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18 of the Best Small Towns in America

Architectural Digest Logo By Stefanie Waldek of Architectural Digest | Slide 1 of 19: <p>While there’s nothing quite like the energy of the big city, urban life isn’t for everyone, and those who do live there often need a respite. Luckily, the United States is home to thousands of perfectly charming small towns that are great places for weekend escapes—or to settle down in. We’ve swept the country to find some of the quaintest spots, whether you’re looking for a <a href="http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/chic-ski-resorts-around-the-world-slideshow/all?mbid=synd_msntravel">ski lover’s paradise</a>, a historic spot that's still near a major metropolis, or a remote <a href="http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/waterfront-homes-lakeside-living-slideshow/all?mbid=synd_msntravel">waterfront escape</a>. Here are 21 of our favorite small towns in America.</p>

While there’s nothing quite like the energy of the big city, urban life isn’t for everyone, and those who do live there often need a respite. Luckily, the United States is home to thousands of perfectly charming small towns that are great places for weekend escapes—or to settle down in. We’ve swept the country to find some of the quaintest spots, whether you’re looking for a ski lover’s paradise, a historic spot that's still near a major metropolis, or a remote waterfront escape. Here are 21 of our favorite small towns in America.

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