return of classics like Trapani's po-boy joint and the rise of new favorites like the Mockingbird Cafe, which serves up live music along with its signature Mockingburgers. And despite the destruction it wrought in the community, Katrina also inspired an entirely new local festival: Bridgefest, a yearly celebration commemorating the opening of a vital new bridge--replacing the one toppled by the storm--connecting Bay St. Louis with the rest of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Thousands join the summer celebration every year to mark the occasion with local music, cuisine, and even locally-bred beer from Lazy Magnolia, the state's first microbrewery.

    - Ryan M
  • Beach Haven, NJ
    It's a little beach town with gorgeous, fine white sand beaches located on Long Beach Island off the coast of NJ. There are still a lot of old bungalows that have been kept up. There's plenty to do on the island as well, after a day of sun & sea! When I young, my family lived in NJ & this is where we used to spend our family vacations. I have so many wonderful & fun memories from all my time spent there & many a story has been passed on to my nephews. Just this summer my family rented a home there for a week - it had been 38 yrs since we last did this. My brother's family flew out from CA & my nephews were amazed at the fact the Atlantic was so much warmer then the Pacific & took full advantage of that fact. My brother & I got to relive our childhood & got to share it with his kids. The whole family had a blast! I was so happy to finally get the opportunity to build memories with the boys at Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ!! - Kathi McCarthy
  • Beaufort, SC
    It has a fabulous quaint historical section. Great for taking a walking tour or you can take a horse-drawn carriage tour. It's right by the water. The city is also close to Hunting Island State park, which is a great place to visit as well! - Margie
  • Beaumont, MS
    Because it The Land Mass. - Ollie Thompson
  • Bedford, IN
    Bedford is a small town of about 13000 We are 25 miles south of Indiana University. Our small community is proud of our 2 astronauts Bowersox and Walker. - Barbara lee
  • Bedord, VA
    Lots of history, great food, cool shops and incredible scenery - Laura
  • Belfast, MA
    Location, scenery, - MarciaChamberlain
  • Belfast, ME

    People do stuff. People care about the town. Top notch artists, dedicated farmers, talented chefs. Good schools.

    - Jim yas
  • Belgrade, ME
    Belgrade is located just a few miles northwest of Maine's capital city, Augusta. Our current population is estimated to be about 4,000 year-round citizens, and that number nearly doubles when non-residents arrive to spend the summer months at their cottages. Belgrade covers about sixty square miles, with a large part of this area composed of lakes, streams and wetlands. Its five lakes and their inlet/outlet streams offer several species of fish for those who enjoy fishing, plenty of water surface for boaters, and excellent opportunities for those people interested in bird watching. With our forest acreage expanding, as former farmland reverts to tree growth, deer, moose and birds have become more plentiful for people to enjoy. There is a new 18-hole golf course, just south of Belgrade Lakes Village, with entrance from the West Road. - J Joler
  • Bellevue, IA
    It is a quaint little rivertown on the banks of the Mississippi. The Main street is lined with neat little antique type shops and is well maintained and cared for. - Pat
  • Bellport, NY
    Its the Best in the USA . - William DeRuyter
  • Beloit, WI
    It's. bouncing back. Great farmers market. Won main street makeover. Local shops and restaurants. Diversity at its best. All the schools get a facelift with 70 million dollar referendum. Great time great place! - Barbara Buffington
  • Bend, OR
    Outdoors is the BEST!! - Jane Hitch
  • Bentonville, AR
    Not only are we the home of Walmart, we have one of the finest art museums on the planet, Crystal Bridges. One of the most pristine Civil War battlefields is very close by, Pea Ridge National Military Park. Beaver Lake and the surrounding area offers the outdoorsy people an awesome variety of activities. The University of Arkansas is in our back yard and we have the Arkansas Naturals, double A baseball team in the Kansas City Royals organization. Northwest Arkansas offers something for everyone. - Mark Slaughter
  • Berea, KY
    We are considered the Arts and Craft Capital. Our College is one that you must visit, students earn their way thru college by working for the college. We are big enough to have an industrial park but small enough that we still have the home town fill. The kids still think they can't wait to get out of here but grow up to say glad I can raise my kids here. - Stephanie
  • Berkeley Springs, WV

    Historic mineral springs in the heart of town; George Washington's favorite getaway. His bathtub monument in the park. 18th century spa town now 21st century healing center w/ three times as many massage therapists as lawyers. Working art town w/galleries, 27 years of free summer concerts in the park, 40,000sf Ice House art center, vintage mom and pop movie house celebrating 85 years. Year 'round festivals including world's largest water tasting competition & Festival of Light psychic fair that draws nearly 1000 attendees. Population:about 700; county about 17,000. Authentic 19th castle overlooking the town. Quirky business community including the oldest (and among the largest) full-line homeopathic remedy manufactory in the US. Museum celebrates cultural & natural history including an 800 lb oriskany sandstone crystal. Panoramic view rated among best in east. Active local food movement including WV's only James Beard listed chef.

    - Jeanne Mozier
  • Bethel, ME
    Bethel's motto is Maine's most beautiful mountain village. It not only has an incredible 220 yr history and a designated National Historic District- we are a four season recreational destination. We are located within 15 miles of the White Mountain National Forest and Grafton Notch State Park. We hold te Guiness Book World Record for building the World's Tallest Snowwoman at 122' 11" in 2008! We are also the home of the soon to be opening Maine Mineral and Gem Museum in July 2013- where most of the most significant Maine gems that have ever been extracted from our State will be housed and displayed! This is a very cool town! - Robin Zinchuk
  • Bethlehem, PA
    Because of the history and cool things to do around town, I mean Emeril even opened up shop here! - Jason Lonigro
  • Bettendorf, IA
    it;s a cool town and nice places to shop and people are friendly - Doug Fresh
  • Bewrwick, ME
    Wonmderful Place to live or visit; I grew up here Live Hawaii now but always love my home Miss the snow at Christma, Maine Lobsters, Fried Clams - Mary Lorenzo
  • Big Bear Lake, CA
    Big Bear Lake has a year-round population of roughly 6,000, is close to LA (good or bad, only 150 miles as a crow flies), and receives four seasons of weather but 300+ days of sunshine. Aside from the namesake lake, the town is hemmed in by parallel ridges that host numerous trails for mountain biking and hiking, including the Pacific Crest Trail. There is an active outdoor community and the kids coming from this town are strong and athletic - Olympian Ryan Hall, teenage mountaineer phenom Jordan Romero and soon to be known professional cyclist Casey Williams. For the non-adventurous, there is shopping, culture ( a robust theatre group), and nature sight-seeing - the town sits at 7,000 feet with nearby mountains reaching 11,500. - Cathleen
  • Bigfork, MT
    Bigfork lies at the north end of Flathead Lake (the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi) and is surrounded by breath-taking mountain vistas. Our small village, home to many well-known artists, grows each summer with visitors from around the country. Exceptional art galleries, top-notch restaurants and the Bigfork Performing Arts Center are just a few of the reasons for a visit. Outdoor activities range from boating, hiking, biking, fishing the lake to fly-fishing and kayaking on our rivers. Many people make Bigfork their base for a visit to nearby Glacier Park. A close-knit community, Bigfork warmley welcomes back its visitors each year. - Sandra Sanford
  • Biloxi, MS
    Best small town charm with big city casino fun! and they keep getting hit by storms and they keep coming back! - amanda williams
  • Birmingham, MI
    A Great downtown, in the middle of the Detroit metro area. - Dan Bingham
  • Bishop, CA
    Outdoor paradise and Mule Capital of the World! Between Yosemite and Death Valley in one the deepest valleys in the country, Bishop provides great access to skiing, hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, trail running, off-roading, etc. People live here because they love the area. - Nick Sprague
  • Black Mountain, NC
    its the Front Porch of Western North Carolina. Very Artsy - Malena
  • Bloomingdale, NY
    The people are the nicest, and the most helpful! The teachers at Bloomingdale school go above and beyond making our children succeed. We have small community picnics and concerts! - Melissa
  • Bloomington, IN
    It has great museums, sports, recreation and even an opera. - Ray Fenio
  • Blowing Rock, NC
    Blowing Rock is a charming town in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. It has a family atmosphere with small town parades and other events and has a variety of things to do that would appeal to all ages...from art galleries to hiking and fishing to playing in the big, beautiful park on Main Street. It is a beautiful town! - Jeanne Erwin
  • Blue Hill, ME
    Blue Hill is one of the best places to go to see the fall foliage. You can climb Blue Hill Mountain for the view. The town has really great local shops and a farmers market, not to mention The Blue Hill Fair. - K Mainville
  • Bluffton, SC
    Its on the river, wonderful river activities, lots of crabs, shrimp and oyster to eat, seafood and arts festivals, great farmers mkt, very historic, quaint restaurants, wonderful ancient oaks and Spanish moss, fabulous weather. - Kate
  • Boca Grande, FL
    The Beaches, the lighthouses, Main street shopping and the Gasparilla Inn. - Steve
  • Boerne, TX
    Boerne is a vibrant city, blessed with thoughtful, interested and engaged residents. Through active community participation and a common sense of purpose, we can shape our future together by creating a dynamic, active, walkable, livable downtown area which is attractive to residents, businesses and visitors. No matter the size of a city or the number of responses, it generally boils down to this: Community is a sense of place and belonging. A spot to see friends. A space to walk your dog to a favorite corner coffee shop. A communal area that meets daily living needs. A place to live, work and play. In this fast-growing region, there is a need to identify and actively cultivate the sense of community that brought so many to this Hill Country gateway. After many years of planning Boerne has achieved “Quality of Place” in Boerne’s central downtown. The Hill Country Mile initiative has done just that. The Hill Country Mile (HCM) is the catalyst to unify our community and partner with businesses, groups and organizations. The HCM will plays a significant role in Preserving the rich historic and cultural identity of downtown Boerne Promoting the quality of life through a safer, cleaner, more walkable place to live, work and play Fostering economic growth and business diversity In addition to the enhanced quality of life for residents and visitors, the Benefits to downtown property owners and businesses are tangible Higher levels of pedestrian traffic Public and private improvements creating a memorable destination experience A safer and cleaner community, positively impacting the downtown experience Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country, and only minutes from San Antonio, Boerne offers small town charm in a picturesque setting. Shopping in Boerne takes you on a journey through quaint historic buildings filled with unique treasures. Along the way you’ll find scrumptious delights at an eclectic collection of restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, and bakeries. Artistic activity is plentiful in Boerne. Outstanding art galleries and exhibits are around every corner, and art shows, gallery openings, and art events speckle the calendar throughout the year. Outdoor enthusiasts explore caves, rivers, lakes, and trails. Boerne is where friendly people and beautiful places warm your heart and enliven your spirit! - Jeff Haberstroh
  • Bolivar, MO
    It has a rich history, amazing community activities, picture perfect scenery, and classic Southern Hospitality. - Anita Tippets
  • Boone, NC
    College town. Great hiking. biking, rafting, etc. In the Western NC mtns - Cleve McCoury
  • Boonville, CA
    Uniques and independent shops, good restaurants, locals very involved in their community, a great wine region. Vineyards, meadows, and forests,unique cultural events. - Cynthia McMath
  • Boothbay Harbor, ME
    Beautiful quaint village along a rolling coast line. The harbor is clean, gorgeous and home to wildlife by the thousands. You can enjoy boat rides out to the open ocean or along the coast. Their are top notch hotels, motels inns and B&Bs and restaurants that range from formal to dockside wharfs. I try to go every couple of years to this beautiful place that makes me feel right at home. The shopping is outstandingas well and there is not a dangerous or shady neighborhood anywhere. - Ellen Shaw Maceko
  • Boulder, CO
    cause. it just is. admit it: -Fittest Town -Happiest Town -Smartest Town -Foodiest Town - RobH
  • Boulder Creek, CA
    A historic small town nestled amongst tall redwoods, ferns, creeks and a river. Gateway to Big Basin state park, California's oldest state park and home to ancient coast redwoods. Numerous movies have been filmed here. Located within a half hours drive to the beaches in Santa Cruz, and to Silicon Valley in the opposite direction. - Joanne Muszynski
  • Boulder Junction, WI
    This idealic little town is surrounded by lakes and is filled with great little shops and restaurants. All the lakes are beautiful and are peaceful with bountiful nature to see for all. This is definitely the place to be in the summer! Step back in time to a friendly small town where everyone is welcome! - Becky Gibson
  • Bowling Green, KY
    Bowling Green is small enough to not feel engulfed in the midst of the COLD BIG CITY, howver, it is large enough to not feel smothered . . . It is beautiful, the cost of living is decent ...AND . . . If you must have a big city . . . Nashville is an hour south and Louisville is two hours north! LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!! - Leslie Hicks
  • Boyertown, PA

    Boyertown is a "special kind of place"! With it's unique Victorian Architecture, community events, and adorable shops it is the place to bring your family, walk the brick ribbon sidewalks and congregate all year. Our Oktoberfest event was off the hook this year, doubling in attendance and proceeds from last year. Come to Boyertown, you will be amazed at the community spirit making it a "special kind of place". With it's unique Victorian Architecture and gracious people, it is the place to live, work and play!

    - Adrianne Blank
  • Boyne City, MI
    Water, Scenery, On second prettiest lake in the US (US Today), Mainsteet USA town - Carl Romanik
  • Bozeman, MT
    We are a town of great history and progess. Sits amid 6 mountain ranges with a heavenly vista. Bustling college life, friendly, laid back and just plain beautiful. Great area for every type of outdoor sport. Come visit Bozeman, Montana for one of lifes refreshing moments. - J Ridenour
  • Breckenridge, CO
    I like to say we are "America's Great Ski Town" But, being a year round resident we actually are so much more then only a ski town. Breckenridge is a moment caught in history - our Main Street is thriving, a wonderful village of charming warm and friendly locals. Our mountains offer 4 seasons of activities for the whole family and there is more then you can possibly see or do in one trip. Breckenridge is loved for being a real town, beings freindly and being a place where you can be yourself. - margaret martinez
  • Bristol, RI
    We are the oldest Fourth of July Celebration, but also we have 3 sides of the Narragansett Bay which makes the weather temperate for the North East. We have an eclectic downtown with shops and restaurants, and water sport rentals. Roger Williams University is a beautiful campus with ocean and bridge views from dorms and classes! - Victoria LaRochelle
  • Brookhaven, MS
    It has a little bit of everything of the South culture,old antebellum homes music different foods what is there not to love here. - Ricky Byers
  • Brunswick, ME
    Perfect mix of old and new! and great new england weather - Bob Loblaw
  • Buckhannon, WV

    Buckhannon has the best of both worlds - within 3 blocks, the historic district features 12 specialty shops, 16 local restaurants, parks, Civil War sites, and 6 places to stay. And within 15 minutes, you can be at the WV Wildlife Center to see bears & mountain lions, go fishing for trout and muskie, or enjoy the great outdoors.

    - Laura Meadows
  • Bucks lake, CA
    A little piece of heaven in paradise - John
  • Buda, TX
    Buda is a rapidly growing community with a smal town "Y'All spoken here attitude." We have lots to offer tourists as well as those who want a gret small town to raise a family. In Buda we like to say , "Breath Easy Here!" From small businesses to large corporations we have a variety busineses to meet your needs. Come visit us and see for yourself. You will be glad you did! - Athena Tyner
  • Buena Vista, CO
    Nestled in the beautiful Arkansas River Valley at almost 8,ooo' elevation, between the Collegiate Peaks and the Mosquitos mountain ranges, Buena Vista more than lives up to its Spanish name. The river is one of the hottest white water rafting venues in America, and five over-14,000' peaks draw hikers, climbers, explorers (seeking semi-precious gems)and cyclists. Main Street boasts storefronts from the Victorian era where one finds excellent restaurants and a bistro, a fine bakery, a distillery, a historic tavern, a first-class art gallery, a kayak/sporting goods operation and a locally-owned coffee house offering freshly-baked pastries along with its superb hand-roasted coffees. Art/music/sports/food festivals abound, and BV is home to the superb Walden Chamber Music Society which brings in world-class musicians each season. With friendly residents, fine schools and churches, Buena Vista adds up to far more than a "good view." - Johnetta Proctor
  • Buffalo Gap, TX
    With a population of 460ish it has more to do than most cities...fine dining (, low-key dining (Lola's), antique and art shops...a HUGE once a month flea market and annual wine and cheese festival. A historic village that hosts almost weekly lectures on a wide variety of topics. It is home to a rehab center that is frequented by the rich and famous - who are left alone by the locals... An eclectic group of housing - from mansions to run-down mobile homes...But everyone there is friendly and offers much Texas hospitality... - Mary Ward
  • Buffalo, WY
    Historical wild west town at the foot of the beautiful Big Horn Mountains. Real cowboys live here! - Judy Keith
  • Burgaw, NC
    Many of the residents have never been out of state and when you say the word "BBQ" in Burgaw, NC, everyone knows that you are getting ready to cook a pig on an open pit. The local drug store, Dees Drugs, still has the best ice cream in town. Burgaw has also been the backdrop for movies and many of the residents don't recognize the name of the stars that are in it. Whether you are a local, famous movie star, or a visitor, you are sure to receive a smile and come back soon from the residents of a little town whose name means "Mud Hole." - Regina Machine
  • Burlington, VT
    Right on gorgeous Lake Champlain, loaded with great restaurants, the arts, colleges, medical center, sports, Church Street Marketplace outdoor cafes,coffee houses, bikepath, boathouse,jazzfest, flynn theater, flynnspace blackbox theater, dragonboats, dive shop, Echo science center, University museum,plus it's near Ben and Jerry's, Shelburne Farms Shelburne museum and Magic Hat Brewery...for starters...! - Barbara Volz
  • Burnet, TX

    Steeped in history and awash with breathtaking natural attractions and scenic vistas, this little Texas town is the destination for visitors from across the country. Burnet was named as the OFFICIAL BLUEBONNET CAPITAL OF TEXAS by the Texas Legislature because of the magnificent display of the State flower that grows wild in almost every nook and cranny each spring. A giant 12’ bluebonnet sculpture welcomes visitors to the annual Bluebonnet Festival which attracts as many as 30,000 visitors each year. But, it’s the people of Burnet who make it special. This community of 6,000 raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to support a number of worthy causes including a scholarship for every single high school senior who chooses to further their education, and funding for a traveling health center to provide low cost or free health care to children across the county. Come experience the coolest town in Texas. Experience Burnet.

    - Crista Bromley
  • Burton, OH
    Small Quaint businesses that are sold worldwide, Century Village, Every weekend a festival, Amish Country, Maple Country, Apple Festival, Ghosts of Burton, Bed and breakfasts, Great Restaurants and food, Near to Cleveland. - Patricia Kellogg
  • Cable, IL
    Because people sell pop from machines on their porch. Because we have rockets & ufos in one backyard. Because we have llamas, goats, chickens, cows, pigs, donkeys, horses, dogs & cats. Because I am the 4th Generation of my family to live here, and because life on the patio in the summertime in Cable is wonderful ! - Bob Moline
  • Calico Rock, AR
    I lived in this little town for 8 years and loved it!It's claim to fame is,it's the only town in the U.S.where a living community has surounded and preserved a ghost town.The bluffs overlooking the river are where the town got it's name.It's laid back,beautiful,and friendly.A one of a kind town that I think of often and miss.Float trips on the White river,swimming on Piney Creek and hikng in the woods.The town is bars.So everyone there has figured out different ways to entertain themselves.Check it won't be sorry! - Kathy
  • Califon, NJ
    It is a small, beautiful hamlet in the Hunterdon Hills with the beautiful South Branch of the Raritan River running through it. Quaint shops, biking/hiking trails, fishing. What is not to love. - Nadine Fotta
  • Calistoga, CA
    Mud baths in the famous wine country (Napa Valley) and cute little boutiques! It can't get much better then that! - Lindsey Taylor
  • Cambria, CA
    Wineries, boutique shops, incredible restaurants, micro breweries, wonderful small hotels, Moonstone beach, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, biking, kayaking, fishing, surfing. Who could ask for more!?!?!?! - Shawn S. Hjelmeland
  • Cambridge, MD
    Awesome downtown Wonderful Victorian architecture Terrific, unspoiled countryside Water everywhere - Barbara Bose
  • Camden, ME

    Where else can you alpine ski overlooking the ocean, enjoy one of the few 5 star libraries in the country, tour a historic downtown while scanning QR codes with your mobile device to learn about that spot's history, and shop at dozens of unique, locally owned businesses after dining at some of the finest restaurants in the country? Camden, Maine...where the mountains meet the sea!

    - Brian S. Hodges
  • Camden, SC
    Horse racing, boating, great shopping, friendly people - Vonda Cox
  • Canal Winchester, OH
    Close in proximity but very far in feel from the crowded streets and hectic pace of the nearby state capital of Columbus, Canal Winchester, OH (pop.7,101) is an oasis of trendy businesses, historic scenery, and crowd-pleasing events making it one of the coolest small towns in the nation. Looking like a "Hollywood" version of the quintessential American town, "C.W." makes the perfect setting for seasonal events such as the annual Art Stroll, Farmers' Market, local athletics, Blues & RibFest, Labor Day Festival, & Christmas in the Village celebrations to name a few. Canal Winchester has always respected its heritage ...but not too seriously. We have learned that "cutting edge" and legacy can not only co-exist but create an irresistible blended charm that neither can generate by themselves. Please don't accept our admittedly biased word on this - see our video at! - Bruce Jarvis
  • Canandaigua, NY
    Canandaigua Lake, Finger Lakes college Cmac, Culinary center(Wegmans-Sands) Inn on the Lake,Pier, Kershaw park, Sonnenburg Gardens, lots of antique markets downtown, shops of art gallerys, Wegmans organic farm on W.Lake rd where they live, Finger LakesRacetrack-casino Bristol Mts ski resort, and friendly loving people<3 - Debe Koch
  • Canisteo, NY
    Famous sign made out of trees on the hill - Kate
  • Cannon Beach, OR
    Beautiful beach town with great food, shopping and art. Only 90 minutes from Portland, but feels worlds away. - Bob Bissen
  • Canton, MS
    We are the City of Lights - Rosrucus Ross
  • Canton, OH
    Our town has the best of the best winery Gervasi which in just the most beautiful place.Rices Nursery who have won national and ohio awards.Eagles nest cafe who will make you the best cup of coffee you could ask for.Friendly people , good and smiling faces - Denise McDannold
  • Cape Canaveral, FL
    Cape Canaveral is close to Airports Orlando, Cruise Ships, Wild life, Beaches and so many great things to be enjoyed here. Fishing and mantee watching is a must along with surfing, Port Canaveral, Jetty Park and so much more Try it and you will love it. - Connie
  • Capitola, CA
    On the Esplanade, you can eat, drink, listen and do karaoke on the shore of Monterey Bay. It's in Capitola Village, where there're marvelous little shops with mostly pedestrian traffic and a beach motel that looks like it's on the Riviera in the '20s, all in the shadow of an old-fashioned railroad trestle. Most businesses throughout town are local and the people are genuinely nice (we brake for cross-walkers and wave in other cars in traffic), liberal and Earth-minded (there're bike paths everywhere and for many that's their primary transportation; for some others it's a skateboard). We're four miles from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, we're near lots of live music venues, and, of course, some of the best beaches and best surfing in the world. - Dave Moseley
  • Carbondale, CO

    Regardless of itinerary or length of stay, Carbondale is home to spectacular arts, great dinning and eclectic shopping as well as fun community events and consistently rewarding entertainment. We just received the Governor's Art Award. Continuing to draw recognition as a culinary hotspot, Carbondale offers cuisine from ethnic and multicultural to sustainable and award winning. Downtown Carbondale offers a variety of storefronts to keep shoppers busy all day. Meander a block or two outside downtown to find antiques and local, handmade items, including felt work, quilts, and handmade lotions and soaps, and of course, as an official adventure town, Carbondale has all the bike and ski shops, snowboard and sk8 gear, and the required retail spots dedicated to the trail runner and the angler, as any good Base Camp to adventure should. The picturesque town of Carbondale is located 170 miles west of Denver, 12 miles from Glenwood Springs, and 30 miles from Aspen in the heart of Colorado's central Rocky Mountains. There is plenty to do here in the spring and summer months, and the Carbondale area offers a variety of comfortable lodging options, great casual and exquisite fine dining, creative arts and spectacular entertainment, and intriguing historical areas.

