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These Underrated American Towns in Are Legit *Perfect* for a Weekend Getaway

Big cities are great and all, but if you’re looking to ~get away from it all~ for some peace and quiet, then small towns are the way to go. And while you’re likely familiar with the most popular American travel destinations out there (New Orleans! New York City! Napa Valley!), you maaaay not be familiar with all the cute lil towns that America has to offer. Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing beach retreat or an adventure-packed getaway, we’ve rounded up all the best small towns in America that are well, well worth a visit.

Maybe you’re planning a girls’ trip or bachelorette party weekend. Maybe you and your boo are looking to schedule a romantic honeymoon or sexy getaway for two. Whatever the case, you’ll find quaint towns all over the damn country that make fab vacation destinations—even if you’ve never heard of them before. Ahead, all the must-visit small towns in the good ol’ US of A that deserve your attention, along with all the things to see, do, experience, and eat while you’re there. Happy exploring!!

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The mystical Arizona desert town of Sedona is known for its vibrant arts community, iconic canyons and rock formations, and easy access to Red Rock State Park.

What to do: Hike the Devil’s Bridge Trail, visit a vortex site, check out wineries along the Verde Valley Wine Trail, and go swimming at Slide Rock State Park.

Where to eat: Latin-inspired restaurant Mariposa offers incredible views of Sedona’s red rocks—not to mention really, really good food.

Where to stay: Run by two artists, A Sunset Chateau is a cozy hilltop B&B with lush gardens, a heated salt water pool, and truly S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G views.

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A former Victorian mining town, Telluride is now a world-renowned destination for skiing, golfing, hiking, and exploring in the Rocky Mountains.

What to do: Ride the Telluride Mountain Village Gondola, hike Bear Creek Trail, have a beer (or two) at the Telluride Brewing Co., and go shopping on Main Street.

Where to eat: Cosmopolitan Telluride is *chef’s kiss* if you’re looking for something fancy—plus, it has a really great name. 😏

Where to stay: The historic New Sheridan Hotel is right in the heart of downtown Telluride on Main Street, and it’s got a fantastic restaurant and swanky bar.

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Nestled in the Adirondack region of upstate New York, Lake George offers a tranquil lil getaway for lovers of wine and fresh mountain air.

What to do: Hike Prospect Mountain, visit the Adirondack Winery, and spend the day at Million Dollar Beach.

Where to eat: While a lil pricey, Bistro Leroux is the place to go for a romantic dinner you won’t soon forget.

Where to stay: Perched on the shores of Lake George, The Inn at Erlowest is full of old-world elegance, with charming decor and 15 acres of land.

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Located in northern Vermont at the foot of Mount Mansfield, Stowe is a quaint mountain town that’s known for its skiing, resorts, and GORGEOUS foliage (though really, Stowe is perfect for visiting all year round).

What to do: Visit Smugglers Notch State Park, walk along the Stowe Recreation Path, and pay a visit to the brand-new Alchemist Brewery for a beer.

Where to eat: Located in the historic Stowe village, Harrison’s Restaurant is a cozy tavern serving upscale comfort food and craft beer.

Where to stay: The newly-renovated Topnotch Resort is le perfect all-season country retreat, complete with an equestrian center, a tennis academy, a ski rental shop, a spa, and two pools.

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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

If you’re a wine lover or a history buff (or both!), then you need to pay a visit to historical Harpers Ferry, which is located where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet and offers tons of hiking, museums, and vineyards.

What to do: Hike the Maryland Heights Trail, take a ghost tour, and check out the (many!!) wineries in nearby Purcellville.

Where to eat: The Rabbit Hole Gastropub has fabulous pub food, an enormous craft beer selection, and gorgeous views from the back patio.

Where to stay: Located right in Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, The Ledge House Bed and Breakfast is SO quaint and right in the center of all the action.

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Known as a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this mountain town in eastern Tennessee is all about skiing, adventuring, and sipping moonshine.

What to do: Check out Ober Gatlinburg’s aerial tramway, go to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, ride the Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster, and listen to live music at the famous Sugarlands Distilling Company.

Where to eat: Bennett’s Pit BBQ is a must-visit for unbeatable barbecue and laid-back vibes.

Where to stay: The Lodge at Buckberry Creek offers Adirondack-style elegance, with rooms that include giant soaking tubs, fireplaces, private balconies, and mountain views.

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Meredith, New Hampshire

Set in the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, Meredith is a cute lil resort town that’ll make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

What to do: Take a ride on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, visit Moulton Farm, spend a day at Weirs Beach, and enjoy a glass of vino at Hermit Woods Winery.

Where to eat: For homestyle food and Thanksgiving dinner year-round, check out Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant.

