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Budget Travel's Coolest Small Towns None contest is looking for American towns with a population under 10,000 and a certain something that no place else has: great shops, food, a unique history, a breathtaking location, peerless music scene, art galleries, or maybe something cool we haven't even thought of yet!

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The editors of Budget Travel will now review all nominations to narrow the list to 15 finalists. We'll use your votes as a guide, but we will also look for diversity in geography, attractions, architecture, and more. In mid-January, we'll post the 15 finalists and ask our audience to cast their votes. In mid-February, we'll announce the 10 winners.

  • Abingdon, VA
    Why it's the coolest

    A one word description, Camelot --that is Abingdon. There is not a more congenial spot. Our history pre-dates the Revolutionary War. Daniel Boone camped out in a cave here and probably enjoyed a pint at The Tavern where you can go for a great meal. The Overmountain Men first mustered here before marching to South Carolina to whup some Tories' butts. Our town leaders keep that same spirit alive by preserving our history while positioning the town for the future. It's great to sit on the porch off a tree-lined street in the historic district while surfing the web on an i-Pad using the town's free wireless network, walk a couple of blocks for the best homemade cupcakes around, bike down to the VA Creeper Trail, take in a play at the Barter Theatre, and top it off with a coke float at Pop Ellis' Soda Shoppe. And if the snow should stick around too long, the great Town crews pick it up and haul it off. Like I said, CAMELOT.

    - Laura L.
  • Aiken, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    Aiken is known for many things… equine pursuits, the arts, sporting facilities, nature, and even playing a part in our country’s Rail Road birth and our fight in the Cold War era. With a history most small towns have never experienced the likes of; you’ll be enthralled with stories of our past and enchanted with the reality of a beautiful, charming, sophisticated town. Aiken is a wonderful destination for a quick get-a-way or an extended stay, with countless activities to offer, many of which are free. Just 20 miles east of Augusta, GA, home of the Augusta National’s Masters Golf Tournament, Aiken offers a relaxing time for you to reconnect with friends and family. Golf, history, star gazing at our Planetarium, gardens, concerts, shows, plays, art, festivals, antiques, history, tours, outdoor adventure, parks, softball, baseball, tennis, equestrian events and more will keep you busy and returning for more.
    - Andrew Clemons
  • Allegany, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Because it has beautiful hills, St. Bonaventure University, and great people!
    - Erik Jones
  • Altavista, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Every year the first weekend of June for about unknown years Uncle Billy's day for whole weekend.People from all over come.
    - benny crawford
  • Alturas, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    "Where the West Still Lives" ... Very rustic, old style town where people still ride their horses down Main Street! Everyone knows everyone!! :)
    - Kim Valena
  • Ambler, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Ambler is a great little town with down-to-earth people, great restaurants and quaint stores! There are lots of things to do and see for all ages!
    - Lindsay
  • Amherst, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great College town with small town feel
    - Jason
  • Anacortes, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Nestled on Fidalgo Island equidistant between Seattle and Vancouver BC. Anacortes is the host of several very cool events such as the yearly arts festival, shipwreck days (an all city garage sale, farmers market, and Oyster Run (a huge Harley motorcycle destination event). There is a cool old town section with many local restaurants and shops as well as several marinas if you want to go boating. Views abound of the North Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges and Anacortes is the homeport for the San Juan Island ferries. The town has over 2000 acres of public forest lands and several incredible public parks. You can leanr more about it at There's so much more, it's a cool town.
    - Kevin Olivarez
  • Andover, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    To me Andover, NY is a cool place to live because there are event's that take place threw out the year. Some of the events that take place are: Memorial Day Paraide and Cemetary Dedication. July 4th Paraide and weekend of vendors at the Andover Central School where people come from all over for the celabration. Andover Maple Festival that takes place on the first weekend of April where people come from all over, the boiling of the sap at the suger shack where you can see how maple syurpe is made with a sample tasting and the school you'll find vendors selling maple syurpe, backed good and other cool thing. Holloween Paraide for trick or treaters on Holloween Night. Anover Pond Ice Races, with ATV's and Snowmobile's every January. Just to name a few event's that take place in Andover, NY. Andover, NY to me is the best place to visit during any of these events.
    - Paul Haines
  • Anna Maria, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    There aren't any chains on the island. All independent shops. Little dive burger place called Skinny's serves the best hamburgers!!! Beautiful small town feel and awesome to get around in bikes.
    - Paola Kikendall
  • Arcata, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Nicknamed "Sixties by the Sea," Arcata is a college town nestled between the ocean and the redwoods. The Plaza is a real old-fashioned civic meeting place, with a weekly farmer's market and concerts. A William McKinley statue is at the center of the Plaza, strangely enough. (Sarah Vowell discussed that in her book, "Assassination Vacation.") Arcata was the site of the first Foo Fighters concert, and it's nothing if not eclectic. Its water-treatment plant doubles as a bird sanctuary where hikers and runners congregate.
    - Matt
  • Asheville, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    People choose to move there and become part of what's making it special.
    - Raye
  • Ashland, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's the center of the universe!
    - Kathy Straughn
  • Aspen, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Natural beauty, recreation, arts, education, beautiful weather
    - Timothy Harrington
  • Athens, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Our town was recently flooded with Tropical Storm Lee. Our downtown area and homes were under 5-10 ft of water. This town has more HEART then it knows what to do with! Seeing our small town come together to help others in need is a great thing!! I think our town deffinetly deserves this!!
    - Casey Lantz
  • Athens, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    Colored hire hydrants and concord university near by.
    - Samantha
  • Auburn, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    Great College town where everyone feels and acts like one big family. Great little shops and restaurants. Small town with a big spirit and lots of history.
    - Katie
  • Aurora, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Aurora has a 'Norman Rockwell' appeal. The locals all know each other and make sure their beautiful historic village preserves its rural charm, yet they are friendly and welcoming to visitors. Situated overlooking Cayuga Lake in New York's Finger Lakes region this village has it all - fine dining to tavern food, beautiful lakeside lodging, wineries just down the road, boutique shopping, fabulous sunsets and friendly people!
    - Meg Vanek
  • Austin, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Something for every culture and every age. In Austin, you have the lakes, bat watching, dancing, crafts; every kind of form of art... you name it, and the food is amazing..
    - Pamela
  • Avalon Catalina, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's quaint, with an edge!
    - Kelley Allison
  • Avondale Est., GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Small in size, large in heart, everybody REALLY does know your name, and your dog's name too. Every holiday is an event, Halloween Decorating contest, Christmas spirit awards, Fourth of July parade, Fishing Derby at the lake.
    - Kathy Trocheck
  • Avon, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Home of Barilla Pasta and all the Cool-whip in North America but we're small! Our town has CornFest, Tuesday night bands at Tom Whals, Saturday night jams on Genesee street and even our own driving park! I mean a real driving park as in a race track for sulky horses. Heck, even for the mayor's race a horse and sulky were driven around the streets displaying a candidate banner. #1 livestock in our town? Worms! As seen on History Channels Modern Marvels come check out "Worm Power." Like hunting and fishing? Our DEC HQ in Avon hosts one of the largest National Hunting and Fishing Days in the country every fall. Be sure to slow down next time you drive through our town, we have a lot to offer!
    - Lindsay
  • Baden, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Laid back, small town with wide spread semi rural area, close enough but far enough from downtown Pittsburgh to make it the perfect place to grow up.
    - Milena
  • Barrow, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    Literally, The "Coolest".
    - Pete McFreeze
  • Basalt, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Nestled in the Rocky Mountains along the world class Gold Medal waters of the Frying Pan and Roaring Fork rivers and 12 miles from Aspen. Where you can slide into a barstool at the Brick Pony and have a beer with local riff raff, movie stars, famous authors, photographers and cowboys.
    - Yalonda Long
  • Bastrop, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a scenic town with riverside parks and historic buildings and unique shops. Bastrop is also a community that pulls together and takes care of its own
    - Elene Heyer
  • Bath, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    A small town with a huge view,folks can see for miles from the top of Mossy Bank Park, the end moraine of the glacier that created Keuka Lake ended on the edge of Bath, Bath is a clean town after all it's Bath, rolling hills, beautiful valleys and bodies of water are what makes living here so wonderful.
    - Amy Badeau
  • Bayfield, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    Only 600 residents, yet it is an "eco-municipality" and the door to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
    - Karen Ruedi Crowell
  • Beaufort, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    The town is seeped in the history of Blackbeard the pirate who's ship Queen Annes Revenge was recently located and raised off Beaufort. Fun shops, active pirates invasion and the proximity of the wild ponies on the Shackleford banks make this a fun and interesting place to vacation. Coffee and wine bars, excellent bistros, great weather and living history make it unique.

    - Denise Paine
  • Beaufort, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    With its antebellum mansions, streets shaded by mossy oaks, soft sea breezes and gracious residents, Beaufort, South Carolina's second-oldest city, has all the charm of Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC minus the crowds and high prices.
    - Marcos
  • Beaver, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Beaver is small-town America at its best.
    - Barbara Long
  • Bedford, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Within a very small footprint, Bedford has a great local historic museum, an Arts Center for visual and performing arts, art galleries focusing on local art, monthly 2nd Fridays Art Walks, a Farmers' Market featuring local produce, great restaurants many with locally-produced foods, antique & specialty shops.
    - Sergei Troubetzkoy
  • Bellbuckle, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Tiny quaint little town with cobblestone patchwork streets. Old time shops and a restuarant that where a radio show is broadcast from weekly. Barbershop where they will hand you a cigar and a drink (booze if you like) while you get your hair cut. It is a lovely little town. Just a few miles outside of Nashville.
    - Vicki Baldwin
  • Bellefonte, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Victorian charm but hip with a mix of retail and restaurants including two great coffee shops; Jazz Fest, Arts and Craft Fair and other fun events throughout the year, great community park that also houses The Big Spring (which supplies the commuity and surrounding areas with the best spring water)! Warm and welcoming. Not far from Penn State University.
    - B. Howell
  • Belle Plaine, KS
    Why it's the coolest
    Belle Plaine has the famous Bartlet Arboretum, great schools and a variety of down town businesses.
    - Vince McMullen
  • Belleville, KS
    Why it's the coolest
    Home to the Belleville Midget Nationals dirt track midget car race every summer, Belleville has hosted brand name racers like Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, and Tony Stewart before they became famous. Situated on the Kansas/Nebraska border, Belleville is the first town on major highway U.S. 81 when you enter Kansas. Because of this the town constructed it's own Tourist Information Center with free coffee and neat Kansas-made products to showcase to guests. The next tourist stop is often the Boyer Gallery of animated carvings which features hand carved wooden pieces with hand-built motors. In keeping with the can-do spirit, community members completely renovated the downtown movie theater to showcase first-run movies and live shows. Renovation started almost ten years ago and still continues today.
    - L. Mahin
  • Belmont, MS
    Why it's the coolest
    Belmont has a population of around 2,000 but has over one million square feet of bargain shops, giving the small Appalachian village the title "Bargain Capital of the South." Belmont was rated recently as one of the best, most affordable places to raise children and the local school is a STAR SCHOOL. Belmont is a few miles from Bay Springs Lake, a lake created by the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Bay Springs Lake has numerous parks and a white sand beach with water so clear that you can see the bottom 20 feet below.
    - Gary Matthews
  • Belpre, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    We're a town of 6500 along the Ohio River across from Parkersburg, WV. The people are nice and the living is simple.
    - Kenny
  • Belvidere, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Old Victoarian Town - County Seat with Huge Courthouse by the Town Square - Low Crime - Good Schools - Friendly People - Overall Evereything a Small Town is Supposed to be
    - Heather
  • Bemidji, MN
    Why it's the coolest
    Our city is the First City on the Mississippi River with Lake Bemidji at its shores. Lots of great food, coffee shops, bike trail around the lake(17 miles),a wonderful state park at the north end of lake, great golfing within a 10 mile radius. Bemidji State University, wonderful arts community.
    - Patricia Grimes
  • Bergen, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Small village, friendly people, good schools, very little crime, just an all around good place to live and raise a family.
    - Joyce Gee
  • Berkeley Springs, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    George Washington's bathtub!
    - Morgan Painvin
  • Berra, KY
    Why it's the coolest
    The arts & Crafts & the loving People make Berra,Kentucky the true home of Daniel Boone. It's beautiful! Southern to the Bone! HA!
    - Sharon Grealish Reynolds
  • Big Flats, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Big Flats has a total population of approximately 5,277. However, the town maintains a major shopping destination, including a Macy's, a regional airport, and a corporate park with tenants such as DeMet's Candy Company, the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, Sikorsky Military Completions Center, and a community college branch campus. Down the road from the corporate park is the Dairy Barn, an ice cream shop situate within a fully restored and maintained barn. The local grocery store in Big Flats, Minier's Supermarket, actually has designated employees that bag groceries and carry them out to the car for customers. Another trip down the road from Minier's can take one to Tag's with its Budweiser Summer Stage which features major national headline performers in concert format. All of this is situated within the beautiful Chemung River Valley with lush green "mountains" surrounding the area.
    - Nikolas Lutomski
  • Big Stone Gap, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Big Stone Gap, Va is full of rich authentic background. Its the stomping grounds of several renown authors, lawyers, and even actors. A close to 50 year old outdoor show still runs to this day. Put that with the southern warm feeling of the people and unparalleled beauty of SW VA and the mountains it house and you get the coolest town in the USA for sure.
    - William
  • Biloxi, MS
    Why it's the coolest
    Casino's and some of the nicest people you will ever meet, not to mention they have rebounded from being oblitterated by Katrina
    - Leah Sanders
  • Bishop, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful scenery, friendly folks, unique celebrations - Mule Days, hiking, fishing, camping, near by snow skiing, red-necked and proud of it!
    - Laurie
  • Blacksburg, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town feel, university amenities. Thousands of young people come to Blacksburg to attend Virginia Tech and most never want to leave. Surrounded by gorgeous Appalachian mountain countryside.
    - Michael Abraham
  • Blaine, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Known as the Peace Arch City, Blaine is nestled in the northwest corner of Washington State sitting on the international border between British Columbia, Canada and the United States. The City of Blaine epitomizes the best of small town charm and is strong in maritime heritage. Events are big in our small town. There are always other happenings going on in Blaine, like sailing regattas, Blaine Jazz festival, old fashioned 4th of July Celebration, etc.
    - Silvana Menezes
  • Blairsville, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Blairsville, GA - Each Season Something New - From thrilling adventure on the GauntletGA, North GA's newest riding/driving attraction to exploring the natural beauty, historic landmarks, mountain lakes, and annual festivals of the North Georgia Mountains, there is something to see and do in Blairsville-Union County, GA. Whether planning a romantic getaway, family vacation, or special event there is an activity to fit your lifestyle. You Choose: A laid-back kind of day or adventure. There are plenty of options. Like wine-tasting at the local vineyards, waterfall tours, antiquing, arts and crafts shows, live music venues and farmers markets. For the adventurous, there is biking, hiking, trout fishing, boating, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and motorcycling to name a few. Plan your visit today to the heart of the Appalachian Mountains - Blairsville. Mother Nature's Backyard.
    - Carolyn Bowen
  • Bloomington, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    See it and know it
    - Chris C.
  • Bloomsburg, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Bloomsburg has great shopping, a wonderful college, beautiful park, cultural events, terrific people and is close to all the best cities, while still being totally rural. You can drive to the country in no time. It's a great place to raise a family!
    - Syreeta CombsCannaday
  • Blowing Rock, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    Natural beauty, recreation, art, history & culture, great food, unique shops, a compact downtown and neighborly vibe! It's a small town where the Police Chief can be seen directing after-school traffic, Main Street closes for a kids' costume parade on Halloween, and people smile at strangers when they pass. It’s also where an impressive Art & History Museum was just opened, where a growing regional chef competition is held, and where festivals, concerts, and performances can be enjoyed all year. There is so much to love, from feasting on endless views to savoring a delicious meal; communing with nature to contemplating art; taking in endless attractions or taking it easy. And, Blowing Rock has one of the most beautiful backyards in the country, along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Pisgah National Forest, where people love to come and play. Most people don’t ever want to leave. Just ask the residents- many were once visitors themselves.