    - Maura Masters
  • Carlisle, PA
    It's a big little town. Great college (Dickenson), 2nd oldest U.S. Army installation (Carlisle Barracks), the car shows, the music events, easy drive to DC, Baltimore, New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, the friendly people, a grewat slice of Americana. - Michael Kolar
  • Carlsbad, CA
    Quaint, best surf town anywhere!!! - Ryan Benson
  • Carlsbad, NM
    Where else in New Mexico do you have a georgous river right in the middle of town. Home of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. Truly the most friendly people in our small community. Home of Christmas on the Pecos- voted as a top 100 must see event by the American Bus Associaion 10 years in a row... - Lisa Boeke
  • Carlton, OR
    Carlton Is the coolest small town because we have a strong community and a wide variety of some of the beat wine in the world made in the area. - Natasha Webster
  • Carlyle, IL
    Carlyle is home to the LARGEST man-made lake in the STATE OF ILLINIOS. - Maria Peterson
  • Carmel-by-the-sea, CA
    With a population of only 3,787, the tourists always outnumber the locals. With the beautiful beach, quant shops, world class hotels and restaurants and great shopping, you can't beat it.The nearby towns of Big Sur, Pebble Beach and Monterey, make a visit to the Monterey Peninsula a unforgettable experience. - e goren
  • Carmel, IN
    Hip, fun, sophisticated, swagger and a newborn on the outskirts of Indy. - Howard Fox
  • Carpinteria, CA
    It's a small beach town, hasn't changed much in generations. Love it. - Barbara
  • Carrabelle, FL
    Carrabelle is like the "Old Florida" and you feel like you stepped back in time. Shrimp boats line the Riverfront, fresh seafood,the friendliest people, pure Southern Hospitality and it is the perfect getaway. Visit for info, video and photos. - Sheila Hauser
  • Carriere, MS
    Great country town and living =-) - Jennifer
  • Casper, WY
    We have a ski resort within 20 miles, fishing, hunting, hiking and the best lakes. - Peg Thew
  • Cave City, KY
    Cave City is the gateway to Mammoth Cave National Park - the longest cave system in the world. And we don't just have Mammoth Cave! You can also visit Onyx Cave and see where the outlaw Jesse James hid out in Outlaw Cave. Visit over 150 life size dinosaurs in an outdoor museum and take home authentic fossils from a fossil dig at Dinosaur World. You can ride the longest twin zipline and glide down a mountain at Kentucky Action Park. You can take a horse back trail ride thru the national park at Jesse James Riding Stables. You can see a wild west town including a gunfight at Guntown Mountain. The downtown antique district holds many treasures. In addition to this fun stuff, you can hold a meeting in a top class convention center and enjoy some local cusine. All in a town of about 3,000! - Nicole Randall
  • Cave Creek, AZ
    It’s not often you can find a town like Cave Creek, Arizona that has preserved its wild west character so well after more than 100 years especially when its located so close to rapidly growing cities like Scottsdale and Phoenix. Cave Creek may be located in the desert, but it is probably the most beautiful desert there is. The town continues to grow and yet we keep the small town feel. We have many hang outs including many unique shops including the Lazy Lizard and many others, some of which are located in Frontier Town. Then there's C4 (Cave Creek Coffee Company), and restaurants to visit including Harold's, Big Earl's (which was featured in a movie) The Hideaway, The Buffalo Chip Saloon and The Horney Toad Restaurant. Our buildngs are beautiful, "westerny" and mostly blend in to our landscape. We celebrate Fiesta Days and Wild West Days every year. Cave Creek has a heart and so does it's residents. - Marnie Robbins
  • Cedar Bluff, AL
    People are friendly and they want to help those that do not have a job with a food bank. It is a clean beautiful town on Lake Weiss - Becky Estell
  • Cedarburg, WI
    Historic buidlings, small shops that you walk down the street to see, good food places and great coffee shops. Small and friendly. Nice place to sit and relax. - Sherry
  • Cedar City, UT
    We have the best of everything....sunny days summer and winter....fresh,clean,mountain air....Festival City USA...cultural events weekly and more...the Utah Shakespearean Festival(which features musicals and other dramatic shows) won the Tony award in 2001 for best regional theatre...a wonderful university...skiing, hiking,National Parks to the north,south,east and west...Interfaith Council...a Messiah production that has been done totally by locals for over 60 years,our own orchestra....low crime rate..we wat h out for our neighbors....Never gets real hot or real cold. Purfect! - Judy Higbee
  • Cedar Keys, FL
    Just an old fishing village that has lots of old artifacts. It was the center of the civil war. It has so much history in it, needs to be checked into. - Myles Smith
  • Ceede, CO
    Great sceneray and amazing people - todd barnes
  • Celebration, FL
    Very charming, great downtown area restaurants and shops, fountains, well manicured lawns and classy area - Kevin
  • Century Hall, MS
    - Home of Built of Barnwood - Teresa Sliwinski
  • Charles Town, WV
    It's a town rich in history and charm! - Charity Beth Long
  • Charlevoix, MI
    The most beautiful view of not only Lake charlevoix, but Lake Michigan as well! - Elaine Pascoe
  • Chatham, MA
    It is a small, quaint fishing town. Old, gorgeous steeple churches, a downtown you'll fall in love with. The nicest people you'll ever meet. Great shops and restaurants downtown, including a great place for pastries and lunch sandwiches, called "Chatham Cookware". Great, beautiful beaches, nice sand, pituresque town. - Linda Bohman
  • Chelan, WA
    Chelan is the coolest because: 1. The city of 4,000 residents sits at the tip of Lake Chelan, a beautiful 50-mile long lake that's used for all kinds of watersports including ski boats, hydroplanes, sail boats, paddle boards, fishing, swimming, etc. 2. 22 fabulous wineries, many award winners, and vineyards are within minutes of Chelan and the area is a recognized AVA. 3. Chelan's downtown core includes a variety of unique shops and restaurants, the state's oldest continuously running movie theatre (the Ruby) and a still-in-use log church that is over 100 years old. Flower baskets hang throughout town in the summer and fabulous ice sculptures take shape in January during Winterfest. 4. Thousands of visitors flock to Chelan to enjoy 300 days of sunshine. The majority come during the summer, but we are also known for cross country skiing & snowmobiling. Hotels, condos, rental homes and B&Bs provide home away from home for guests. - Cindy Salazar
  • Chelsea, AL
    Chelsea is small town charm...the people are amazing, the schools incredible, and the football fierce! - Donna Bowles
  • Chesapeake City, MD
    Chesapeake City is really a small friendly town divided by the narrow busy canal and joined by a rainbow-shaped bridge that allows ships of great size to pass under its arch. The south side of town is where visitors will find the nationally registered historic district, the Canal Museum, boutique-style shops,B & Bs, and the majority of restaurants and taverns. The north side offers a newly re-opened historic waterfront restaurant and transient marina. The town ferry transports north and south side walkers in season. Summer weekends bring live music concerts in the band-shell, and picnics in the park. Old-fashioned ice cream delights can be enjoyed on canal-side picnic tables. After the sun goes down, night life picks up with choices of fine or casual dining and two lively waterfront Tiki bars, where both locals and out-of-towners gather. Pleasure boats and mega-yachts fill the town’s marinas and the yummy Maryland Blue Crab is plentiful - carla Miners
  • Chester, NJ
    Chester nj is cool because it is one of the few towns iin New Jersey with both old and new down town feel. The town is filled with small shops owned by individuals dedicated to making the shopping district special by providing events through out the year open to both the locals and visitors alike. From a huge Halloween parade open to all children to a muscle car show to raise money for charity the town buzzing through out the year. The fall is a special time for the town which is surrounded by family farms which offer hay rides, corn mazes , apple and pumpkin picking. every October the business association sponsors an October harvest festival featuring pumpkin painting, a scarecrow contest and a pet costume parade. During the holiday season free horse and carriage rides carry visitors through the town. Many of the local businesses are pet friendly and it is not unusual to see a dogs of all shapes and sizes strolling through town. - Susan Nagel- rees
  • Chestertown, MD
    You get your newspaper at the shoe store and your veggies at a gas station. Chestertown has the tenth oldest college in the U.S., Washington College, and has many beautiful examples of Colonial, Federal, and Victorian architecture right on the Chester River. We have great coffee shops and eateries and celebrate First Fridays every month. I love Chestertown! - Catherine
  • Chincoteague, VA
    This town has a famous history, that of the pony Misty. The famous Pony Penning brings thousands to the island every year. There are fabulous little eateries, like Woody's BBQ and Mr Whippy's ice cream. This town has so much character that can't be described in words. - Wendi Luffman
  • City of Oconomowoc, WI
    Oconomowoc is a great place to live and raise a family. The community is strategically located between Milwaukee and Madison, and is surrounded by many lakes and natrual amenities. The community has great access to health care, educational opportunities, and activities. There are always things to do, whether it is live music at many of the downtown establishments, free concerts and movies in the parks, events & parades downtown, walks around the lake, summer & winter farmers markets, or take in a show at the Oconomowoc Arts Center or attend community theatre at Theater on Main. The Downtown was recently reconstructed and continues to live up to its goal of becoming the "Heart of Lake Country". At the downtown gateway, you are greeted by a sculpture that sybolizes the 5 O's in the City's name, and at night it is illuminated in colors to represent the critical community elements: Lakes, Heritage,People, Vibrancy & Creativity. New businessand revitalization continues to occur and there are plans to construct a new community center on the shores of Lac La Belle for all residents to enjoy. I highly recommend Oconomowoc, where Life Comes Naturally Here! - Bob Duffy
  • Claremont, CA
    5 College Town- great campuses to wander around plus wonderful downtown with vibrant stores and farmer's market! All this and easy commute to LA on Metrolink if you want to combine small town experience with large city. - Claire Bruges
  • Claremont, NC
    It's the little town that could! Progressive Spurhern town with a memory for its history. - Kathy goodson
  • Clarinda, IA
    Pretty,well kept town. It is built around a square with the co. Court house in the middle. It is centrally located between 3 cities of Omaha, NE., DES Moines, IA., and Kansas City, MO all just 2 hrs from us! It is the birth place of the Big Band Musician Glen Miller and we have a week long celebration the 2nd week each year in June where people from all over the world comes to listen to big band music of that era... - Deb williams
  • Clarkdale, AZ
    It is one-hundred years old this year and the 1st master planned community in Arizona and a treasure on the Verde River. With a wonderful old gazebo in our downtown park. - Robyn Prud'homme-Bauer
  • Clarkesville, GA
    With over 10 downtown restaurants, a new music venue and a nightlife like no other small town, the city of Clarkesville IS the coolest city! With more Facebook fans than residents, this City has seen a tremendous surge in its arts and music scene, making it the hotspot of Northeast Georgia! - Mary BethHorton
  • Clayton, CA
    It's the ultimate small town USA .. Love living here!! - Becky
  • Clear Lake, IA
    Clear Lake, Iowa is the home of the historic Surf Ballroom, the site of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson's last performance. The Surf hosts big name bands on a regular basis and celebrates "The Day the Music Died" every February. In addition to The Surf, Clear Lake is built around a 3,600 acre lake, bringing in tourists from all over the country. Weekly summer activities in City Park, regular festivals throughout the year, boutique shopping at its finest, and unique restaurants makes Clear Lake, Iowa clearly one of the best small towns in America. - Stacy Doughan
  • Cleveland, MS
    A great mix of music and art, small town charm combined with higher education opportunities. - Robin Boyles
  • Cleveland, TN
    Historical District,Minutes from Ocoee White water rafting and Mts,3 Colleges. - R.Ostrowski
  • Clifton, AZ
    From Long Horn Sheep on the ground to Golden Eagles in the Sky, Clifton Arizona offers rivers, valleys, mountains and trails. Come for a visit, spend a lifetime. - Akos Kovach
  • Clifton Forge, VA
    Coolest Small Towns in America 2012 nominations for Budget Travel magazine had 78,524 votes with 2,108 comments in support of 646 towns, their biggest turnout ever! Clifton Forge came in #9th with 1,163 votes with 80 comments; following are some of those comments: In a three year period, our town has come from a sleepy, nearly dying, old railroad community, to a rejuvenated small town in attitude, appearance and innovative community projects....we are once again very much alive. Clifton Forge, VA is Small Town America at its best. Tucked away in the Alleghany Highlands, people who come here to visit soon find themselves wanting to move here permanently. It is a charming walk everywhere town where you can meet and greet your friends and neighbors on every corner. Business owners KNOW you! Think about that! I LOVE Clifton Forge. This is an amazing little town tucked in the beautiful mountains of western Virginia. The downtown buildings are being filled by a variety of new businesses which host great food and crafts. It is really on resurgence...and very exciting to see. The town is bordered by many wonderful outdoor venues. Douthat State Park and a variety of rivers for great fishing and kayaking just to name a few. Clifton Forge is a beautiful little town in the Alleghany is full of life and culture and has a remarkable appreciation for the arts. The people here truly care about their town and community and are making constant strides to enjoy and elevate, from a weekly farmers market to a thriving art school to a state-of-the-art theatre restoration project. It's the coolest! We are so glad we chose to retire to the Alleghany Highlands. The people here have been so welcoming and generous, we are home. We love the Jackson River and the mountains. We are enamored of the town of Clifton Forge and can't get over sheer number of architectural gems to be found here. Come see for yourself. Visit the Arts and Crafts Center, the Historic Masonic Theater and the C&O Historical Society Archives and Railroad Museum in downtown Clifton Forge. Nearby is Virginia’s oldest standing covered bridge and stunning Falling Springs waterfall, described by Thomas Jefferson as a "remarkable cascade . . . falling over a rock about 200 feet to the valley below." Clifton Forge--A place to call home, even if you move away; a place to call home, even if you were born elsewhere; a sit-on-your porch, wave-at-your neighbor kind of town (and everyone is your neighbor); a walk-down-Main Street and see-someone-who-will-make-you-smile kind of town; a get-involved, festival-filled, parade-pledge of allegiance, celebrate-life-kind of town. Clifton Forge--A place to call home, even if you move away; a place to call home, even if you were born elsewhere; a sit-on-your porch, wave-at-your neighbor kind of town (and everyone is your neighbor); a walk-down-Main Street and see-someone-who-will-make-you-smile kind of town; a get-involved, festival-filled, parade-pledge of allegiance, celebrate-life-kind of town. At the Clifton Forge School of the Arts you can take classes in knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, weaving, hand spinning, playing the recorder, piano, guitar, jazz dance, stained glass, blacksmithing, storytelling, creative writing, photography, beading, appliqué, macramé, paper mache, mosaics, yard and garden art and drumming. Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. a non-profit organization working to improve the historic downtown of Clifton Forge for economic and cultural reasons. In 1992 a group of local volunteers created an entity that, with the support of the town, could work toward preservation and enhancement of the downtown area. The Clifton Forge of the future is once again "scenic, busy, friendly!" Come visit! Clifton Forge is aiming for a Trifecta: Lewisburg, WVA (has already won); Clifton Forge, VA (hopes to win) & Lexington, VA. (has already won) THREE Budget Travel Cool Small Town Winners nestled on a 60 mile stretch of the Historic Midland Trail in the Alleghany Highlands. Plus TWO National Resorts nearby: The Greenbrier & The Homestead and Douthat State Park, VA, voted one of America's top ten state parks. A tourist’s delight - Biff Downey
  • Clifton Park, NY
    Low taxes, variety of entertainment possibilities and close to major cities. - Ben
  • Clifton Springs, NY
    Clifton Springs has become a town rich with history and trying to remain current while maintaining the small town atmosphere. One of the prominent mainstays in the town is the old hospital which was turned into senior citizen housing. Downtown storefronts are charming and the downtown houses many small businesses as well as a fine dining eatery. The town's culture is continued through many events such as the yearly Sulpher Springs Festival. The train station has been restored to be the town library and an adjacent park has been well maintained and renamed in the honor of a noted citizen of town. Small town values that are appealing for people to raise their children in, and appealing to all generations as a desirable place to live. - Cindy Porter
  • Clinton, IA
    It has a huge movement happening from our community members to be nostalgic and have more family friendly events such as the Lumber Jack & Jill events at the Sawmill Museum, The 4th of July family picnic all day events and activities for fireworks, Finally Friday free concerts in the summer on our riverfront, We also have a blow-up movie screen with free monthly movies on our riverfront during the summer. These are just the kid friendly events we have many more. Live, Work, Play, Stay in Clinton, Iowa! - Meggan Judd-Cant
  • Clinton, MS
    We have downtown clinton full of little stores that are the best ever!!! Great little coffee shops, awesome little restaurant and lovely dress shops! Its always buzzing with life! - shelley
  • Clinton, NJ
    Local ties, small family businesses galore, scenic, quaint, and one of the friendliest towns in New Jersey! - Brett Curry
  • Clintonville, OH
    Clintonville is a trendy neighborhood within Columbus,OH with an old time feel of "community". There are wonderful small shops and restaurants independently owned. The homes are 100+ years old and everyone knows their neighbors. The houses sit close together, and people actually sit out on their front porches. The Clintonville community is so popular that most homes sell within 10 days of listing! - Linda
  • Cloudcroft, NM

    Cloudcroft is the "Cool" place to be. Sitting at 9000 feet above stress level Cloudcroft is one of the few tourist towns that can boast, No Stop lights, No fast food and no stress! We are truly a Four Seasons Playground - Temperatures in the Cool 70's during the summer, beautiful fall colors, skiing, inner tubing, cross country skiing and ice skating in the winter!

    - Belinda Bailey
  • Coarsegold, CA
  • Cocoa beach, FL
    safe, quiet, people and bicycle friendly,large beaches with great waves, almost like mayberry, many mom and pop restaurants limited chain establishments making the city family owned. travel through out the town on the trolly, no car needed and if you want to go to disney many rental cars and tours are available. laid back margaritaville style. What vacation is meant to be, relax when you come to cocoa beach leave your worry's behind. Hakunamatata! - maureen straub
  • Cody, WY
    52 miles from Yellowstone National park, a Western museum that rivals any other, and a peaceful setting unlike other small towns, Cody is a gateway for explorers and history buffs alike. - Christopher Montville
  • Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Huge, long lake with tons of activities, but still quiet & peaceful. Tons of vacation rentals on the water: CDA lake or the Spokane River which feeds it right in town. You cannot beat this place. 4 seasons of activities, but it never gets as cold or miserable as Chicago or NY. - Cheryl Kerr
  • Cohocton, NY
    It's surrounded by beautiful lakes and scenery. The small businesses and friendliness of the community make it great. It also hosts the Fall Foliage Festival every year in October. A great small town with a lot of history! - Sierra
    Great old whaling town - maross
  • Cold Spring, NY
    It's right on the Hudson River, with amazing views of the Hudson Highlands. Wonderful restaurants, antique shops, stores with outdoor gear, ice cream has something for everyone. There are lots of great buildings and houses dating back to the 1800's, with some of them on the National Register of Historic Places. - Kim
  • Collegeville, PA
    If I cannot drive my car one day, I will be able to walk to all businesses and restaurants. It's a quaint little college town that is beginning to grow its Main Street. - Karen McCaslin
  • Collingswood, NJ
    Small own atmosphere near a major ciy. - Joe
  • Columbia Falls, MT
    It is the gateway to Glacier National Park - Brad
  • Columbia, MS

    it was the first state Capitol, they have a thriving main street, pioneer makes the parachutes for the military. main street has lots of activities, beach, tailgate, Easter egg hunt, parades, Christmas lights, ecc. they have a old theater, you just need to visit , also Foxworth and morgantown is part of Marion county and red bluff is in Marion county

    - Sherron Davis
  • Columbus, NY
    I love our little farm hamlet of Columbus the first Columbus in the United States of America!...Home of Golden Artist Colors, Unadilla Race Track, Thunder Ridge and Chobani Yogurt along with many small home businesses, artists tucked away in the back roads and the Deer Path Restaurant,Norton Park where we celebrate with a Harvest Festival and Tractor Pull every year. We have beautiful farms, two historical Churches,an old hotel that is being restored, an old historical Town Hall with it's war memorial standing so proudly upon the hill looking down along the roads lined with barrels of beautiful flowers and American flags waving in the wind.No traffic lights and the friendliness that people dream of.Rolling hills and beautiful scenery as far as the eye can see.Yes we do have a piece of heaven right here on earth! - Susie Homann Miele
  • Condon, OR
    Condon is the town where everyone knows your name. It's the small community that comes together when one's in need. It's the place you can run to the local coffee shop (an old diner-style building converted into a gift shop and fountain) and enjoy a handcrafted beverage while you shop, or get it to go and drive out to the wheat fields surrounding the close-in population of 700 for an escape. Just north are the famed fossil beds, where one can actually dig up a unique fossil and a scenic mountain drive.Just south is the Colombia River gorge, a winery and hunting lodge. Condon has recently renovated all of Historic Main Street's building fronts, and the place has a specific charm you can't really know until you walk along it's perfectly paved paths, pop in for a beer at the local watering hole, grab a burger at the Twist & Shake Drive-in, dive in for a swim at the local pool and then treat yourself to a room at Historic Hotel Condon. - Jessica Hill
  • Cooperstown, NY
    No fast foods, only one red light, beautiful grounds, lovely homes and a beauitful lake. It is the home of the Leatherstocking tales. Also the home of the best donuts on earth. - Joan stowell
  • Corning, NY
    Home to Corning glass museum - Michael
  • Corrales, NM
    Irrigation ditch road trails throughout the village are used for jogging, bicycling and riding horses. People own all kinds of animals, horses, donkeys, llamas, cattle, goats, etc. and some stores and restaurants have hitching posts. We have a great Growers Market during the late spring through fall, where you can buy your green chili and have it roasted. Signs at the entrance to the village declare "Coyotes Live Here," and "Drive Slowly, See our Village, Drive Fast, See Our Judge." In the fall, huge, beautiful Sand Hill Cranes hang out in the corn fields after harvest. Rio Grande river runs through the village bosque. - Melissa Hill
  • Cotati, CA
    It's the music capital of Sonoma County. it's a thriving community for musicians. There are outside restaurants and coffee bars. - David Mattea
  • Coupeville on Whidbey Island, WA
    Coupeville is not only a very unique town as it sits in the heart of a National Historical Reserve but rich in history. It is one of the oldest communities in the state, has great shops, restaurants and unique B&B's. Stroll along Puget Sound's oldest Wharf visit the Museum and Blockhouse. Coupeville is famous for its Penn Cove Mussels and each restaurant has its unique way of cooking them, one of our restaurants has 14 different Mussel dishes! We have the greatest coffee house at the end of the Wharf called Local Grown, and don't forget to try the famous orange cinnamon rolls at Knead and Feed or the delicious Pecan Rolls from the Mosquito Fleet! You cannot leave town without a visit to Kapaws our local ice cream shop. Visit during one of our unique Festivals, come and enjoy an old fashioned Parade there's something for everyone. r - Lynda Eccles
  • Covington, GA
    Covington is known as the Hollywwod of the South because of its constant use in movies and television shows. It is picturesque and historic and has houses that rival the famous antebellum mansions in Natchez. The people are very friendly and the restaurants are amazing! Stay in an 1836 antebellum mansion that was the inspiration for Twelve Oaks in Gone With the Wind (The Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast) or grab an ice cream cone and sit in a rocking chair I overlooking the historic square. - Nicole
  • Crandon, WI
    We are the coolest due to all the little events that we have every year such as Art in the Square and Kentuck days. Our town is very proud of its Kentuck ancestry and have many great little shops that has something for everyone. - Katie See
  • Creede, CO
    It is the place to be! When silver mining was no longer an option the town got together and created a visitors paradise in the middle of paradise. What is now an award winning repertory theatre was brought to life years ago by miners who chose to stay and fight for their small town to live and thrive. Unique shops and galleries line the streets along with fantastic eateries such as Far Dog, Kip's Grill, MJ's Cafe and many more. Our area and town is so cool, the Lone Ranger movie with Johnny Depp was partially filmed here! You will have to visit to understand why Creede and Mineral County is the place to be. - Della Brown
  • Creede, DE
    Mountain town with artisy flair and cool theater! - Wendy
  • Crested Butte, CO
    Friendly, hard working residents, variety of shoppes, good schools, outdoor activities all year around (skiing, hiking, mountain biking), mountain vistas, wild flowers, and wild life. Once a supply town for miners, with many historic buildings from the late 19th century. - G. D. Biery
  • Crook, CO
    The BEST people who treat everyone like family! - Lee Neubauer
  • Crouch, ID
    It's the best little town for many reasons,the main one is the community and the way people come together to help each other. - Ann Coy
  • Crystal Springs, MS
    Crystal Springs is surrounded by beautiful woodlands and green growth and lakes and streams that just screams comfort. It also contains the fondest memories I have of family, friends, and fellowship with God. - Micki Freels
  • Culpeper, VA
    Historic town with incredible dining options, including: Foti's It's About Thyme Lucio's Baby Jim's A very cute downtown area full of shops and restaurants with a great wine shop and a Belgian chocolate and cheese store. Not far from Skyline Drive (scenic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains) and Luray Caverns. In the middle of horse country with many horse races during the spring. Less than an hour drive from Charlottesville, VA, and historic sites such as Montpelier and Monticello. - Tiffany Luck
  • Cumberland, NC
    Love the area and how quiet that town is. - Christine
  • Cumberland, WA
    Beautiful little town, nestled into the Cascade Mountains. Slow paced laid back timber/mining town of the past. Has a Fire Station, Tavern, Crocery Store and an Antique Store at the old Gas staion. Railroad tracks still running thru town. Green Evergreen Forest, Deep Lake Park and Camping grounds all nestled in with the wildlife, and down the road we have a beautiful Green River Gorge. Lived there 12 yrs and it was so quiet and friendly. Then a few miles away, you have the picturiscue "Mt. Rainier ". Nothing as beautiful as that ! - Debbie Little
  • Cummaquid, MA
    Small friendly town awesome beaches - DebCote
  • Dadeville, AL
    Old Town with Courthouse square located on beautiful Lake Martin with some of the sweetest people around waiting to say hi y'll - J Carl Kelly
  • Dahlonega, GA
    Site of America's first major gold rush, historic Dahlonega is a picturesque town tucked in the beautiful North Georgia mountains, complete with unique shops, great restaurants, canoeing, kayaking and tubing in the Chestatee and Etowah Rivers, horseback riding,wine-tasting and golf. - Kathleen
  • Damariscotta, ME
    Restaurants, pubs, artists, Round Top Ice Cream, Victorian Stables, Pumpkin Fest, Damsriscotta River, Damariscotta Lake, Pemaquid Lake, Biscay Pond and the Atlantic Ocean close by! Great schools, little crime and clean air! Only an hour to Portland or Augusta or Rockland. We're a little town witb a small city feel. And unlike many meetings coastal towns,we're open all year roind!round - Ann McFarland
  • Dandridge, TN
    Lovely downtown on the lake and near the mountains. Close to bustling Sevier and Knox counties without any of the hassle. - Stacy
  • Dansville, NY
    we have the Castile on the hill,witch people think is hunted. the fist red cross what founded here and we even have a street named after the famous Clara Barton. - stevie
  • Danville, IL
    Home-town of several celebrities, including Dick and Jerry Van Dyke and Gene Hackman, actors. In the heart of eastern downstate Illinois almost on the Indiana/ Illinois line. Has a history going back to the Native Americans and was historically a "booming" city once larger than Chicago to the north, due to the presence of both rivers and a source of natural salt. - Laura B. Robinson
  • Danville, IN
    Danville hosts summer concerts on the square. Our old movie theater on the square is still open and runs current movies. Fall brings the Scarecrows on the Square and Apple Fest. - Bill Barfield
  • Danville, KY
    Best place to grow up and live...has a little something of everything for everyone! - Ginger Sanders White
  • Darlington, WI
    Darlington, rich in history, is also a community with all the amenities one would hope for while still maintaining a charming small town atmosphere. Darlington offers something for everyone, unique shopping and dining opportunities of our business district, the excitement of our summertime Sat. night stock car races, an old fashioned county fair complete with livestock and a midway, or the opportunity to take in the beautiful scenery via foot, bicycle, canoe, horse, ATV or car. We host many festivals starting in May with our annual Cinco De Mayo celebration. June features our famous Canoe Festival. July brings the Tunes at Twilight concerts in the park series. In September we host our annual Fall Festival, which is a real hometown party filled with games, food, music, hay rides and bonfires. December brings the holiday Christmas open houses and a wonderful lighted holiday parade. - Tammy King
  • Decatur, GA
    Walkable community,lots of parks, well-used library, racial diversity, friendly residents, great schools, hip restaurants, family-oriented, LGBT friendly, cool murals- many reasons for the OTP (outside the Perimeter) to venture intown - Laurie Kiernicki
  • Deerfield, MA
    One of the original outpost of the New England colonies, Deerfield Massachusetts is known for the battle of 1704 when French and Indian forces raided the settlement killing many and taking many captive and forcing them to march to Canada. Since then Deerfield has become a rural farm community and the Home of Yankee Candle Company. While the town may not boast a variety of night life options, the closeknit community is rich in heritage and a great place to raise a family. Part of the Union #38 School district it has a central elementary school and Frontier Regional High School services all of Union #38 towns. - Sarah Erman
  • Delhi, NY
    The village square could have been on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post - oh yeah, it was!! - Scott Thomson
  • Del Mar, CA
    A small village, steps from the sea, with amazing weather, over 30 independently owned restaurants, ocean views abound, outdoor cafes, unique boutiques, dog and kid friendly, 5 amazing hotels and sunsets and memories to last a lifetime. - Jen Grove
  • Delray Beach, FL
    Great downtown and small town feel. People of the streets say hello and its pet friendly. - Lynne Lichtman
  • Deltaville, VA
    Historical Deltaville, Va was put on the map by Capt.John Smith who explored the New World, and made it famous by almost dying here. He was stung my a common salt-water sting-ray, but did live to becaome famous. This town moved on to becoming one of the top builders of wood Cheasapeake Bay Deadrise boats, and a perfect spot for boater & sailboaters to drop in a stay a while, as they go up & down the East Coast. The town has many varity shops, local resturants and no hotel chains. The community has been hit by Hurricane, Tornados, Fires, and Northeaster Storms, and the townspeople always bounce back & go on just like Capt.John Smith did. The sense of a "real" community is always there for locals that welcome a 1,000 plus weekenders on average from all over every weekend from March to Dec. What a great community this is. - Nancy J
  • Denton, MD
    friendly walkable great B and B's waterfront crabs historic - Paula Greer
  • Denton, TX
    Denton is a great big town/small city. We have a large faction of Dentonites who support locally-owned businesses and continue to fight the mass-urbanization of our community which has plagued other towns our size. Denton has two distinct unique universities, a thriving arts community, galleries, lots of events, children's activities, an award-winning library system, trails, a progressive public transit system, and a philanthropic heart. I am so glad we decided to stay in Denton after college. :) - Anyah Martinez
  • Denver, PA
    Denver is the mile wide town. - Sunny Redcay
  • Destin, FL
    Beautiful white sand, Blue Water, great food, Great Condos.Simply the best. - Roland Firmin
  • Dewey Beach, DE
    Just love it - Mary Shupp
  • Dexter, ME
    Progressive-A nice plae to be. - Ron Shorton
  • D'Iberville, MS

