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Small Towns That Leave a Big Impression

Redbook Logo By Jessica Booth of Redbook | Slide 1 of 21: Visiting a big city always makes for an exciting vacation, and there's plenty to be said for the big attractions that come along with them. But if you want to take a trip somewhere a little more low-key and relaxed, a small town is the way to go. Full of charm and whimsy, small towns across the country are a lot less crowded than a tourist trap and make for the perfect quiet break. They're also the ideal spot to find locally owned shops and restaurants, maybe a bakery that sells the most delicious pastries you've ever had, or a bookstore that carries that rare book you've been searching for. Of course, there are so many small towns throughout the United States that it can feel overwhelming to settle on just one. Do you want to head to a village nestled at the foot of a mountain, or do you want to go somewhere on the coast with a view of the ocean waves? Would you prefer to go somewhere close to a bustling city, or stay in the middle of nowhere? Looking for the best leaf-peeping towns in America, a perfect romantic weekend getaway, or a town with the best main street? The following small towns offer something for everyone, and they all leave behind a big impression.

Visiting a big city always makes for an exciting vacation, and there's plenty to be said for the big attractions that come along with them. But if you want to take a trip somewhere a little more low-key and relaxed, a small town is the way to go. Full of charm and whimsy, small towns across the country are a lot less crowded than a tourist trap and make for the perfect quiet break. They're also the ideal spot to find locally owned shops and restaurants, maybe a bakery that sells the most delicious pastries you've ever had, or a bookstore that carries that rare book you've been searching for.

Of course, there are so many small towns throughout the United States that it can feel overwhelming to settle on just one. Do you want to head to a village nestled at the foot of a mountain, or do you want to go somewhere on the coast with a view of the ocean waves? Would you prefer to go somewhere close to a bustling city, or stay in the middle of nowhere? Looking for the best leaf-peeping towns in America, a perfect romantic weekend getaway, or a town with the best main street? The following small towns offer something for everyone, and they all leave behind a big impression.

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