    - Amanda Lugenbell
  • Blue Ridge, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Our town has alot to offer people of all ages. Take a ride on our scenic railway or if you prefer spend the day shopping at our downtown antique shops. Be sure to try our homemade fudge. In the evening be sure to visit our drive in movie.Lots of fun for the whole family. If you prefer the quieter side of things just a short drive from town, rent one of our beautiful cabins, go fishing or tubing down the Ocoee River.(Home of the 1996 Olympic games.) Also visit Mercier's Apple House.....great food, and lots of good things to buy. Come see why I think our town is the coolest.....I think you will be in for a very pleasent suprise.
    - Barbara Smith
  • Blue Ridge, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    A small town in the mountains will LOTS and LOTS to do....all with the small town atmosphere. It also has to be the prettiest area in the whole world!
    - Nancy Arp
  • Bluff City, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Tons of history.
    - Tim
  • Boiling Springs, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful Lake, Best Trout fishing in the East in the Yellow Breeches, (maybe all of the US), Old-Towne Charm, Christmas Tree Lighting on the Lake, Home of Gerald Putt, well known artist (several stamps have had his prints on them), History (part of the Underground Railroad), Clock Tower dedicated to/from Servicemen, Parades (4th of July, Halloween), Iron Furnace that made and supplied ammo for Civil War, Arts & Crafts Festival with Juried Craftsmen, Boiling Springs Tavern, B&B's...
    - Sandy
  • Boise, ID
    Why it's the coolest
    It's the City of Trees and it's a beautiful place to live.
    - Candy Anderson
  • Bolinas, CA
    Why it's the coolest

    Surrounded by eucalyptus groves an hour north of San Francisco, Bolinas is the sort of fiercely independent community that people have come to expect from the former home of Jefferson Airplane and beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The town can only be reached by unmarked roads—by design. The unofficial “Bolinas border P\patrol” is so dedicated to keeping out strangers that they steal highway signs designed to help tourists. (Reportedly, no sign has lasted longer than 36 hours.) It’s not hard to see why residents want to keep their secret. Its peaceful beaches are a favorite of novice surfers and populations of herons, egrets, and harbor seals. Its bars and eateries are nearly San Francisco quality: Smiley’s Schooner Saloon ( is one of the state’s oldest continuously operating bars, established in 1851, and the Coast Café ( serves super-fresh mesquite barbecued oysters, sourced from nearby Drakes Bay.

    - Laura Rowley
  • Boone, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    ASU, food, shops, live music, proximity to outdoor rec and city fare.

    - Daniel
  • Boonsboro, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Boonsboro offers visitors an array of local attractions: a charming town museum featuring historical artifacts, a restored 1902 trolley station, a state of the art library situated amidst the newly expanded Shafer Park, and the Inn BoonsBoro - a beautifully restored historic bed-and-breakfast located on the square, owned by New York Times Bestselling author Nora Roberts.
    - Alex Thomas
  • Boonton, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Mix of working class and artsy; boonton main street organization sponsors various events in town- farmers market, art tours; a little bit city and a little bit country; quirky shops; friendly people of all walks of life
    - Kimberly Fraone
  • Boonville, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Family atmosphere, everyone knows everyone. Gateway to Mendocino County wineries and vineyards. Great small county fair. Not too far from the coast.
    - Karen Horowitz
  • Borrego Springs, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Remote, friendly, small.
    - Mike Stalder
  • Boulder City, NV
    Why it's the coolest
    Home of the Boulder Damn AKA Hoover Damn and a lot of other really great things.
    - John DelGiorno
  • Bozeman, MT
    Why it's the coolest
    skiing, hiking, no crowds yet all the amenities of a big city. Loads of great restaurants, great grocery stores and friendly people. Many outdoor activities and Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.
    - Jean Klein
  • Branson, MO
    Why it's the coolest
    40+ Shows Silver Dollar City-1800s themed amusement park Caves Table Rock Lake Beautiful hills Friendly residents Hundreds of unique shops Branson Landing-on the lake
    - Christian Kampe
  • Braselton, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    It has alot to feature from the Chateau Elan resort, low cost housing, tons of jobs available/ coming in, Road Atlanta, our 13 headquarters, a new and underconstruction downtown is being built which will bring in alot of younger people and familys.
    - Connor
  • Breckenridge, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    The town is alive with vibrant festivities, stellar events and commemorations. Throughout these 151 years, one thing has stayed true - our quaint historic town has remained rich in its character and reputation of being the perfect mountain town. An undeniable charm and casual mountain spirit spreads from the grounded community to 13,000 feet high in the sky at the ski resort summit. This bustling Victorian town prides itself with an inviting nature that extends from amped town events to hundreds of restaurants, galleries, cafes and beyond. From shopping to Breckenridge nightlife and dining to culture, you can kick-it-up or kick back, whatever your mood. The moment you arrive, it feeds your soul. It’s the stuff real ski towns are made of. This historic, yet hip persona is one that brings people back over and over again.
    - Eddie Mac
  • Bristol, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Parks, Lakes nearby, Caves, Theatre, shopping
    - Phyllis Dabbs
  • Bristol, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Bristol is a twin city. The north side of town is in Virginia and the South side is in Tennessee. Each side of town has it's own form of government. Bristol is the home of Bristol Motor Speedway and each September we host the Rhythm and Roots Festival. Bristol has been declared the Birthplace of Country Music.We are proud of our musical heritage.
    - Jackie Dennison
    Why it's the coolest
    Need you ask? A) It's in New York. B) It's one of the Burroughs. C) East Coast represent.
    - Layla
  • Buffalo, WY
    Why it's the coolest
    Historic Main Street, friendly people, small locally owned shops, gateway to the Big Horn Mountains, Family friendly/community events, farmer's markets, old fashioned parades, flags along main street on Flag Day and other holidays. You name it, we've got it.
    - Sue Engelhardt
  • Burlington, VT
    Why it's the coolest
    This mountain city wants to be a role model for saving the planet. Environmentalism isn’t just ingrained in the city’s diverse economy; it’s the driver for much of its economic growth. For example, Seventh Generation, maker of eco-friendly household products, is headquartered on Burlington’s beautiful Lake Champlain waterfront. Outside the city, Green Mountain Power and Vermont Electric Cooperative are working together to build a new wind farm that will add jobs in the growing green sector. "And it's a way of capitalizing on the Vermont brand with its clean air and mountains," says Gen Burnell, of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.
    - Rem Kielman
  • Burnside, KY
    Why it's the coolest
    Burnside is the only Town on Beautiful Lake Cumberland. Burnside was a booming small town before the flooding of lower Burnside to make Lake Cumberland. What was known as Upper Burnside is all that remains. Our slogan is "Everything is Better in Burnside". Small town charm and friendly people to welcome all the visitors to Lake Cumberland
    - Brenda Smith Gerkin
  • Burnsville, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful mountains, friendly people, lots of arts, crafts, and entertainment.
    - Betty McGalliard
  • Calera, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful - I love my small town where everyone knows everyone and we all get along!
    - lisa
  • Cambria, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It has everything a small town could want. Perfect weather, never freezing or too hot, gorgeous mountain and ocean views. pine trees and boardwalks, nature trails, no traffic, no polutiion, lots of art, sense of community, good restaurants and not pricey or snooty like CArmel.
    - Terri Belford
  • Campbell, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    We're such a small town and we've all known each other for our lives. When something happens to a family in this town we come together and help out
    - Jessica Stark
  • Canandaigua, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    First it is situated on the north end of beautiful Canandaigua Lake. While small town it still has enough amenities to meet most needs for a traveler. It is like a small version of lake Como.
    - Scott
  • Candor, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a very small town with only a few blocks that have shops and gas. The people here are always giving a helping hand, like shopping for the elderly, checking on their neighbors, and helping out the poor. This town has a small market, two gas stations, a few churches, a laundry mat, a barber, a school, a post office, and a wine and liquer store, all on the same block.
    - krystal
  • Canton, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Canton is home to an eclectic mix of college students and folksy residents, all of whom mingle happily over a bagel at The Partridge Cafe, a coffee at The Bookstore or a slice of pizza at Sergi's. It's the birthplace of artist Frederick Remington. And its history and culture is celebrated annually at such events as the Remington Festival and the Dairy Princess Parade.
    - Miriam
  • Canton, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Home of First Monday Trades Days - a monthly event which can draw crowds up to 200,000 a day - and they are a Main Street town, keeping the historical look of the Courthouse Square. And maintaining the small town look and atmosphere we all remember.
    - Steven Kent
  • Cape Charles, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Life in the SLOW LANE!!
    - Rick
  • Cape Coral, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Over 400 milles of canals on the beautiful Gulf coast and very affordable home prices
    - Lynn
  • Cape May, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    "The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort" is one of the most attractive areas in New Jersey. Gorgeous Victorian homes, great beaches and a view of the ocean and the Delaware Bay. The Lobster House could have the best seafood on the east coast and there are several charters available to take out for a fishing excursion for the day or a weekend. The town is perfect for a tranquil bike ride or walk.
    - Michael Sprague
  • Carbondale, CO
    Why it's the coolest

    Carbondale lives in the shadow of Aspen, but stands on it's own with exceptional restaurants and shops, uniquely eccentric citizens and beautiful 13,000' Mt. Sopris as a backdrop. Carbondale has evolved from a potato-ranching, coal mining town in the 1980s, to an artists' enclave and eco-friendly community.

    - Ryb Katz
  • Carmel, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Unique little shops that are all different, friendly people, by the sea,good art community, home town feel but uptown class, good weather..near Monterey--great scenery
    - Susan Plattner
  • Carmel, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful landscape, with a mixture of valleys, hills, and beautiful lakes. Small family owned stores still exist, with minimal corporate take over.
    - Tom Mancone
  • Carpinteria, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the World's Safest Beach and hosts the Avocado Festival. Small town charm and friendly people.
    - Lisa
  • Carrabelle Beach, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    On Florida's Forgotten Coast just like Florida use to be. No Highrises, no Condo's just laid back relaxing and lots of great shrimp and Apalachicola Oysters. Can't get any fresher then right out of the bay.
    - Sheryl Mitchell
  • Carrabelle, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the friendliest, most beautiful small town that is surrounded by some of Gods greatest gifts. Beautiful rivers, bay and gulf.. No better place to grow up in...
    - Sandy Williams
  • Carrboro, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    The Paris of the Piedmont!! Ultimate walking/biking community, award -winning restaurants, local co-op/gourmet market....arts, music-you name it
    - kim mahaffey
  • Carterville, IL
    Why it's the coolest
    Football heaven. Games are known to draw more than town's population. Extremely nice downtown and old homes. Small town feel within minutes of large town amenities. Brand new public library and state of the art high school. Adjacent to a national wildlife refuge. Warm summer temperatures and temperate fall and spring.
    - Christian Kampe
  • Cary, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town, that has grown, but still has the small town atmosphere. Great people, Great Sports, Great small town!
    - David Whelan
  • Cassville, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town charm with a lot of history.
    - Laura
  • Catonsville, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    What makes Catonsville cool is they able to maintain the old American small town vibe which can be seen on holidays like 4th of July Parade, Christmas, Easter and New Year. It also has a lot of old houses, restaurants, historical sites. The other thing I think Catonsville is cool is that it has a low unemployment rate, 7.6%. The University of Maryland Baltimore County is also located in Catonsville. The people are also very friendly. I think since I move here mostly to attend school, I have learned a lot about American cultures and true values.
    - David H
  • Cayuco, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    A small surf town, old school,romantic get away. It has a rich history and most of all brown butter cookies
    - Leemae apacible
  • Cazenovia, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Small, beautiful, on a lake, historic, good restaurants
    - Barbara Hobbs
  • Cedar Bluff, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is beautifully set between two Mountains and has a river(Clinch) running through with mussels. Restored Old Mill on the river. Just a little piece of heaven right here in Virginia. This is the best kept secret of Virginia.
    - Sylvia McGlothlin
  • Chagrin Falls, OH
    Why it's the coolest

    YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO!!! It has a beautiful scenic water fall that runs through the village. I believe Chagrin Falls has been around since the 1800's. Nothing has been changed. IT still has all the charm from long ago, with the shops and restaurants one would look for in a small town.