    It is now the 2nd newest city in Ms. We became a city on Feb. 10, 1988.

    - Linda Davis
  • Dibeville, MS
    There is so much to do there! 10 mins from the beach and so much shopping! - Christy
  • Dixon, IL
    Great artistic and musical events on the riverfront and downtown streets every weekend. - Helen Snyder
  • Dothan, AL
    So much history. Wonderful food and fun!!! - Truett
  • Downtown Cocoa Village, FL
    Downtown Cocoa Village is THE quaint river-side community! The rich history of our buildings, now bussiling and filled with botiques, specialty shops, cafes and festive fun events always in the works. We have street performers, farmers markets, and beautiful brick and stone streets. Our crime is down, streets are clean, and the smells are always enviting! - Kelly Cole
  • Downtown West Palm Beach, FL
    The center of the “living room” of West Palm Beach, Downtown West Palm Beach is defined by its upbeat, offbeat, original mix of high-energy urban entertainment, first-class cultural offerings, eclectic architecture, graceful connections to the city’s waterfront, all flavored with 100 years of history. Located in one of the nation’s most walkable neighborhoods, this small town welcomes over 70,000 pedestrians per month. A free trolley system carries nearly 600,000 riders a year, linking the surrounding district and Tri-Rail. It’s bike and boat-friendly, with racks in convenient places and free boat dockage within walking distance. Visitors in cars will find parking along the street and in nearby garages. Add Starbucks, Twin Power Yoga and second-floor professional services businesses overlooking the street, plus hip apartments in the Harris Music Lofts, and there’s a dynamic downtown that’s hard to beat! - Belen Woods
  • Doylestown, PA

    From museums, to shops, to restaurants and bars, Doylestown has it all! On the first Friday of every month, shops stay open late, and the town comes to life with live musicians on every corner. There are also annual craft shows and activities that support and show off the talent of the local community. If you are a dog owner, Doylestown is the perfect dog-friendly town! Not only will many of the store owners spoil your dog with treats and water, but there are plenty of green spaces for your pup to run around on.

    - Jen
  • Dresden, NY
    We are the heart of the finger lakes, about halfway down the west side of seneca lake. We are completely surrounded by wineries and lakes. If you blink, you will miss Dresden, we are a tiny town where everyone knows everyone else (LITERALLY). Dresden is, in my eyes, the PERFECT place to raise a family, it is kid friendly, with a playground,tennis courts, basketball court, baseball diamond and a beach. If your child is out playing you can be sure everyone is keeping an eye out, the neighbors and even our town clerk keeps an eye on the kids at the playground. If you need to fill your pool, the town boys will hook a fire hose up and fill it. Neighbors always help neighbors here, and this is where people try first to rent a vacation home on our beautiful Seneca lake! - Jacklyn Siegrist
  • Driggs, ID
    We have Grand Targhee Ski Resort in our back yard, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort a short drive away, the Teton River runs right thru our little valley with some of the BEST fly fishing in the country. Tons of small mom and pop shops working HARD to stay afloat, and doing a DARN good job too. A great Rural culture of farmers and "natives" that help remind us where we came from. We have the Spud Drive in movie theater for goodness sake! Not to mention what feels like hundreds and hundreds of miles of Nordic ski trails in the winter, hiking trails in the summer and have become a SWEET destination for mountain biking races and trails. Baloon Fest in the summer, huntsman springs celebrate america events on 4th of July. Horse back outfitters, hunting outfitters and a ton of vacation rentals for folks to come in and stay a while anytime! I could go on and on about why this Valley hooked me 10 years ago, but Michigan will NEVER get me back now! - Monica Hoth
  • Dryden, NY
    Dryden is the most courageous town in NY! This gorgeous valley is now legally protected from being despoiled by gas company hydrofracking! They had to withstand financial intimidation by some of the biggest multi-national energy giants in the world, who want to make a huge industrial mess out of Dryden's green fields, forests, trout streams, and farms. There may be futher litigation, but they proved that they have the big picture in mind! - Lindsay Groves
  • Dubuque, IA
    Cause there has been alot of movies filmed here - Dale Richardson
  • Dundee, NC
    The town of Dondee still have the same charm that as there in the 1950-1960 - joseph c kelley
  • Dundee, NY
    Awesome people, wineries, and of course blackrock speedway. - ray hinkle
  • Dunedin, FL
    Really..? Check it out.! - Audrey
  • Dunnellon, FL
    Quaint little town, has its own beach and post office. Near Rainbow Springs, a drugstore that sells counter cokes made from syrup, can add vanilla or cherry flavoring. On the Withlachoochee River, and lots of old, gigantic oak trees with Spanish moss. Many old cracker housed that people still live in. - Linda
  • Dunsmuir, CA
    This is the home of the best water on earth. The town was established by Southern Pacific Railroad in the 1800's. Our botanical gardens are home to classical and blues concerts. We have an active artist communit and our Art Walk is coming up in October. For those who love nature, the renowned Upper Sacramento River flows through town and we are just few miles from Mt. Shasta and the McCloud River. The town has a great sense of community; twice a year the townsfolk gather to clean the riverbanks and river of debris. We have live music on weekend nights at our brew pub and feature the finest continental cuisine in Northern California at Cafe Maddalena's restaurant. - Leafa Fiore
  • Duois, WY
    As one of the most remote towns in the lower 48 Dubois is the heart of the Continental Divide. Spectacular scenery surrounds this litle western town that sit at @7000' of elevation. Branded boardwalks, western saloons, the Rcky Mountain Big Horn Sheep Center make it a great place. - Barbara Sutherland
  • Dyersville, IA
    Despite the economy our town continues to thrive because tourists love to come here to visit the Field of Dreams, our wonderful Basilica and Toy Museum. We continue to change with the times and look to the future by adding things that make it a wonderful place to visit and even better to live in!! - Jeanne Coppola
  • Eagle, CO
    Most beautiful mountain biking trails, beautiful scenery. Tons of fishing and cute little stores. It's 30 minutes from THE best skiing in the world. Great for families, tons of open space. - Monica Mattingly
  • Eagle River, FL
    Scenery, shops,antiques,resorts,lakes - Stacy
  • Eagle River, IL

    Most captivating night sky in the world. And Fritz lives there.

    - Dan
  • Eagle River, WI

    Year round destination. Home to the largest inland chain of lakes in the world! World class fishing, snowmobiling, many festivals and a great place for families to visit and to live.

    - Kaylee Geis
  • Eagles Mere, PA

    It's like taking a step back in time. Love the small town atmosphere.

    - Sandy
  • Easley, SC
    Because we are just down home country God loving people here. There is a lot of Southern history here in our small town. We have beautiful mountains and lots to see and do here. - Penny Morgan
  • Easport, ME
    Incredibly beautiful,hardworking close knit coumminty in Downeast Maine where evyone is rete likefamly. - Cris Suer
  • Easton, PA
    Our historic downtown is still intact. We sit at the junction of the Lehigh AND the Delaware rivers (Can you say Shad fishing, historic silk mills, canoeing in the Delaware Water Gap, and mule-drawn canal tours?) We are the only place besides Trenton and Philadelphia that the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to the colonists after its approval. Our farmer's market is the oldest in the country at 260 years this year! We have a fantastic arts community, and a burgeoning restaurant scene. We've got the beautiful countryside with the seven hills that make up the town, and we have quirky and interesting festivals and events such as the Zucchini 500 (yes, a race), the autumn Scarecrow festival, and the Garlic festival. And you want to learn about the town and the larger Lehigh Valley and its indigenous folks? Come visit the Sigal Museum right in town. Come check it out! - Liz Rosen
  • Easton, VA
    On the eastern shore of the Chesapeake. Lots of restaurants, shops, antiques and B&B's. Very active community so there is always something going on. Historic small town full of friendly people. - Gretchen Seiler
  • Eastport, KY
    Breath Taking Views of the most friendly island. Born and raised here I wouldn't change a thing. The 2 must see events tnat our town is famous for are 4th of July celebration and The Pirate Festival on the 2nd weekend of September. - Karen Constant
  • Eastport, ME
    Breathtaking views over Passamaquoddy Bay and the Western Isles of New Brunswick; a thriving cultural community; an active fishing port; authentic restaurants; many galleries and shops in a restored Historic District beside the Bay. - Nancy Asante
  • Edisto Beach, SC
    Peaceful,untouched, little commercialism, quaint and pristine beach - Ramelle Coker
  • Edwards, CO
    Located in the heart of the central Colorado Rockies and in the world famous Vail Valley, home of the Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts. Edwards is a small locals town with some of the best recreational and cultural resources in America. Great 4 season weather and easy access to Denver. - Barry Levinson
  • Egg harbor, WI
    With only 250 people this town has a group very store that rivals Whole Foods, a list of top notch restaurants, pubs and coffee houses too long to me tion. Oh! and then there's the unimaginable physical beauty of the Green Bay harbor, the wildflower meadows, the cedar forests and the rich Scandinavian history. And the best for last......the happy, positive, creative and hard working townsfolk are treasures on their own! I love you Egg Harbor!!!!!! - Stephanie Craig-Hanewall
  • Ehrenberg, AZ
    Located on Colorado River across from California where Pontoon boats RULE and catfish are huge! Desert, Snowbirds, "Charlies" for cold beer and great food. - Vicetta Utley
  • Eldersburg, MD
    Very small hometown feel. People are warm and friendly. - Betsy Sandine
  • Elkhart Lake, WI

    Lakeside Resort Village with a crytal-clear lake, beautiful resorts and beaches, exceptional culinary hot spots, nationally-known Road America Road Course and offers a great vibe for visitors!

    - Kathleen Eickhoff
  • Elkins, WV
    Elkins has a population of around 7k, but boasts many amenities you would find in much larger towns. It has a an acute care 90 bed hospital that is doubling in size, great schools, and private liberal arts college called Davis & Elkins College. A bustling downtown full of shops, restaurants, and offices providing a unique and genuine mountain town feel. All of this plus being at the footsteps to a national forest, 3 ski resorts, countless camping, canoeing, biking, and hiking opportunities is why I believe Elkins is the coolest town in America. - Cody Thompson
  • Elma, IA
    Its a town of 800 hundred people.. But it has it own golf cource, bank, Lumber yard. Two Churches. Its got a Museuim and a library, A Grocerys,. Bike Trails all over the county taken from OLd rail road tracks.. - David Judge
  • Elmira, NY
    It's filled with History, Summer home to Mark Twain, he is burried here. Home of Erinie Davis. It's a small little town with rich history. - Melissa Rinker
  • Enterprise, AL
    The small boutiques on main strees makes the town so good! - Marte Sjøblom
  • Ephrata, PA
    Ephrata is a town filled with history and a community that has a lot of activities that support the arts and sports in and around the county. - Mary Caldwell
  • Essex, CT
    Two hours from both Boston and New York City, it retains the harm of an arly New England villagewith eautiful colonial hoses on theMain Street and great shopping and restaurants. - Jennifer Miller
  • Esterbrook, WY
    Esterbrook is the coolest small town for so many reasons! One of this is because it is in Converse County, the county voted with the cleanest air in the U.S.A.! It is also a town of just 30 year-round residents and boasts an amazing bar/grill named The Lodge. Insanely tasty 1# burgers! We also have the beautiful Esterbrook Community Church that has a large picture window behind the alter that faces the majestic Laramie Peak. A country store has all the necessities and so much more for travelers and outdoor enthusiasts visiting the area or camping at one of the campgrounds in the surrounding areas. The people are even more amazing than the "things" that make Esterbrook heads and tails above other communities. We help each other, our volunteer rescue and fire department is always ready to help, and we know we can depend upon each other even as our independent spirits are what brought us to this place. We are AMAZING! - Linda Fittje
  • Estes Park, CO

    Estes Park is truly a mountain village - populated with wonderful people, hundreds of small businesses and quaint shops, an amazing variety of places to stay, and endless activities for everyone - whether looking for an adventure or just a mountain escape. There is no other place like it and the amazing locals make the lifestyle and visitor experience truly unique. We share our town with awesome natural residents as well - eagles, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, big horn sheep, mountain goats, chipmunks, deer, and, of course, thousands of elk! All of this and the scenery make it the coolest - and we are surrounded on all sides by protected mountain land - Rocky Mountain National Park on three sides and Roosevelt National Forest on one. Can't beat it!

    - Charles
  • Eufaula, AL
    It is big enough to have everything you need and still small enough to be friendly. There is always an outpouring of spirit and support. - Norma Landry
  • Eureka, CA
    Eureka is the capitol of the Redwood Empire, and a jumping-off point to adventures in the world's biggest trees and some of America's most beautiful parks. But the city itself has come into its own in the last couple of decades, with upgrades to its waterfront and shops (Old Town) and the continued growth of its top-notch visual arts community. Art galleries, the Morris Graves museum, and eclectic stores with a strong local flavor make Eureka a destination on its own. And unlike better known "artsy" towns, Eureka still maintains a sense of authenticity and is relatively affordable for a traveler. I went to high school in nearby Arcata, which is too small for your contest but just as lovely. I hope Eureka (or Eureka-Arcata together) gets a good look from your editors. - Susan McNerney
  • Eureka Springs, MO
    Small town with all authenic Victorian homes. Nestled in the hills of the Ozarks. Hippie artisans settled there in 60's and 70's and never left. Every shop is a treat. Fall is beautiful.Most people in this region visit or as often as possible. - Vickey Wortham
  • Eustis, FL
    Something for everyone and monthly First Friday celebrations with bands,food and fun for all ages. We have an historic theater with a great director,a popular New York style coffee house with open mike nights and the best food in town. Eustis is on the beautiful lake Eustis with great boating and fishing. Food,friends and fellowship is what we are all about. - Sandra Pettitt
  • Evergreen, CO
    Beautiful, friendly small town. Mountains and elk, what more could you want.. - Patty
  • Fairfax, CA

    History, Art, Nature, Small town life at it's best!

    - Angela Brower
  • Fairfield, IA

    Fairfield was a small, quiet midwest farming community/town when I was born and raised there. In the early 1970's The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ( the one who taught the Beatles how to meditate in India in the '60's), bought the defunct Parson's College in Fairfield and turned it into MIU (Maharishi Univ). It was a butt of many jokes by "townies" about the "gurus" for several years. The college has grown and Fairfield along with it is now a diversified,cultural center, with people from all countries and cultures living together. A poll taken by a major magazine has stated that Fairfield has as many restaurants per capita as San Francisco, Ca. Fairfield has acquired the nickname of "Silicorn Valley" in reference to Iowa as a corn producing state and the extraordinary community of Tech businesses in the area. Come to Fairfield on a first Friday of each month (preferably in warmer weather)and see for yourself the First Friday Artwalk.

    - Sharon Samuelson James
  • Fair Haven, NJ
    Beautiful, historic, green...on the banks of the Navesink River. Located on a peninsula within walking distance of the Jersey shore, Shrewsbury River and the cool town of Red Bank. Within easy reach of NYC by ferry, train or bus. Sandy Hook National Park a bike ride away. Walk to our small downtown for great coffee, medical care and cool shops. Only about a mile square but has it all! - sara swijter
  • Fairhope, AL
    Its like stepping back in time. - Lisa
  • Fairmont, AL
    A super friendly town, the people are just so nice, you realy feel welcome. I just love the kind of folks in the State of North Carolina, what a wonderful town to live in. - Tom Crutchfield
  • Fairmont, NC

    Fairmont provides Interstate 95 travelers in N. C. a quicker route to the S.C. beaches than any other way. They can save gas and time. Now that's pretty cool.

    - Charles Kemp
  • Fairplay, CO
    because it is - I don't know
  • Fairport, NY
    Small town with a really cute, unique main street built up around the Erie Canal (hence "port"). Great families, schools, history, shopping, restaurants, local festivals (music, October Fest, Canal Days). A great place to live!!! - Megan
  • Fairview, TX
    It's close to Dallas and has great shopping (The Village of Fairview)and restaurants, but at the same time it's country, with pastures longhorns, horses, alpaca, etc. - Joy Carnahan
  • Fallbrook, CA
    Because its beautiful and filled with friendly people. Has lots of of history, beautiful homes, and groves. Perfect palace to raise aa family. Love may hometown! - Chaera Brady
  • Fall Creek, PA
    Michael Perry, author of "Truck," lives there. - Ron Wilson
  • Fall Creek, WI
    Home of Michael Perry, author of "Truck: a love story." - Ron Wilson
  • Farmington, ME
    Grew up there, small town feel, friendly people, University town. Down to earth people. - niki brown
  • Fernandina Beach, FL
    Best restaurant around - Kathy Szabo
  • Ferndale, CA
    Has the talest living Christmas tree in the Nation.....mostly flat land, fun for bike riders, nestled amonst organic diarys, the most westerly city in the Continnental U.S. The city celebrates, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day,has ice cream socils,their own live theater, local wine's, a creamery, just celebrated their 150 year...etc. Population 3,100. - Kay Dunnegan
  • Fish Creek, WI
    Quant town. Adorable Shops. Great biking, hiking, swimming, sailing etc! - Kaitlin Schleis
  • Flagler Beach, FL

    Six miles of beautiful uncrowded beaches separate the town of Flagler Beach from the Atlantic Ocean. There are plenty of ocean front restaurants, quaint little gift shops, and a fabulous open-air weekend farmer's market. The northern reaches of the Halifax River runs through the town. Boating, fishing, live music, holiday fireworks, and frequent arts festivals are just a few activities enjoyed by the 4504 residents and visitors in Flagler Beach, FL. You could do a lot worst than selecting Flagler Beach as the 'Coolest Small Town for 2013'. Here is my photo gallery for Flagler Beach:

    - David Royall
  • Flowery Branch, GA
    *Established in 1874, 1 mi. from the creek or branch called Nattagasska by the Cherokee Indians. The town name is a translation. *Population in 2010 - 5,679 *103 males for every 100 females *Median age - 31 *Diversity - White/black/asian/ native American/hispanic/gay/ lesbian/straight *Aesthetics - 2 Turn-of-the-Century Historic Districts, recently completed street & landscaping project *Attractions - Atlanta Falcons Training Complex - open practice days for fans is wildly popular; local parks, a city marina with restaurant & federal park with beach - both on Lake Lanier; near Lake Lanier Islands water resort & Petit LeMans car racing, 1 hr. from Atlanta & North GA Mtns.; yearly downtown festivals & walk/runs; hiking, biking, Society for Creative Anachronism chapter headquarters *Food - Thai, pub [local musicians perform], Tex-Mex, Southern, Japanese, patisserie, deli; alcohol sales on Sunday unlike most of the South *Retail-chain,local - Gabe Loggins
  • Floyd, VA
    We have the most entertainment this side of heaven. We have ONE stoplight. Lots of eating places. WE are "JUST COOL DUDES".LOL - Mary Weddle
  • Foley, AL
    It is a quaint, small town that has both a city and country feel. Also, it is only 8 miles from Gulf Shores beaches. A lot of the snowbirds come down yearly to spend the winters in our area and many end up moving down. - Katherine Wilson
  • Folly Beach, SC
    A beach town with a lot more than just a beach, though that is a huge attraction. Main street is full of independent shops and places to eat (no chains). - r. sherman
  • Folsom, CA
    Miles of scenic hiking & bike trails, two dams, Folsom lake for boating, swimming, etc., Folsom prison with gift shop (johnny cash sang about it) close to SF (2 hr drive) Lake Tahoe (2 yr drive away) 3 stages live theater, college campus, shopping, lots of pubs, dining, Old Town Folsom, etc - Pat Aitken
  • Forestville, CA
    All the advantages of the San Francisco Bay Area and Sonoma vineyards/wineries combined. - Frank Hochman
  • Forgan, OK
    It is one of the smallest town I have ever lived in. Really peaceful and quiet. No crime and very good people. Ilove living in Forgan Oklahoma - Lisa
  • Fort Bragg, CA
    It has nice shops, bakeries and eateries......It's on the coast so has fishing, boating and exploring at Glass Beach for smooth worn bits of glass for making beads etc. (was a city dump in the 1800's. A steam train for rides thru the Redwoods, Also a museum of the Logging Days, and history of the fishing industry. Many small town events, parades festivals. Medium pricing and income. Many motels, and hotels. It is just a short drive up the coast from Mendocino, People are friendly and warm. - Art Lahote
  • Fort Davis, TX
    Population of about 1800-Very much a tourist and retirement town:) We have these places: University of Texas McDonald Observatory- home of some of the largest telescopes Fort Davis National Historic Site Indian Lodge Davis Mountain State Park Indian Lodge Several hotels and many Bed and Breakfast Many choices of Churches to attend for your Sunday. A town of very many friendly people! - Angela Davis
  • Franklin, TN
    Great historical sites, clean, beautiful scenery, close to a big city with professional sports teams, lots of festivals, celebrity sightings (but no one is bothered) and LOTS of really nice people! - Laurie Evans
  • Franklinville, NY
    Franklinville is a small town in Western NY with approximately 5000 people. Our town has a strong sense of community. Most of the town seems to turn out for home football games and our annual Maple Festival draws people from all over the country. We are a small town but we have many family owned restaurants in town including a Chinese restaurant, we also have a skating rink and a quaint second hand clothing shop as well as a small art gallery and some antique shops. Our town isn't much but we love it. - Inky1231
  • Frederick, MD
    You can walk the streets and be greeted by everyone. We have a real main street "Market Street" with small business owners who get to know their customers. We have a rule not allowing buildings taller than our downtown church spires. - Grace Dobson
  • Fredericksburg, TX
    Settled in 1846 by German Settlers, Fredericksburg has strived to retain that flavor and heritage. There are many old buildings and homes in town that are well maintained. A large downtown shopping area with wide streets and many unique shops. No big box stores here! Over 300 B&B's in the city and county. We are located in the Texas Hill Country. Lots of opportunity to hunt, cycle, hike and shop to your hearts content. Oh, and lots of wineries in the area, second only to Napa Valley. You will not be disappointed with your visit to Fredericksburg, Texas. - Judy Hutcherson
  • Fredericksburg, VA
    Besides the historic value, it's got a main street feel with an old towne value. Eateries, shops and a farmers market on Saturdays. Amid VA wine country and close enough to everything not to feel abandoned. - Pam
  • Frenchtown, NJ
    Because Fenchtown lets you be you! - Chris
  • Frisco, CO
    Typical mountain town with historic views. - Susan Mirus
  • FrontRoyal, VA
    Great shops, great coffee - Ben
  • Fruita, CO

    Best mountain biking, festivals, pizza shops, coffee shop, dinosaur museum, brew pub, high school, and people.

