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17 Smaller U.S. Cities To Visit

They're gorgeous. They're eclectic. And they're waiting for you to check them out soon.

Note: The coronavirus pandemic is still impacting travel, and destinations around the world have different COVID-19 restrictions in place. It’s important to check and adhere to local government policies if you’re planning any future trips.

1. Asbury Park, NJ

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This LGBTQ-friendly beach town is the Jersey Shore you never knew existed! Take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk, be sure to crash at The Asbury Hotel, and support local vendors while soaking up the sun and surf!

2. Asheville, NC

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If hiking is your thing, Asheville is the perfect city for your wanderlust soul. Get lost in the mountains and soak up Mother Nature in this quaint forrest city.

3. Astoria, OR

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A trip to the northwestern side of the country wouldn't be complete without stopping through Astoria. It's not just a gorgeous port city located along the Columbia River — it's also home to plenty of breweries, shipwrecks, and sea lions.

4. Charleston, SC

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Swing by Charleston to explore one of the oldest cities in the US. It's filled to the brim with incredible cuisine, a salty sea breeze, and plenty of southern charm.

5. Crested Butte, CO

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Photographs will never do justice for the beauty that is Crested Butte. Just one visit to this mountain-filled paradise will have you not only breathing in the freshest air, but deciding to stay forever.

6. Hana, HI

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Known for the infamous Road to Hana, this windy, narrow journey will have you weaving along vast sea cliffs and taking frequent stops for photographs.

7. Homer, AK

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It's a picturesque American small town, with the added bonus of being located on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

8. Idaho Falls, ID

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Rich in beauty, culture, and cascading waterfalls along the Snake River, Idaho Falls provides an excellent escape into the wilderness.

9. Marfa, TX

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The wonderfully weird town of Marfa has become an artist's hotspot. You'll have to see it for yourself to truly understand its magic.

10. Ogunquit, ME

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Come for the gorgeous oceanside walkway, stay for the fresh red lobster.

11. Park City, UT

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Park City is the ultimate ski town for those who spend winters on the slopes. This mountain charm of a city is also host to the annual Sundance Film Festival.

12. Portsmouth, NH

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Contrary to popular belief, New Hampshire does have a shoreline, and the historic downtown Portsmouth offers delightful charm all along its brick streets.

13. Savannah, GA

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"Enchanting," "trendy," and "artistic" can all be used to describe this historical, nature-filled landscape.

14. Taos, NM

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The architecture of Taos certainly sets this town apart from others, but be sure to check out the rich culture, history, and art this Western gem is known for.

15. Traverse City, MI

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Known as a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, this Midwestern city is also the cherry capital of the world!

16. Truckee, CA

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Nestled under the gorgeous Sierra Mountains, this town is irresistible for lake lovers, as Lake Donner offers endless water activities.

17. Woodstock, NY

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This artsy, bohemian town tucked away in upstate New York provides the perfect small-town atmosphere for anyone who needs a getaway from the Big Apple.

What's your favorite small city or town in the US?

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