Where to stay: Located right near Lake Winnipesaukee and minutes from downtown Meredith, Nutmeg Inn is a historic country B&B with a game parlor, heated pool, and cozy Great Room.

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A tiny but ridiculously charming desert town right outside Zion National Park, Springdale is the place to be for hiking, relaxing, and enjoy views of soaring sandstone cliffs.

What to do: Go tubing down the Virgin River, browse through art galleries, visit the nearby ghost town of Grafton, and—of course—explore Zion National Park.

Where to eat: King’s Landing Bistro is your best bet for mountain views, classy cocktails, and delicious food.

Where to stay: Located less than a mile from the entrance to Zion National Park, Desert Pearl Inn is a desert oasis with gorgeous views, a GIANT pool, shuttle service, and artfully-designed decor.

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Provincetown, Massachusetts

Located at the very tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is a haven for artists and the LGBTQ+ community, and you’ll find tons of galleries, nightclubs, cabarets, and beaches.

What to do: Go to the top of the Pilgrim Monument, pop in some galleries on Commercial Street, take a dune tour, and attend a drag show.

Where to eat: For yummy seafood and great vibes, The Lobster Pot is 100 percent the place to go.

Where to stay: If you’re looking for luxury, then you can’t beat the historic Crowne Point Hotel & Spa, which is located minutes from Commercial Street and the beach.

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Though technically a small city, Ojai (which is set in a valley in the Topatopa Mountains) offers small-town SoCal charm with its art galleries, New Age shops, hiking, and vineyards.

What to do: Hike Rose Valley Falls Trail, stroll through the Ojai Meadows Preserve, enjoy a tasting at Ojai Olive Oil Company, and pay a visit to Topa Mountain Winery.

Where to eat: Looking to splurge? Then you’ve gotta grab dinner at Italian eatery Olivella at the Ojai Valley Inn.

Where to stay: The five-star Ojai Valley Inn is def a stunner, but if you’re looking the ~influencer~ experience, then you should stay in one of the stylish Airstream trailers at Caravan Outpost.

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Located on Mount Desert Island along Maine’s Frenchman Bay, Bar Harbor is a gorgeous resort town that serves as the perfect gateway to Acadia National Park.

What to do: Visit the Atlantic Brewing Company, take a boat out on Frenchman Bay, enjoy a whale watch tour, and ofc spend plenty of time exploring Acadia National Park.

Where to eat: Looking for the best lobster roll in Bar Harbor? It’s gonna be at Side Street Cafe (and if lobster rolls aren’t your thing, fear not—they have plenty of other options).

Where to stay: Originally built as a ship captain’s house, the Acadia Hotel is now a boutique hotel located in the center of the action in the Village Green, providing a quirky inn feel and tons of amenities.

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Though best known for its skiing, this cool town in Wyoming’s Jackson Hole valley also a great place for hiking, horseback riding, and living your best Wild West life.

What to do: Explore the National Museum of Wildlife Art, visit the National Elk Refuge, take a rafting trip down Snake River, and hike through Grand Teton National Park.

Where to eat: While def not for everyone, the legendary Gun Barrel Steak & Game House is gonna be a big win with meat lovers.

Where to stay: If you can’t afford to stay at the ultra-luxe Amangani, then the Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa at Jackson Hole is your next best bet, offering a nature preserve, full-service spa, quaint cabins, and tons of amenities and activities.

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The vibrant town of Delray Beach in South Florida features tons of public art and galleries, beachfront activities, and wetlands for spotting wildlife.

What to do: Stroll through Pineapple Grove Arts District, explore Wakodahatchee Wetlands, pay a visit to Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, and hit the Delray Municipal Beach.

Where to eat: Located in the heart of downtown Delray and serving both brunch and dinner, the eclectic DADA has incredible ambiance and tasty food.

Where to stay: The fun and festive Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas is just a block from the ocean, offering tropical pools, a lush courtyard, and an on-site tiki bar with live music.

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Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Set in the Lehigh Valley region of the Pocono Mountains, the Victorian town of Jim Thorpe has plenty of historic attractions, museums, and opportunities for outdoor adventure.

What to do: Ride the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, check out the Asa Packer and Old Jail Museums, and explore the nearby Lehigh Gorge State Park.

Where to eat: Located in Hotel Switzerland, Molly Maguire’s Pub & Steakhouse has a huge outdoor deck, fun vibes, and great pub food.

Where to stay: The Dolon House is an old-school B&B located in a restored 1800s mansion, and it’ll truly make you feel like you’re staying in a museum.

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The picturesque, small-town village of Cannon Beach in northwest Oregon is known for its sandy shores, sea caves, tide pools, and views of the legendary Haystack Rock.

What to do: Look for puffins at the beach, go tide pooling, visit Public Coast Brewing Co., and take a hike through the nearby Ecola State Park.

