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The 25 Best Small Towns in America

Architectural Digest Logo By Condé Nast of Architectural Digest | Slide 1 of 26: Architectural wonders in small-town PennsylvaniaPopulation: 4,607Named for Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe, the town is nestled in the scenic Lehigh Gorge. The picturesque setting has been nicknamed the "Switzerland of America" and boasts 19th-century architecture and mountain views. Whitewater rafting and hiking are popular activities for visitors.

While there’s nothing quite like the energy of the big city, the hectic pace isn’t for everyone, and urbanites themselves often need a respite. Luckily, the U.S. 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 best, whether you’re looking for a ski lover’s paradise, a historic spot that's still near a major metropolis, or a remote waterfront retreat. Here are 21 of our favorite small towns in America.

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