14 Small Towns You Should Visit This Summer

See for yourself the best little towns to visit around the U.S. this summer. 

1. Boone, North Carolina

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This town is ideal for you outdoor lovers. There is no shortage of adventures to be had in Boone from climbing to snowboarding. You’ll find incredible waterfall destinations with rope swings and jump off points, and the views are truly unreal, especially around the Blue Ridge Parkway during fall. Don’t leave without visiting the Daniel Boone Inn for a great traditional southern breakfast.

2. Jump in the Crystal lake of Sandpoint, Idaho

Flickr/Chris Saulit

Sandpoint rests on the northern tip of Idaho along with roughly 7000 peaceful citizens. Stay in one of the most adorable cabins or ranch style houses while you visit the breathtaking Lake Pend Oreille. This town is perfect for every season of the year. It sits preserved in the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains. Plus, they have a historical running train station that will bring you in.

3. Follow the lighthouse to Beaufort, South Carolina


Resting on Port Royal Island, Beaufort charms visitors with its picturesque coast and quaint downtown area. As a popular film site, this moss draped small town is packed with history. You’ll enjoy the site seeing as you explore homes still standing from the civil war era. Take a day trip to the Parris Island Museum filled with rich history from the United States Marine Corps.Settle into Spencer, West Virginia

4. Settle into Spencer, West Virginia

Spencer View from Civil War Park
Flickr/ Richie Diesterhef

Visit one of the quaint bed and breakfasts for a peaceful night sleep. You won’t have any trouble resting as the town is nestled way off the interstate. Spencer is known for their Black Walnut Festival. So if you’re in town for the fall, definitely join in the festivities, such as the annual kids parade and car show. Also, if you’re a fisherman get ready to reel in a big one at Charles Fork Lake. These 17-acres of well-stocked waters will certainly keep you occupied.

5. Williamsburg, Virginia

Gardens At Colonial Williamsburg In Front Of Bruton Parish Churc

If you’ve never been on a ghost tour, then you’re in for a real treat. You’ll be surprised at how informative it actually is. Also, check out the College of William and Mary, one of the oldest in the US. You’ll be able to bribe the kids into a history lesson after a fun filled day at Busch Gardens theme park located nearby.

6. Feel welcomed in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Flickr/ Im me
Flickr/ Im me

For having such a tiny population– roughly 800 citizens– quite a lot can be said for Woods Hole. This quiet town is located on Cape Cod and is a famous home for marine science study. A great stop along the way is the Nobska Lighthouse, a historical location artist have painted for centuries. What’s really great about this adorable town is the walkability. With all the nearby shops, scenic routes and the popular bed and breakfast, it’s no wonder why this is a must see stop for filmmakers and celebrities.

7. Watkins Glen, New York

Watkins Glen Waterfalls

This village of 2,000 is the home of the renowned Watkins Glen International, a wildly famous racetrack in the US. The town also has some incredibly beautiful waterfalls, pictured above.

8. The lights of Marfa, Texas

Flickr/ Tom Haymes

Once a railroad water stop, this little town of 2,000 people has become a place for artists. You’ll be surprised how refreshing this desert landscape can be, but that’s not all you should be on the look out for. People started scoping out the lights of Marfa during the 19th century. Colorful lights have been spotted in the skies drawing visitors in.

9. The TV town of Senoia, Georgia

Flickr/ Dani

Driving Miss Daisy, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Walking Dead– this sweet little Georgia peach of a town, with a population of around 3,000, has become a filmmakers staple. However, what the citizens believe really makes them stand out is the people. Whether you’re looking for a new place to settle down or simply just trying to find a restful weekend getaway, the sweet citizens of this small town will definitely greet you with a warm smile and southern hospitality.

10. Abingdon, Virginia is a breath of fresh air

Flickr/ David G. Hawkins
Flickr/ David G. Hawkins

8,000 people populate this tranquil little town. It’s just about the cutest place you’ll find. With their brick sidewalks, adorable cafes and amazing outdoors, Abingdon will let you breath in deep. This town sits surrounded by mountains and was given its original name, Wolf Hills, by Daniel Boone. Those who have attempted parts of the Appalachian Trail have also wandered through this peaceful outdoors hub. From golfing to horseback riding, this is definitely a special place for some outdoor fun. Chase the bourbon trail in Bardstown, Kentucky

11. Chase the bourbon trail in Bardstown, Kentucky
Flickr/ Neil Girling

Bardstown is the second oldest city in Kentucky with their 12,000 citizens. Visiting The Old Talbot Tavern is an absolute must. This tavern has been feeding and housing since the 1700s. However, there is much more than history to taste. A bourbon lover will be in paradise as Bardstown is the epicenter for Kentucky bourbon.

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