    - Paul K. Lewis
  • Chanute, KS
    Why it's the coolest
    Chanute has a spirit of adventure that began with its namesake - Octave Chanute who was a mentor to the Wright Brothers. Then along came Osa and Martin Johnson, who were the first to take aerial photographs of Mt. Kilimanjaro, send the sound of a gorilla pounding his chest to the U.S. from Africa and many other "firsts." Chanute is commemorated with a large metal sculpture that rotates in the wind and the Johnsons' adventures are honored through the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum. We have homegrown businesses as well as great local shopping. We own our own utilities, including a fiber optic network, have brand new schools and a state-of-the-art medical center.
    - Jane Brophy
  • Chapel Hill, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    Cool little town with a lot to do.. And a lot of culture. A lot of great little music venues, dive bars, and restaurants. In the heart if beautiful NC, close the the Mountians and the beach. Can't get much better than that

    - Nicki
  • Charleston, MO
    Why it's the coolest
    Dogwood Azalea Festival the third weekend of April
    - Joe Rolwing
  • Charlevoix, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    - Courtney
  • Charlottesville, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    You know everyone, have the prettiest scenery from evrywhere and its a mix of old and new!!
    - Kim
  • Chaska, MN
    Why it's the coolest
    Located in the beautiful land of 10,000 lakes, Chaska is a very cool small town. It is home to Hazeltine National Golf Course (a PGA championship course) as well as the Chaska Town Course, Bluff Creek Golf Course,Dahlgreen Golf Course and The Chaska Par 30 thus making it a destination. Chaska has great history. An abundance of high quality clay led to the start of brick making in 1857. By the 1880s, as a result of the clay resources, Chaska was a thriving brick manufacturing center. The clay hole is now local swimming spot. Chaska is no stranger to the Silver Screen. In the 1996 film Fargo,Chaska was featured in 2of the supporting characters, real life Tony Denman (who played Scotty Lundegaard)attended CHS. Another character is credited to Chaska. Drop Dead Gorgeous & Jingle all the way filmed here as well. The downtown area, net on the river is gorgeous and quaint! There is so much to do and great places to stay in Chaska.
    - Meg
  • Chattanooga, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Besides having a mild climate, Chattanooga is home to some fabulous live music venues, excellent local eats and friendly, just plain "Cool" people. Cool music, cool food, cool people. Total fit for cool small towns of 2012.
    - Casey Knoxq
  • Chautauqua, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    The town of Chautauqua, NY is named after Chautauqua Lake. It is home to the world famous Chautauqua Institution, a non-profit education community and summer resort located on 750 acres, which was the start of the nation-wide Chautauqua Movement in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Chautauqua Institution is home to the Athenaeum Hotel, the largest wooden building in the eastern United States build in the Second Empire style. Chautauqua Lake is world known for its excellent muskellunge fishing and sailing. Chautauqua is also in the center of the largest Concord grape growing region in the country, and many award winning wineries are just a short drive away!
    - Jonathan Weston
  • Chelam, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    55 mile long crystal clear lake AVA wine Country Fabulous winter & summer sports Small cozy town. Very friendly folk 330 days of sun Great mountain views
    - Robert Koch
  • Chelan, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Chelan, on the eastern side of the beautiful Cascades, is at the end of a scenic 55 mile-long lake in North Central Washington. It's surrounded by orchards and vineyards that produce and send out high quality fruit and related products worldwide. Excellent wines and wine-tasting events have become a popular pursuit at the vineyards. Civic groups have ongoing projects to keep the area's historical values in place, produce annual arts and music events, and maintain year-round sports activities in our four seasons. A mile-long trail along the Chelan River appeals to walkers and joggers, and hiking and biking trails are popular, too. Those in local government strive to meet the changing needs of the town. The friendly environment, quality health care and schools, unique stores and restaurants, overnight facilities, access to travel hubs ...all contribute to making this a good place to live or visit.
    - Susan McKinnon
  • Chemung, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Small family loved town all original with no super markets just a gas station and a race track with lots of farming
    - Natasha
  • Cherokee, IA
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town atmosphere with big town offerings.
    - Rick Gilbert
  • Chesterfield, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    friendly, caring, people that you only find in a small town where everyone knows everyone. Nothing like it......
    - kaye clark
  • Chickamauga, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    One phrase says it all It has a "Historic Feel with a Small Town Appeal"
    - Richard Barclift
  • Chincoteague Island, DC
    Why it's the coolest
    At first thought it is the town that has the horses swim across the channel every year. But is is so much more, filled with residents that really appreciate tourists, southern charm, GREAT food all at a relaxed place. As a visitor it is the coolest town because the people of this town have not forgotten how far a smile goes!
    - Karen
  • Choyster, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's the coolest because my grandaughter lives there!!!
    - Windy Belote
  • Christiansburg, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town with lots to do indoor and outside, and it has tons of cultural diversity. The mountains are beautiful here too.
    - Andrea
  • City Island, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Great sea-faring community. You'd never know it was in the Bronx.
    - E Paldino
  • Clare, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Clare has the charm of a 50's sitcom and is eclectic enough to even keep teenagers entertained! Local police officers bought the city bakery to keep it open and the high school art teacher opened an art gallery on McEwan Ave. (our mainstreet). Coffee shops are always full of local college students while the 40-somethings can always be found sipping a brew at The Doherty Hotel (a historic site)! This town is settled along a main highway amongst rolling farm land kept by the neighboring Amish. You have to check this place out!
    - Beth Schafer
  • Clarkesville, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Recognized state-wide as one of the Friendliest Cities (Blue Ridge Country Magazine- 2011), Clarkesville has always been known as a "gentle-friendly place." The recent designation as a Better Hometown city, downtown has done a complete turnaround. Commonly referred to as the "hospitality hub" of Habersham County, the downtown Clarkesville square boasts over 11 restaurants in walking distance- a Clarkesville eatery record! Community activities are held weekly, and that's one of the things that help to bring the town's residents together and foster a friendly atmosphere.
    - Mary Beth Horton
  • Clayton, GA
    Why it's the coolest

    It's wine country with many active wineries! We have three lakes, Lake Burton, Lake Rabun and Lake Seed just loaded with both new and old time lake homes. Quaint restaurants with chefs from across the US. A thriving downtown of galleries, uptown shops, outdoor eating but is also a working town to 2,000 residents and 14,000 county residents plus thousands of homes on the quiet lakes. Think quintessential lake area, think Clayton.

    - Cricket Werkheiser
  • Clayton, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Come and see for yourself
    - Eric Nelson
  • Clear Spring, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Because President George Washington named our town. He said, What a Clear Spring.
    - Tammy Sue Yost-Robinson
  • Cliff, NM
    Why it's the coolest
    Wonderful setting in the mountains, great people! Also the gateway to the Gila National Forest.
    - Tracey Smith
  • Clifton Forge, VA
    Why it's the coolest

    A little community full of charm, history, outdoor fun in a magnificent setting and great food. A history dating to the 1700's and within miles of Douthat State park, The Homestead and Greenbrier Resorts.

    - Biff Downey
  • Clifton Springs, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Clifton Springs has all the charm of an old victorian village and has maintained the village center through a series of renovations and restorations mostly provided by private interests. We have a 4 star restaurant (Warfields), a quaint street of shops, modern infrastructure (gas, sewer, etc) and an excellent school system.
    - Joe Mineo
  • Clifton, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the COOLEST, we have Peterson's Ice Cream Depot for summer and Sunday treats. Recently won NOVA Ice Cream Wars. We also have the Main Street Pub that serves up delicious sandwhiches and super friendly people. There are several antique shops, a thrift shop, a day spa and the very lovely jewelry store - All that Glitters - with the best costume jewelry finds anywhere. To top it all off - we have Paradise Springs - the closest winery to Washington, D.C. And I forgot to mention Trummers on Main, the chef recently was nominated as a Food and Wine Magazine - Best New Chef. All of this plus the people and multiple annual festivals, including Clifton Day make it the coolest small town you can find anywhere. There is also a Bed and Breakfast!
    - Jennifer
  • Clintwood, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Clintwood is located in Dickenson County, Virginia's youngest County, known as Virginia's Baby. The County seat is in Clintwood. Home to the Ralph Stanley Museum, a stop on the Crooked Road Music Trail, Clintwood has a population of around 1500 people. You will find very talented mountain musicians, artisans and some of the friendliest people anywhere in the USA. The town underwent revitalization several years ago and renovated the old theatre building now known as the Jettie Baker Center where Friday night jams and other events take place throughout the year. The town is known for its cleaniness and the rows of flowers hanging from the light poles throughout the town. A Kids Korner Park and Clintwood Walk track provides young and old a place to go. The Dickenson County Visitor's Center/Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Phipps Family museum is located in Clintwood and offers visitors brochures, maps and information on the town and county
    - Rita Surratt
  • Clyde, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    amidst all the rich history folks here are different and it really is a home-town feeling. safe secure and full of farm stands and little stores.
    - Jessica Roberts
  • Cocoa Beach, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Cocoa Beach is actually two cities,old Cocoa Beach and new Cocoa Beach. Old Cocoa Beach has the charm and warmth of a by-gone era complete with homes built in the 40s and 50s. Small mom and pop stores and great reataurants are still the dominant attraction plus the link to the early days of America's space program. new Cocoa Beach has all of the fun that any beach community can offer but at much lower prices. Love this area.
    - Sam Gordon
  • Coconut Grove, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a quaint little neighborhood tucked in to the hustle and bustle of Miami, it's hidden. It's like New Orleans meet Greenwich Village, It's one of the only communities with a family and community field to it in Miami. I feel at home and at peace here.
    - RJ
  • Cody, WY
    Why it's the coolest
    Great night-time rodeo. Authentic ranching stores, western goods. Friendly people. Civilized pace. Beautiful countryside.
    - mack kirkpatrick
  • Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Why it's the coolest
    Four full seasons. A vibrant downtown set beside the shore of a lake so warm in the summer it's like bathwater, beautiful Ft. Sherman Park that hosts art festivals, music, families, Ironman and more. Real Coffee houses, art and wine walks, historic buildings, old school Hudsons Burgers, great pubs, always feels like you are on vacation even for those who live here and in any season!
    - Denece Caton
  • Colden, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    The people!
    - Kim Kita
  • Colorado Springs, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    There are many fun things to do and see, the weather's great, and the air is HEALTHY!
    - Jane Taylor
  • Columbus, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Because it the best one
    - Bryan
  • Cooke City, MT
    Why it's the coolest

    This tiny outpost in southern Montana sits at the little used (no long lines—even in August’s peak season) Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, near the Lamar Valley, one of the best areas for spotting buffalo and elk. As one reader wrote, "this is the place you have to visit for a real taste of true-life Northern Exposure." Log cabins are scattered all over town—some are private residences, while others are for rent, like the Antlers Lodge's 18 structures, which surround a central 1913 cabin. The trip into Cooke City is epic: From Cody, you drive over the Chief Joseph scenic highway, voted one of the top 10 scenic highways in America, or from Redlodge, MT, you take the Bear Tooth Highway, which swoops up and over the Rockies on the way into town.

    - Richard Liss
  • Cooperstown, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Museums, beautiful Otsego lake, a brewery, a fantastic bakery, named after James Fenimore Cooper's father, William, wonderful architecture, the Otesaga Resort Hotel and a great golf course, Leatherstocking.
    - Jack Basal
  • Corning, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Corning is a great city to raise your children. It also has a lot of festivities for adults as well. The Gaffer district is a lovely place to visit, along with the Corning Museum of glass. Corning has something for everyone.
    - Matthew Anderson
  • Corrales, NM
    Why it's the coolest
    Horses - for riding beside endless miles of acequias (irrigation canals) and in the Corrales Bosque Preserve bordering the Rio Grande, sharing space with 108 species of birds. The Heritage Festival in spring, the Growers Market and Art in the Park in summer, the Harvest Festival in fall, and the year-end Holiday Art Festival and Twinkle Light parade. Mudder's Day, when whole families get together to patch the stucco on the Old San Ysidro church. Seafood in the desert,wine-paring dinners, and viewing the art at the Indigo Crow Cafe. Or green chili chicken soup, hand-made pizza, and scoring a seat next to one of the kiva fireplaces on a cool day at the Village Pizza. (And 10% off if your horse is hitched outside.)Unique shops like Hanselmann Pottery and Quilts Ole, a deep indian/hispanic/anglo history, Sandhill Cranes in the fields in fall, Balloon Fiesta in nearby Albuquerque, and signs warning "Coyotes Live in Corrales."
    - Dianne Rittmuller
  • Cottage Grove, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    There is so much to do in our area. Take the cover bridge tour as our town is known as the, "Covered Bridge Capitol" of Oregon. Pan for gold in the river, or visit the Bohiema Mines. With rivers and two lakes in the area there is plenty of water activites to enjoy from boating to fishing, camping and swimming. View the water falls, take a bike ride or hike the paved trail from town to Doriena Lake. With pride we hold the title "All American City" award, not once, but twice. Bring your golf clubs and practice your swing at one of our two courses. Enjoy fine dining, and stroll through our 2 museums in historic downtown. Animal House, Stand By Me, and The General, enjoyed filming in our area. Spending Saturday evening at the race track is a fun family time. Once you visit, you may want to never leave :)
    - Linda Washington
  • Council Grove, KS
    Why it's the coolest
    It has the oldest continuing running resteruant west of the Mississippi - 1857. It has approximately 20 National Historic Registered locations. It's own version of Starbucks. A free river walk. Last place on the Santa Fe Trail you could buy anything. 1861 house/cafe with period dress, decor and food. Roughly 2,300 people.
    - Jane Rickenbrode
  • Courtland, KS
    Why it's the coolest
    Most people call the trend the "Courtland Relocation Project". It's a phenomenon where most everyone who has moved away from Courtland for college wants to eventually move back some day, which is a rare thing in rural Ameria. And why not? Courtland is small but mighty little town of 300 people with a can-do attitude. It's a farming community, but also has a cultural aspect with an Arts Center that offers everything from dance lessons to regular art displays. As a result, many regional red dirt country music artists have sprung up out of the community. Pinky's, the local bar, is known Statewide, is the heart of the community, and has award-winning chicken fried steak. Every summer, Pinky's is at the center of Courtland Fun Day which often draws more than 1,000 extra people to town for a three-day celebration with events that appeal to a wide age range including a ping pong ball drop from an airplane that fly's overhead.
    - Jenny Russell
  • Covington, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Come and see!!
    - Joseph
  • Creedmoor, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    - Jim Jenkins
  • Crestline, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Crestline has the small town feel, a beautiful lake and the best people.
    - Lizzy Smith
  • Cuba, KS
    Why it's the coolest
    Featured with a photo spread in the May 2004 National Geographic Magazine, Cuba Kansas is a dynamic little town with a rich Czech heritage. If you don't know how to polka and have a good time, the people of Cuba can teach you! The town has a recently renovated Community Hall where you can still roller skate for free, have a wedding reception, or rock for a week straight in a rocking chair during the Cuba Rock-A-Thon. The town still supports a grocery store, a great restaurant, an antique store, and a neat old blacksmith shop among it business district.
    - J. Russell
  • Cuba, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    They make their own cheese there! Plus, there's Cuba Lake ... what more do you need?
    - Bill Sheridan
  • Culpeper, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Historic yet up to date. Celebrates the past while moving forward. Main shopping street (Davis Street) just won an award.
    - Lanny Horton
  • Cumming, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Cumming is known for its upscale living and impressive landscape stretching from the banks of the Chattahoochee River, up the shoreline of beautiful Lake Lanier, to the foothills of the scenic North Georgia mountains. Whether it's golfing, boating, horse back riding, or anything in between, we've got it all
    - Cheryl Smith
  • Dade City, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Kafe Kokopelli's eclectic menu is good enough for any major city.
    - Jean
  • Dahlonega, GA
    Why it's the coolest

    Neat shops, historic theater, fine dining, many wineries, mountains.