    - Chris Maraschin
  • Fulda, MN
    It is a town of about 1,200 people and the community is so close. People always make sure to come back for holidays because they live the atmosphere of Fulda. It is a town that runs by its own rules. - Alex Hein
  • Fulshear, TX
    Small but friendly. Quaint but modern. - Shirley Ballard
  • Fulton, IL
    The City of Fulton, Illinois is a quaint community, rich in heritage and charm, located along the banks of the Mississippi River. The citizens of Fulton, Illinois are committed to volunteering their time and effort in making Fulton a good place to live and do business. Our city has many things to offer, such as our Authentic Dutch Windmill, Heritage Canyon, Lock and Dam 13, two National Scenic By-ways, Great River Bike Trail, Martin House Museum and the Mississippi River. We are dedicated to preserving our past and enthusiastic about planning our future. We invite you to spend some time browsing our website, learning about our city, and look forward to seeing you here. - Kayla STanley
  • Gainesville, GA
    Lighting the "Chicken" in town square for Christmas - Matt
  • Gainesville, TX
    Gainesville has something for everyone... It is the ONLY Medal of Honor Host City in the nation, it's home to the Frank Buck Zoo where you can get up close & personal with giraffes, Depot Days, Summer Sounds concerts on the Court House Square, Art Walks & Ladies Nights downtown, unique stores including Cahoots Handbags & Otts Furniture store, the Cooke County Arts Council that includes the Gainesville Area Visual Arts, North Texas Central Chorale, Gainesville Swing Orchestra, Garden Club and the Butterfield Stage theatre housed in a historic Carnegie Library.... plus the friendliest people you'll ever want to meet! - Joe Conner
  • Galena, IL
    Visiting Galena, IL is like taking a step back in time to a simpler life. The town is not only quaint but the homestead of Ulysses Grant, 18th President of the United States of America! Once you visit you will never want to leave, I promise! - Karen Doutrich
  • Galena, MD
    This historic town is dotted with unique gift and antique shops, family-style restaurants, and the famous, All-You-Can-Eat Breakfasts at the Galena Fire House. Always a terrific time, the annual Galena Dogwood Festival features an old-fashioned parade, lots of food, fun and music. - Michelle
  • Galilee, OH
    Right on the ocean,several great bars and eating places. A super little town to visit for vacation. - linda pollock
  • Garden Valley, ID
    Birthplace of James Charles Castle; Elk Springs Ranch; The Dirty Shame Saloon; The Starlight Theatre; Silver Creek Plunge; Gateway to the Sawtooth Mountains; Natural Beauty; Great Community; Hot much packed into a small town. - Shelly Granieri
  • Gardiner, ME

    Gardiner is a genuine American community where a charming and historic downtown frames a vibrant and eclectic entrepreneurial business culture. Gardiner’s thriving downtown and historic district are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a must-see stop for history lovers on their way to Acadia National Park or further “Downeast,” providing an inspiring glimpse into the golden industrial era in Maine. Combine the living history of downtown Gardiner with our sparkling waterfront, distinctive eateries and unique shops, and you’ll see why our little city is such a completely wonderful place to visit and experience our rich and varied heritage… not to mention an ideal place to live and to do business. Gardiner is right in the middle of everything, directly off Interstates 95 and 295, and not far from Maine’s glorious mid-coast – an advantageous central location with easy access to Maine, Canada and points south.

    - Clare Marron
  • Garrison, ND
    Everyone is friendly and there is everything you need here ! Plus great fishing ! - Faye Johnson
  • Gearhart, OR
    It is right off the 101 Pacific Highway,has miles of beaches with 2 accesses to enter,beach is drivable most of the year,tons of wildlife,quiet charming downtown and the nicest people you will ever its part of the Lewis and Clark National Park..awesome population barely 1,000... - susie ozimek
  • Geneseo, NY
    It is the coolest because it has tons of local taste. There is pizzerias, restaurants, coffee shops and other small shops. It is a college town so there is also a beautiful campus that is in the town and some small town bars. - Joe
  • Geneva, NY
    Geneva is centrally located in New York's Finger Lakes region and has a hip restaurant scene that explodes with local products. For such a small town, it's hip, beautiful and located close to the wine trail action! - Erin
  • Geneva on the Lake, OH
    You would think you stepped back in time - to a Village on Lake Erie - that has some of the best sunsets you've ever seen. Quirky little shops and restaurants dot the "strip" - kids and families dot the beaches. And the wineries are incredible! You dont have to spend a lot of money to have a great time & make many memories on your visit. My family has been going there for 30+ years. - Amy Lis
  • Gettysburg, PA
    History! Ambiance! People! - Jamie
  • Gig Harbor, WA
    In Gig Harbor you can grab a kayak or a latte, sip some wine or savor ice cream, put your feet up or slip on your running shoes. Gig Harbor has it all –culture, heritage and small-town charm. A walk through downtown gives a glimpse into the rich maritime history of the area. The community (population 7500) has maintained pride in its fishing roots and if you visit the first weekend in June you can see a blessing of the fleet. One of the best views in Gig Harbor is from the water, and includes the iconic image of majestic Mt. Rainier looming above the harbor in the distance. That’s only one of many reasons that make this a popular (and cool) destination for boaters of all kinds. Gig Harbor rocks during the summer months as outdoor concerts, movies and festivals provide a party atmosphere throughout the town.Shopping, recreation, and more make up this gem of a community located on a hidden, scenic peninsula in South Puget Sound - Mary DesMarais
  • Girdwood, AK
    Great people, lots of scenary! - Holly Mooneyhan
  • Glenwood Springs, CO

    The world's largest hot springs open all year round, caverns, a ski hill, amazing hikes (hanging lake is a must see/do ) the canyon, and amazing food. This town is an outdoor lovers dream.

    - Jesse Moser
  • Gloucester, NY
    Beautiful ocean, a city that live on the crab and lobster industery and the oldest fishing village in America. - Tommy
  • Golden, CO
    Location, Location! Nestled in the foothills in between Boulder and Denver. Access to the big citites with a small town feel and mountains biking/hiking out of your backyard. Not to mention, a great community of people!! - Sarah Adler
  • Gonzles, TX
    It's history! - Bill Sheppard
  • Goodland, KS
    We have the largest Easel in the United States, A replica of Van Gogh's sunflowers in a vase. We are also Known as the 3/4 of a mile city because of our 7,500 ft elevation. - Michael Solomon
  • Graeagle, CA
    Graeagle has to be one of my favorite places to visit. It has a charm about it and there is something always going on. The main street is lined with yummy restaurants, shops, and the local park. A large majority of the town's buildings are red with white trim. It is definitely has friendly people and one of the best craft fairs in all of Norther California. - Erica Wright
  • Granbury, TX

    Granbury is located on Lake Granbury. Has great skiing,fishing, and boating. Our city beach has beautiful sand. The downtown square around the court house has unique shops restaurants winery bed and breakfasts and an Opera House. All buildings are over 100 years old and have been wonderfully restored. The city park located just off the square had a great walking/bike path with fountains along the lake. People are friendly and life is good

    - Diane Hedges
  • Granby, CT
    This is where I grew up! - Rob Barnas
  • Grand Lake, CO
    Laid back small Colorado town bordering Rocky Mountain National Park at 8,200 feet above sea level. Wooden side walks, good restaurants, bars, fishing, hiking and best snowmobiling. Not a touristy town. - Frank Edwards
  • Grand Marais, MN
    On Lake Superior, gateway to the Boundary Waters, good eats at the Angry Trout Cafe and others, Niniboujou Lodge - Janet Scott
  • Grassflat, PA

    The people.

    - Angie Reed
  • Greencastle, PA
    Our hometown heritage that we still celebrate with a traditional parade. In addition to our Grade A school district. - Becky Hunt
  • Greenlake, WI
    It is the coolest because of the small town atmosphere. We have the deapest lake in the state of Wi. Every weekend there is an event to go to. We also have a spa resort,biking,fishing,swimming beaches,charter fishing you name it. It is child friendly and also somthing to do for grownups aswell. - Holly Hoch
  • Green Lake, WI
    Green Lake is the coolest small town because it is located on the deepest inland lake in Wisconsin, Green Lake. It is where travelers rediscover the simple pleasures that life offers, those of a simpler time, including great fishing and water adventures, excellent dining, resort life with a deep history, and most importantly a place to reconnect with family, friends and nature without the static of life interfering. - Loni Meiborg
  • Greenville, CA
    It is in Plumas National Forest and is the gateway to Lake Almanor and Lassen Volcanic National Park. It has some wonderful antique shops and local restaurants. There is a tour that shows all of the builings that are over 100 years old and what they served as originally. The local (Cy Hall Memorial) Museum recently opened it's doors. There is a Barn Quilt tour as well. Greenville is also the town that the largest gold nugget in US history was found. There is a rich history of mining and ranching. - Erika Martin
  • Greenville Kenucky 4235, KY
    t is the most beautiful small town anywhere. Downtown has seveal beautiful little shops with ur beautiful Courthouse rigt in the center of town - Martha S. Horn
  • Greenville, KY

    Greenville,KY is small town much like a real true to life Mayberry from the classic Andy Griffith show. Thanks to grants and town volunteers we have completely re painted the entire town, remodeled a century old courthouse and made downtown Greenville look 1st class and brand new like it did back in the 1950's. Also every summer Saturdays on the square happens every Saturday night with free concerts with big name and legendary bands. We have many other festivals and are the proud home of many famous legends like the Everly Brothers, Merle Travis, Warren Oates, and James Best best known from the Dukes of Hazzard as Roscoe P Coaltrane. We take proud in our small town of around 5,000 keeping it clean and beautiful. These are just a few small things as to why this small town is the best in America!

    - Raleigh
  • Greenville, ME
    Greenville Maine is gateway to Moosehead Lake and the Great North Woods. Surrounded by majestic mountain ranges and the largest body of fresh water in the state makes Greenville a top destination for nature lovers seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. This vast wilderness area boasts some of the greatest Moose watching in the country. Whatever your favorite season, the Moosehead Lake Region has something to offer. In summer you can explore the lake by kayak, canoe, boat or take a scenic cruise on the historic steamship “Katahdin”. Explore the pristine wilderness with the adrenaline rush of white-water rafting, hike mountain ranges, travel the trails on ATV adventures, mountain bike, and of course you can’t leave the area without taking a Moose Safari. Wintertime offers some of the best snowmobiling around. The region offers a number of annual festivals: Moosemainea in the Spring, the International Seaplane Fly- - Heidi St. Jean
  • Greenville, NH
    You can ride ATVs thru town, you can buy high end clothing and merchandise, but you can also get penny candy. You know just about everyone in town, because the schools are so small, I graduated with 24 ppl. The lake is the largest in Maine and is a beautiful backdrop and you can even take a steamship ride, plane ride or possibly even a parasail. It is a one of kind place for sure. - Kristie Young
  • Greenville, VA
    Fabulous place for kids to grow up. - Joan Lisante Hood
  • Grosse Ile, MI
    It's a beautiful little island in the Detroit river. Across the river is Canada. It's a nature lovers paradise! Beautiful homes and a quaint "downtown" area! Such a small town feel but with a very big town heart! - Tracy Snider
  • Groveland, CA
    Groveland Rocks! Rich with history, arts, adventure on wild rivers, under an hour to Yosemite, miles of National Forest lands, and Good food and wine too! Festivals galore, interesting friendly folks and visitors from around the world adding to the unique flavor of our little hamlet. - Lynn Upthagrove
  • Gruene, TX
    Gruene is a small German town about 35 minutes South of Austin. It has beautiful little shops, an historic hotel and local artists creating things like actual "musical" chimes. There are wineries nearby and a FABULOUS restaurant with breathtaking views of the hills and river (The Gristmill). But mostly, Gruene, Texas has Gruene Hall, an historic musical venue that has seen most of the very best in Country Music come through at one time or another. It is family friendly, always packed and always fun. You can eat there too, and Gospel Brunch is epic! There are a plethora of uniue inns in the area, including one made from a grain silo. If you haven't been,I feel sorry or you. - becky guillory
  • Guerneville, CA
    Located on the Russian River and surrounded by towering redwood trees, Guerneville has long been a retreat for San Francisco residents and more recently, world travelers! With its priceless location between vineyards and the spectacular Sonoma coastline, artists, foodies, families, straights and gays, infamous and famous, find respite here. Whether dripping with Brigadoon-style fog in the winter or sun-dappled for kayakers in summer, visitors to this small town find wine-tastings, gourmet restaurants and jazz festivals, memories for everyone to cherish. - Virginia Foley
  • Gulf Breeze, FL
    great people,,great shopping area and best beaches - Rene Ferguson
  • Gulfport, MS
    Bay St Louis has hometown feel, southern charm and hospitality. The views are spectacular, the food scrumptious and the people are warm. While the temps can get hot, you will not find a cooler small town. - Shelly
  • Gulf Shores, AL

    over 25 miles of the cleanest prestine beaches in the US,incredible bird watching,over 7000 acres of national parks and bird sanctuary,the best red snaper fishing in the world with more man made reefs any place.

    - perry guy
  • Gun Barrel City, TX
    Gun Barrel City on beautiful Cedar Creek Lake. Boating , great fishing and swimming. July 4th the city does fireworks at the lakes edge where the reflections in the lake are as beautiful as is the sky. There are restrants and fast food to please every palet.This is the friendliest place I have ever lived. There are Churses of many denominations. East Texas Medical Center has a fine Emergency Center complete with care flight in the heart of Gun Barrel City.There is ample shopping and banking. The City has received several State Honored Awards including The Go Texan Award for becoming a Certified Retirement Community in 2009. Gun Barrel City holds two festivals each year, the July 4th Festival/Concert in the Park and the Christmas Festival/Parade.Come for a visit and you are likely to decide to move here. We did ! - Susan B. Kirbie
  • Gunnison, CO
    It's Gunny! Once it get ya, you're a goner! - Delaney Keating
  • Guntersville, AL
    Guntersville is about the prettiest spot you can imagine in the Mountain Lakes district of North Alabama. Lake Guntersville is home to bass fishing and wake boarding tournaments, 5K's and triathlons, fishing, rowing, birding, walking and hiking trails. Guntersville State Park offers camping, newly renovated cabins and a lodge with panoramic vistas of the lake and an 18 hole golf course. A renovated downtown district has boutique and antique shops. The Whole Backstage Community Theater produces 4 musicals or dramas each year. The Rockhouse Eatery is great for a wood burning pizza or a filet mignon with indoor and garden seating. Kala's Cottage offers a monthly wine tasting. There are summer concerts on the lake. A thousand senior volunteers give time to community projects from reading programs in the schools to environmental water testing. RSVP offers a variety of courses ranging from computer skills, genealogy to crafts. - Joan Kanner
  • Gurley, AL
    The city offers a wonderful variety of activities for all interests. Restaurant: The Docks, Liberty Shopping: Unclaimed Baggage Center Watersports: Tennessee River, lake Guntersville, Historic: Sauta site (Sequoyah), Scottsboro boys, Civil War sites, Hiking : Walls of Jerico natural area Adventure : many wild caves nearby. Cathedral Caverns is managed by the AL state parks. - Drew
  • Haddon Heights, NJ
    Haddon Heights has the true "old town" feeling (we fondly refer to it as Mayberry). At the same time, it's a short trip to downtown Philadelphia. The sense of community is amazing. - Frani Germano-Yucel
  • Haines, AK
    Haines is in Southeast Alaska - surrounded by mountains and the sea. Rich in Tlingit culture (watch master carvers carve totem poles at Alaska Indian Arts (in the old army hospital), an old Army base (Ft. Seward) converted to condos and restaurants and B & B's (The Guardhouse B&B - former army jail), lots of outdoor adventures - kayaking, hiking, Spring heliskiiing. Special events - May is beer festival, June is 148 mile long bike race, July is the Southeast Alaska state fair, November is the Bald Eagle Festival (largest concentration of bald eagles in the world). Great restaurants - best coffee ever at Mountain Market. Best pizza at the Fireweed (converted Army commissary). Public library named best small library in America by the Library Journal and the Gates Foundation. And best of all - friendly people. - Barbara Blood
  • Half Moon Bay, CA
    HMB has it all: spectacular scenery, great food & lodging, fascinating shops and galleries, mountains, miles of beaches, giant redwoods, AND we're just 25 miles from one of the most interesting cities in the world -- San Francisco. - Rick Ellis
  • Hallowell, ME
    You'll know it's the coolest when you're downing microbrews at the Liberal Cup while listening to a local cover band (and the crowd will NOT judge you for singing along)...then run off the calories the next morning on the gorgeous Kennebec River Rail Trail. - Caroline
  • Hamilton, MT
    Hamilton Montana is coolest because people stick together and help one another. It has historic roots in the copper industry, as well as logging history. It has scenic views of the Rocky Mountains and is the heart of the Bitterroot Valley. - Mary Wulff
  • Hamilton, NY
    Hamilton, home to Colgate University, doesn't let its small stature stop its inhabitants from having fun community events going on all the time. Take the summertime Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday morning on the "Village Green", or the annual town-wide Block Party celebrating July 4th. For its size, Hamilton is chock full of funky shops as well as delicious, independently run restaurants and coffee houses. My personal favorite aspects of the town are Hamilton Whole Foods, an organic grocery store and lunch counter; the Hamilton Movie Theater, a tiny, 3-screened theater with an old-fashioned marquee; and Retrospect, a store selling vintage clothing, furniture, and other fun trinkets. Not to mention the New York Pizzeria, an absolute Hamilton institution affectionately nicknamed "Slices" as slices can be order plain only and cost a mere $1.50. Hamilton offers small town atmosphere, relaxation, and fun at its finest! - Caitlin Pfohl
  • Hanalei, HI
    Imagine Waikiki Beach. Now imagine the exact opposite. That’s what Hanalei Town feels like. If you know anything about Hawaiian culture, you’ve probably heard of “poi,” the starchy dish served at luaus. It’s made from taro, which is grown on bright green farms surrounding the town. Check out art galleries that sell native wood carvings, listen to a ukulele concert, or try a taco from Pat’s Taqueria at Black Pot Beach Park. - Kaeli C.
  • Hanover, NH
    Its definitely the coolest... - Will
  • Hanson, KY
    We are officially the Smallest Historic District in KY with the entire downtown on the National Registry. All the storefronts have been restored to the late 1800's style and the shops within are just as spectacular as the exteriors. Without natural attractions we have worked hard to establish 6 very sucessful festivals a year and our businesses have been able to survive the economic downturn. Our bookstore has 40,000 titles ships worldwide. Our largest resturant is well know for it's famous farm raised catfish, hushpuppies, and green tomato relish and draws people from the tri-state. We have a variety of shops and our small Lions Club donates thousands a year to local needs. Our population is just 702 but our accomplishments are much larger. - Teresa Anthony
  • Harbor Springs, MI
    This village, as I call it, comes to life, in time for the 4th of July parade. I think the term 'spring cleaning' got its name here! With gardens and window boxes being planted in annual color bloom, porches and rockers getting a fresh coat of paint, and boats heading to their slips on Little Traverse Bay from their winter 'homes' (sometimes having to stop traffic until they get to the lake side of the road!), a palpable energy of excitement can be felt in the air! Like the boats coming out of hibernation, so do the locals and tourists--gliding by on town bikes, slow enough to chatter alongside each other on Bay Street, or as walkers and runners nodding and smiling at one another, or as swimmers and kayakers hitting the water. The farmer's market also begins its showy display of homegrown and homemade goods. All in the name of the American spirit of yesteryear carried forward to current day. (Bay St. Cottages) - Judy Barsky
  • Harbor Springs/Petoskey, MI
    These 2 small towns sit across from one another on the shores of Little Traverse Bay and into Lake Michigan. World class golf courses can be enjoyed in the summer as well as water sports, tennis, sailing and an abundance of festivals. Winter offers downhill skiing/snowboarding, a winter park, and snowmobiling. Excellent dining, first class shoping, victorian homes and a wonderful Christmas Open House in both towns. - Katherine Pappas
  • Hardwick, VT
    Because it is the epicenter of specialty food entrepreneurs and ag-related businesses. From soil to seed to harvest to food to compost to soil. It's all good and we are all connected in this amazing community! - Linda Fox
  • Harpers Ferry, WV
    Historical town with tons of history to see and learn about, National Park, Shenandoah and Potomac River meet at Harpers Ferry, outdoor activities are abundant, antique shopping, friendly town with great people! - Laura
  • Harrodsburg, KY

    Harrodsburg was my hometown for so many years. The people, the buildings, the's more than home. It is history. It is places to kick back and places to kick it up.

    - Catherine Gilvin
  • Hatteras Village, NC
    Small little town sitting on the Outerbanks of North Carlolina between the Atlantic Ocean and Albemarle sound. It is a relaxing little town where surf, sun, and a relaxing time is sure to be had. - Ian Thomas
  • Healdsburg, CA
    I have only been there once but would love to visit again. When my family visited we went to great wine bars, boutiques, restaurants and even went to the town dance in the middle of the square. The people were so nice. I would live there if I could! - Bev
  • Hebron, IL

    It is the home of the 1952 State Basketball Champs!!! And the water tower is painted like a basketball stating such!

    - Darcy Johnson
  • Hector, MN
    Mascot was the Bulldogs. It is the most 'air-minded' city in the U.S. Eldora Roker was a famed vocalist at the United Methodist Church. - Galen Johnson
  • Hedgesville, WV

    Rich in arts and artisan crafts, beautiful scenery, and history.

