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12 Small Towns with Beautiful Architecture

Reader's Digest Logo By Elizabeth Yuko of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 13: When you think of great architectural destinations in the United States, major cities like New York, Chicago, and New Orleans come to mind—probably along with a few Frank Lloyd Wright homes. While there's plenty to see in each of those places, don't overlook the architectural gems in smaller towns. For one thing, while large metropolises are constantly growing and changing—which typically involves tearing down historic buildings or entire neighborhoods—small towns are more likely to keep their built environment intact. And while many of these towns feature the classic "Main Street USA" aesthetic, they also offer unique insights into the local history, including what housing looked like for people of varying socioeconomic backgrounds, and what people did to entertain themselves. Whether you're into architecture, history, travel, or a combination of the three, get ready to make plans for a road trip, because you're going to want to see these places in person.

Small towns have a rich architectural history

When you think of great architectural destinations in the United States, major cities like New York, Chicago, and New Orleans come to mind—probably along with a few Frank Lloyd Wright homes. While there's plenty to see in each of those places, don't overlook the architectural gems in smaller towns. For one thing, while large metropolises are constantly growing and changing—which typically involves tearing down historic buildings or entire neighborhoods—small towns are more likely to keep their built environment intact. And while many of these towns feature the classic "Main Street USA" aesthetic, they also offer unique insights into the local history, including what housing looked like for people of varying socioeconomic backgrounds, and what people did to entertain themselves. Whether you're into architecture, history, travel, or a combination of the three, get ready to make plans for a road trip, because you're going to want to see these places in person.

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