    - Fred
  • Damariscotta, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    Easy to walk around, great small town feel, near the river, plenty of shops and restaurants, great people.
    - Meg Dexter
  • Damascus, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Damascus is the only town that the Appalachian Trail runs directly through, and celebrates that fact each May with Trail Days, a special welcome for the many hikers, backpackers, and bikers that come through.
    - Jack Hall
  • Dansville, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    small and quaint with a beautiful view no matter where you go!
    - Chrissy
  • Danville, IL
    Why it's the coolest

    I was raised near that town.

    - Lucette Abell
  • Danville, KY
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town charm, community atmosphere, Family Friendly, safe! A Great Place to raise a Family!
    - Melissa Bradley
  • Darien, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    This is one of the last unspoiled places on the Atlantic seaboard, rich in history, the beauty of nature, hospitality— and welcoming to new opportunities. Darien, GA is an authentic small town alive with friendliness and true southern hospitality. Combine that with the best local southern coastal cuisine anywhere and abounding beauty of our natural resources and you will see for yourself what others are finding in historic Darien. Darien, the place where the term "Golden Isles" was coined, offers a wealth of attractions that, for many, are being discovered for the first time. Located along the Georgia Atlantic Coast and Altamaha Scenic Byway, Darien offers striking "see forever" views across what has been described by experts as "one of the most important tidal estuarine environments in the world."
    - Jan Chamberlain
  • Davis, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Most bikes per capita outside of China; voted as having one of the best farmers markets in America; diverse cultural and gastronomic scene; University town; great schools; toad tunnel; within 2 hours of wine region, coast, and mountains.
    - Ashley
  • Davis, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    Davis, WV is the highest incorporated town in WV at 3200 ft. with an average summer temp. of 75 degrees making it quite literally one of the coolest small towns! Partially surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest and located on the banks of the Blackwater River this small town of less than 1000 is an Almost Heaven haven for outdoor adventurers of all types, mountain bike afficionados, skiers, whitewater rafters, fishermen, and hikers. Davis encompasses only a 1.1 sq. mile area yet emits a tranquility and hip vibe that must be experienced as words can't do the town justice. You won't find any chain restaurants or big box stores here either. What you will find is a main street dotted with locally owned businesses, quaint galleries that help support the local arts community, and several great restaurants. One visit during autumn or snow season will prove this small town jewel hidden in the mountain of WV to be one of the coolest!
    - John Parrish Thompson
  • Decorah, IA
    Why it's the coolest
    Decorah has everything you could want in a small town -- mom and pop restaurants; the BEST pizza from Mabe's; Luther College; Vesterheim Norweigan Heritage Museum; Decorah Hatchery; the Whippy Dip; outdoor activities, including tubing and canoeing on the Upper Iowa River, caving in the Ice Caves, and climbing Pulpit Rock. Decorah's such a great town that the President visited too!
    - Liz Youngquist
  • DeLand, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    DeLand has everything from Charm to the Arts. We have Stetson University,the first private university in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization. , a wonderful museum, sports, Sky Diving setting world records, fabulous dining, Athens Theater,and Opera. The ocean is only 25 minutes away, Disney and Universal an hour away. You can live is a beautiful community and yet get to all the action in 60 minutes or less.
    - Valerie Seinfeld
  • Desert Hot Springs, CA
    Why it's the coolest

    its right next door to palm springs and is rummer ed that Oprah has a house there i grew up there and there's allot of history !

    - trucker maney
  • Douglas, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Great arts community. Beautiful beaches. Stunning landscape. Laid back and welcoming.
    - Carol
  • Doylestown, PA
    Why it's the coolest

    First Friday

    - Charley Yuknus
  • Dresden, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    Dresden is cool becouse it is small and is bewteen Gevena and Wakins Glenn and has a Navey Bardge that you can locate Dresden from Senca Lake. It is also cool due to it has a small post office and no streat light and has a firehouse and around 8 streets and one alley . We have a train that goes down seneca lake to the salt factories in wakins Glen.. I am proud to call Dresden my hometown.

    - Densie
  • Duck, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    sits on the outer banks of NC
    - Mark Smith
  • Duffield, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's small quite town and everyone know everybody and don't forget about Duffield Daze celebration we have:Go Rye Cove Little Eagles!!!
    - Kristie Quillen
  • Dundee, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Our Town Rocks! Keuka and Senca lakes offer scenic beauty, draw tourists, provide climate for vineyards and recreation. Farmlands includes grapes, dairy and organic farms; many owned by Mennonites. The area is rich in history.
    - Dee Anderson
  • Dungannon, VA
    Why it's the coolest

    Dungannon is the gateway to the world-reknowned Clinch River and the hiking and scenery of High Knob. The Scott County Horse Park, on the outskirts of Dungannon, draws visitors to frequent shows and festivals while the Flanary Archaeological Site, on the other side of town, has evidence of Native American occupation dating back 8,000 years. Cyclists and motorists revel in views of the Clinch River, waterfalls, and historical buildings spanning over 200 years along the Dungannon and Clinch River Scenic Road Tour. The town also has a long history. Originally known as Osborne's Ford, the town was settled by Scotch-Irish and English immigrants who traveled here from North Carolina in search of land.

    - Visit Dungannon
  • Dunnellon, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Small Fun place to live close to all the cities in and around Florida.
    - Shaun
  • Durango, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Vibrant, college town beautiful mountains with great outdoor activites year round
    - Russ Jones
  • Eagle, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    beautiful, situated 20 mins from 4 ski areas (including Vail), on the River (tubing and biking), near Glenwood Springs (hot springs), and provides a small town community vibe. Christmas in the park w/ ice skating and sleight rides, town concerts all summer long, lots of hiking.
    - Ali
  • Eagle River, WI
    Why it's the coolest

    A chain of 28 lakes for boating, swimming, jetskiing, waterskiing.... and the world's coolest pirate ship at the pirate's hideaway on duck lake. we're also the self proclaimed home of the world championship snowmobile derby every january.

    - kara dahlberg
  • East Aurora, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    East Aurora has the cutest Main Street complete with an Old Time Movie theater, Vidlers Five and Dime Store (with penny candy) and an all around calm atmosphere. Almost all restaurants and stores are ma and pa owned and operated. Everyone around Buffalo comes to East Aurora to get away!

    - Karen
  • Easton, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Small shops, lots of history beautiful farms and parks
    - Kit Collins
  • Easton, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Easton is defined by it's small town charm and distinct historic character. Nestled in the Atlantic Coast's Tidewater Region on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Easton boasts metropolitan art, big city dining, and sophisticated shopping sometimes unparalleled in our neighboring metropolitan areas like Washington DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Philadelphia.
    - Kathleen Clendaniel
  • Eatonton, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    We're Heart of Georgia's Lake Country where History abounds! Like the outdoors? We've got hunting, fishing, camping, boating, skiing, mountain biking and more right in our backyard own backyard thanks to Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair. Like to Golf? We've got you covered with one of the Nation's Best Resorts, Cuscowilla on the Lake. We're the home to Brer Rabbit, Uncle Remus and Joel Chandler Harris plus Alice Walker, author of the Color Purple. The Movie even debuted here in our own Peck Theatre! Love History? Take a walking tour of our beautiful antebellum homes, historical courthouse and churches as well as the one of a kind downtown square. We can't forget our American Indian Heritage showcased through both Rock Eagle and Rock Hawk. And to finish things off, some of the best one of a kind shopping and dining in the area! Eatonton is truly the coolest city in America!
    - Eatonton Mainstreet
  • Edinboro, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Absolutely gorgeous spring and fall lake views, summer boating and water sports, triathalon, "big-snow" winters that would blow your mind & allow you to revel in cross country skiing or horseback riding, home of Edinboro University noted among other things for the handicapped accessibility. Campbell Pottery, Antique Shops...low crime, and close to everywhere to boot!
    - Dawn C Lee-Santucci
  • Elizabethton, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    A small town where neighbors help neighbors, you can sleep at night withoput the worry of gangs breaking into your home and raping and killing your family. You can wwalk the streets at 11pm as well as 11am. The people are friendly, holding doors for each other and speaking to everyone they encounter. We LOVE OUR SMALL HOMETOWN!
    - Kim Birchfield
  • Elizabethtown, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's in in the middle of the tri-county area. It's central to Harrisburg, York, and Lancaster. Harrisburg is the capitol of PA, and Lancaster features tourist destinations such as visiting with the Amish. It's also conveniently located 15 minutes from Hersheypark and its attractions and shopping. It is also the home to one of M&M Mars Plants, so the town smells of chocolate! :)
    - Amanda
  • Ellijay, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Great restaurants, antique shopping and beautiful mountains!
    - Deb Tew
  • Ellijay, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Its beautiful, charming, It's the apple capitol of Georgia. Its nestled in the mountains
    - Lorrie
  • Ellsworth, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    Wonderful Main Street USA feel, eclectic shops and eateries, easy to explore on foot, friendly people
    - Ali
  • Elmira, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Great people, and the BEST Bistro I've ever visited!
    - Raye Mayo
  • Estes Park, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Incredible downtown area with over 100 shoppes. Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Has two go kart tracks, putt putt golf. Several quaint taffy and homemade ice cream shoppes. Aerial tramway that climbs 2,000 feet for beautiful views. Several horseback riding expeditions. Perfect summer temps in the low 80's. I could keep going but you get the point.
    - Jason Miller
  • Fairhope, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    The atmosphere and the small town feel. It also houses annual Arts and Crats festivals that are world known. CMT's Sweet Home Alabama was also filmed in Fairhope.
    - Renee
  • FairPlay, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Burro Days. Enough said!! Oh, that South Park came from there :) Rich in history of the wild west,gold rush and native American lure. Elevation.... Just 2 ft under 10,000 ft.
    - Michael
  • Fairport, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Wonderful location on the Erie Canal, great neighbors, biking/walking paths, hiking trails, festivals, restaurants, shops. We have it all!!
    - Mommom
  • Farmland, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    Chocolate Moose is the best place to eat! There is a fabulous coffee place across the street that also sells Concannon's pastries which are out of this world!
    - Jennie Kirklin
  • Fayette, MO
    Why it's the coolest
    We have good schools, a small University, an active Community Theater,a private swim team. Many of our young people move away to find jobs and stay away for several years, then realize that this is a good place to raise children and move back, or move back when they are ready to retire.
    - Nancy Symes
  • Felton, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Felton is nestled about 15 miles inland from Santa Cruz and is surrounded by a breathtaking amount of redwood trees. It has some of the rarest steam trains in the nation that are still in working condition and take tourists for rides through the redwood forest daily. Additionally, the train station, known as "Roaring Camp", has another train that literally rolls right onto the infamous Santa Cruz boardwalk, taking people to and fro Felton a few times a day during the summer. The Henry Cowell State Park is also rooted within Felton. The Henry Cowell Park is famous for their old growth redwood trees similar to the ones found in Big Sur (I am talking trees big enough to drive cars through). With Felton's tiny main street with maybe 2 dozen businesses, it is a very quaint town.
    - Brittany Marquis
  • Fernandina Beach, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Old Shrimping town that has kept it's charm. Hosts annual Shrimp Festival plus many other events and pirates roam free! Sits on the Atlantic Ocean with lots to do or just doing nothing - whatever works!
    - Barbara Greeson
  • Ferndale, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It has old world charm and beautiful Historical Homes. Great town and great food.
    - Michelle Capelle
  • Flat Rock, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Flat Rock is the coolest because you can enjoy wood-fired bbq at Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, take in a performance at the State Theatre of North Carolina - the Flat Rock Playhouse, visit the goats or tour the home at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, pick apples at Sky Top Orchard, a mountain top delight, shop the local tailgate market, find great gifts in our local shops like The Wrinkled Egg on "Little Rainbow Row" or grab a bite to eat at an assortment of great restaurants all located in the center of the Village of Flat Rock. It's easy to spend a day, a week or a lifetime in Flat Rock, NC.
    - Phoebe Moncrief
  • Florence, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    quaint beachtown that has a sense of nostalgia
    - Krsitine
  • Floyd, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Floyd has a Friday Night Jamboree every week year round and we have the best patrons. They have music inside at the Floyd Country Store but the best place to be is on the street. There are always 5 or 6 Pickup Groups that play outside and anyone (Young or Old) can get in on the fun. We have a local market that features local crafts and some of the best Ice Cream at the Floyd Country Creamery! Everything is within walking distance and the people here are amazing!
    - Joy Gardner
  • Folkston, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    We are a "Train Watcher's Paradise". You can sit and watch 50+ trains a day and visit the Train Museum, no money required to enjoy Folkston, GA
    - Dawn Malin
  • Forest Falls, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is on a Creek, in the Mountains, one hour from the beach, half hour from snow skiing, one hour from Palm Springs, fresh air, pine trees, and best of all, wonderful people as neighbors.....
    - George Forgues
  • Forsyth, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    The people here are friendly and very helpful . The town was started way back in 1823 so many old homes tosee as well as a historic court house and square. Free concerts in the spring and summer on the square.
    - Loraine Khoury
  • Fort Madison, IA
    Why it's the coolest

    We have a fort that commemorates the the building/start of our city. We also have cobblestone roads.