Where to eat: If you consider breakfast the most important meal of the day, then a trip to The Lazy Susan Cafe is required.

Where to stay: The Ocean Lodge is located right on the oceanfront and just steps from Haystack Rock, offering a vintage beach resort aesthetic, fireplaces in every room, and unobstructed views of the water.

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The coastal seaport village of Mystic in Connecticut will give you all the maritime vibes (with the added bonus of having a bustling downtown district as well).

What to do: Pay a visit to Mystic Aquarium, board a boat at the Mystic Seaport Museum, wander through Olde Mistick Village, and spend time at the nearby duBois Beach.

Where to eat: S&P Oyster Restaurant and Bar is located right on the waterfront, offering seafood with South American flair.

Where to stay: The Whaler’s Inn is an adorable boutique hotel in downtown Mystic, comprised of five buildings and offering cozy New England decor and views of the Mystic River.

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Surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the northern New Mexico desert, Taos is a longtime artist colony best known for its historic adobe buildings.

What to do: Walk across the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, explore Taos Pueblo, check out the Harwood Museum of Art, and go whitewater rafting down the Rio Grande River.

Where to eat: Built in a former chapel, The Love Apple is intimate and unique, offering seasonal New Mexican dishes.

Where to stay: If you’re looking for a secluded resort with complimentary yoga, a full-service spa, a wellness center, and v soothing vibes, then El Monte Sagrado is definitely the place for you.

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Westerly, Rhode Island

The small coastal town of Westerly is the perfect place to enjoy local breweries, historic attractions, hiking trails, and miles of sandy beaches.

What to do: Hike the Napatree Point Trail, hang out at Misquamicut State Beach, take a stroll through Wilcox Park, and spend an afternoon at Atlantic Beach Park.

Where to eat: Best known for their legendary breakfast, The Cooked Goose also offers fab lunch options.

Where to stay: The Villa at Westerly is a private estate-turned-B&B with a heated pool, hot tub, koi pond, gazebo, and ideal location near Misquamicut State Beach.

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Calling all winos: Dahlonega needs to be on your bucket list. This North Georgia town at the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains offers waterfalls, wildlife, and wine aplenty (and it’s also site of the nation’s first major gold rush!).

What to do: Take an underground tour through the Consolidated Gold Mine, go hiking on Lake Zwerner Trail, and visit the many, MANY vineyards in the area—though make sure to stop by Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery.

Where to eat: Located in the Historic Hall House Building, Bourbon Street Grille has incredible Cajun-Creole dishes and a patio overlooking the public square.

Where to stay: Mtn Laurel Creek Inn & Spa is incredibly charming, has a small pub onsite, and it’s just minutes away from nine (!!) different wineries in the Dahlonega Plateau area.

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Set in the Rocky Mountains, Whitefish is the ideal gateway to Glacier National Park, offering plenty of skiing, hiking, biking, and boating opportunities.

What to do: Check out the Whitefish Mountain Resort, spend some time at Whitefish City Beach, take a Big Sky Brews Cruise, and explore Glacier National Park.

Where to eat: Tupelo Grille is a must for lovers of Southern cuisine—and if you go, you need to get the bread pudding for dessert.

Where to stay: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is located between Whitefish Lake and the Viking Creek Wetland Preserve, offering a full-service spa, a marina, two pools, yoga classes, all kinds of rentals, and tons of other amenities.

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Nestled along the banks of the Delaware Bay between Cape Henlopen and the Great Marsh Preserve, Lewes is a quaint beach town ideal for beachcombing, boating, and relaxing.

What to do: Pay a visit to Cape Henlopen State Park, spend a day at Lewes Beach, stop by Hopkins Farm Creamery for some ice cream, and check out the Nassau Valley Vineyards Winery.

Where to eat: Located down Neils Alley in Downtown Lewes, Nectar is known for having the best breakfast and brunch in town.

Where to stay: Savannah Inn is a newly-renovated B&B located in brick Victorian home right in the downtown area, offering in-room massages and yoga sessions.

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Chincoteague, Virginia

Chincoteague is a town on the island of the same name in Virginia’s Eastern Shore region, and it’s the perfect gateway to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, which is known for its beaches and wild Chincoteague ponies.

What to do: Explore the salt marshes on a kayaking tour, go to the top of the Assateague Lighthouse, take the Pony Express Nature Cruise, and ofc spend plenty of time at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

Where to eat: For amazing seafood and huge portions, Bill’s PRIME Seafood & Steaks is the place to be.

Where to stay: Refuge Inn is within walking distance of the wildlife refuge and just minutes from the beach, and it’s got a heated pool, plenty of rentals, and SO much charm.

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Home to some of Michigan’s oldest resorts and B&Bs, South Haven is an adorable beach town located on Lake Michigan with plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, boating, and beaching.