    - Beth Peterson
  • Helena, AL
    The Real small town atmosphere. - Jim Wathen
  • Helen, GA
    The town is created to look like a town in Germany.They even have a great Oktoberfest each year. In the warmer months they have water tubing on a river that runs through town. It's just a cute, fun town :)I love visiting there. - Marie Sabo
  • Henderson, KY
    Henderson, Ky is a beautiful small town on the Ohio River. We have many beautiful old homes that have been well maintained or refurbished. The citizens of Henderson take great pride in taking care of our city. Come visit any old time!!!! - Kay Gish
  • Henderson, TX
    Great place to grow up. It's a place where your friends last a lifetime. - Cecile Loudat
  • Hennepin
    - Charlotte Terando
  • Henniker, NH
    It's in beautiful NH, has a college, ski mountain, great shops and restaurants. And, it's the ONLY Henniker on earth. - Heidi Galster
  • Hermann, MO
    A cool little river town in the heart of Missouri wine country, featuring a beautiful setting, well-preserved historic buildings, and a unique and interesting history. Created in the 1820s as a German settlement, Hermann has preserved its history with several museums dedicated to sharing that history, and is actively preserving the buildings and traditions of its founders. Add in a thriving (and historic) wine-making industry, many festivals and many B&B/inn lodging options and you will find Hermann an attractive destination. - John Humason
  • Hermosa, CO
    Settled by farmers and ranchers in 1873, Hermosa predates the coming of the Denver and Rio Grande railroad and near by Durango by 8 years. Both the Animas River and the Durango and Silverton narrow gauge railroad run right thru the valley. Hermosa is home to Trimble hot springs, Honeyville gift shop and the world famous Bar D Wranglers chuckwagon supper show. Hermosa truly lives up to its Spanish name...Beautiful!!! - Earl Jack
  • High Bridge, NJ
    Friendly people lots to do One of the tree city in the USA - Rosa trilone
  • Highland, IL
    It is a small town has all the small town feel!! Old Mom and Pop stores are still here and most everyone is related in some way. We have hometown gatherings atleast 4 or 5 times a year. summer time car shows and a farmers market. Town square with fountain...Moved here 12 years ago from California and love the small town feel!!! Love the winter parade when Santa comes to town!! - Maureen Owens
  • Hillsborough, NC
    Hillsborough is an eclectic mix of history (founded in the mid 18th century and once the State capital), and smalltown cosmopolitan atmosphere. Home to many locally owned restaurateurs (including a James Beard nominee) serving local produce, a local brewery, 2 farmers markets, 5 galleries and many artisans,live music weekly plus many festivals, Hillsborough is a thriving hip, COOL town! - Rick Chambless
  • Hilton Head Island, SC
    Great destination for art and nature. Surrounded by the ocean and wildlife. No street lights. Minimal signage. Trees, trees, trees. - Mary
  • Himrod, NY
    Small but, has PO, Church, Railroad, and the Eagle... Quiet and restful. - Donna Groom
  • Ho-ho-kus, NJ
    umm helloooo the name is that even a real town? people ask me all the time hoho...santa clause - alex
  • Holderness, NH

    Holderness is a remote town at the foothills of the white mountains, and home to Squam Lake, one of the most pristine bodies of water in the world. The town is notable for the Science Center which is a place that nurtures and educates the public on wildlife that they rescue and rehabilitate. Holderness is also a small town that belives in only its quite community with no external large corporations, and is devoted to delicate land for preservation of its natural beauty.

    - Thomas
  • Holly Ridge, NC
    Because everyone who lives here is SO nice!!!! - Judy Jackson
  • Holly Springs, MS
    The slogan of Holly Springs is "All Kinds of Character" which it most definitely has. From the architectural character of the many pre and post Civil War homes to it's interested residents past and present. It is home to the sweetest, sassiest southern belles and Elvis' greatest fan who opens his Graceland-like home to visitors 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. After three visits you become a lifetime member and he puts your picture on the wall so you become a part of Holly Springs. I could go on and on about this special little town. - Stephanie McKinney
  • Hooker, OK
    Often the butt of jokes it really is a really cool town. Real Hoookerites would NEVER laugh at the off color jokes about the town. It' a small town with lots of heart! Everything revolves around the towns churches, school, and mainstreet. You have the American Legion baseball team in the suumer the Hooker Horney Toads. In the Fall and Spring you can follow the Hooker Bulldogs in lots of sports. Downtown is the old drugstore, library, and various businesses. They held the Annual Hooker Car show Sept 8-9. They even have a gift shop that sells Hooker memorialbilia. I love the town of Hooker. - Arletta Thompson
  • Hope, IN
    Known as the "Surprising Little Town," Hope is in the heart of Indiana, centrally located between Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati. We were founded by members of the Moravian Church in 1830, and many in the community still hold those traditions. Why are we a surprising little town? Hope is home to the first U.S. Rural Route Mail Carrier, has a talent pool of local artists, and many shops and businesses that one would not expect to find in a town of less than 2,500 people. The heart of Hope centers around the town square, which contains a wonderful playground, beautiful gazebo and many shade trees. Almost all of our festivals and events take place on the square, including a bi-weekly farmer's market, Friday night cruise-ins, the Hope Ride (bicycle rides from 13-100 miles), the fall Heritage Days festival, and Christmas on the Square to name a few. Our town also LOVES high school basketball, and are proud of our 2006 State Championship team. We are the epitome of “Hoosiers.” And in the summer, you can find everyone at the Hope Summer Playground, catching a game of softball, T-ball, or baseball. While we may not have a stoplight in our little town, we definitely have plenty to do! We all believe one can never have too much Hope in their lives, so we invite everyone to join us year round and see what we are all about! - Joanna Tucker
  • Horseheads, NY
    I grew up in Horseheads, NY. It is a lovely small town in the southern tier of NY. It is rich in its history of the Native American Indian and Civil War era. I am proud to have grown up in such a beautiful place so steeped in history! - Cynthia Sherwod-Sambroski
  • Hot Springs, MT
    Stuck in the 1930s to 1960s, Hot Springs doesn't even have cell service. Three different delightful public hot pools within walking distance of each other can be used for $5 to $7 per day, and two quaint, very friendly, comfortable and inexpensive hotels can put you up. Park your camper or trailer on lot, at a hotel, or take a room with kitchenette. Abosolutely delightful, especially in the winter when you can steam in the springs and then sit on a glassed-in porch and play cards. Everyone in the town seems to be extra-friendly - grocery store, health food store, restaurants. I don't know anyone who visits Hot Springs who hasn't fallen in love and dreamed of owning one of the little houses heated by the hot springs that line the narrow streets. Very family friendly, too. The large town pool is 90 degrees and my grandkids like that one the best for playing and swimming. - Dorinda Troutman
  • Houghton, MI
    The scenery. It's just so beautiful out here! - Stacie
  • Howards Grove, WI
    I love losing to them in every high school sport. - Josh Schneider
  • Hubbard, TX
    Small town with a great crossroads Central Texas location. Great quality of life, victorian homes. Hubbard is the victorian crossroads of Central Texas. Good schools and good teachers. Close to Navarro Mills Lake for fishing, boating, and camping or other outdoor activities. Hubbard is located on the Texas Lakes Trail, so a visit through Hubbard requires a stop to take a look at the town we are all so proud of. - Margot Foster
  • Hulett, WY

    With a population of 408 Hulett is 9 miles from the first National Monument, surrounded by beautiful red hills and lots of trees. In August we host a motorcycle rally for a week which brings in so much business for the local grocery store and couple restaurants and bars that we have. We have great hunting opportunities, and you can float the beautiful Belle Fourche river or hike in the luscious hills. There is also a lovely golf course that hosts many large tournaments. I grew up in Hulett and its a very unique and fantastic little town!!!

    - Malinda McClintick
  • Hull, MA
    A Pioneer town for wind power in Massachusetts, Home to Nantasket Beach - generally considered one of the premier beaches in Massachusetts, - Johnny Cupcakes started here! - Boomer
  • Huntingdon, PA
    Best shops in downtown Huntingdon. There are friendly people and a great piece of heritage is included in everything that happens. Train station, candle shops, and much more. - Jess Stevens
  • Huntington, TX
    Great community, beautiful back roads to drive on! - Christine
  • Hurley, WI
    It has the best ATV/Snowmobile trials. We have Italian Fest and a great football team and Our high school sports teams are Awesome! Its a very small town atmosphere! - Jen
  • Indialantic, FL
    We are a small beach town, located on a barrier island in central Florida. With a surface area of exactly one square mile, we may be small, but, well worth remembering for our fantastic beaches, multitude of green spaces, family friendly events and great restaurants. What something straight from the beach so you don't have to knock the sand from your feet? How about the best pizza at Bizarro's, steps from the ocean, or a seared tuna salad from Long Dogger's? Going a little more upscale? We've got fine dining as well with Scott's on Fifth or Island Fish Grill. Forgot your suit or want to try surfing? Long Board Beach, across the street. Or how about sailing the Indian River lagoon with dolphins and manatees as your guides? Kayaking? Got it. Fishing? Yep, that too. Flounder, trout, redfish, and snook, just check for the season.Tuckaway Inn gets great reviews, right on the beach and friendly service. Watch the sunrise from your balcony. - Lori Halbert
  • Indiana, PA
    A lovely college town with a vibrant downtown, some lovely small businesses, and down-to-earth people. Nestled in the hills of western Pennsylvania with plenty of recreational opportunities. - Christine
  • Indian Head, MD
    The great people and history - Ronald Smith
  • IndianTrail, NC
    IndianTrail is a small town that is landscaped beautifully throughout the town. Every single person i have met here is the kindest people. There is a lot of small businesses mom/pop stores for all types of shopping within a small town versus traveling. For such a small town there is definetly a lot to see and explore. - Brenda Tillman
  • Ins glen, NY
    seneca lodge, village marina bar & grill, race track - tom kienzle
  • Intercourse, PA
    It is such a cool name. - Robert
  • Iron River, MI
    Great Outdoors - Jesse Nichols
  • Ithaca, NJ
    Ithaca has it all: amazing natural beauty with the gorges and Cayuga Lake, a funky art scene, the university culture, and visionary cuisine like Moosewoods Restaurant, which was doing creative vegetarian cooking long before it was hip! - Katrina Woznicki
  • Ithaca, NY
    A college town set in the middle of the Finger Lakes wine region, with beautiful lakes and state parks, and a growing craft brewing industry. - Ken Mortensen
  • Jackman, ME
    It very beautiful and a 4 season resort area. Enroute to the Canadian border.. - warren curtis
  • Jackson, WY
    Possibly one of the most difficult places to live year round with temperatures hitting -27 at night during the Winters. Endless activity in the Summer. A very close knit community, one could tell as we all came together this past week to help our neihgbors during the evacuation of a potentially town burning down wildfire. Neat bars and a melting pot of skater snowboarders skiers climbers cowboys...A new hot spot for musicians. Band of Horses played for just a couple hundred a couple of weeks back. You can leave your keys in your ignition and not worry about it. Everyone has a rescue dog and our wildlife is abundant. A seriously cool spot you have to check out at least once in your lifetime and with a changing landscape make that twice. Once during the winter and once for some fly fishing or rock jumping in the summer. - Julia Kirby
  • Jasper, AR
    The Buffalo National River is the most beautiful place to kayak and canoe. The Ozark Cafe is a great place to eat; good food and super nice locals. Ozark mountains! hiking, camping, and biking. - Jennifer Ross
  • Jefferson, IA
    Cool summer and fall festivals; historic tourist attractions; located on the historic Hwy. 30; great infrastructure; Main Street community; nice town square centered around county courthouse with fun shopping; strategically located 45 miles west of Ames, home of Iowa State University, and 60 northwest of Des Moines, the capital of Iowa. And more! I could go on.... - Lisa Turner
  • Jim Thorpe, PA

    Nestled in the mountains. Burial place of Jim Thorpe the athlete.. Fantastic colors in the Fall. Beautiful churches. Whitewater rafting. Good food. A "must see" , the view from the top of the mountain called THE FLAGSTAFF.

    - Frances kehrli Pursley
  • Joliet, IL
    So much to do. Lots of fine restaurants, two casinos, ball park , Chicagoland Speedway , close to everything you need. - Darla Vidican
  • Jonesborough, TN
    Jonesborough is the oldest town in Tennessee, founded in 1779, while that part of Tennessee was called the State of Franklin. Many of the old buildings on its Main Street now serve as museums or B&Bs. It is host every fall to the National Storytelling Festival, the country's largest and oldest festival of this type. It has restaurants, coffee shops, and an active farmers' market. The beauty of the Appalachian Mountains serve as a backdrop. - Elaine Kolp
  • Jordan, MN
    Founded in 1854, the charming historic City of Jordan, Minnesota is a hidden jewel surrounded by the bluffs and rolling green hills of the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. Only twenty miles from the southwest metro area and just 30 minutes from the Minneapolis-St.Paul Metro Area. Now .. if we can just get the Good Old Boys to release their death grip on this historic town we may have a chance not to scare away any new businesses that come to town ... then we'll be in business! - Jake Wallica
  • Joseph, OR
    Joseph is a really cute town that is the perfect base for visiting the Wallowa Mountains and Hells Canyon for outdoor activities. - Kim
  • Julian, CA
    beautiful mountain town with quaint shops and wonderful apples in the fall - Sarah Wilke
  • JWatkins Glen, NY
    Watkins Glen Speedway, cool walking trails, great scenery. - Janice Hopkins
  • Kailua-Kona, HI
    Are you kidding me? It is Hawaii!! We have the best coffee in the world (Kona). We have one of the very few full time active volcanoes in the world. We can snow ski one hour and be at the beach water skiing the next. We have the best deep sea fishing in the world. We have the best snorkeling in Hawaii. We have the most Manta Rays in the world. We have the very best rated beaches in the world. We have the very best rated oceanfront hotels in the world. We have the best fresh, local mahi and ahi fish in the world. AND, last but not least we are the most tourist friendly, local feeling, real Hawaiian town in Hawaii. Vicky Nardone - resident. - Vicky Nardone
  • Kalispell, MT
    It's a clean, beautiful town at the western base of the Rocky Mountains in NW Montana. Roughly 30 miles from the west entrance to Glacier National Park, 7 miles north of Flathead Lake one of the largest natural fresh water lakes in the US, two winter ski resorts Blacktail Mountain and Whitefish Mountain within a half our drive. Many other lakes, rivers and recreational opportunities abound. Kalispell Regional Hospital a modern health care center is locate here, as well as Flathead Valley Commnity College. The town sits in one of the prettiest mountain valley's in the country. - Dan Petesch
  • Kane, PA
    Kane is a very small but quaint town. It has that old town charm that big cities don't have. Drive or walk down the street and everyone waves and says hello! - Kathleen L.
  • Kelleys Island, OH
    Kelleys is the best place to come for a quiet good time. Plenty do do and see! - Stacey DeBoard
  • Kensington, MD
    It has the Old Antique Row which is very nice. Nice and quiet. - Noah Meyers
  • Kernersville
  • Key Largo, FL

    Key Largo is an island only an hours drive from Miami but a world away from the city life. Shorts and flip flops are dress clothes and the laid back friendly attitude of the locals make it a paradise to visitors. The one main road and bridge separating the mainland offers breathtaking views of the atlantic ocean and the Florida bay at the same time. Naturally the restaurants offer the freshest seafood available. Key Largo is the Scuba Diving Capital of the World and the best place to play on the water whether you prefer deep sea or back country fishing, boating or any kind of waterspouts. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is located in Key Largo where the only live coral reef is. Snorkeling and glass bottom boats are available every day of the year. Stop by a tiki bar for a Rum Runner Coctail, kick back and enjoy the tropical paradise, guaranteed spectacular sunset each night!

    - Denise Malefyt
  • Keyser, WV
    Because it is where my wife and I made our home about 14 months ago. It's where we live in a nice apartment complex with great neighbors and a great manager. It's where we go to church and have joined the choir and other church groups, with a compassionate minister. It's where everyone we meet make us feel welcome. It's where we shop and do other business. There's an open door for more businesses to moe into the area. There's a great hospital we where are volunteers. It may not be our hometown where we raised as children, but it is a cool town. - Floyd "Bill" Detrick, Jr.
  • Key West, FL

    Give me a break

    - Glen Himmaugh
  • Killeen, TX
    It has the largest military base in united states Fort Hood... - Erin
  • Kiln, MS
    Home of Brett Favre. Has a lot of southern history running through its roots from old time saw mill to running shine in the days of prohibition. - Cagen
  • Kimmswick, MO
    it's cool. - Holly
  • King ferry, NY
    More cows then people. Best ice cream west of NYC. Man in the Moon Bakèry, 2 wineries and Purple Dog Lavender Farm - Doug Schmidt
  • Kingsville, TX
    Home to one of the biggest ranches in the world, Kingsville Texas is filled with pride all around. Whether it's the King High School Brahmas, or A&M Kingsville Javelinas- this town has high energy and some great cuisine! - Kathryn Karlin
  • Klondyke, AZ
    Beautiful, historic, quite. - Juli Garwood Johnson
  • Knoxville, TN
    Knoxville has a welcoming downtown with a laid-back feel that honors its culture, history and the Arts. It is easy to find something for everyone in this great scruffy city. Bike and pedestrian friendly with the Great Smoky Mountains as a back-drop, it's hard to beat Knoxville, TN! - Tamera Easterday
  • Kodiak, AK
    We've got fishing, hunting,the largest USCG base in America,spiritual, an inclusive community. This town gives back thru raffles, festivals, rodeos, music, theater, the arts and your everyday high school sports.The elders are respected and cared for. Wanna be a DJ? A business owner? Landlord? Mayor? Fisherman? Truck Driver? Nurse? Whatever your dreams are they can become a reality in Kodiak,Alaska. - denise
  • Kohler, WI
    Kohler is a100 year old quaint American village with 2000 residents! It features the only mid-west 5 diamond resort -theAmerican Club, European shops along a pristine lake and two world class gold courses! - Sue Jaberg
  • Kosciusko, MS
    Great townsfolk, quaint shops and town square .lots of old homes restored, festivals.. - diann irving alford
  • Kountze, TX

    Those kids are standing up for what they believe..and it is going national.

    - Brandy
  • Kyle, TX
    It's an old town and everyone knows everyone - Kentucky
  • Ladd, IL
    Ladd is the quintessential Midwest town! Ladd is known for Rip's famous fried chicken and Torri's Ice 'Cream Parlor! - Jamie.Nagle
  • Lafayette, LA
    It's a diverse place to live, rich in culture and cuisine. We have amazing festivals including the largest free festival in the world, Festival de International! - Stacie Baudoin
  • La Grange, KY
    La Grange is one of only 3 towns in the country where the train still runs right down the center of Main Street! - Km Buckler
  • La Grange, TX

    Most beautiful and inspirational small town women come from LG!

    - Casey
  • Lake Arrowhead, CA
    A stunningly beautiful and quaint mountain resort paradise, Lake Arrowhead features countless outdoor recreational activities such as boating, hiking, geocaching, backpacking, bicycling, water and snow skiing, fishing, and much more. It is a favorite getaway destination for people in Los Angeles and Orange counties. - Jaime Ferguson
  • Lake Bluff, IL
    Brigadoon by Lake Michigan - quaint village. Beauty, history, walk/bicycle friendly, top notch public schools, easy transportation (train) to downtown Chicago, best 4th of July parade and party in the nation. - Ann McCurdy
  • Lake chelan, WA
    it is beautiful! - magali garcia
  • Lake City, CO
    Wonderful small mountain town; great fishing town; full of charm - Carisa
  • Lake city, IA
    they have alot of things for the young and elderly to do - jacki mohr
  • Lake Forest, IL
    Market Square, beach on Lake Michigan, active park and rec department. - Kristin Gannon
  • Lake Geneva, WI
    Beautiful clear deep water lake (5500 sq. acres), turn of the century mansions, victorians and architecture, unique shops, friendly people,fun events throughout the year ! - Mary Pesche
  • Lake Placid, NY
    Lake Placid is in the heart of the Adirondack mountains, and the base of the 46 High Peaks. This town was the home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, where the "Miracle on Ice" happened. There are many small local shops, resorts, and restaurants (Lake Placid Brewery is my favorite). Population is around 2600. Many tourists come to experience the variety of events, such as Ironman triathlon, Lake Placid & I Love NY Horseshow, Empire State Games, and rugby and lacrosse tournaments. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is also popular, which is held in the neighboring town of Saranac Lake, NY. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report rated Lake Placid as one of the "6 Forgotten Vacation Spots" in North America!! Its a great little town with lots to do!! - Erin Quonce
  • Lake Tomahawk, WI
    Home - Tim Brown
  • Lander, WY
    Outdoor fun. Sinks Canyon state park. Wind River Mountains. Hiking. rock climbing. International Climbers Festival. Awesome 4th of July festivities! Cross-country skiing. Voted Best Small Town by Outside & Sunset Magazines. Unique places to eat. - Diane Gopperton
  • Lansowne, PA
    Why isn't it cool is a better question. - Rusty Kuntz
  • LaPine, OR
    Always something to do especially outside with numerous lakes, hiking in the tall pines, riding the rapids in the Deschutes River, and just exploring the Natonal Forest. Always activities going on in town from parades to lawn mower races and rodeos. Fresh air for everyone!! - Sallie Brown
  • Laplace, LA
    Been through hell and they cant keep us down - Keith
  • Lava Hot Springs, ID
    This small town has amazing hot springs, cute local shops, friendly citizens, a few nice B&Bs, awesome rapids tubing, stunning views, fun little festivals, and great food all in the middle of "nowhere." There's this great little Thai place too... best Thai food I've ever had, and I've lived in Chicago! - Caitlin
  • Leadville, CO
    Historic Mining town turned Extreme Outdoor Rec capital. 100 mile races and 100 year old homes, museums and amazing mountain views. - Sarah
  • Leakesville, MS
    Leakesville has SO many reasons why its the coolest! For starters, we have the best coffee/gift shop, Hunky Dorey along with Salon Blonde being attached to it! And not to forget our newest addition, Rogers Trade Market! Not only do we have some of the neatest little places to visit, but we have true southern hospitality! Everyone knows you & treats you as family. Almost every weekend there is some kind of event going on-from benefits for locals who are battling cancer, major sickness or surguries to friday night football games cheering on our Greene County Wildcats! Leakesville may be small, but we sure can show folks how to have a good time! - Anna Jenkins
  • Leavenworth, WA
    It combines warm small town ambiance with tourist friendly festivals and activities. The mountain village adopted a Bavarian theme in the mid-sixties and has since then transformed itself into a fabulous tourist-friendly town without losing its small town community spirit. Nestled in the Cascade Mountains, Leavenworth is located at a relatively low altitude but is within driving distance of several top level ski resorts. - Renae Meredith
  • Lebanon, KY
    In addition to having some serious Bourbon Country attractions (Maker's Mark, KY Cooperage, Limestone Branch Distillery), we're also home to Turtleman! Our town has embraced our heritage because it's unique and quite frankly, it's COOL. Our distilleries survived prohibition; we make the barrels that give bourbon its flavor; our moonshine is both legal and delicious; and our characters are genuine, honest, and thanks to Animal Planet, nationally-known. In a lot of cities, you'll find locals who don't embrace their heritage. You won't find that in Lebanon, KY. We're the geographical center of the state, and Kentucky is at the heart of our people. We celebrated our largest crowd at our annual Ham Days Festival last weekend, and we also opened our own Heritage Center which features displays on our Civil War heritage, our musical roots, and our hometown hero, Ernie Brown, Jr., a.k.a. Turtleman. We're a small town, with a big heart. - Whitney R.
  • LeClaire, IA

    I am nominating LeClaire, Iowa. LeClaire, Iowa is Charming. LeClaire is located where Interstate 80 meets the Mississippi River. It's an historic town, with a contemporary feel. LeClaire has 3,765 friendly people. It's the home base of the American Pickers TV show, the birth place of Buffalo Bill Cody, the Mississippi River Distilling Company, Wide River Winery and the Twilight Riverboat Cruise. Historically speaking, it has per capita, the most river pilot homes on the Mississippi River. It's a great & safe place to raise your family. The schools are also some of the top schools in the state of Iowa. I am so proud to live in LeClaire, Iowa. Again, I nominate LeClaire, Iowa for coolest town.