    - Dillon Herren
  • Franconia, NH
    Why it's the coolest
    Best small town feel in the heart of the Majestic White Mountains, fantastic Skiing and winter and summer sports, home of Bode Miller and even more Olympic Ski legends, home of the first Ski school in America , sweet main street, people are friendly, great eating and drinking establishments, cool nightlife and a general "kind" environment.
    - Frank Grima
  • Frankenmuth, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    You would need to visit to see. It's alive with festivals and culture. Its touted as Michigan's "Little Bavaria" as it was settled by German Lutherans and still retains the culture and architecture. We have the worlds largest Christmas store, Bronners CHRISTmas Wonderland. It's the best little town in America.
    - Becky Sulfridge
  • Franklin, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Gem Capital of the World and home of friendliest people around. Lose your wallet? Someone will turn it in to the local Police Department. Have a flat tire? People stop to help you out. "Pickin On The Square" every weekend, weather permitting. Small hometown High School but the Football Team hosts 30,000 rabid fans every Friday Night and invite you to join them in cheering on it's local youth. It is the best of Americana all the way around!!
    - Althea Jowers
  • Franklin, PA
    Why it's the coolest

    Franklin is smalltown charm, with the coolest festivals all year long, from Rock Skipping to our Applefest, and Music in the park. We have great coffee and cupcakes, a super cool theater, and hanging flowers baskets line the street. Come to Franklin to enjoy old fashion fun, canoe the Allegheny River, or take a ride on the Samuel Justice bike trail. We have Pub food, wings and beer, and quaint shops to spend the afternoon. The nicest people you will ever meet like in Franklin, PA. So come for a visit, and stay a while!

    - Leah Kurcsics
  • Frederick, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Come and see it!
    - Susan Hill
  • Fredericksburg, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Fredericksburg is a small German town with unique, locally owned shops, wonderful old rock B&B places. It is in the middle of the Texas Hill Country which has the best locally grown peaches in the summer and many top-notch vineyards. They have a wine-tasting trail/tour annualy, a trades day craft show every third weekend, Kris Kringle Mart, historic homes tour, etc. The people are friendly and the food is fantastic. It's a truly unique place.
    - Lynn Ryan
  • French Lick, IN
    Why it's the coolest

    Our town was once a bustling tourist town that died over time, now, thanks to the construction of a small casino operating in conjuction with the investment of over $600 million dollars on the part of William Cook of Cook Medical in two historic resort hotels and the progressive thinking and planning, it is now vibrant again!!!

    - Dave Harner
  • Frostproof, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Frostproof FL is the coolest because it still has a Mayberry Town feel. There is an old time charm surrounding the "downtown" area where one might see roosters flying about,goats grazing and of course, the gentle mooing of cattle. If one looks real close they may even find a llamma or two. Orange groves can still be seen from the sheriffs office and city hall.
    - Kathy Plante
  • Fryeburg, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    One of the largest agricultural fairs east of the Mississipi, great B and B,s and restaurants, and a private high school with a state of the art performing center. On the Saco River a destination for thousands and next to the White Mountain National Forest. The list goes on and on.
    - Jeffrey Ray
  • Galax, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and on The Crooked Road, which highlights the birth of bluegrass music. Galax is also the home to the Old Fiddler's, which originated in 1935, one of the largest and oldest in the United States. Competitors come from as far away as Australia to compete. Downtown is thriving with a custom fiddle shop, boutiques,wine shop, book store, antique shops, local diners and some of the best Bar B Q in the South. Also, downtown Galax is proud to have Chestnut Creek Artisan Center, which teaches arts and crafts and displays local artists work, the organization strives to keep the local heritage alive. Galax also is the host to the Virgina Bar B Q competition and Leaf and String Festival. The New River Trail has an access here and the Blue Ridge Parkway is just a sneeze away along with the Blue Ridge Music Center which draws national bluegrass and country stars. Lastly the local folk are charming and kind!!!!
    - Sabrina
  • Galena, IL
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the town that time forgot and most of the community is on the historic register. Great restaurants and local golf courses along with the Galena River and U S Grant's home.
    - Dan O'Keefe
  • Galeton, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Galeton, PA has a lake in the center of town which is beautiful in the fall when the leaves turn color. Galeton is located on US Route 6 "The Grand Army of The Republic Highway" in Potter County, PA. This is to me the best place to raise a family.
    - Paul Haines
  • Gambier, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Scenery, Kenyon College, beautiful landscape
    - Emily Weaver
  • Gardiner, MT
    Why it's the coolest
    Right outside of Yellowstone, you can sit at tables made out of tree stumps at the Sawtooth Deli and eat your sandwhich while watching antelope munch on grass across the street. The town is sandwhiched in the mountains and has no room to grow so remains very rural and Western. It is not nearly as touristy as other towns outside of YNP but still has cute little cafes and bookstores. At the school where I used to jog every morning, it was not uncommon to arrive there in the fall or spring and be greated by a herd of bison lazing about on the track. I would have no choice but to relocate my jog because they had no intention of going anywhere anytime soon.
    - Cheri Chatt
  • Garland, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    It is set in a valley with an amazing view of the surrounding mountains.It is friendly,clean and the sun shines almost every day.The popular eatery "the Pie Dump" serves local students during the day and becomes a steak house in the evening.pop.approx.3000.
    - peggy johnson
  • Gate City, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Gate City has the best people, the best history - right on the path of the Wilderness Trail, the best music - on the path of the Crooked Road, and the best scenery in the country.
    - Judy Guinn
  • Gatlinburg, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    At entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, great places to eat, interesting places to shop, variety of attractions (including the Aquarium of the Smokies) and pet friendly.
    - Mary Ann Stevens
  • Geneseo, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    wonderful mix of historical and new, Friendly people
    - Nancy Wilson
  • Geneva, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    you will have to come visit to see y!
    - joe
  • Georgetown, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    This town has the friendliest people, and the best view of the harbor for miles! It also has the best small town restraunts!
    - Brittany Boatwright
  • Georgetown, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    It's SO peaceful. I love the town square. Very charming!
    - April
  • Glade Spring, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Citizens worked together after the tornadoes and pulled through!
    - Cassidy
  • Gloucester, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Beccause it's a very unique place full of kind people.
    - Tommy Fuss
  • Gold Beach, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    It's tiny.. 2 stoplights kinda town. It has the ocean, the river, and the woods all rolled into one. All of the people who live here and have lived here since they were born or for years upon years... it's the kind of town you don't move to unless you have family here and or lived here before.
    - Julie
  • Governor's Island, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    The best people grew up here. We have a reunion there every year.

    - Jackie Frye
  • Graftono, VT
    Why it's the coolest
    Most beautiful New England town. Grafton Inn has one of the finest restaurants in the country.
    - Lynda Draper
  • Granbury, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    The Granbury Courthouse Square Granbury and Hood County are rich in frontier folklore and Texas history. Granbury is a door to yesterday with its Victorian architecture and charming country spirit that celebrates the culturally diverse. You’ll find that historic preservation has been a priority of our proud community. Granbury has an ongoing commitment to preservation that has been nationally recognized. Involvement with the Texas Lakes Trail initiative and the Texas / Oklahoma Wind Power Trail consortium keeps our heritage in the forefront and make today’s efforts our building blocks on the foundation of our heritage.
    - Andra Cryer
  • Graniteville, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    Graniteville,SC is a small Family Friendly town. A chlorine spill can't even stop the love Southern love in this small loving Textile,Christian,Family based Town. God Bless, Keep on rolling Rocks & Rockettes! LMHS Class of 1980!
    - Sharon Grealish Reynolds
  • Granville, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Because it beautiful and has grand historical houses. It is so well kept. There are no fast food or franchises in the town. It is home to the beautiful Denison University and on four corners on Main St. are churches. They have an "old fashioned" 4th of July parade. People there love their homes and community and it shows.
    - Cheri
  • Grass Valley, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is still living the gold rush dream. Nestled in the Sierras, Grass Valley just feels like history. Known for its Cornish Christmas and rivers and lakes, fun for all four seasons.
    - Tricia Davis
  • Greendale, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    Greendale is one of the three 'greenbelt' communities in the U.S. and boasts that small town/village feel while still being part of the major metropolitan area of Milwaukee. It has one of the best public school systems around, great little shops and dining experiences and, above all, outstanding residents who love it all.
    - Natalie
  • Grinnell, IA
    Why it's the coolest

    Beautiful downtown, Grinnell College, homes throughout the town, friendly people, very low crime, two lakes, aquatic center, 10 parks, bike friendly.

  • Grove City, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Quaint, beautiful, strong community with a revitalized downtown and prosperous!
    - Dorry Foster
  • Grove, OK
    Why it's the coolest
    Surrounded by Grand Lake of Cherokees on three sides, the town provides for resort style living on the lake as you can own land that touches the lake, and yet city amenities. It has a great small town feel, a great retirement community with top notch city infrastructure and a brand new state of the art hospital. It draws from 4 states for recreation and vacation traffic and has the eclectic shops that come with a resort community. It has a strong local merchants association as well as a strong chamber of commerce The surrounding area also has museums, galleries, and antique stores all within a very shot drive from down town Grove. There are good quality motels as well as resorts on the lake, and bed and breakfast inns If you are looking for a weekend getaway,a week long vaction, or a home on the lake Grove is the place to come to
    - Chuck Fisher
  • Gruene, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    "Greene" is the cooleset small town because it packs a texas sized punch for such a small town. A historic turn of the century mill town on the banks of the Guadalupe river between Austin and San Antonio. Gruene offers shopping, good food, wine tasting, tubing, and dancing. I love to shop the restored general stores, spend hours tubing down the Guadalupe, support local artists like Dee Buck (Buck Pottery), and relax at night listening to Country Music with a cold Shinerbock in my hand. Gruene is the home of Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas where many country-singing stars and legends have performed over the years. Willie Nelson, George Strait, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett and BB King are some of the well-known singers that are known to play in this little hill country town. As a Texan now living in NJ, I love my trips home and enjoy all of the coolness that is Gruene!
    - John Heath Olguin
  • Guerneville, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Guerneville is a charming little town located along the Russian River in Sonoma County, California. A popular vacation destination, Guerneville is well-known for its natural beauty and liberal atmosphere. The charming downtown is lined with independent shops, restaurants and is surrounded by world famous wineries and majestic redwoods.
    - Robin Finkelstein
  • Gulf Breeze, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    5 minutes to Pensacola Beach with the most beautiful white sand ANYWHERE.Ageaan Breeze restaurant is the best Greek you can find.The people are friendlier than any place I have traveled to.
    - Judy A.Fisher
  • Gulf Shores, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    Most beautiful white sand beaches, tastiest seafood, and just plain good people.
    - stephen Jones
  • Hackettstown, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Peaceful town. Lovely Stephen's State Park. Home of M&Ms. Diverse residents.
    - Pete McLeet
  • Hague, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Hague is the greatest is that it is real filled with the beauty of the Adirondack mountains on the north end of gorgeous Lake George has great charm, but it is also the friendliest town you can imagine where people genuinely care about others and if you're around for awhile most everyone will know your name and who you are. A fabulous place for visitors, summer and year round.
    - Sharon Burstein
  • Haines, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    beauty, art, fishing, people, bald eagle festival, wildflowers, view, glaciers, snow, skiing, hiking, rafting,
    - MJ Cadle
  • Half Moon Bay, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Country coastal feel while also having a hip edginess being near San Francisco. Historic downtown. Feeling of safety/community, festivals, pumpkin and Christmas tree patches. Fresh produce vendors, organic available. Cute shops and eateries. Beautiful coastline drive and beaches, friendly authentic people. Hey I've only been here a week and I'm already in love. There's probably a lot more the locals could say but these are my impressions as a newcomer. Not to mention a really cool name.
    - Janice Einstein
  • Hamden, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    plenty to do @see good food good schools good housing. plenty of familys good medical facilitys
    - charlie y
  • Hamilton, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    The have a wonderful mix of independent retailers, restaurants featuring local foods, a fantastic farmer's market on Saturdays and it is all anchored by the Colgate Inn, a historic country inn that provides an outstanding experience for its guests.
    - Jim Walter
  • Hammondsport, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    Lake-front (Keuka Lake) town with charming downtown village square dotted with independent shops, restaurants and galleries. Close to wineries, breweries and cultural attractions. Vibrant arts community.

    - Morgen McLaughlin
  • Hannalei, HI
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the most beautiful place in the world in the tropical paradise with statues mountains gorgeous beaches with warm ocean water temperature and fabulous trade winds with friendly residents, a few great restaurants and a little bit of paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
    - Teresa Kravitz
  • Hannibal, MO
    Why it's the coolest
    Mark Twain's Boyhood Home. Pop approx 17,000 on Mississippi River.
    - Trish Hooper
  • Hanover, NH
    Why it's the coolest
    White Mountains Connecticut River Dartmouth College Appalachian Trail Maple Syrup Fall Foliage Winter Sports Close to Boston, Montreal, Portland, Burlington
    - Simon Hillier
  • Harbor Springs, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Nestled in the bluffs of lake Michigan, Harbor Springs has an eclectic mix of mansions overlooking the bay. Excellent art scene and good food, plus lots of water sports to enjoy.
    - Pieter Lugt
  • Harrison, AR
    Why it's the coolest

    It is great town full of wonderful people who give their time to provide enriching opportunities for area residents. It is near the beautiful Buffalo River; great fishing in rivers, streams and a number of lakes; the ecletic mountainside village of Eureka Springs; and entertainment opportunities of Branson Missouri. Harrison, Arkansas is a great place to live, work and play.

    - Kay Fulton
  • Hartsville, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    It would be difficult to find another All-America city that balances small-town southern charm and metropolitan flair. Hartsville is home to major industries, dozens of independent restaurants (at one intersection you can taste food from 3 different continents),first-rate academic institutions and some of the most involved citizens in the state of South Carolina. Its thriving downtown is supported by a burgeoning art scene, and all of this is in a 4 mile radius!
    - Donald Quist
  • Hau'ula, HI
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a rural town in a tourist state. It has friendly people, great beaches and lovely hiking trails.The air is fresh and there isn't too much traffic (except on Kamehameha Hwy). The palm trees sway in the breeze and all is right with God.
    - Sandra Kennedy
  • Havana, FL
    Why it's the coolest

    We are the coolest because of our unique charm in our down town district. We have antique shops, specialty shops and restaurants that make Havana a destination. We have three festivals each year that show case our community. We,ve been voted twice by the readers of Florida Monthly magazine to be Florida's "friendliest small town" in the last seven years. We are a diverse and friendly community who welcome visitors with wide open arms. We have a tremendous community park which is home to an oustanding "Veterans' Memorial" honoring ourfallen soldiers.

