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    18 Surprisingly Cool Small Towns In The USA

    Size isn't everything.

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    1. La Conner — Washington

    2. Oxford — Mississippi

    3. Sanibel Island — Florida

    4. Eureka Springs — Arkansas

    5. Whitefish — Montana

    6. Fredericksburg — Texas

    7. Jim Thorpe — Pennsylvania

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    This small town with fewer than 5,000 residents was formed in the 1950s and named after the legendary Native American Olympian, who started his sports career in nearby Carlisle. The town's 19th-century architecture and majestic mountain views kinda make you feel as if you're in a Swiss Alpine village. It's small but a good place to wander around for an afternoon — most visitors come for the nearby adventuring opportunities like hiking and whitewater rafting.

    8. Three Rivers — California

    9. Montclair — New Jersey

    10. Kanab — Utah

    11. Montpelier — Vermont

    12. Jacksonville — Oregon

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    This historic gold rush town was founded in the 1850s and is now a National Historic District. It's got a quaint main street with brick buildings and old-fashioned store facades. When you're done exploring downtown, you can hike the nearby Woodland Trails or visit one of the many wineries in the region.

    13. Beaufort — South Carolina

    14. Berlin — Maryland

    15. Nebraska City — Nebraska

    16. Paducah — Kentucky

    17. Elizabeth City — North Carolina

    18. Medicine Park — Oklahoma

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