What to do: Check out the South Haven Lighthouse, stroll along the Kal Haven Trail, spend a day at North Beach, and enjoy a glass of vino at Cogdal Vineyards.

Where to eat: If you love sushi, then dinner and drinks at Taste is definitely a must.

Where to stay: Yelton Manor Boutique Hotel B&B is an adults-only boutique hotel located right on the beach that’s ideal for a romantic retreat.

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Located just across the bridge from Charleston, Mount Pleasant is a popular resort town on South Carolina’s central coast known for great seafood, beaches, and historic attractions.

What to do: Spend time at Shem Creek Park, learn about the complicated history of Boone Hall Planation, pay a visit to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, and have a picnic at Memorial Waterfront Park.

Where to eat: For lovers of seafood and Southern fare, Page’s Okra Grill is your best bet (and if you go, you MUST get the shrimp and grits).

Where to stay: Looking to splurge? The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina is an incredibly luxe hotel overlooking Charleston Harbor with heated pools, ocean views, and tons of amenities.

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Nags Head, North Carolina

Found on North Carolina’s Outer Banks (ya know, like the show??), Nags Head is a beach town known for its towering sand dunes, many boardwalks, and incredible beaches.

What to do: Explore Jockey’s Ridge State Park, walk along Jennette’s Pier, try the obstacle courses at First Flight Adventure Park, and climb the Bodie Island Lighthouse.

Where to eat: Tale of the Whale is a beloved steak and seafood spot overlooking the Roanoke Sound and featuring live lounge music.

Where to stay: First Colony Inn is a historic B&B that’s equal parts charming and chic, with a pool, library, encircling verandah, and close proximity to the beach.

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Located in the Ozark Mountains, the cozy Victorian town of Eureka Springs offers TONS of opportunities for shopping, relaxing, outdoor adventures, and paranormal encounters.

What to do: Pay a visit to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, see a show at the Intrigue Theater, explore the Blue Spring Heritage Center, and take a ride on the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway.

Where to eat: For a one-of-a-kind dining experience, you’ve gotta go to Grotto Wood-Fired Grill and Wine Cave, trust.

Where to stay: Perched on the crest of West Mountain, the (supposedly) haunted 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa features 15 acres of gardens and tons of luxe amenities and activities to enjoy…if you dare spend the night, that is. 👻

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Grand Marais, Minnesota

Nicknamed America’s Coolest Small Town, Grand Marais is located on the North Shore of Lake Superior, and it’s known for its arts, culture, and natural beauty.

What to do: Kayak on Lake Superior, check out the view from Artists’ Point, hike part of the Superior Hiking Trail, and explore Cascade River State Park.

Where to eat: Angry Trout Cafe is a rustic indoor-outdoor eatery that’s famous for serving local seafood on the harbor.

Where to stay: At the rustic Big Bear Lodge and Cabins, which is located on Poplar Lake, you’ll find adorable cabins, kayaks and canoes for use, guided pontoon tours, and a sauna.

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Port Townsend, Washington

Port Townsend is located on the very tip of the Olympic Peninsula, offering Victorian-era architecture, gorgeous mountain views, and a v groovy art scene.

What to do: Explore Fort Worden State Park, go shopping on Water Street, enjoy a picnic at Chetzemoka Park, and walk along North Beach Park.

Where to eat: Serving Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in a casual, airy setting, Silverwater Cafe is def worth a visit.

Where to stay: A former bordello, Palace Hotel Port Townsend is now a restored Victorian hotel right in the historic downtown area with tons of charm and quirky details.

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Located at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountains on the banks of the Salmon River, Stanley is the ideal place to ~disconnect~ and get a taste of Idaho frontier life.

What to do: Hike the Fishhook Creek Trail, go horseback riding at Mystic Saddle Ranch, take a paddleboat out on Redfish Lake, and visit the nearby Boat Box Hot Springs.

Where to eat: Breakfast lovers will flip for Stanley Baking Co., which also serves lunch and yummy baked goods.

Where to stay: Set on the banks of the Salmon River, Redfish Riverside Inn is a rustic lil inn with kayak rentals, a spa, shuttle service to Redfish Lake, and close proximity to downtown Stanley.

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Located between the Atlantic Ocean and Isle of Wight Bay, the resort town of Ocean City has miles of beaches and a huge boardwalk lined with restaurants and shops.

What to do: Get in touch with your inner kid at Trimper Rides, cool down at Jolly Roger Amusement Park, spend the afternoon at Ocean City Beach, and stroll down Ocean City Boardwalk.

Where to eat: For local seafood served on the water, check out The Shark on the Harbor.

Where to stay: The incredibly luxe Dunes Manor Hotel features oceanfront balconies, live piano performances in the lobby, and an indoor/outdoor pool, among other amenities.

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