    - Donna Walley
  • Leesburg, GA
    We have one of the top school systems in the state and we have produced Luke Bryan, Buster Posey, and Phillip Phillips! We pull together when needed as when we lost Sgt. Sutton in the current conflict and honored him by having the roads lined from Leesburg to the cemetary in Albany in the heat of summertime in Southwest GA. for his funeral procession. {hundreds of people with flags and other patriotic symbols} - Betty Ehrhardt
  • Leicester, LA
    laid back concerts on the common, harvest festible - steven corley
  • LEl Lakekhart, FL
    Wonderful lake, great people, fine school system,and very nice playable 27 hole golf course. - Thomas Wiese
  • Leonardtown, MD
    Small but with everything close by. Friendly people. Great restaurants. Pub. Art galleries. First Friday celebrations. Summer concerts on the square. Great schools. Lots of local talent. Vineyards, Farmers market. Orchards. Amish markets Crafts. Hard-working good honest people. Close to Wash. D.C., Patuxent Naval Air Station. - Nette Schou
  • Lewes, DE
    Lots of history and by the bay and ocean - Alison white
  • Lewisville, NC
    Over 200 years old and still pretty much a quaint little farm fast food restaurants, just 2 gas stations and 1 stop light and a grocery store. - James Stewart
  • Lincolnville, ME
    Rolling hills of pastures, great views of mountains, AND the ocean! - Lori
  • Lindsborg, KS
    Home to Bethany College and self-proclaimed "Little Sweden USA", downtown's brick streets are lined with small unique shops that showcase the area's rich Swedish heritage. During Holy Week, Bethany College annually hosts The Messiah Festival of the Arts (, with performances of Handel's "Messiah" on Palm Sunday and Easter and Bach's, "St. Matthew's Passion" on Good Friday. In odd-numbered years, the city hosts Svensk Hyllingsfest ( -- a weekend festival of all-things Swedish. Nearby is Coronado Heights, rumored to be the northern-most stop on Coronado's quest for the city of gold. - Kathy Leonard
  • Lititz, PA

    2013 NOMINATIONS FOR BUDGET TRAVEL COOLEST SMALL TOWN LITITZ PA – POPULATION 9,369 The town of Lititz, from its founding as a Moravian community in 1756, a time when according to church rules residents were not allowed to dance - to the 21st Century, a place where world renown music entertainment entrepreneurs call home. Innovators in the touring concert industry, Clair Global, Tait Towers and Atomic Design provide the sound, stage and lighting for performing artists from Aerosmith to U2. These Lititz-based triumvirates form the moniker, “Rock Lititz.” Not only are the residents of present day Lititz dancing, but as Adele sings, “we could have had it all,” Lititz-ites are singing, “WE HAVE IT ALL!” Many of the historical buildings from the early days have been preserved and infill has added structures that complement the character of Lititz, which is obvious as one strolls down the walkable Main Street and up Broad Street. These architecturally beautiful buildings are occupied by a hip sophistication of more than seventy independent boutiques, specialty shops and restaurants. The General Sutter Inn is an anchor on the square, its fate having been preserved by a gaggle of unhappy residents, when a large gasoline company came to claim it in the 1950’s. A result of that fallout, the first historical district in the state of Pennsylvania was created in 1959 Lititz. The partners of this very Victorian hotel have transformed the third floor into the Rock Lititz Penthouse, featuring contemporary guest quarters decorated with Rock Lititz show memorabilia. A native of Liverpool, England, the General Sutter Inn owner, reinvented the hotel’s breakfast room by turning it into a genuine British pub with cask engines, rotating taps having unique beers and microbrews, and serving pub fare with a twist. Lititz, an emerging foodie town, has thirty food related shops, from purveyors of exclusive olive oils and balsamic vinegars to international cheeses and exotic meats, from coffee roasting to wine tasting. Saturday’s downtown farmers market supports the locavore movement as a grower’s only market, with non-redundant farm-to-table preparations and enticing displays of local produce from their own Lancaster County (a place that Bon Appétit Magazine declared as having the best soil in the world). The presence of a local micro-brewery, outdoor dining spots and an artisanal chocolate café add to the abundant epicurean delights. Lititz is home to a lot of firsts in the US – Linden Hall (the first girl’s school), Sturgis Pretzel House (the first pretzel bakery) and the Lititz Springs Park’s longest uninterrupted Fourth of July celebration. Wilbur Chocolate Co., established locally in 1913 is located in the midst of downtown, emanates the essence of all things chocolate and declares itself, “An American Original.” Lititz hosts over thirty events in the downtown every year and was named a Distinctive Destination by the National Historic Trust for Historic Preservation. Lititz also, has received the prestigious honor of having been named a Nationally Accredited Main Street Program for outstanding organizational performance in sustaining a Main Street effort. With all of its progressive presence, Lititz remains a town that is real. It has a variety of housing, diversity of ages, state-of-the-art recreation center and library, excellent public school system, quality recreational and park facilities, a community full of volunteers, and a cohesive local government. LITITZ DOES HAVE IT ALL!

    - Kelly Withum
  • Lodi, NY
    Wagners - Rick
  • Lompoc, CA
    it has a long rich history of growing half the flowers seeds for the world. With hills covered in flowers due to the perfect climate year around. And while it grows less flowers than it has in the past its still an awesome place to see, and live. - Tanja
  • Long Beach, MS
    Cozy down home friendly people. Love the support and love they share with one another. - JoAn Niceley
  • Longboat Key, FL
    Quiet residential area with the finest beach in the world, just minutes from a wonderful city (Sarasota) offering world class arts, gourmet foods, and wonderful scenery. Perfect weather and activities promoting healthy lifestyles. The list is endless, but easy to sum up as paradise! - Bill Pollak
  • Los Alamos, CA
    Just off US Hwy 101 in the heart of Santa Barbara County's wine country, Los Alamos (population 1,890) was founded in 1876 and still preserves its authentic western heritage as well as offering some fine 21st century amenities. How about the renovated, historic 1880 Union Hotel (a former stageoach stop) and the Depot Mall (former train station now filled ith 60 antique dealers) surrounded by 4 family-owned restaurants featuring local farm-to-table fare, 2 boutique wine tasting rooms and friendly residents (whom you can chat with at the Post Office--since you still have to go there to get your mail.) Los Alamos (in Spansh, it means the cottonwoods, trees that surround the area) is worthy of the designation "coolerst small town!" - Laura Kath
  • Lovettsville, VA
    People who genuinely care about one another. Been part of it in action. Settled by German farmers in 1732, one of the oldest towns in Loudoun County. Awesome Oktoberfest, which is celebrated the last weekend in September. Market Table Bistro which boasts farm to table food has been chosen top 50 restaurants in Northern Virginian by Northern Virginia magazine! Also great, the Sunday Farmers Market located behind Market Table Bistro on Sundays! Love it in Lovettsville! - Lisa Kraft
  • Lubec, ME
    Lubec is the easternmost town in the USA, home of West Quoddy Lighthouse. Lubec is prestine and beautiful. A hip little town where art, music and fun collide, where the sun shines first! - Sara McConnell
  • Luling, TX
    You know Luling is Famous for BBQ, Watermelon, The Farmers Markets and The Train... We are the first stop on The Texas BBQ Trail, We have a very Historic Oil Museum, Zedler Mill Museum, Park and Old Cotton Gin, Pumpjack Tours,Our Luling Foundation Farm with over 1,123 acres and is a Non-Profit agriculture demonstration farm established in 1927, The first Texas Inland Paddling Trail which is a 6 mile stretch, Luling Ice House Pottery, Golf Course, Palmetto State Park, a shop dedicated to anything and everything watermelon which is appropriately named the Watermelon Shop, and many many more!!! - Ashley Flores
  • Lumberton, NC
    We have the greatest people. - Dora Britt-Malone
  • Lynchburg, VA
    Lynchburg offers everything from trails for hiking and riding, to nearby wineries, to great food selections, and history lessons all over. Lynchburg is also central to a lot of other attractions, like the Blue Ridge Mountains, Wintergreen, Appomattox Courthouse (where Lee surrendered to Grant), and the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. - Nicole M.
  • Lyons, CO

    Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by miles of Open Space and bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, Lyons offers rich experiences in world class mountain biking, kayaking, cycling, horse back riding, hiking tubing, photography, food, music, fun shops - and some of the best coffee anywhere in our funky, foodie-driven coffee shops. Great little downtown with diverse restaurants and local brewery Oskar Blues, and our brand new Spirit Hound Distillery. Live music almost nightly. Music festivals, art and music dominate the physical and cultural landscapes. 1,600 acres of city parks for 2000 people.

    - Roxane Peyser
  • Madison, AL
    great schools, low tax,many parks its mayberry with a lot more money... - keith w
  • Madison, GA
    Lots of historical buildings. Its the town shermandid niot buirn onhis March to the Sea. Still has the old southern small town charm. - Ron Carlson
  • Madisonville, KY
    we have officials in office that love our town and have made it a place to visit. Restored our courthouse, put in new streets, lights,benches, flowers.During July & August they have free concerts every Sat.nt. I love our town. - Clarice Jones
  • Magee, MS
    Magee has always been a peaceful place, with many friendly, caring people. Even though it is small, it provides for any need a person may have: hospital, doctors, schools, businesses, social activities, churches, etc. For convenience, it is situated equidistantly between two much larger cities, Jackson and Hattiesburg, roughly a 45 minute drive to each. It is my home town!! - Olivia McNair
  • Maggie Valley, NC

    This little town has shopping, dining, entertainment, gambling, golf & miniature golf, waterfalls, walking trails, tubing, wildlife reserve, snow skiing and Ghost Town a small but expanding theme park. It's just a little something here and there kinda town.

    - Tressa Pinter-Stahlnecker
  • Mahtowa, MN
    It is located on the Willard Munger MN.State Biking,Running,Walking Snowmobiling Trail. - Carol Pelletier
  • Malverne, NY
    A neat downtown with small businesses locally owned. One of the last farms still operating in Nassau County, a treat for resident locavores; a marvelous movie theater showing first run and off beat movies which draws a crowd from near and far. Malverne is the best kept secret on Long Island; come and visit. - Frank Chiachiere
  • Mancos, CO
    Great resources, friendly people, open minded but steeped in regional history. - Todd Kearns
  • Manzanita, WA
    Located in the natural beauty of the Northern Oregon Coast, situated toward the top of a 8 mile long beach, bordered by State Parks, old growth rain forest, and crashing surf. This tidy town of a few thousand plays host to arts and music festivals, a thriving public market, to-die-for bakery and pizza restaurants, and the most eclectic band urban refugees ranging from broke surfers to retired bazillion-aires, all happily co-existing in an egalitatian nest, perched on the edge of modern civilization. - Dave Miller
  • Marblehead, OH
    On the Lake with Islands only a couple miles away. Its a great boating, fishing town in the summer and has outstanding local people that live all year round. All winter there is fundraiser after fundraiser for local families in need and everyone pitches in. It only has 842 people year round:) - Kathleen Mintz
  • Mariemont, OH
    Artsy, small college town, beautiful scenery,great B&B's - Jason Gillespie
  • Marineland, FL
    Marineland is a town that has more dolphin residents than human residents. It is a place where families come to relax and commune with nature as interactions and observations of dolphins, shorebirds, manatees, and right whales. The largest piece of property is a nature preserve. Kayaks and sailboats rival cars for recreational transportation. Surfing is great, fishing is great. All of this equals coooool. - M. Lagasse
  • Marion, MA
    Quaint seaside community without all the hassles of traffic and throngs of people. Beautiful Cape Cod feel, picket fences, lush gardens, lots of boats in the harbor, Amazing sunsets, great bookstore, general store, antique shop, and novelty gift shop, ice cream store, historical society museum,tennis, golf, croquet, Natural History Museum, and of course Uncle Jon's for the best coffee and baked goods and best meeting spot to catch up with friends. People in Marion are caring,considerate and passionate about keeping Marion unique. - carlotta Gladding
  • Marquette, MI
    Beauty beauty beauty. So much to do. Summer and winter. Wonderful people, colledge town. Lake superior sandy beaches great skiing, downhill, cross country, snow shoeing, dog sled racing and in summer boating, fishing, bicycling , beautiful woods, trails, and hiking and camping. It is limitless, with wonderful summer temps and no humidity. Beautiful waterfront with gorgeous sailboats. Make sure you look this one up. It's one of America's best kept secrets in the upper peninsula of michigan - Dean Bothwell
  • Marshall, MI
    This is not just a small historic town with cool buildings, it also has a rich history showcased by unique museums (11)...not bad for a town of under 7,000.... It also can boast of having great walking tours - Barbara Rosene
  • Maryille, TN
    Small town America at its finest. Wonderful people, beautiful scenery in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mts. in E. Tenn. - Sue Kluck
  • Maysville, KY

    Small town with old time city appeal. This town has a lot of history and was part of the underground railroad. Very artistic town. Home of several celebrities. Lots of lovely little shops and restaurants. Appalachian area. Friendly environment, and also considered home by many southern Ohio people.

    - Winter Dryden
  • Mayville, WI
    It is a small town with a very big heart and we will alway's welcome visitors. We have a welcome to fall weekend it is alway's the first full weekend in October with bed races on Friday night and craft fair on Saturday with a night on Saturday. Then on Sunday we have a huge parade on Main St. - Brenda Ehlers
  • McCall, ID
    With Brundage Mountain Ski Area as a backdrop, Payette Lake at it's doorstep and the great Payette River flowing through it, McCall offers a year around blend of activities second to none in a very small package! - Dave Green
  • McComb, MS
    It's my hometown. - Mae
  • McMinnville, OR
    It is a charming village type atmosphere with cafe and great wine. In the heart of Oregon wine country, one can ride horses to visit the wineries, and hike on the trails. People are really friendly - Jacquin Dole
  • Mecklenburg, NY
    Historical Buildings, Quiet, Once a booming town - Mecklenburg Church
  • Media, PA
    Media is the first Fair Trade Town in the USA. The emphasis on buying local and sustainability is phenomenal. Throw in a lot of cool shops and restaurants and a trolley line running down the center of the main shopping district and you've got the perfect small town. - Janelle Downey
  • Meeker, CO
    Meeker is the coolest small town because it is a community that allows visitors to stroll down the streets to enjoy a great cup of coffee or freshly squeezed limeade (you won't find a better limeade) while browsing local shops for that special thing to take back home. This community enjoys endless opportunities of recreational opportunities including OHV travel within the town and access from town to a 250 mile trail system. If you haven't been to Meeker, you should definitely come for a visit. - Kimberly Bullen
  • Melbourne Beach, FL
    Located on a barrier island on the Atlantic Ocean. Sea Turtles are respected here and the beaches are one of the largest nesting areas for green and logger head turtles in the US. Surfing is a favorite past time here and people come from all over to enjoy some of the best surfing in Florida. On the other side of the island the Indian River Lagoon is home to manatees which are also protected here. There are many other attributes such as local activities,5k races, Founders Day activities, etc. - Patricia Shea
  • Mendocino, CA
    Mendocino is a small town of 2,000 people on the coast of Northern California in the wine country. It's the backdrop for many TV shows and movies. The community is amazing and supportive with interests in music, art, wine and food. Because of its natural beauty by the sea and in the redwood forest, many celebrities have 2nd homes in the area. There is a thriving art scene anchored by the Mendocino Art Center and a great local music scene. Kids grow up knowing how to dive for abalone, kayak in the ocean and play beach volleyball. - Laura Levy
  • Menonomonie, WI
    Where to start: A great bike trail connecting multiple town, two major theaters (The Mabel Tainter and UW-Stout). Great scenic drives, a wonderful history, a history of oddness, community support of local businesses and the arts, an emerging art scene. Local music happens very often. - Daniel Zabrowski
  • Meridian, MS
    It's the Birthplace of the Father of Country Music.. the one and only Jimmie Rodgers! - Daniel
  • Micanopy, FL
    River Phoenix lived there! Also, it's got amazing little shops, cafes and feels like you're in the heart of old Florida. - Elizabeth Arnold
  • Middleburg, VA
    The center of the horse world, with spectacular piedmont vistas, a town with an endless amount of charm and beauty, all a short drive from Washington McDonalds or Walmart allowed here. - Nicola
  • Middlebury, NH
    It has everything! - Judson Bartlett
  • Middlebury, VT

    Tucked between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain lies Middlebury, Vermont. One part outdoor playground, and one part food and agriculture hotspot, and one part home to its namesake College. Middlebury inspires with a roaring 20 foot waterfall on Otter Creek, brick store downtown, access to world class skiing, cycling, and fly fishing, and its vibrant academic scene. Middlebury draws heavily on its agricultural surroundings and is dotted with restaurants that source locally grown foods and pairs them with wines, beers, or ciders from nearby artisans. In 2012-2013 it will host to The Dalia Lama, NCAA National Skiing Championship, and The Vermont Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival. Middlebury is an amazing place, a beautiful place, and at 8500 people, a place deserving of “Coolest Small Town.”

    - EJ Bartlett
  • Middletown, PA
    Middletown is the oldest established town in Dauphin county. A great deal of History here as well as fantastic places to visit. Middletown is close to Harrisburg and Hershey, PA. A nice clean town. - Ralph Chevalier
  • Midland, GA
    Midland is a very beautiful and growing town. The population has increased but it still has a small town climate. Schools are some of the best in the state of Georgia.Please check out this small town. - Rosie Wycoff
  • Midway, KY
    It has a load of family-centered activities, an excellent farmer's market, lots of local shopping and is minutes from Louisville and Lexington. - Tyra
  • Mienster, TX
    Great place live, work and raise a family. Mienster is a small town with two of the best schools in the country. Muenster is a clean and neat town with the friendliest people you will find anywhere. - Giles Walterscheid
  • Milford, CT
    Small town charm, a beautiful New England Green, we are located in the middle of Boston and New York City, train service to both. Great beaches, parks and harbor. Interesting shops and restaruarnts. Fun festivals, lots to do on the cheap for young families. - Barbara
  • Milwaukie, OR
    Because it is so close to Portland that you have all the advantages of a big city but it still has the small town feel! - Rene
  • Mineola, TX
    We are a National Main Street town in the middle of East Texas, also know as a the Lake Country. You can drive a short distance in any direction and be at your favorite fishing hole. We are also a great retirement community and our downtown is full of antiques and boutiques. Stay a night with us and you just might decide to stay a lifetime. - Pam Franklin
  • Minocqua, WI

    It is the most amazing town with the natural beauty of the Northwoods of WI. Beautiful lakes, forests, wildlife and wonderful, friendly people!

    - Jane
  • Mishicot, WI
    Small town charm, friendly people, art galleries, antique shoppes. - Tim Murray
  • Mitchell, IN
    It's a Small Town with lots of Heart..always helping out someone in need and Holding events for The People to enjoy !! We have many things for Tourists...Spring Mill Park is here, and we hold the Mitchell Persimmon Festival Parade Every Year for a week long Festival, ending with a huge Parade for all to enjoy!!!Our Theme this Year for the 66th Parade is "Small Town Proud """ and we are !!! - Karen Hall
  • Moab, UT
    Moab,Utah, is home to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, is surrounded by some of the most stunning red rock landscapes on Earth. Moab’s unique combination of small resort town hospitality, beautiful scenery and the cool waters of the Colorado River has made it one of the most sought after destinations in the southwest. - Robyn Lucas
  • Molalla, OR
    Surrounded by some of the finest soil in the Willamette Valley, home to the 7th largest rodeo in the world, horses,cattle, apples and berries Black, Blue, Marion and Straw; wild and scenic white water through pristine wilderness corridor, Bigfoot Migration, community pride, great schools, abundant commercial and industrial land--and all this close to Portland but away from it all. - Jenifer Kay Hood
  • Monroe, GA
    Best antique shops, good cafes, beautiful main street, great atmosphere - Liz
  • Montevallo, AL
    We have a small college - University of Montevallo - cobblestone strees at the college. A great coffee house, unique shops and a beautiful park - Louise Alexander
  • Montevideo, MN
    Check it out!!! We are award winning as "All Star American City", "15th Place out of 25 Best Pheasants Forever"- Top Pheasant Hunting Places in America. We are the home of CURE. We just replaced our old dam with green friendly natural rapids system,our town is situated at the confluence of both Minnesota and Chippewa Rivers, Gateway to the Prairie Water System, Sister City of Montevideo, Uruguay; home of first ever Governor's Pheasant Hunt for Minnesota, Home of 2011-12 Minnesota Aquatennial Queen, Amanda Bertrand. We just commemorated the Dakota War's 150th Anniversary of Camp Release prisoners of war. We are the Veteran's Friendly Community in Minnesota. We are Home of "Hollywood on Main", we have terrific coffee shops, and so much more!! You can check us out on Facebook- we are a very progressive and active community. We also beautify our Main Street with flower baskets galore, in the warm weather months. (Need I go on????) - Debra Lee Fader Montevideo Mayor
  • Montour Falls, NY
    this quaint small town features a 150ft waterfall at the end of the main street which is lined with mid to late 19th century buildings creating a breathtaking scene. The shops range from the local pharmacy to the cupcake shop to nick nacks and more. definetely a must see place!! - Janet
  • Montverde, FL
    Montverde Florida is the Mayberry of the south. Where the rich history of grape packing plants, railways and old fishing camps has shaped the present. Today, residents still stop to wave to one another and take the time to help a fellow neighbor. Town employees check on the elderly residents of the community. Thursdays is "Old Foaggie" meeting, people of all ages gather in the community building to bring some baked goods and converse. Montverde is a place with one traffic light, an old-fashioned deli and a culture that is genuine. A community that holds old-fashioned dinners for the community for $1.00. along with Family Kickball games. Montverde is especially unique as its in the shadows of our neighbor, Orlando Florida. Few could imagine that just a short 20 minutes lies the Mayberry of the South. - Shannon Hidalgo
  • Mooresville, NC

    It's called Race City USA. We have 75% of all NASCAR teams here. Also we have the largest man made lake in NC (Lake Norman).It is just a awesome small town atmosphere.

    - Mike Goins
  • Morrill, ME
    It is a small community very close to the coast and should be recognized more than it is. - Kristen
  • Morrison, CO
    It has Red Rocks Amphitheater! Plus it has a Bandimere Speedway. Plus, a bunch of dinosaur remains, beautiful hiking/scenery, a great downtown, and the restaurants are fantastic! The community here is also very welcoming. We love Morrison! - Danica
  • Morro bay, CA
    My wife's favorite town in CA. We have RV'ed in all lower 48 states and Morro Bay is beautiful, quaint, a great place to watch surfing, sea otters, hundreds of species of birds and it even has a good municipal golf course with views of the Morro Rock. Lots of other reasons to like Morro Bay. Way Kool. - MrOAK
  • Mountainair, NM

    Active art community, and the historic Shaffer Hotel, Rancho Bonito and the Salinas Pueblo Ruins.

    - Sheila Trevett
  • Mount Carroll, IL

    With only a population of 1832, I think Mount Carroll is the coolest small town! It’s brick streets and historic building give the perfect backdrop for the many locally owned small businesses and organized actives. Mount Carroll has many unique shops and restaurants to choose from. We even have a nationally known haunted house, Ravens Grin, right in the downtown district. Mount Carroll also has many activities throughout the year. We have grave yard tours, art scenes, May fest, and the very popular Cruise Nights and that is just naming a few. Anyone who loves small towns, falls in love with Mount Carroll, IL.

    - Shaina
  • Mount Dora, FL
    Awesome little town that, while located in Central Florida, will remind you if New England. Quaint, dog-friendly...with lovely bed-and-breakfasts as well as the historic Lakeside Inn. Boutique stores and incredible (and diverse) restaurants. All within walking distance...and only a few blocks from the shore of beautiful Lake Dora. - Chris Swim
  • Mount Gretna, PA
    Nestled beneath the trees, this tiny town comes alive during the summer season with a yearly arts festival, shows at the open air playhouse, swimming at the local lake, musical acts and story telling on expansive porches. For those of us that call this little treasure home year round, there are miles and miles of walking trails and a slower pace of life that makes you feel like you are on vacation every single day. - Snuffy
  • Mountie, TX
    Christian beliefs - Debbie
  • Mount Morris, NY

    Mount Morris has recently undergone a makeover. It has new shops, restaurants and festivals galore. It's also home to Letchworth State Park, the Grand Canyon of the East!

    - Becky McKeown
  • Mount Pleasant, UT
    New business is encouraged but never at the expense of tearing down our heritage. When new people move in they perserve the old homes. Our culture remains the same and people who come in are welcome to find the treasure that remains here. - Lisa Burrows
  • Mt. Airy, NC
    It is the town Mayberry was based on for the Andy Griffith Show. Visitors can go back in time through the places Andy, Barney, and Gomer frequented, including the Mayberry courthouse, Wally's Service Station, and the Snappy Lunch, where one can get a pork chop sandwich just like Andy did. - Katherine Bailey
  • Mt Home, ID
    Our town will rally around those that need help. We have the biggest parade in our state. We also have rodeos that are packed not only from the people in town but far outside. This town has actually moved from it's original place at the foothills of the mountains to were it is now in the 1800's so the ranchers has less trouble getting their cattle to the rail station. Come take a look. - Gail Sherer
  • Mt. Sterling, KY

    Wonderful People Beautiful town located between the moutains and the bluegrass Great school systems Several great churches Good employment opprtunities

    - Dirk Pendleton
  • Muenster, TX

    German to the core!

    - Susan Causey
  • Murrells Inlet, SC
    Marshwalk, Near Beach, near some of the best golf courses in the country. Always somethng to do... I played golf here when I was younger and always wanted to move here.. I finally got the opportunity and I love it. - Mike Summerson
  • Nachadoches, TX
    Brick streets - Duane Arledge
  • Naples, NY
    Naples is the most beautiful place I've ever seen. Especially right now with all the fall colors in full effect. We are home of the (hugely popular) Grape Festival. We have many wineries in our little town including Hazlitt. We have some pretty great restaurants from Fish Fry's or Wings from The Middletown Tavern, or delicious breakfast wraps from The Grainery, complete with Woodsteads spicy and yummy Everything Sauce. We have gorgeous waterfalls to hike, like Grimes Glenn, or at Tannery Creek. We have so many places to go hiking you could never get bored. And did I mention how nice everyone is? Naples is like a big family. Everyone knows everyone and even if you move away, this is still your home. And who wouldn't be happy to call it theirs? I graduated with like 63 people in my class. It's great having a small class like that, it gives you the ability to not feel like "just another student". I could go on but I'm out of space!! - Shannon Pessin
  • Nappanee, IN
    Downtown is made up of antique shops, a sweet shop, butcher shop & a coffee shop. The library has a lot of cool kid programs including an American Girl club, a Legos club & a free kids' activity on the second Saturday of every month. Amish Acres is on the west side of town. It has wagons rides, buggy rides, a tour of an Amish house, an Arts & Crafts Festival the first weekend of August, a Fall Harvest Festival with lots of fun activities for the kids. Coppes Commons is 2 blocks east of downtown. It is an old furniture factory turned into a unique shopping experience. There's a bakery, tearoom, Christian book store, culinary market & deli & Rocket Science Ice Cream which makes your ice cream with liquid nitrogen as you watch. They also have free kids' activities on Second Saturdays. This is Amish country so you will see buggies, horse-drawn wagons & bicycles mixed in with cars & RVs. - Becky Lee
  • Narrowsburg, NY
    Funky town 2.5 hours out of NYC on the Banks of the delaware river in the foothills of the catskills. amazing natural beauty of the river, bald eagles nest ing site, hiking trails, thriving local arts scene, huge localvore farm to table scene, funky independantly owned shops. Very affordable homes and short distances to NYC, middletown ny or Scranton PA. - Hilary Smith
  • Natchez, MS
    A wonderful town known for it's beauty and southern charm. We are rich in History, being the oldest town on the Mississippi River. The people are friendly here, always there with a welcoming smile. - Sara Scott
  • Natchitoches, LA
    Its history. Natchitoches is the oldest town in the Louisiana Purchase. - Ronnie Wright
  • Navasota, TX

    Navasota is a charming small town with a big heart! From welcoming bed and breakfasts to quaint antique shops, Navasota has a lot to offer. If you enjoy blues music, be sure to join us every August for Blues Fest or visit Blues Alley, a local blues museum and live music venue. We also have a community theater that offers performances year round. Our historic downtown has a variety of shops including a department store that has been in business here for over 100 years! In the spring, bluebonnets and other wildflowers blanket the ground and make gorgeous backdrops for pictures.