    - Howard McKinnon
  • Hayesville, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Cool mountains and forests, and a 7000 acre mountain lake.
    - Don
  • Haymarket, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Old buildings, old town atmosphere, fought (and succeeded) to keep Disney America out of western Prince William county, at the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains
    - Karen Kyer
  • Hector, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the only place in NY that has a National Forest. You have a wonderful view of Seneca Lake most of of the area. This is pretty much where the NY wine industry started out. You get off the main road and can be in the back woods and dirt roads.
    - Brad Barber
  • Helen, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Recreated German town, great Oktoberfest. Check out the website. Great little town.
    - Matt Davis
  • Henderson Harbor, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Lots of childhood memories,quiet, beautiful all year round.
    - Audrey Herrick
  • Hendersonville, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Vibrant classic downtown, lots to do, Great B&Bs, good places to eat, new micro brewery, a center for art, music, and other entertainments.
    - Alex Nelon
  • Hermann, MO
    Why it's the coolest
    Historic, Wineries, B & B's, What more could you ask for!!
    - Thomas
  • Hernando, MS
    Why it's the coolest
    A great weekly Farmer's Market on the cozy town square, a courthouse adorned with impressive murals of Hernando DeSoto's exploits, an abundance of friendly Southern hospitality, and easy access to the musical history and soul food of Memphis, just 20 minutes to the north — all great reasons to make Hernando, Mississippi, your new Deep-South discovery.
    - Marcus Maxfield
  • Herndon, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great downtown area, mix of historic and modern housing, great school system, lots of town events. Many excellent and affordable restaurants, and only a 30 minute drive to DC!
    - Noelle
  • Hiawassee, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Located in the Mountains of NE GA and on the shores of Lake Chatuge, Hiawassee is also the home to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds that holds an annual summer fair and a fall festival. Along with these events and all during the year there are music concerts at the fairgrounds.
    - Doug Canup
  • Highlands, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    It has everything, great shopping, restaurants; arts, theater, chamber muusic, golf, tons of outdoor activities and what's best citizens' pride and care in their town and environment

    - Marta
  • Hillsboro, IL
    Why it's the coolest
    Yearly Roubaix Bike race. Historic Red Rooster Inn. Church Street Pub (restaurant that was church). Beautiful Glenn Shoals Lake (people come from St. Louis and bigger communities to use). Home of one of only two specific Civil War Cannons. Yearly Old Settlers Celebration (the town literally closes up shop to celebrate). Abe Lincoln Statue across from the Historic Court House. Home of Matt Hughes UFC fighter. You can see him eating at "Greasys" Milanos Cafe along with half the town on a Saturday night. An Audubon Sanctuary to visit nature. Central Park Pool and the Sports Complex. And friendly people!
    - Dan Wilson
  • Hillsboro, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    We have several beautiful Victorian Homes in our historical districts, one of a kind museums such as; Hill County Cell Block Museum, Texas Heritage Museum, and Roadside America Museum. Hillsboro is one of the original 5 main street citys so our historic downtown and beautiful court house are a must see. With our convenient location on interstate 35, at the I-35 split south of the dallas/ft. worth metroplex and north of waco, combines the charm and relazed lifestyle of a historic small town and its surrounding rural area with convenient access to the world calss amenities of neighboring metropolitan communities.
    - Anna Sewall
  • Hillsboro, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    Birthplace of Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck, Greenbrier River Trail for hiking and biking and more, rich in Civil War History..Battle of Droop Mountain, Watoga State Park, quaint little B&B's, Beartown State Park,Locust Creek Covered Bridge, Gsundheit Institute(Dr. Patch Adams)and much more....
    - Betty Burke
  • Hilo, HI
    Why it's the coolest
    It never changes. Beautiful tropical island. Very quiet and relaxing.
    - Violet Ray
  • Himrod, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    I live there,
    - Brian
  • Hoboken, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    The energy of the place is truly unique
    - Charlie
  • Holley, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    It sits right on the Erie Canal! Quaint, cozy, safe, pretty old houses & friendly people!
    - Angela
  • Hollowell, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    Great food, music, and throwback New England feel
    - Daniel
  • Holly Ridge, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    closest town to the surf city beach

    - marcella oliver
  • Holly Springs, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town feel right outside of Cary and Raleigh. Kids play outside almost year round, safe, real sense of it here!
    - Melissa Jacobs
  • Holmes Beach, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Holmes Beach has the best beaches, food, atmosphere and wonderful people who makes this wonderful town their home.
    - Jeanine Kalajainen
  • Honaker, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Neighbors who are trustworthy, great schools, with true charm and alot of history. Town is starting revitalization soon too! Present day it is close to several educational institutions from pharmacy, law, and 15 minutes from a great community college. The town is withing an hour to a decent job market. Close enough to shopping, just get what you need on your commute.
    - Cheylynna Hess
  • Honeoye, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    Honeoye is the coolest because of our lake,the amazing valley and all our community has to offer.

    - Kerry Sherman
  • Hoosick Falls, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Once held the world record for most bars in contrast to population size. 23 or something like that.
    - Roderick Nash
  • Hope, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    The scenery, people, food, arts and entertainment make this town the coolest. Whether you are fishing, kayaking, the annual soggy bottom 100 bicycle race, looking for art or just great food, this little town on the northern edge of the Kenai peninsula has kept it's gold rush days charm and character. Weekend entertainment is offered from some of the finest local alaskan musicians at the seaview cafe.
    - Gary Gernstein
  • Hot Springs, AR
    Why it's the coolest
    Hot Springs is a beautiful place with so many natural resources and things to do. It is famous for its thermal waters. The lakes are gorgeous just to enjoy or for any kind of water sport. There is Magic Springs, a water and amusement park. Historic downtown offers an array of activities including the famous bath house row, a wax museum, art exhibits, and shops. There are also plenty of great places to shop and dine all around Hot Springs and wonderful spas.
    - Sandra Herbert
  • Hot Springs Village, AR
    Why it's the coolest
    So many things to do.
    - Phun_Phil
  • Humboldt, KS
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  • Huntingdon, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Huntingdon is rich in history. We have excellent tourism spots (including the famous Raystown Lake). We also are home to one of the best small private liberal arts institutions in the United States, Juniata College. Huntingdon is a local town with a strong community!
    - Jessica Maxon
  • Incline Village, NV
    Why it's the coolest
    Championship Golf Courses, Ski Resorts, & mountains that surround you... THE BEST PART OF INCLINE VILLAGE.... Gorgeous panoramic year-round views of Majestic LAKE TAHOE'S North Shore & easy access to it, all wrapped up in cute "skiers paradise" little town.
    - Kristie Bennett
  • Indiana, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a great college town that is also a town that is a family town. You don't have to worry about your kids, everybody knows everybody. There's only one high school...great elementary schools and some of them the kids can stil walk to and from school. Indiana is close to Pittsburgh, great day trips to the mountains, lakes. Great outdoor life; the climate is great - four great seasons! Fall is beautiful; winter snows; and summer is not too hot with very low humidity.
    - Marci Vitale
  • Indian Wells, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Unique town with an abundance of towering palm trees, beautiful shopping, perfect weather. The town two public golf courses that are amazing and a fabulous tennis facility.
    - Joyce Kiehl
  • Inglis, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    This is a little counntry town onthe west coast of Florida. It is also where Elvis made that movie "Follow That Dream"
    - Debbie Sapp
  • Interlachen, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    The most thrift stores per miles anywhere... and the prices truly are "thrifty"
    - Lyndel Reynolds
  • Iron Gate, VA
    Why it's the coolest

    Iron Gate is where my mom was born and raised many yrs ago, its where we spent our summers,and where we still go for visits and where we connect with our relatives.On a summer night,you cant even count the stars,or the mountains for there are so many.A small little town nestled in the mountains,is what makes it so wonderful and peaceful. The smell in the air,is like no other smell,a small town smell I like to call it,the locals say its a factory in another close town, but I like to say its the trees and flowers that smell so wonderful. But when it comes right down to it,its the people, they make all difference,nothing like walking and saying hi to everyone ,even if they dont know you,or you know them,such a content feeling. I live in Phila,Pa,always have,but Virginia is where my heart is.Vote for Iron Gate,its a feeling like no other,and certainly the coolest.

    - Sherry Guido
  • Iron Station, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    We don't have all that bullshit you recommend.
    - Jerry Haines
  • Issaquah, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Old town feel with over 200 miles of woodland trails and extremely friendly locals. Only a 20 minute drive to downtown Seattle and 30 minute drive to snoqualime pass.
    - Raquel
  • Ithaca, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    diverse, cultured, beautiful, many NYS parks, landscape, colleges
    - Cody
  • Jackson, NH
    Why it's the coolest
    A spot of gold in the White Mountains. Approx 800 residents, though home to thousand of tourists coming to visit!
    - Christine Crowe
  • Jacksonville, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    We have a wonderful college,town square, lots of history,recreation center with gym, swimming pool, and sports teams for young and old. We have the best doctors too! Homes are on unusully large lots with lots of room for privacy. We have beautiful mountains, horses, cows or chickens could be your neighbor.(Maybe a college professor too. The real estate taxes are the lowest in the US.
    - Patti Labant
  • Jackson, WY
    Why it's the coolest
    The base population (8000 or so live there year-round) is a curious mix of earth scientists, techies, outdoor sports nuts, artists, ranchers and movers and shakers who hold the Jackson Hole valley and its majestic Tetons in the highest regard. The pristine surroundings are intensely analyzed, debated, conserved and preserved. Where else would you find a Forbes 500 CEO debating elk habitat with a fourth-generation landowner--and coming to agreement over the best course of action to protect it?! Add to this a recent upsurge in both families and diversity of ethnic background and commercial pursuit, and you've got a dynamic mix of a town with community at its heart.
    - Alisan Peters
  • Jamestown, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Jamestown is located in the heart of the Piedmont Triad. A great small town surrounded by cities, Jamestown retains it's neighborly feel and small-town charm.
    - Matthew
  • Jamestown, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    We have some of the greatest shops and the moral for our small town is fantastic. Everyone is friendly and always willing to help others in need. We all root for our hometown sports teams and are very proud!!! Great place to raise a family!
    - Patti Reed
  • Jasper, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful setting in the Blue Ridge Mtns, has great shops and restaurants to satisfy everyone's taste! Great festivals!
    - Cheryl Smith
  • Jefferson, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    It is small town, USA, population 1,422. There is not much here, but it is a very nice and peaceful place. It has a twin town, West Jefferson, only two miles away. It is a very touristy place.
    - Devin DeBord
  • Jefferson, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Exquisite beauty, affordable entertainment, lovely and adequate lodging.... loves tourists
    - donna rogers
  • Jekyll Island, GA
    Why it's the coolest

    Midway between Savannah and Jacksonville, is a remarkable family vacation spot, Jekyll Island, GA. Explore miles of barrier island beaches and dune lines edging unbothered woodlands. Discover an enchanting riverfront National Historic Landmark District, and challenge miles of emerald fairways. Jekyll Island's ancient wonders are in harmony with modern amenities. Visit Jekyll Island and enjoy nature-based pursuits like marsh eco-tours, dolphin-watching, sea turtle walks, or bird watching. The active visitor can golf, kayak, play tennis or soccer, bike, and play at Summer Waves Water Park. The historian can learn of Jekyll's rich gilded era. On Jekyll Island, It's All Good!!!

    - EEngland
  • Jerome, AZ
    Why it's the coolest
    Jerome was built on the side of Mingus Mountain in the late 1800's on into the early 1900's. It is home to several famous artists. From Jerome you have a BEAUTIFUL view of the entire Verde Valley. It is one of the most amazing little towns you will ever see. Population (approx) 450.
    - Andy
  • Jim Thorpe, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great combination of the arts, outdoor activity, unique shops, an awesome library, and a beautiful setting
    - Ann
  • Jonesborough, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the Oldest Town in Tennessee.. The old world bldgs on Main Street...Down home hospitality is the first thing you noticed. People come in from all over the world.. So something is going right and lastly it is the Home to the International Storytelling..
    - Theresa
  • Joplin, MO
    Why it's the coolest
    I don't live here, but I'd love to see Joplin win, because of the damaging tornado
    - tommy fuss
  • Joppatowne, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Between the clean parks, water access and being crime free, we are a place where everyone should live. We offer a wonderful Amish Market and amazing Title 1 schools. Plus some have a unique chance to live on an Island. What more could you want from an All American Town.
    - Amanda
  • Joseph, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    beautiful backdrop of alpine-like mountains, sculptures on Main Street corners and small town friendliness
    - Tanya Collier
  • Kanab, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    Surrounded by red cliffs, close to many different national parks, has the world's largest animal sanctuary and it's heaven on earth. Oh, and the Rockin' V has great food!
    - lee ski
  • Keene, NH
    Why it's the coolest
    Widest Main Street in America Keene pumpkin festival each October with 25,000 carved and lit pumpkins on display one evening!!
    - Karen K Reardon
  • Kenmore, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    We of three generations actually moved TO this area in the past 3 years because of the small town feel! Homeowners take care of their properties. The town plants flowering trees along with the usual maples for future generations to enjoy. There is a walking/shopping district and a senior living building right on the main thoroughfare. When it snows, plows do not delay to clear out the side streets!
    - jean
  • Ketchikan, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful & breathtaking scenery meets small town coastal living. Heaven!
    - Tori Woods
  • Key West, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    It's sunny and warm 12 months a year. It has great bars and lots of fun things to do!
    - Lillian Russell-Burnett
  • Kingsburg, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Lots of one-of-a-kind houses with great character.
    - Judithanne Curtis
  • Kutztown, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    We are the perfect small town!! Artistic yet homey with a great Main Street. Lots of cool shops and great restaurants. Kutztown University on the hill and just all around nice people!!
    - Shannon Sibiski
  • Lagrange, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town atmosphere. Center of county government. Lagrange County 4H Fair in July. In October they close off the main street (Detroit Street) down town for what they call Corn School. The economy has taken it's toll here on businesses and some folks have lost their jobs and homes, but their are new businesses starting up such as Chicago Joes and Rising Star Sari-Sari International Market to ad variety to the business climate that includes such staples as Schlemmer's Hardware, Foltzes Bakery, Plyley's Candy, Home Town Restaurant and Curtis Salvage all small businesses providing products and services to the local community.
    - Robert Blankenship
  • Laguna Beach, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a quiet seaside artist colony. Need I say more?
    - Bret Bowen
  • Lake Arrowhead, CA
    Why it's the coolest

