Travel Bucket List # 5 — Towns, Villages, & Small Cities of the USA

        Some of the most memorable moments in our travels have come in small towns and villages. They have a much more pleasant ambience than big cities. Often, residents of small towns decorate their homes and businesses with flowers to add an aura of civic pride which is an extremely attractive attribute.

        Most of these small cities and towns are more manageable locations; they are supremely walkable and can often be seen in a single day of sightseeing. Somehow life seems more leisurely and the pace is decidedly less intense than big cities, which has a calming effect on the traveler, so that he or she relaxes more as well.

         My Bucket List of Small Towns in the USA has been culled from a variety of sources. It has also evolved over time and needs to be constantly updated and tweaked. Once again, the small cities and towns that we have visited are asterisked.

           Alaska

                   Fairbanks*

                    Juneau*

                    Ketchikan*

                   Skagway*

           Arizona

                    Sedona

                    Tucson*

             Arkansas

                     Eureka Springs*

             California

                      La Jolla*

                     Redding*

                     San Juan Capistrano*

                     Santa Barbara*

                     Solvang*

                     Sonoma*

            Colorado

                     Aspen

                     Colorado Springs*

                     Durango*

                      Estes Park*

                     Ouray*

                     Silverton*

                     Vail

           Connecticut

                     Essex*

                     Litchfield*

                      Mystic*

                     Stonington Borough*

            Delaware

                      New Castle

            Florida

                    Delray Beach*

                    Key West*

                     Naples*

                     Sarasota

                    St Augustine*

             Hawaii

                     Lahaina* (Maui)

                     Hana* (Hawaii)

              Kentucky

                      Lexington*

              Maine

                     Bar Harbor* 

                      Kennebunkport*

                     Ogunquit*

                     Portland*

           Maryland

                     Annapolis*

           Massachusetts

                     Cambridge*

                     Chatham*

                     Deerfield*

                    Gloucester*

                     Lowell*

                    Nantucket*

                    Newburyport*

                     Plymouth*

                    Provincetown*

                    Rockport*

                    Salem*

                    Shelburne Falls*

                    Stockbridge*

                    Williamstown*

            New Hampshire

                     Concord*

                     Lincoln*

                     North Conway*

                     Portsmouth*

              New Jersey

                      Cape May

                      Ocean Grove*

              New Mexico

                      Roswell

                       Taos*

              New York

                       Chautauqua

                        Cooperstown*

                        Corning*

                         East Hampton*

                         Ithaca*

                        Lake Placid*

                         Niagara Falls*

                        Saratoga Springs*

             North Carolina

                         Asheville*   

                         Nags Head*

                         Okracoke*

             Oregon

                        Newport*

             Pennsylvania

                        Bedford*

                        Gettysburg*

                        Hershey*

                        Lancaster*

                        York

                Rhode Island

                        Newport*

                        Westerly*

               South Carolina

                        Beaufort

                        Hilton Head*

                        Myrtle Beach*

               South Dakota

                         Mitchell

                        Rapid City*

               Texas

                        Austin

               Utah

                        Moab*

                        Vernal*

               Vermont

                        Burlington*

                        Manchester*

                        Stowe*

                        Woodstock*

               Virginia

                        Alexandria*

                        Charlottesville*

               West Virginia

                        Clarksburg*

               Wyoming

                         Cody*

                        Jackson Hole*

          Total = 96 (I have been to 84 — pretty good!).

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  • Sara

    Love this list of towns and cities, but disappointed to see that Michigan is non-existent on your list as Michigan has tons of really cool small towns and cities to explore… Holland, Grand Haven, Traverse City, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Mackinac Island, Marquette, Sault Ste Marie, Oscoda, Midland, Port Huron, Grand Rapids, etc. It’d be worth a trip one day, especially a tour of the shorelines.

    • Hi Sara, Thanks for your comment. I am guilty of spending very little time in Michigan so I was not aware of the towns that you mention. If I should get to Michigan in the next few years I will use your list of cool towns to adjust my itinerary. I have been to Midland but it was so-o long ago that it must have changed considerably since then. Sault Ste Marie and Mackinac Island have long been on my list of places to visit in your state. Thanks again for your comment.