    - Tiffany
  • Nederland, CO
    Historic mining town turned outdoor mecca. Gateway to Indian Peaks Wilderness. - Eric Merkt
  • Neillsville, WI
    Neillsvielle is a population of 2000 and has a lot of amish and meninite people which makes the culture very cool. There is a farmers market in the town square on sat for all the amish ad people to bring fresh vegitables and fruits. There is a wonderful clinic - hospital in town with wonderful doctors. The school is very acedemicly inclined and even has a pool. We also have some beautiful creeks and lakes for fishing and family outings. - Candice Gibson
  • Nevada City, CA
    With its unique blend of artist colonies and proximity to the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, it is one of the most unique towns in the Western Hemisphere. - Dave Schulz
  • New Albany, MS
    Rails to Trails, lots of antique/consignment stores, Sugarees Bakery, yummy restaurants, beer and light wine, various grocery stores, revitalized downtown area, fun clothing and gift shops, Tallahatchie River runs through town, Park along the River, BNA Sportsplex with water park and tennis courts, home of William Faulkner, Ingomar Indian mounds, Union Co. Museum (awesome) and Toyota, top school disrticts, varied religious opportunties, Always known as The Fair and Friendly City. - Kathy Cornelius Pace
  • Newark, OH
    Newark is such a cool laid back counrty city mix it really makes people feel at home when u are there the poeple are great its just a lil town that should never be forggotten about. - Heather Bowlby
  • New Braunfels, TX
    Terrific community with lots of history, arts, recreation and culinary options. Two rivers run through it that form a fun waterpark. Easy to get to from Austin or San Antonio. - Dale Wilkes
  • New Glarus, WI
    Quietly nestled in some lovely scenery New Glarus is a gem not enough people know about. It's Swiss history lends to some fantstic dining. Many biking trails wind through the area including the Sugar River Trail in New Glarus. Visit New Glarus Brewing's state of the art new facility atop a hill. You're close to Mount Horeb and Monroe. You can visit Monroe for cheese galore and Little Norway and Cave of the Mounds nearby. It's full of culture in the dining and architecture, scenery, activities and a general quietness that can't be beaten - Anne
    New Holland, PA has an interesting combination of Amish & Mennonite life along with "modern" life, & just a short distance from the city of Lancaster, PA. A quaint town, where, at a stop light you may see a grey buggy & horse (Amish), a black buggy & horse (Mennonite), a truck hauling New Holland tractors or farm machinery, & a brand-new Mustang from the local Ford dealer. New Holland Tractors has their headquarters here, as well as home to other manufacturing plants, like DART (cups, plates, etc). There's builders of wood furniture, gazebos, & play yards for kids, quilts, candles, and other crafts. Many places have a tie-up bar for the horses, just like in the old days...the kind ones have a bucket of water for them, too(and a shovel to clean up after them!)The many beautiful & well-kept farms produce wonderful flowers, veggies & fruit, milk & milk products..and we have delicious whoopie pies for your sweet tooth! - Peg McMIllen French
  • New Hope, PA
    Many cool bars, lots of places to hear good music and good food. Right on the river. Wide mix of many different types of people. - Maxx Meadows
  • Newman, CA
    Small farming community. Friendly, and the town is very clean. - Benjamin Jenkins
  • Newnan, GA
    Having lived here only 19 years coming from Chicago all of my life, (which I thought I'd never leave)..our town is so diversified with many attractions. Our downtown Newnan has so many things to do most of the entire year. Market Days = lst Sat or the month, Tastes of Newnan twice a year - Spring and Fall,Spring Art Show around the square, Christmas Market @ Fair Grounds in early Nov., Our gorgeous Carnegie Library where more Art is displayed and changed out every 3 months, Art dislayed on a monthly basis at or City Hall. Delicious coffee shops, and diversified restaurants in down town as well as our ASHLEY PARK area with bronze statues all around. The activities all year round are enough for everyone to get involved in. Walks and Runs for all who want to particiate, Cancer, Alzheimers, Meals on Wheels etc to help raise funds for many...and very successful. "A Horsey Affair" put on by our Historical Society was a display to behold. - Eunice E Nichols
  • New Port Richey, FL
    A historic small river town.The river is slow moving called Pithlaschascotee(Cotee).It empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Johnny & June Carter Cash,Gloria Swanson,Babe Ruth & other famous people lived in this town in river front homes.Art shows,festivals,parades, concerts & movies are regular events in Sims Park on the riverfront.You find people that live here come from everywhere.There is a Finnish club,Italian club,Polish club for examples.It is a beautiful place,it also has a public beach on the Gulf.Come see it,you wiii like it & want to live here. - charlotte surenko
  • Niwot, CO
    Very warm, friendly town, centered around the small business owner - Stephanie
  • Nixon, TX
    It has wonderful people living there and when I lived there for 4 years I felt safe. Another reason why it is a cool town is because it was where my grandmother lived ans she is buried at the cementary in this town. - Pamela Edwards
  • Nocona, TX
    Ride around on your scooter, horse, heck, even your lawn mower! we have multi-millionaires to hard working farmers. our downtown showcases an unique display of some of the most awesome classic and modern cars there are. we have always have something going on with entertainment ranging from the hottest bands, limo wine tours, downtown parades to donkey basketball. you'll never meet a stranger and you literally never know what you'll see and get to experience when you visit the coolest town there is, Nocona, Tx. - Joni Coursey
  • Northfield, MN
    A town of roughly 20,000 residents, Northfield has two liberal arts colleges (St. Olaf and Carleton), and also hosts the Defeat of Jesse James Days every September. The four day event draws nearly 100,000 visitors each year. - Scott Sandstrom
  • North Fork, CA

    Everyone knows Everyone in North Fork.I have lived there for 30 Years(all my life). My mom worked at the tiny Gas-n-stuff gas station that... Hahaha is still there! for 28 years. It is known as the exact center of California. Only a few miles from the south gate entrance into YOSEMITE! National forest is our back yard :)We have our Loggers Jamboree (74th) Every July. It is comfort and home, Wonderful to grow up in,places, Buildings, One Grocery store.. Hahah.. You have to visit! We have small tows all over in the mountains up here.Bass Lake,Auberry, Oakhurst,Ahwahnee,Fish Camp,and More :) Its just so Beautiful! PLEASE Come. Thanks, Misty <3

    - Misty Simonian
  • North Platte, NE
    We are the home of the Union Pacific Rail Yard and also the Home of the former North Platte Canteen. The Canteen Spirit still live on in North Platte. We have the Golden Spike Tower and the Rail Fest yearly in Sept. - Melissa Mackley
  • Northport, ME
    A town with real people, and beautiful oceanfront shoreline. - Bill
  • North Salem, IN
    We have a very cool little town with our own little Italian resturant with a little outdoor patio, a diner that serves all the comfort foods and atmosphere of friends and neighbors talking back and forth among table, just visiting or conducting a little business with your bank or insurance agent. We have a very eclectic shop with new & used items and homemade jewlery and flower shop within. Beautiful old churches and tree lined streets, tractors and semis sharing the same roads with cars and pickups. At a crossroad of two State Roads, its not in the middle of nowhere, but still small enough to be concerned for your neighbor and family when you hear the volunteer Fire Deptarment go out. - Elaine Burkhard
  • Northville, MI
    It has everything you need. restaurants,art, home townness & music are jus a few! what a great place! - Beth Marshall
  • Norwich, NY
    Norwich is quintessential America.....small hometown, like "Cheers" where everyone knows your name. Shops, restaurants, parks.... - Susan Jones
  • Nunda, NY
    It is a town with a lot of history.Especially the underground railroad.Located on a railroad line. Currently focused on small shops on mainstreet with beautiful flowers. Location 5 miles from Letchworth State Park - Jenny Taylor
  • Oak Harbor, WA
    We're surrounded with the beautiful views of the Puget Sound and distant mountains. - Patricia Miller
  • Oak Hill, WV
    Oak Hill has many things to offer. Our high school is AAA and our school athletics are great! We have the White Oak Rail Trail along Virginia St. in Oak Hill. The Lewis Community Center is where the majority of our larger events are located. We have an amphitheater where we can hold performances. Oak Hill has many thing for kids to do. On Main St., there is a basketball court provided by the Oak Hill Methodist Church for kids. We have our town library on the outskirts of Oak Hill. - Austin Haynes
  • Oakley, ID
    Oakley's backdrop is the City of Rocks...famous to rock climbers. Friendly people,wonderful museum, bakery/event center with the best bread ever, and a unique bed and breakfast. Everything you could need in one small town. - RaNae Bradshaw
  • Oak Ridge, TN
    The Secret City - where the atomic bombs were made! - ss
  • Oberlin, OH
    Phenomenal town. Oberlin College, especially the Conservatory of Music. The people are the coolest. It recently went from being one of the worst places to find coffee to having THE BEST coffee shop in the world, and I have been EVERYWHERE. Slow Train Café is incredible. Oberlin was a stop on the Underground Railroad. It has been THAT cool for that long. No town of this size can compare. Just fantastic. - Jennifer Lane
  • Ocean Beach, NJ
    Because it is a small family resort by the sea, that has an awesome beach and retro charm...:0) - Margie Mullin Normile
  • Ocean Grove, NJ
    The Jersey Shore gets a bad rap, but Ocean Grove might be the least Snooki-friendly spot in America. Right next door to Asbury Park, this charming little village actually got its start as a Methodist summer camp. In addition to quaint Victorian architecture, you’ll find remnants of the camp history, including the 1894 Great Auditorium, which still puts on great concerts and houses one of the biggest pipe organs in the world. Best of all, the beach here is pristine and uncluttered—not something you can say for the big boardwalk towns up and down the rest of the Shore. - Elizabeth
  • Ocean Springs, MS
    It has one of the most unique and beautiful downtown areas you could ever see with the gorgeous old tiny shops just a walk from the beach. It has the small town feel right here on the coast. It has made it to the top of the list of Mississippi Main Street Community's for the very unique look, vibe and comfort you experience while there. - Anna Austin
  • Odessa, NY
    That's where it is happening - Sharon Larison
  • Ogunquit, ME
    I go to Ogunquit with my husband every fall. It is an absolutely charming coastal town with scenic walkways, quiet beaches, and unbelievable beauty. In a word: it's paradise! - Kim Thompson
  • Ojai, CA
    Great weather, gorgeous mountains, outstanding restaurants and spas, and an outstanding arts scene that is 15 minutes from the beach. - Jason Trombley
  • Old Forge, NY
    peaceful,beautiful - LS
  • Old Town Lewisville, TX
    Great restaurants, great local vendors, great historic buildings. Our old town Lewisville has a great feeling walking up and down the brick paved side walks. The historic buildings are beautiful. - Robert Payne
  • Ontario, OH

    All of the shopping and food and activities are in this area. They have awesome schools and you feel like your in the country but you aren't.

    - Tammy Baldridge
  • Ontonagon, MI
    Ontonagon is Harbor Town and Gateway to the Porcupine Mountains. Located at the end of US 45, on the south shore of Lake Superior, Ontonagon offer the best sunset beaching in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The little cafe's in town offer some of the best home cooked meals any where. The fishing on Lake Superior or the Ontonagon River is awesome. Ontonagon is one of the oldest communities in Michigan and was the starting point for the first exploring of the Copper Range when the British and French were in charge. Check out our Museum. Michigan's largest state park, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is minutes away. Hiking, biking, cruising, boating, snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, off roading, or just relaxing on the beach, it's all here in Ontonagon. We have a lot to offer on the "Fun Side" of life. - Joe Erickson
  • Orange Beach, AL
    Google it and see..... - Preston de la Parra
  • Orleans, MA
    Nauset Beach, Pleasant Bay, Orleans Town Cove, Crystal Lake, Meetinghouse Pond, best bike trails, best pond swimming, best coffee hang-out -- The Hot Chocolate Sparrow, best sandwiches - JoMamas, best bar -- Land Ho! And best schools - Orleans Elementary, and best Cape Cod League ballfield. Not to mention the great Snows Hardware, Friends Market, Main Street Books, and Orleans Whole Food Market! - Martha Sherrill
  • Orrum, NC
    Small rural town with no stop lights, a middle school, general store, post office,and of course 2 churches. Best place to raise a family or retire. Small enough to know everyone. - Sabrina CaulderP
  • Osceola, AR
    Osceola has a great history. It has burned down and like a Phoenix, has risen from the ashes. It was flooded twice, but still remains. Osceola has a will to live that cannot be denied. It may not have the traditional aspects of "Coolest" town, but the people and remaining historic architecture make it great, along with the Mississippi River, the beautiful cotton fields and the giant catfish. Osceola is located along the Delta by-way just North of the boy hood home of Johnny Cash. It has a lovely old town square, the beautiful Florida-Cox mansion and several other century old homes. Hope you will stop by and take a visit. - Debra Felske
  • Ouray, CO

    Nestled at the base of a glacial cirque valley way up in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado, surrounded on 3 sides by 14,000 foot peaks. Great step off location for backpacking, mountain exploring, ice climbing (in winter), Jeep trips into the high country, historic Strater Hotel, drop dead gorgeous color in the fall, huge natural heated community pool. A location for movie True Grit (the original).

    - Allan Wunsch
  • Ouray, TX
    Most amazing mountain scenery in the world, but without the crowds & costs of a ski town. Box canyon so it doesn't sprawl out in subdivisions, an the people there are really nice. - Jeff
  • Oviedo, FL
    Our highschool, Hagerty High School won State Champions and we have the best band program. - Lauren
  • Oxford, MD

    Merriam-Webster defines it thusly: “a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society.” For those who reside in the Town of Oxford, Maryland, it’s a way of life. Nestled on the Eastern Shore, the Town of Oxford is tiny, historic, and oh-so-serene (well, except during its many festivals ... and boat races ... and tropical storms ....), but its heart is as big as the Chesapeake and its denizens are the lifeblood of the community. Visitors will see – and feel – this special small-town vibe any day of the week, but if they select a weekend when the town is hosting one of its many community events, they’ll not only enjoy the scenic trip (by car or boat) to this lovely waterside village, but they’ll enjoy a destination experience loaded with history, heritage, charm, and a timeless grace. And, it was named No. 1 waterfront town in the world by Yachting Magazine in 2011 There are more details

    - Carlyle Fairfax Smith
  • Oxford, MS
    Although it is a College town, it has all the small town aspects. Home of Faulkner, it looks like a storybook. The brick two story buildings with porches on them are speechless. Oxford has great restaurants, with food of every kind. Once you visit you will never want to leave. - Suz
  • Pacifica, CA
    Pacifica is a beautiful little coastal town with some of the quirkiest people you'll ever meet! - Sho
  • Pacific Grove, CA
    Family oriented, seaside resort without the glitz; friendly people with locally owned businesses. This really is America's last hometown. - Pete Tansill
  • Pagosa Springs, CO
    It has an historic downtown and a back drop o montains that ae some of the most beautiful. But in addition that it has river running thru it. Summers there is rafting, tubing fly fishing. We also have the largest Hot Springs in the United States! The mother pool is listed in the Genius book of World records for having the deepest pool. - Kellie Stevens
  • Palisade, CO

    Fueled by the three As: Alcohol, art and adventure. Palisade is the major grape and fruit-growing region of Colorado. The tiny town is at the base of Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat-topped mountain, and transitions from the high-mountains of the Rockies to the beautiful deserts west. Artists, winemakers, farmers, mountain bikers and one of the best craft distillers on the planet call Palisade home.

    - Jacob Harkins
  • Palm coast, FL
    great beaches, nice people - larry
  • Palouse, WA
    Beautful - liza chavira
  • Paonia, CO
    Located in the fertile North Fork Valley, Paonia is all about one thing: fruit! The tiny town was founded in the 1880s by a fruit farmer, and it’s still surrounded by orchards (cherries, apples, nectarines, peaches) and vineyards. At Revolution Brewing, cherries show up in the seasonal IPA—and they even make a delicious cherry soda for the kids. During the annual Mountain Harvest Festival, you can go on farm-to-farm bike tours, stomp grapes, or enter pie bake-offs. And the wine grown in the area is surprisingly sophisticated and delicious! - Nick D.
  • Paradise, CA
    Another small Mountain town, which slows us down and makes us want to smell the roses.... - Char White
  • Paradise, MI
    Whitefish Point. I don't really need to say more, but the area is one of the prettiest places in the world. The falls are wonderful too. One of our favorite places to visit. - Ardent Whiteraven
  • Paris, TX
    We have a lot of neat things here to see. WE have a large downtown fountain. There is also an Effiel Tower with cowboy hat on top. WE have veternans memorial that is being built..Lots of history in Paris, TX. Great parks! - Angela Bedford
  • Park City, UT
    It was originally a small mining town located in the alpine mountains, just East of Salt Lake City. It is currently the home of the Sundance film festival. It boasts top of the line ski resorts (where some olympic events were held). It has been visted by hundreds of celebrities, yet it retains the feeling of an intimate, rustic small alpine american town. - Rebecca Jones
  • Parkersburg, WV
    We are located on the Ohio river. We have the Blennerhassett Island and the Blennerhassett Hotel...nice. The streets are clean and the people are very friendly. - Angela Young Sink
  • Park Rapids, MN
    Beautiful town that has everything - scenic settings with lakes and trees, head of the Heartland bike Trail, great unique shopping, friendly people, lots to do or you may choose to do nothing at all and just relax. - Jill May
  • Parsons, WV
    ccause we all come together in time of need fore eachother were all like family here - james butler
  • Pass Christian, MS
    WE have the best casinos and the beaches are a beauty - ann
  • Patagonia, AZ
    It's easy to buy local in Patagonia, because all of the businesses are locally owned! We have no franchises in this great community of about 900 residents. Because individuality is so encouraged in our community, we sometimes get referred to as Patagoofy! In addition to our locally-owned shops and restaurants, we have a great library, community center, center for the creative arts with a community theater, a community garden, and our own radio station. Annual events include the Patagonia Fall Festival, Community Garden Pie Auction, Radio Station Luau Dinner, Volunteer Fire Fighter Steak Fry, and the 4th of July parade and celebration. We're also an official gateway community for the Arizona Trail, a national scenic trail. The surrounding Patagonia Mountains provide lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation and wildlife viewing. Oh and at 4000', our weather is near perfect year-round! - Wendy Russell
  • Pea ridge, AR
    See the battle of pea ridge nice little town to raise children it has a grocery store freds ,dollar store many restaurants to choose from and people are very friendly and nice - jodie simpson
  • Pearisburg, VA
    Situated just below one of the high points on the Appalachian Trail and just off the oldest US river, the New River, Pearisburg is filled with great history and fun outdoor activities. The film crew for David Baldacci's novel "Wish You Well" just arrived and you'll see our town in this movie based on a 1940's family in coal mining country - Linda Hayes
  • Pelahatchie, MS
    Mayor Knox Ross is a cool, progressive mayor who has taken a very creative and unique approach to annexation which has resulted in increased revenues to the town without adding demands on public utilities. Through his foresight in attracting a Yogi Bear Park, a revenue generator for this town of approximately 1400 residents, Pelahatchie has truly become a tourist destination. As a result of the local leadership, who had a vision and a determination to have a plan in place, they were able to take advantage of federal funds that became available as a result of Hurricane Katrina to make dramatic improvements to their downtown including the revitalization of a vacant, rundown building into a modern community center as well as improvements to Town Hall, the local police and fire department, streetscapes and sidewalks, splash-pads and Wi-Fi access. In addition, in establishing an Annual Muscadine Festival, Pelahatchie is able to capitalize on the talents of the local creative class of residents by providing a venue to showcase their unique products and crafts. The monies raised from this annual event are then re-invested in the downtown to add enjoyable amenities that will draw residents to the area and continue to increase pride in their hometown. Pelahatchie is now creating its own WOW factor. - Sonny Thomas
  • Pelham, NY
    cuz we are the empire state - teddy assatly
  • Penn Yan, NY

    finger lakes

    - marty
  • Pepperell, MA
    Small town everything all around you, yet close to big things if you ever need them. Great folks live here. - Kevin Pomeroy
  • Perry, NY
    Perry is proving that local investment in independent businesses and the community is the sustainable way to grow. No big box stores, but community groups from the Main Street Association to the Perry Farmers' Market, to Read Around Perry, the Arts Council for Wyoming County, Rotary, and Shake on the Lake have worked to make the community a place to be, alongside the renowned Silver Lake Drive-In, Hole in the Wall Restaurant, a bookstore, music store, met market, outdoor store, and more. With both the natural beauty of Letchworth State Park and Silver Lake and the only pre-Civil War block extant in western NY, the people of Perry are making their town the best place to be. - Ann Burlingham
  • Petaluma, CA
    Once known as the "Butter and Egg Capitol of the World," the 1853 town retains its small-town charm, with cool historic downtown buildings now housing independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants. The town is in Sonoma County, with vineyards and wineries within easy reach. But unlike upscale, touristy Wine Country towns like Healdsburg, Petaluma is still a town for the locals -- while being warm and welcoming to visitors. - Tina Caputo
    Petersburg is the only town on the island of Mitkof in southeast Alaska. You can see eagles, moose, black-tailed deer, bears, whales, sea lions, and more! Our town is a working fishing village with no box stores. - Jill Powers
  • Petersburg, IN
    Its people! - G Daniel
  • Petersburg, WV
    It's my hometown! Seneca rocks! Blackwater falls, Dolly Sods, Smokehole Cavers and many more natural wonders of WEst Virginia. - Jesse Crites
  • Petoskey, MI
    We have the best area for 4 seasons! Skiing in the winter, Hiking in the Spring, boating, swimming, kayaking, and everything else in the Summer, and in the Fall, color tours are our area's specialty! A great local art area, amazing restaurants, a thriving and quaint downtown, and views and sunsets that will knock your socks off. Check it out! - Christina Struck
  • Pflugerville, TX
    First- It's between a Rock (Round Rock Texas) and a weird place (Austin Texas). We are just far enough from all the action to have a great show, but not close enough to get mud on our face! Second- We are home to great schools, and great neighborhoods. Third- Our city council, mayor, and non-profit groups work hard to improve the city for its community. Fourth- We have a beautiful lake, great parks, and hike/bike trails all over our city. Fifth- We have great restuarants here, some regulars, and some excellent one of a kind establishments. - Beau Dawson
  • Phelps, NY
    small town... easy going... great school. Great place to raise your kids without the worry of crime and gangs. - Rhonda W.
  • Philadelphia, MS
    Awesome places to eat, loads of history, and loads of culture from the Choctaw Indians - Thomas
  • Philipsburg, MT

    This small town of less than 1,000 people has heart bigger than the Montana sky it sits under. The town has received awards for its restored 19th century architecture, but it is the souls that live and work in this historic mining town that make it the last best place in the last best place. Philipsburg has been the subject of two Today show features with Bob Dodson. Both highlighted the town's ability to raise enormous funds when a community member has been in need - and do it the old-fashioned way - with no government handouts. We are home to the oldest operating school house in the state, as well as the oldest theater, still operating as a live theater. So that no good deed goes unpunished, the Sheriff's office still has a noose hanging in the bell tower! We've often been likened to the television program "Northern Exposure," and have in fact on occasions had moose saunter right through town on the main street.

