25 Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA

Filled with charm and plenty of friendly locals, small towns are synonymous with American life. To help you decide which towns are worthy of a vacation, U.S. News evaluated places with a population of less than 50,000 people that offer plenty of restaurants and attractions, plus have a unique character all their own. So ditch the city crowds and start planning your small-town getaway, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite destination to help us determine next year’s list.


This Colorado town woos visitors with its captivating scenery and delightful Mountain Village. Skiers flock to Telluride’s slopes for more than 2,000 acres of terrain, plus ample après-ski spots and an impressive 300 inches of snow and more than 200 days of sun annually. Year-round, the town hosts numerous festivals and cultural events, and travelers can hike, bike and golf when the weather warms. Plan to set aside a day to hop in the car for a road trip along the San Juan Skyway, too.

Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole has made a name for itself thanks to its 400-some inches of annual snowfall and 2,500 acres of skiable terrain. But it’s more than a top ski spot: Visitors return to this Wyoming valley year after year for its picturesque scenery and proximity to Grand Teton National Park, as well as Jackson’s collection of local breweries, concert venues and access to outdoor activities like biking, paragliding and whitewater rafting. What’s more, you can even view elk at the nearby National Elk Refuge.