    Established in 1890, Lake Arrowhead is a one-of-a-kind mountain resort. It’s been crowned the “The Jewel of Southern California’ for good reason. Just 90 miles east of Los Angeles, Lake Arrowhead is a paradise of outdoor recreation and year round beauty. Mother Nature spared no effort in making it a scenic wonder. At the center of Lake Arrowhead is a 782 acre crystal blue lake great for water-skiing, wake boarding, or simply cruising around. Its 14 miles of beautiful shoreline offers a wonderful beach play experiences & remarkable fishing. While in Lake Arrowhead you’ll get a taste of Switzerland. The well-known Village, along with many other buildings, we’re uniquely designed with a Swiss architectural influence. Over 120 movies have been filmed in Lake Arrowhead & it’s economy is almost completely supported by tourism. Lake Arrowhead fosters a close knit eclectic community where many take time to enjoy a more relaxed pace of liv

    - Glen Cummins
  • Lake milton, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    lake , winner, bars .
    - jeanette bovo hendershot
  • Lake Placid, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Murals painted all over town by local artists. Plus it is the caladium capitol of the world
    - Theresa Hovis
  • Lake Placid, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Mirror Lake, Mirror Lake Inn and Lake Placid are all in town In the High Peaks Region of Adirondack Mountain State Park. Historic Lake Placid Winter Olympic sites of 1932 and 1980 are kept up and are visitable. daily Wednesday through Sunday. Whiteface Mountain 1980 Olympic site is open at top of mountain,ski lift,and winter skiing are open all year round. Lake Placid is a year round resort town,not only in the winter.Lake Placid in a perfect place to camp,swim,golf, has excellent 4- star restauraunts and lodging with motels and hotels in all price ranges and a stopping off point for hiking
    - Frank Morgan
  • Lake Saint Louis, MO
    Why it's the coolest
    Because the town is set around two decent sized Lakes. We have a swimming team and a few small beaches, as well as a challenging 9 hole golf course and 4 beautiful newly resurfaced tennis courts. There are fun things like the water ski team,fireworks on the lake, movies at the lake, tennis tournaments for kids and adults, kayaks and sailboats as well as golf leagues for kids and adults.
    - Dr Robert Arnone
  • Langley, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Langley is temperate, it's on the water with views of the North Cascades. It's a water passage way for orcas and grey whales, and home to sea otters, seals and Blue Herons. Langley is a quaint town, founded in the late-1800s and located on the shores of Saratoga Passage in Puget Sound.
    - Dale Reisner
  • Lawrence, KS
    Why it's the coolest
    Its so pretty
    - melissa
  • Lawrenceville, GA
    Why it's the coolest

    A great downtown with the best live theatre in this part of the state with a ghost tour, major league baseball; great shoppping, a major growing college and wonderful medical facility.

    - Joe Burnett
  • Leadville, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    The friendliest people you'll ever meet lots of history there I grew up there
    - Bonnie Sanchez
  • Leavenworth, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Its a Bavarian Getaway, as their homepage says. The festivals they have, the Christmas Lighting Ceremony, theatre, the beautiful Cascade Mtns., so much more, check it out.
    - Connie
  • Lebanon, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Churches everywhere, we take care of one another, everyone comes out for Friday football games with our own Lebanon Pioneers
    - Dustin Keiht
  • Leipers Fork, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the home of some beautiful homes, a grocery store that is a great restaurant, and some friendly people.
    - Joe White
  • Lenox, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a small town with great restaurants and the arts.
    - James
  • LeRoy, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    This historic village with tree-lined streets and classic Victorian houses is the birthplace of America's favorite dessert, JELL-O. Rich in history, Leroy's Historical Society operates the Historic LeRoy House and the JELL-O Gallery Museum.
    - Mindy Kreter
  • Lewes, DE
    Why it's the coolest
    It's the first town in the first State!!! As of 2010 census there were about 2747 residents. Quaint town with tons of history, shops, boutiques, and restaurants. It has a state park, Cape Henlopen State Park and a bay beach, a canal, Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Zwaanendael Museum, and one of seven surviving US Lightships, the US Lightship Overfalls. Because Lewes is in the state of Delaware, all your shopping, dining, sightseeing, etc. is tax free!!!!
    - Janet O'Connor
  • Lewisburg, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    It has great and abundant local music. The architecture is Victorian and well maintained. The schools are top rated. The surrounding countryside is spectacular. There is still a thriving downtown.And the people are way cool!
    - Rebecca Boyce
  • Lewiston, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Small mountain town,Trinity river runs through it. Great fishing, & lots of room for boating & camping just 5 miles away.
    - Carolyn Rhody
  • Lexington, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Cool Shops, Great Coffee, Great food,good times,lots of amazing people, always something to do,
    - Valerie Roeske
  • Ligonier, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Being in our town is like going back in time, where cars stop at pedestrian crossings while business's and schools work hand in hand to create future productive citizens. It's old-fashioned with it's finger on the pulse of modernity. Ligonier is a friendly town with something for everyone, where history is preserved and entreneurship is nurtured. Come and see us!
    - Sharon Full
  • Lititz, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Very well preserved main street with numerous 18th and 19th century buildings. Nice hotel. In the heart of Lancaster County.
    - Stanley Honig
  • Little Rock, AR
    Why it's the coolest
    Besides the fact that Arkansas is an absolutely beautiful natural State, Little Rock/North Little Rock has become quite the melting pot, like a mini Dallas, including art gallery districts, The Clinton Presidential Library, free Arkansas Game & Fish Wildlife museums, the RiverMarket, great eateries, bakeries, different eclectic areas, including the Heights, Hillcrest areas, as well as great shopping experiences, incuding individual outdoor-type malls, and small-local owned clothing, art, jewelry, and local coffee, tea, sweets and homestyle, local jams, jellies, sauces and spices. And don't forget to check out the Farmer's Market in the RiverMarket District!
    - Terri Vanlandingham
  • Little Washington, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Town was first of 28 towns to be surveyed by George Washington and named after him before he became President. Has the world famous "the Inn at Little Washington" a 5 star restaurant and Inn, wonderful art, boutiques, Bed and Breakfasts, antique shops, local winerys, and friendly people. Located in Rappahannock County, nearby are major Civil War battlefields, Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. Georgeous countryside in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and historic too, this town has it all!
    - Wyatt Carr
  • Lompoc, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    With a year- people friendly climate and close to tourist hot spots such as Solvang, the Santa Inez Valley and Santa Barbara, Lompoc has it all.
    - Thomas Burns
  • Lone Pine, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    This small town is home to the Alabama Hills (where countless movies, tv shows and commercials have been filmed)and Mount Whitney which is just west overlooking Lone Pine in the Eastern Sierra. Right in the area is world class hiking and fishing. The town is quaint, picturesque, small and VERY friendly.
    - M L Taylor
  • Long Grove, IL
    Why it's the coolest
    The historic district is a step back in time with a covered bridge and small town country buildings. The shops are all independent and offer boutique items. Outdoor concerts and events throughout the year.
    - David Berry
  • Lorain, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    it has yala's pizza. the best pizza in the country.
    - frank
  • Loretto, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Its a fabulous college town with friendly locals!
    - Karen Rhoads
  • Loudonville, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the coolest because we are the canoe capital of Ohio. We also are in the "Heart of Mohican". Mohican is a State Forest, there is Mt. biking, hiking, fishing, camping, and tubing within the forest itself. Once outside the forest you can go canoeing, go-carting, mini golfing, tubing and kayaking. We are also a fourty-five minute drive from "Amish Country". On Friday night you know where you can find most of the people and that is in the football statium rooting on the Redbirds. Each October we have our street fair which draws people from far and near for the 5 day event. The schools close for this, the students get out early that Wednesday and have Thursday and Friday off. Most of the families that live in the town have lived there since childhood and their families have lived there generations before that. If you aren't realated to someone in town its a shock. This is why I think Loudonville is the coolest town ever.
    - Emellia Wheitner
  • Louisville, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Sweet little downtown, friendly people, fantastic restaurants, and miles and miles of biking and hiking trails not to mention the Rocky Mountains right out the door.
    - Jann Balue
  • Loveland, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Oh so many reasons, we are the land of love. Located practically in the very heart of our country, we are nestled right up to the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Views that are incredible and with the wide range of activities to do year round. On average Loveland sees 300 sunny days a year.. even on a beautiful snowy morning. With skiing an hour away, Denver about 45 minutes away and even the continental divide easily accesible.. We also pride ourselves on our Art.. including painting all of the city's green electrical boxes with a different theme (by local artist's) its the perfect small town and a great place to live!
    - Kalee H
  • Lowellville, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    everybody knows your name .....
    - Marcella Oliver
  • Lubec, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    Eastern most town in the USA.. Seals in the harbor. Cross the bridge to Canada. Where fdr spent summers.
    - Isaac stephenson
  • Lucas, KS
    Why it's the coolest
    The Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas has many cool attractions from the Garden of Edan to World's Largest Collection of World's Smallest Versions of World's Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum, and much more!
    - Keith Stokes
  • Luka, MS
    Why it's the coolest

    Quaint Appalachian village with the only apron museum in the USA, a history museum, covered bridge, pioneer log cabin, pre-Civil War homes, and, nearby, Woodall Mountain, the highest point in the state at over 800 feet, two state parks, a swinging bridge over a scenic stream, and over 50,000 acres of lakes. The village has a population of less than 4,000.

    - Gary Matthews
  • Lula, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Lula is Home of North Georgia Canopy Tours - Georgia's Ultimate Zipline A TreeTop Adventure
    - Leah
  • Luray, VA
    Why it's the coolest

    Luray is coolest because we are home to the Luray Caverns which attracts a half million people and has been renowned as one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders. In addition, we have been named cabin capital of Virginia and named by TLC the number 2 destination for weddings. It doesn't stop there! We have a quaint and inviting downtown with events on Main during the summer which brings awesome local music to the town and a performing arts center right on the corner to offer even more local talent throughout the year. If you've not visited us; you are missing out!

    - Stephanie Lillard
  • Lyons, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Surrounded by Boulder CO Open Space with mountain biking, horse back riding, and hiking. Surrounded by mountains. Great little downtown with many restaurants. Live music almost nightly. One of the best blue grass festivals and song writing schools in the country according to the Denver Post newspaper. Jackson Brown Just said the "Folks Festival" is one of the most beautiful festivals he's been to in the world. Missy Higgins also said it's one of the most beautiful places she's ever performed. 1,600 acres of city parks for 1,900 people. Best river tubing in front range. Outdoor Games kayaking, mountain biking, & dog competition. Best road bike destination in Boulder CO. Perfect half way point for riding bicycles to stop at several coffee shops and enjoy the mountain views. Destination for motorcycle riding from the Denver metro area on weekends to the Outlaw Bar & Oscar Blues brew pub, winner N.Y. Times best pale ale in US
    - Mimi Elmore
  • Mackinaw City, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    This resort town of 900 people hosts thousands of people each day through the summer. Attractions include the 5 mile long Mackinac Bridge, Fort Michilimackinac, fudge, several lighthouses, Mackinac Island, the Straits of Mackinac, and many festivals.
    - keith stokes
  • Madison, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is truly THE authentic southern town... Small southern town with big southern charm. We have one of the largest historic districts in the state of Georgia. You feel like you are stepping in to a Norman Rockwell picture when you are here! Go to!
    - Ellen ianelli
  • Madison, MN
    Why it's the coolest
    Do you want to go where everyone knows ( or will want to know) your name? - The Lutifisk Capital of the World! ( there is a large statue to prove it). Meet the man who can eat pounds of it in a single sitting! - welcome to the country: corn, beans and tractors are all the rage. Lots of history in the area. - you can drive throughout town and not meet a single car ( most times) - main street is where its at! The dollar store, movie theater, bakery, library, the "pantry" for coffee -SUNDROP = yum! ( the citrus soda is bottled here). You can get a can in the machines all over town. The museum ( lots of history about the area, wars etc) and the antique store ( owned by my grandfather)
    - Rachel Hanson
  • Manassas, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Old Town Manassas is the center of an incredible variety of recreational and cultural attractions ranging from championship golf, pristine regional parks, auto racing, renowned museums and world-class entertainment. The wide variety of restaurants, attractions, events and nightlife almost guarantee an enjoyable stay! From sidewalk cafes to elegant, highly rated restaurants, fine cuisine and good cheer are Old Town traditions. Whether you want something fast or formal, Old Town offers a sumptuous variety of dining choices. On weekend evenings, the atmosphere is alive with music at many of our Old Town restaurants.
    - Debbie Haight
  • Manchester, VT
    Why it's the coolest
    Quaint New England village, friendly residents, quality outlet shopping in separate stores, golf courses, hiking, canoeing, fishing, mountains.
    - Pat Hainen
  • Manistee, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Victorian Downtown...beautiful clean class freshwater fishing..long winding riverwalk...and where James Earl Jones began his acting career!!
    - Paul Lijewski
  • Mansfield, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    it's a close nit town very friendly neighbors and home of Mansfield University
    - melisa
  • Manteo, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    This residence of Andy Griffith is a real life Mayberry. Cast against the backdrop of one of the most historic areas of our country, Roanoke Island and North Carolina's Outer Banks, Manteo is a very special community where life moves a little slower. Residents enjoy living on a wooded island surrounded by untouched beauty, wildlife, and the Atlantic ocean 10 minutes away. Beautiful!
    - Brooke Clark
  • Marengo, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's cute and clean and conveniently located and the drive to get there is beautiful.
    - Julie Hansen
  • Marengo, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    It has Marengo cave a living cave and a National land Mark, It is the largest town in Crawford county population 500. Marengo Has a Massive 4th of July Festival that lasts 3 days including Parades, free kid rides and Fireworks. At Christmas the fire department has a Santa on the Fire truck Parade. and the town gives kids free Christmas Presents.
    - Bill Waterworth
  • Margaretville, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Margaretville has the most heart I have ever seen in a community. Especially after the recent flooding, EVERY community member joined together to help one another out in their time of need. It was a wonderful sight to see. Aside from the flooding the town has great shops with the friendliest owners and has a lot to offer. There are hiking trails and lakes everywhere. There are places to horseback ride, ski, and some of the best restauraunts around. If youre really looking for a real reason why Margaretville is the best though, it is by far the people. It is a very close knit community worth visiting.
    - Colleen McMurray
  • Marilla, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Many of the older buildings in the town have been kept up and are still being used. Marilla Country Store for example
    - Nancy Hall
  • Marion, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Because it is where Mt. Dew Soda was invented.
    - darlene griffey
  • Marquette, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Prestine small town on lake superior...adorable little shops downtown. Wonderful park where deer run free. Great fishing. Sorounded by beauty and nature as God intended :)
    - Beckie Carroll
  • Marshall, MN
    Why it's the coolest
    The best Ice cream in the world is made here. Really cool Factory to visit.
    - Shaun
  • Max Meadows, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    It has the BEST bank in the world!!! First Community Bank, those girls are awesome!!!!
    - Brandi Hackler
  • Mayo, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    We're located about three miles from the Suwanne River so we have all activities that a fine river supplies. Once a year in October we have Pioneer Days to celebrate those who have come before us. We're in the northwest part of Florida lots of chicken, cattle and horse farms. On a fall Friday evening you can hear our local high school playing football and the town supporting them. We have a few historical homes but not much to speak of.. Our local B&B is a historial building which also has a coffee cafe. On main street which is (US27) we have a cafe that serves Cuban sandwiches, and we have two places to eat Bar-Q plus a new Mexican cafe. Our town is quite and set in its ways but a joy to stop and stay a few days. Oh, almost forgot we have the Gulf of Mexico about thirty miles down the road.
    - Marti Friend
  • McBee, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    In McBee there are industries around the area that supports the 867 inhabitants. In fact,within 5 miles of the town about 2,500 people work. Two large firms operate there, A.O. Smith and Talley Metals. And, of course, McBee is well known for the peach industry McLeod Farms.
    - McBee South Carolina
  • Media, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    It was the first fair trade town in the USA. It has excellent restaurants and shopping primarily on State Street which looks like Main Street USA!
    - Michele
  • Medina, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Great little town on the banks of the Erie canal. Boast a long history, inventions, and important people in the history of america. We have museums, and art galleries. The school system is very good and has an award winning marching band that has performed on a national basis. We have industry, and quiet residential streets. Their are some very good restaurants and pleasant taverns to enjoy with friends. Low crime and a full time paid police force, and fire department with ambulance service. We have a hospital and full medical services. It is a wonderful place to raise children and to retire in!
    - Dayton Hausman
  • Medora, ND
    Why it's the coolest
    The history of Medora is simply amazing! Please read about it here:
    - Nona Hove
  • Meeteetse, WY
    Why it's the coolest
    Population 351, less than 2 hrs to Yellowstone Park via Cody WY, which is a notable destination in itself. Plus, home to truffles and other chocolate confections of monstrous goodness!
    - mrs d
  • Mercer, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    There is always a community gathering by the "Courthouse" in the summer and they offer other things in the Winter. We have Shannon's Candy, and many small stores and antique shops. They have the Mercer Grange fair, and Mercer 4-H Fair. And a very old Post Office that has a VERY old hand painting right into the wall. Many tourists stop and check it out along with the others in the courthouse. They even have a Victorian Fest. in the Fall.
    - Vicky Roxberry
  • Mesilla, NM
    Why it's the coolest
    Just south of Las Cruces, Mesilla is an authentic Mexican-American town. Dominated at one end by the beautiful Basilica of San Albino, the town plaza is on the National Historical Register. Billy the Kid once used the town as a hideout, and it was a stop on the Butterfield Stage Coach Trail. The doors, windows, and gates are painted blue to ward off evil spirits.
    - Laura McKenney
  • Middleburg, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    A very small country town but close to lots of shopping and places to eat.
    - Wilma Carroll
  • Middleburg, VA
    Why it's the coolest