    - Anne E. Fillmore
  • Phillipsburg, NJ
    It has one of the proudest high school sports traditions in the country. - Sean McNally
  • Phillips, WI
    Phillips, Wisconsin has some of the most friendly people. Tourists write to the paper to say how nice & helpful the people in Phillips are to those visiting. Phillips also has a large number of lakes surrounding the town, which is great for so many recreational activities. Don't forget Fred Smith's Concrete Park, which is an interesting display of statues made from broken glass bottles and cement. The Czech Fest is held in Phillips every June. There is often some event or activity happening there. At a population of about 1,600 (and with more people living outside of the city limits), it is a wonderful little town with great scenery and great people! - Lynne
  • Picayune, MS
    It is a quaint little town that has great food and even greater people. Down home country charm and values. Named after the New Orleans news paper the Times-Picyune - Melissa White
  • Pilot Point, TX
    Great little old fashioned gem in the middle of horse country. Huge lake and beaches. - Staci Brian
  • Pinetop/Lakeside, AZ
    It's impossible for me to know where to begin! Pinetop/Lakeside (population 4,156 or more, definitely under 10,000) was founded in 1984 when the neighboring towns merged together. It's beautiful and a little wacky, just the way I like it! There are more than 65 lakes and streams in town and the surrounding White Mountains. Some of the lakes and forests come with their own old wive's tales and superstitions closely related to some of the Navajo and Apache Indian tribe's stories of old. It's so easy to get lost in part of the USA's largest stretch of Ponderosa Pines! The locals are amazing. So many shops, restaurants and family-owned businesses are located in this mountain town. And skiing? It's a 45 minute drive from the heart of Pinetop/Lakeside and it's the best skiing in AZ! Personally, my favorite thing about Pinetop/Lakeside are the four seasons. Fishing, hiking, walking, gazing, hunting...yes! - Elle S.
  • Pitman, NJ
    Regional Theatre, great dining, made a stand for keeping Christ in Christmas. Historic Grove area. - Richard Brown
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    Educaton, Arts, Theater, Hospitals, Restaurants, Night Life, Skyline, Sports! So much more! - Ed McCauley
  • Pittsford, NY
    Located on the Erie Canal, so there's lots of history and a quaint village "downtown" with local shops and a great library. Nice place to grow up. - Stephanie Wien
  • Placerville, CA
    After the discovery of gold in nearby Coloma, California by James W. Marshall in 1848 sparked the California Gold Rush, the small town now known as Placerville was known as Dry Diggin's after the manner in which the miners moved cartloads of dry soil to running water to separate the gold from the soil. Later in 1849, the town earned its most common historical name, "Hangtown", because of the numerous hangings that had occurred there.[7] By 1850, the temperance league and a few local churches had begun to request that a more friendly name be bestowed upon the town. The name was not changed until 1854 when the City of Placerville was incorporated. At its incorporation Placerville was the third largest town in California. In 1857 the county seat was then moved from Coloma to Placerville, where it remains today. - Greg Greenwood
  • Plymouth, WI
    Plymouth has a RECORD number of handpainted, historic murals: 24! It also has antique stores galore, lots of other shops, historic tours, cafes, an arts center, and walking tours. - Missy
  • Point Roberts, WA
    Point Roberts, Washington, like the people who live here, is a mix of down home, small town charm and International consciousness. We're only 20 minutes from Vancouver International airport and not much longer from downtown Vancouver, BC. Many of our full-time residents are consultants, inventors, scientists, writers, artists and virtual business owners who enjoy the natural beauty, peace and relaxed pace in between global travels. A geopolitical oddity, Point Roberts is a part of the United States that is not physically connected to it, making it a pene-exclave of the U.S. It is located on the southernmost tip of the Tsawwassen Peninsula, south of Delta, British Columbia, Canada, and can be reached by land from the rest of the United States only by traveling through Canada. It can be reached directly from the rest of Washington and the U.S. by crossing Boundary Bay by sea or air. The lifestyle here evens out economic differences - most of what we do "for fun" is free! Fresh air, miles of trails through ancient forests, miles of natural beaches, ocean kayaking, sailing, biking, hiking, photography and sighting our thriving eagle community and visits from J-Pod Orca whales can be enjoyed by everyone. For more information about living in Point Roberts, WA see our Point Roberts Living site Point Roberts, Washington 98281 - Terry Ray
  • Pontotoc, MS
    *There is almost no crime *You cannot walk down the street without hearing "Howdy" from someone. *Sweet Tea! *Neighbors help Neighbors! *"Mom and Pop shops",with the best friendly service around - Sahara Cornwell
  • Portage, PA
    It's beautiful and clean! - Robert
  • Port Angeles, WA
    It is nested in between the Olympic Mountain National Park and the Juan De Fucca passage. One just has to look north or south to have an ocean view or a mountain view. This offers all kind of activities. For a tiny town it has a very active cultural live. You just have to hop on the ferry and in less than hour you are in Canada (18 miles closer than Seattle!) It is never hot (above 80) And many other things check it out - jd
  • Port Clinton, AZ
    It's on Lake Erie. It's the Walleye Capital of the world and the crime rate is low. It's a tight knit community and it's where I used to live and want to move back to someday soon. Lots of fishermen come there for contests and it's close to CEDAR POINT which has the best Roller Coasters around! - Linda Zigon
  • Port Huron, MI
    Many Community based events all year long. The Most Beautiful Water Front in the Nation. - Robert Richards
  • Portland, CT
    It's your typical, wonderful New England town. Terrific people, safe, a marvelous school system, on the banks of the Connecticut River, has marinas, ponds for swimming and boating, the old Brownstone Quarries and a wonderful history!!! - Janet Perry
  • Portsmouth, NH
    It just is, man. - David McCarrhy
  • Port Washington, WI
    Quaint friendly town, beautiful harbor, lakeshore and Marina, best Charter Fishing on Lake Michigan!! charming buildings and merchants. - Sharon Waranka
  • Port Wing, WI
    Port wing is located in the heart of the Northern Wisconsin Boreal Forest, on the sandy shore of Lake Superior, plays host to Wisconsin Largest Fish Boil since 1958. Names like Jardine at the Port Wing Marina and Holiday Pines Resort and Johnson (Smokey) at Everett Smoked Fish have made the town as famous as Wisconsin Badger Jo Anderson. Beautiful sunsets - great people, wonderful hospitality - located on Wisconsin's Newest Scenic Byway - Hwy 13 from Superior to Bayfield - Ted
  • Poulsbo, WA
    Located on a bay that looks like a Norwegian Fjord this charming Scandinavian inspired town has cute shops, a variety of nice resturants and scenic beauty. A booardwalk leads from the waterfront park located in the center of town along the bay to another waterfront park and is an easy stroll. The people are very friendly and obivously have great pride in their town and Scandinavian heritage. There is a large marina and the bay is dotted with fishing boats and yachts. The Olympic Mountains are the backgroud over the bay and make this one of the most scenic towns in Washington. - Jill Betts
  • Prague, OK
    It's a "Mayberry" kind of town. Nestled between Tulsa and Oklahoma City, it has small town charm. It has several restaurants and gas stations, a grocery store, several shops, two banks and two fitness centers. The people are friendly and generous. It is close enough to the big cities to enjoy nearly everything you could imagine, but you don't even have to leave town to have enough. It's almost perfect! - Angela
  • Prairie du Chien, WI

    As the oldest settlement on the upper Mississippi River, Prairie du Chien has some pretty amazing history that dates back to the fur traders and Native Americans. It only takes a drive or boat ride along our scenic river road for a visitor to notice our gorgeous bluffs, river valley, and a vibrant and historic downtown. Looking closer, you'll see an abundance of locally owned boutiques, historical society sites including St. Feriole Island, and an emerging local foods culture. A local icon is Pete's Hamburgers, a small food stand that has been featured on the travel channel. Prairie du Chien is also becoming famous for the New Year's Eve "Dropping of the Carp" event... it's been mentioned on national tv several times.

    - Rebecca Eby
  • Prairie Grove, AR
    great history and people to match :) - Karen Martin
  • Prattsburgh, NY
    Greatest people and nice laid back, country setting. Located in the finger lakes. - Brett Robbins
  • Prentiss, MS
    We have lots of little shops, good restaurants, and we are the Gateway to the Long Leaf Trace. More and more retirees are finding us and moving for the low cost housing in a safe town that is not far from larger cities, and we have our own hospital. - Timothy Bryant
  • Prescott, AZ
    Courthouse Square rocks - square block includes cool western galleries with original Northern Arizona artists' work. On Whiskey Row, you can eat, drink, shop,or hang out, lounging on the grass or blanket beneath a 100+year-old tree. OR push open the swinging saloon doors of the infamous Palace Saloon, sidlinf up the historic bar for a drink here or any of other bars along historic Whiskey Row, Prescott, Arizona. - patricia watkins
  • Prosperity, SC
    Prosperity is a beautiful town. It has great schools. We have a large lake, Lake Murray. - Robyn
  • Prosser, WA
    Birthplaceof the Washington Wine Industry. Over 30 wineries in the town of Prosser, WA. Some are large beautiful building others are boutique wineries. A quaint downtown, home to Chukar Cherries Chocolate factory, Prosser Hot Air Balloon Festival Voted one of 2012 Best communities for Young People. The Yakima River runs though the town. - Diane Smestad
  • Provincetown, MA
    Anyone is accepted here. No judgement. Artists, families, cross-dressers, altnernative lifestyles...whatever. You can be yourself in this town and nobody will blink an eye. The art galleries are amazing, the restaurants are some of the best I've ever eaten at and the views of the ocean and the bay are spectacular. Whale-watching, bike trails, dune tours, fishing, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This place is a must-visit. - Laurie Pani
  • Pulaski, NY
    Annual Salmon Run - Bill Markle
  • Purcellville, VA
    It is a small town and reminds me of the town I grew up in. Everyone knows everyone. You can walk down the street without worries. There is so many activities for the whole family. You see children riding their bikes all through the town. It is just like a big family all through town. - Kim Tindol
  • Put-in-Bay, OH

    Put-in-Bay is on an island in the Lake Erie Shores and Islands region of Ohio.   Put-in-Bay feels more like a Caribbean Island than and place in Lake Erie - without the salt of course.   Put-in-Bay itself is a town on South Bass Island which is home to a exceptionally vibrant bar scene with live bands and tons of outdoor imbibing venues.   However, venture away from downtown and the Island is a family friendly spot with history around every vineyard including Perry's Victory Monument built to commemorate the War of 1812's battle fought there.

    - Ryan Whaley
  • Putnam, CT
    Amazing food and drink (85 Main's Raw Bar and The Stomping Ground's Gourmet Grilled Cheese sandwiches and 10 craft brews on tap), fantastic shops (Wonderland Books, Antiques Marketplace, and Glimpse of Gaia boutique), two theaters (The Bradley and the Black Box), and rocking live music (the Stomping Ground - five nights a week!)all make Putnam one of the coolest towns in the Northeast! Not to mention the Riverfire weekends, the Putnam Car Cruise (3000 classic cars!), the Oyster Fest, the Particle Accelerator (15 bands!), and many other events. Good times abound! - Terry Paquette
  • Quartzsite, AZ
    population 3500 to winter population up to 1,000,000 plus.Largest rock and gem show in the country.Oldest county of aged people averaging 67 yr young. Home of the crookedest politics,the best restuarants. friendiest people from all over the world with the largest number of RVs covering 10sq. miles. - Ralph S. Trickel
  • Quincy, CA

    Quincy is a gem in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Located on HWY 70 between Oroville and Reno NV, it is a picture perfect small town nestled in American Valley with the population of 5,500 Surrounded by mountains in Plumas County, it encompasses scenic beauty as well as a wonderful community that lives in this quaint town. As you enter from the northwest, the majestic Plumas County Courthouse, located in the center of town meets your eye. There is a wonderful quaint Main St. with amazing businesses that continues to the east toward Reno and Truckee. The charm of the four seasons; beautiful fall, winter winterland, spring wildflowers, and summer mountain living is a joy to behold. Home of the Feather River Watershed, lakes and rivers abound with recreational opportunities. You really have to see this gem of a town to believe it.

    - Lori Simpson
  • Quincy, IL
    Great architecture, friendly people, river, good food - scott
  • Quincy, ND
    Too many reasons to list. - M. Leavy
  • Random Lake, WI
    Yes! There actually is a lake! Random is a very cute town that includes great food at The Home Front, plenty of fun at Globe Lanes, and great Ice Fishing on Random Lake! - Emily Szczepanski
    Beautiful hidden gem in the western mountains of Maine! Swimming in the lake during the summer, hunting and leaf peeping in the fall, and skiing in the winter! And the people are the nicest ever...what more could you want? Shopping? We've got that too! - Liz Atwood
  • Red Bank, NJ
    Between the nightlife, the great food, fashion, the theaters, culture and awesome music scene; Red Bank is crawling with colorful characters alongside a beautiful backdrop of the Navesink River. - Amanda
  • Redding, CA
    Right on the Sacramento and Pit Rivers that flow from Melting Snow on Mt.Shasta..has unique Sundial Bridge, Many craft outlets, Turntable Bay Museum of Nature, Nesting Eagles, unique plazas of stores, Amtrack Train Station, Cowboys, no snow, hot Summers, talented People performing at Convention Center and Playhouse, Low Crime, good place to raise children, two Colleges.. Friendly merchants and people.. - Vic voss
  • Red Lodge, MT
    Western history, short distance to Yellowstone National Park, fishing, camping, wildlife, a gazillion stars can be seen at night. A Nice place. Bend, Oregon would have tied but it grey way too big to qualify. - Bruce
  • Red River, NM
    ski trails two blocks from main st, dozens of local shops,lots of cool festivals, hundreds of acres of national forest surrounding, and an artist's haven. - Eamon
  • Republic, WA
    Republic began as a mining town during the Gold Rush days. Located in the NorthEast region of Washington State, it is surround by natural beauty and is an outdoor lovers paradise in all seasons. In addition there is the Stonerose Interpretive Center & Fossil Site-The organisms found at Stonerose lived nearly 50 million years ago, in a time know as the Eocene Epoch. At that time, the area now occupied by the City of Republic was part of an ancient lake, and there's Anderson's Grocery since 1900 - A Fourth Generation owned grocery store started by Chas Anderson and now run by the Anderson Ladies, the Republic Brewing Company - local brew housed in the old Fire Hall, and the K Diamond K Guest Ranch - an old West adventure, and the Ferry County Fairgrounds which houses the restored, antique wooden Carousel, just to name a few of the outstanding and historical businesses and attractions in this quaint and friendly mountain town. - scharlesanders
  • Rhinelander, WI
    Well Because it is - kathy schumacher
  • Ridgefield, WA
    Only a few miles from Portland, OR, it has the feel of an All American small town. There is a National Wild Life Refuge between downtown and the Columbia River. The town has activities going most of the time. Our July 4th parade is wonderful, we have Birdfest, and a Christmas Celebration that is straight out of Currier and Ives. There are not very many businesses but all are unique and colorful. The historic Liberty Theater offers coffee and ice cream during the week, and great entertainment during the weekends. There are several good restaurants, and the Dancing Rabbit gifts, with something for everyone. There is the Lilly Wiggins Antiques, an art gallery showcasing local artists, and the historic hardware store that has EVERYTHING. The restaraunts include, the Pioneer Grill, a Mexican taquita, Pizza, the Tavern, which also has a bar and pool tables, the new Bistro, and a Tea room. There are parks, everywhere. - Jean Ennis
  • Ridgeland, MS
    The people in Ridgeland are the greatest. They work together and help each other. They are also very friendly--go figure!! It's a town in the great state of Mississippi. Ridgeland is full of shops and restaurants, but still has a small town feel to it. - Susanne Blaumuller
  • Ridgway, CO
    It's the most breath taking place in the US--with jaw dropping views of the San Juan Mountains, it was the set for John Wayne's True Grit and How the West Was Won--it's where Ralph Lauren has his 13,000 acre ranch and where world class mountain guides from all over the country come to live. Its dirt roads lend themselves to traffic jams--where the traffic is a result of cattle moving across the road. The town is filled with artists and was recently designated a Colorado Creative District. And, there is so much to do--historically, recreationally, and spiritually. Hot springs, mountain streams, hot air balloons, a 1000-acre reservoir, golf, great restaurants. Truly America's gem of a town. - Brian Scranton
  • Roanoke, TX
    Roanoke, Texas (pop. 8,000) is The Unique Dining Capital of Texas, and features a funky, eclectic, and historic downtown that dates back to 1881 when the Texas & Pacific Railroad came through. Back then, in the "Wild West," Roanoke was a cattle center and THE spot for locals to play and party with a saloon and brothel that drew visitors from all over. The Silver Spur Saloon and downtown Roanoke is legendary as a hangout for outlaw Sam Bass and Bonnie and Clyde. Roanoke's Continental State Bank was one of the only banks in the area Bonnie and Clyde didn't rob, reputedly, because this is where they hung out. Today, the infamous tradition lives on in this distinctive destination for food and entertainment. Since it opened in 1993, Roanoke has been famous for the iconic, original Babe's Fried Chicken, and is home to popular Hard Eight BBQ, Twisted Root Burger, plus forty more popular restaurants. Roanoke is now known for lines of hungry diners gathering on historic Oak Street to enjoy the comfort food and ambience. Named by the Texas Legislature as The Unique Dining Capital of Texas in 2009, Roanoke is the place foodies crave. The Silver Spur was renovated in 2008 to house a gracious and intriguing Visitor Center & Museum that offers a peek into Roanoke’s past and up to date information about Roanoke’s free outdoor concert series and extraordinary special events. Come see us and find out why Roanoke is the "hot spot, warm people, cool place" town. And come hungry! - Amy Radford
  • Rochester, MI
    Vintage town that regards the value of history and promotes contemporary fun times for the entire family in a rural historical village. Check out our Holiday festivities! Close to freeways that access the entire state yet quiet residences supported by local small business and industry. - Ruth Ann Dueweke Frantz
  • Rockaway, NY
    Rockaway, NY is a beach town in Queens that is the most western part of the Long Island penninsula. The 5.5 mi. long Rockaway Boardwalk and 170 acres of sandy beaches, fully accessible by subway, make this a popular summer day trip for New York City residents. Toward the western end of the boardwalk, several portions of the beach are fenced off to preserve the nesting habitat for several species of terns and plovers, offering unique birdwatching. The town is home to lower, middle, and upper class residents but it's hard to tell who is who because people are in bathing suits 6 months out of the year. American Flags fly on every block, and red wagons and beach cruisers are the main form of transportation in this neighborhood. The Rockaway Arts Council provides a wide range of events throughout the year, and the Rockaway Concsession stands have been featured all over NY magazines and newspapers this year for their food and local bands. - Kerry Maguire
  • Rock Hall, MD
    This small-town treasure is rich in maritime history, with watermen continuing to harvest the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay. Enjoy live performances at the Mainstay, browse unique shops, savor scrumptious seafood, fish with a licensed fishing captain, stroll the small beach with quaint boardwalk,take a nature walk at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, or visit 3, story-filled museums. Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend, FallFest celebrating the oyster and Waterman's Day are just 3 of the town's annual events that are fun for young and old alike. - Michelle
  • Rockport, ME
    Beautiful harbor, ocean and mountain views, great restuarants, people and just the best of everything! - Patty Kitchen
  • Rockwell Mills, NY
    Has alot of scenery and alot of past history! - Alice Enck
  • Romeo, MI
    Small shops, antique shops,nice little pubs, small hometown winery, maintained historic homes, nice walking, close access to bike trails, nice little parks. Warm home town hospitality. Near to local orchards. Small art gallery. Historic blacksmith shop available for tours. - Janet G Kopriva
  • Romney, WV
    Romney is one of the best small cities in West Virginia in which to live, raise a family, visit, and grow a business. It is renowned for its historical significance, respect for tradition, culture, recreational opportunities, safe attractive neighborhoods and warm friendly people. Romney is celebrating 250 years and is the oldest town in the state's oldest and first county. - Melanie MIlliken
  • Rosemary Beach, FL
    Classic old world feeling with one of the prettiest beaches anywhere. - Alison Arce
  • Rossville, IN
    Because you know everyone and you can always depend on people. - Kim
  • Royal Oak, MI
    Great downtown, very cool vibe overall. Town & country at its best - minutes to all kinds of great venues and the great outdoors. - Mi,e Joseph
  • Ruidoso, NM

    Ruidoso is "cool" in every sense of the word. We are a Village located in the mountains of South Central New Mexico with a thriving arts community, a mid-town shopping district full of eclectic shops and a wide selection of restaurants - and our temperatures are generally 15-20 degrees lower than the surrounding areas of Southern New Mexico & West Texas. Summer visitors flock here to relax in the cool pines, hike, horseback ride, mountain bike and enjoy the races at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. Winter brings skiers, snowboarders and snow tubers to Ski Apache and Winter Park.

    - Gina Kelley
  • Sag harbor, NY
    Mom and pop stores only! Great restaurants, very nice school, fantastic community feeling and pride. I live in east Hampton and although EH is super beautiful, sag harbor Village is way cooler and fun! - Olivia brooks
  • Saint Albans, VT
    Our town has a haunted Inn (the Back Inn Time), a beautiful shopping district with lively stores in buildings with awesome turn-of-the-century architecture. We have delicious, local food from sandwich shops like Cosmic Bakery on up to fine dining like Chow Bella and Jeff's Restaurant. Our funky farmer's market attracts hundreds of visitors every Saturday and has everything from fresh from the farm produce to kettle corn and smoked sandwiches right out of the smoker! - Mike McCarthy
  • Saint Charles, IL
    A beautiful setting in the Fox River Valley with lots of citizen involvement in government and non-profit organizations. Family Circle # 1 in 2011 for raising families. Award winning library, top notch schools, a great park district and very good city services all located just 35 miles west of downtown Chicago. - Mike Hill
  • Saint Germain, WI

    Saint Germain is the perfect place to go to experience the Northwoods of Wisconsin!! In the middle of Eagle River and Minocqua. Beautiful Lakes, snowmobile trails, paved bike paths and the locals are wonderful!!

    - Jami Burger
  • Salado, TX
    Salado is the Jewel of Texas, there are quaint Bed and Breakfasts and great shops offering antiques and local artistry. During the year Salado hosts the Texas Highland Games, multiple art fares, antique and collectible car shows and local and Texas wine venues. - William McFarland
  • Salida, CO
    Townie bikes everywhere, sking Monarch mountain and whitewater rafting on arkansas river. Everybody make u like a local. And all the great festivals all year long. - Brad smith
  • Salida, TX
    On the river, in the groove, near the snow and far, far away from the crowds. - Nancy McNeil
  • Salina, KS
    Toto-land of course! The hospitality isn't top top nothc,but ample & some ill go WQAY out of the way for you! Our pop. just hit about $50k this year and things are moving n up.1989 All American Ciy - eltonscott
  • Salmon, ID
    Sits right on the Salmon River, some of the best white water rafting in the country, and next to Frank Church Wilderness Area, the second largest protected wilderness with over 2.3 million acres and the gateway to the famous River of No Return. Heart is what they get by on, especially now with a neighboring town of North Fork under evacuation due to a 300,000 acre wildfire, the residents are boarding others livestock and horses and pets for those who had to leave their homes. This community bands together and supports one another! - Beth Doan
  • Sandpoint, ID

    It's simple, we have it all and no one wants to leave when they come here. We are surrounded by mountains, one of which holds the largest ski resort in all of Idaho and Washington: Schweitzer Mountain Resort, and nestled next to the large and magnificent Lake Pend Oreille. We're more than just beauty and one way we show it is how we embrace the arts with murals, live music and galleries throughout our small town. Our people are some of the most friendly and genuine people you'll ever meet. People come here for the beauty and outdoors and stay here because of the people they meet. Outdoors enthusiasts love it here because of the abundance of nature and activities you can do all year round. Our sayings are 'it just comes natural' and 'what a beautiful pace'. Compared to many but matched by none.

    - Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce
  • San Francisco, CA
    ah because everyone comes here to see our beautiful victorians and we have no freeways in is perfect and we have both hills and beach and the most beautiful golden gate bridge. Also there are more songs written about Sf so it must be best - Lynn Shauinge
  • San Luis Obispo, CA
    Perfect weather, things to do, college town, close to ocean, friendly people, voted Happiest Town in America. - Maura Shannon
  • Santa Claus, IN
    Located in beautiful Southern Indiana. Very quiet with great camping. Also the site of Holiday World, a world class amusement park. Lincoln State Park and the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial are nearby with larger cities in easy driving distance. - John Moore
  • Santa Fe, NM
    One of the oldest cities in America - Wlliam Walters
  • Saranac Lake, NY

    It has a very cozy feeling! Lakes, mountains, and really fresh air and great wildlife!

    - Shawn Boyer
  • Saratoga Springs, NY
    City feel in a small town, best restaurants, walkable downtown, best coffee! - Katya
  • Sardis, MS
    Because I have not lived here long enough to figure out the badnesses. I still just love the old main street, plentiful churches and the delightful people. - Steve
  • Sausalito, CA
    Paradise found. - Carl W. Krause
  • Savannah, TN
    Beautiful setting on the Tennessee River, beautiful historic homes lining the riverbank. Small shops along Main Street make you feel welcome. History comes alive when you tour the Cherry Mansion, used as Grant's headquarters and a hospital for the Battle of Shiloh. Churches are important and the whole community turns out for home games. People are friendly, smart and enterprising. Come find out! - Marta Perry Pearsall
  • Saxapahaw, NC
    Small, quaint, gravel roads, no light only two way stop. Yes you can spit and you're out of it, but the people are kind, the food at the General Store and The Eddy Pub is outstanding, wifi at the cafe, and it's a great place to nuzzle in and enjoy the quiet and the stars. - Molly D.
  • Sayre, PA

    Sitting along the beautiful Susquehanna river, and birth place of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, a great town to raise kids, and be safe.

    - Susan M. Gauss
  • Schertz, TX
    Some of the best local food places with nice neighborhoods around. - Travis
  • Scottsboro, AL