    Middleburg is in the heart of horse country virginia. It's beauty and history are awesome. here is a link to our town's homepage

    - Kim Buhl
  • Middleville, MI
    Why it's the coolest

    We have a Beautiful river running thru our town and a paved Bike Trail that runs parallel with it. We have free concerts in the park on Fridays and lots of "Hometown" events. the people here are caring and friendly....a Great Place to visit or call "Home"!

    - Cathe DeLaney
  • Midway, KY
    Why it's the coolest
    Old railroad town, that now is a fine dinning destination. This small town of over four thousand is surrounded by thoroughbred farms, old stone fences, and rolling hills. This place has progressed as just a sleepy little town, where everyone walked to chat with their neighbors on the front porch to a gourmet dining destination that I hope to return to see again.
    - Laura Martin
  • Milford, DE
    Why it's the coolest
    Milford's motto is "River Town, Art Town, Home Town" - the Mispillion River meanders through it and they built a riverwalk along it's length. Tt's an up-and-coming art town with 3 galleries and 7-9 working studios. There are 2 dance schools, live theater in restored Riverfront Theater, a music school and a community band. Also boasts good restaurants, a coffee shop and a Victorian Tea Room. Lots of Victorian houses restored in bright colours, 3 lakes and a community committed to revitalization! It's rural and tranquil but has lots going on.
    - Anne Jenkins
  • Mineral Point, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    Former Cornish mining town reborn as an artists community. Breathtaking views of the hilly countryside. Tons of B&B's.
    - Timothy Schmitz
  • Mineral Wells, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    With the annual Crazy Water Festival, to celebrate our history, Famous Water Company sharing the water that made us famous, Possum Kingdom Lake for water sports and fishing, Lake Mineral Wells State Park with its hiking trails and rock climbing opportunities, Clark Gardens with 12 acres of beautiful gardens and miniature trains, the Brazos River offering up awesome canoeing and kayaking, and the friendliest people you would ever want to meet, Mineral Wells is the coolest and "Craziest" by far!
    - Sharlet Evans
  • Missoula, MT
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a small town , with a University and is very laid back . We have all the amenities of a larger community without all the traffic .
    - Amelia Locke
  • Montour Falls, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Very small town- still very safe- very little traffic- very friendly people and close to numerous other small towns with a lot of interesting sites to see!
    - Judy
  • Morris, MN
    Why it's the coolest
    Morris is nestled in the heart of Central West Minnesota. It is home to one of the top 10 public liberal arts schools in the country. The University brings diversity, edginess and a bunch a hippies and commies. We have a locally run not-for-profit coffee shop which donates all profits to charity. We are right on the edge of all Minneapolis has to offer, but far enough out that lakes, canoeing, skiing, ice fishing, hiking and bird watching are all steps away. We are also right on the border with South Dakota and all the beautiful weekend adventures to be had there.
    - Sarah Ashkar
  • Morrisville, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Great small town.
    - glennjames
  • Mosier, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    Mosier is a small hamlet of about 400 people, located in the scenic Columbia River Gorge about an hour east of Portland. Lodging is found at a restored victorian B&B, and there's the cute little Wildflower Cafe. Recreation opportunities include windsurfing, camping, hiking, cycling. The Mosier Twin Tunnels, part of the old Highway 30, are reached by an easy one-mile walk. I grew up in Mosier, swimming in the creek, horseback riding in the hills, raising pigs for 4-H, and working in our 18 acre cherry orchard. It's a VERY cool town!
    - Lora Mcfarland
  • Mount Airy, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Mount Airy began around 1830 when Henry Bussard built the first house on Parr's Ridge. There was a railroad stop at Parr's Ridge for which the town became known. It was not officially named until a few years later. One of the railroad workers suggested the name after freezing his ears at work one day. The town's economy was supported by the milling, canning and sewing industries. The incorporation date of Mount Airy: 1894
    - Gwen Lombardi
  • Mount Sterling, KY
    Why it's the coolest
    Mount Sterling was founded in 1792 and has and has many renovated buildings that date back 200 years. Mount Sterling is like taking a step back in time. It is home to many first class attractions. Old Silo Golf Course which was voted #1 public golf course in KY, Ruth Hunt Candy Co., The Gateway Center of the Arts, to name a few. It is also home to the "Small Town America Festival" and "Court Days".
    - Jackie Hymel
  • Mt. Airy, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    I thought it had already been nominated as the friendliest town.Tourist love our quiant down to earth way of life.Andy Griffith's home place and the Blueridge Parkway an added bonus.Everybody knows everybody and tries to help each other like a big family.Thank you

    - wanda oakley
  • Mt Dora, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    This town is like the mountain town of Florida. With little rolling hills throughout. Great food and shopping. Located on a small lake with several hotels and B&B's.
    - Debbie Sapp
  • Mt. Morris, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    just because!!!!!!

    - bob
  • Murrayville, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful scenery, great shopping, delicious food, nice people. We enjoy nature, music, we love getting together and socializing like with dancing and playing music.
    - Rhonda Sims
  • Murrieta Hot Springs, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    You can take a champagne brunch hot-air balloon ride over the grape vineyards, then have a spa treatment at one of the 13 wineries that you stay at, soak in mineral springs and make it to the casino down the street by evening. All in a day's vacation. Murrieta has the most healing natural hot mineral springs and natural mud & clay baths, probably on the entire West Coast!
    - Roman Terry
  • Mystic, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Its a small waterfront town. It looks more like an European town than American. Its famous for Mystic Pizza and the seaport.
    - Sandeep Shivanna
  • Naples, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Wine Country; small town atmosphere; world renowned as Grape Capital, but still maintains small town feel; centrally located; clean and welcoming...
    - Beth Milford
  • Nashville, AR
    Why it's the coolest
    Nashville is a picturesque little Southwest Arkansas town that still has a bustling mid-20th century feel.It's downtown is a gem with most of it's original buildings standing and occupied.The people are very "down to Earth" and friendly.There are lots of neat shops and antique stores abound.
    - Ricky
  • Nashville, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a rustic artists colony. Lots of log cabins, great home style restaruants and craft shops. Brown County State Park is there. Most famous for fall leaf colors. Very popular for tourists.
    - Jack Barron
  • Nashville, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Its Music City with the best nightlife, food, culture, entertainment and housing options in the my opinion.
    - Holly
  • Nebraska City, NE
    Why it's the coolest
    Amazing historical buildings on the Missouri River. Home of Arbor Day with many parks and sites devoted Arbor Day (Lied Lodge, Tree House Adventure, Greenhouses, Arbor Lodge mansion and state historical park). Lewis and Clark Historical Center. Old brick streets. Great people!
    - Jeanne Mercer-Ballard
  • Nelsonville, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Town square is stuck in time. Was a train hub in the coal mining days, still has a train that runs for tourists. The film "Mischief" was filmed there because it looks like it's the 50's. Lot's of local art and culture now. Rocky Brand boots is still headquartered there.
    - Andrew Barber
  • Newark, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Lovely tree-lined streets, on the historic Erie Canal, great library and schools and a corner liquor store that sells produce....
    - Elly Dawson
  • New Glarus, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    New Glarus is Wisconsin's "Little Switzerland". There is an atmosphere that thrives here and nowhere else outside of Switzerland. With small town friendliness and enthusiasm, New Glarus is proud to share its Swiss heritage, its chalet-style architecture, its two fine museums, its famous ethnic festivals, and a wealth of specialty shops and restaurants serving savory Swiss food. This is a great town for a getaway weekend.
    - Higate02
  • New Gretna, NJ
    Why it's the coolest

    very small town on the jersey shore where the bay meets the woods state forest good people low taxes great school fishing camping swiming canoeing kayaks and hikingand for the hunters plenty of things for them too!

    - laura phillips
  • New Hope, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    An artist community, fine restaurants, firework Fridays on the banks of the Delaware river
    - Paul Nanan
  • Newmarket, NH
    Why it's the coolest
    Located on the shores of Great Bay, with great recreation, great scenery, a nature preserve directly across from the downtown, waterfront park, neat shops, lots of food, an active cultural scene, renovated mills, The Stone Church Music Club, last functioning ballroom of the big band era in NH (Rockingham Ballroom) an Oyster Festival and Heritage Festival, it's a great place to visit for day!It's eleclectic and unique!
    - Michael Provost
  • Newnan, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Newnan, known as "The City of Homes" and on the National Register of Historic Places has a beautiful downtown historic district filled with unique shopping, antique shops, and great restaurants all within walking distance of some of the most beautiful historic homes in Georgia!
    - Pam Mayer
  • Newtown, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    2011 winner; why isn't this on the list again for 2012. Small town with several top-notch restaurants, a bar/restaurant with tons of micro brews on tap, an organic/natural grocery store owned by a resident of the town and a Main St. feel without the hustle and bustle. All of your big-box conveniences are less than 10 minutes away (Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, etc). If we move back to the east coast from California, this is where we plan to live.
    - Michael Sprague
  • Nichols, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the best!
    - Dot Corbin
  • Nickelsville, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    The tiny hamlet of Nickelsville is decidedly "uncool" and the fact that it could care less makes it the coolest. No one here is clammering for the "arts" or screaming to become a "tourist destination". If the main drag had a traffic light it would only confuse the locals who have transported themselves safely for years by foot, motor vehicle, tractor or, for those possessing a suspended license, the riding lawn mower. Nickelsville has tried hard to remain anonymous, but the word is out. Each year we see more new faces - retirees, gentlemen farmers from the big city. People seeking what we take for granted each day - beautiful mountains, cleanliness, friendly neighbors, safety - the best of small town living. Nickelsville sounds pretty cool after all!!!!!
    - Robin Skeen
  • Ninety Six, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    Ninety Six was founded in colonial times and was the scene of a famous battle "battle of Star Fort" in 1776 between Loyalists and Patriots. Name of the town supposedly came from being in the 96 mile marker on the Cherokee trail from Fort Columbia, also 96 miles from the Cherokee village of we say we are "96 miles from everywhere. Despite being a small town (2 stoplights) 96 has one of the best school systems in SC
    - Grant Blair
  • Nokesville, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    just is
    - Doug
  • Northampton, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    Values diversity and education. Lots of restaurants serving local and organic foods from neighboring farms. Awesome live music venues.
    - Sara Eaton-Bruce
  • North Beach, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Nestled on the Chesapeake Bay's western shore, the Town of North Beach epitomizes "land of pleasant living." Its seven-block waterfront contains a public fishing pier and a half-mile-long boardwalk with accompanying bike path. The boardwalk is dotted with benches for residents and visitors to linger and Bay-watch. Located at the northern tip of Calvert County, North Beach also encompasses a wildlife refuge in its tidal marshlands, home to native wildlife and host to seasonal migrations.
    - Megan H
  • North Conway, NH
    Why it's the coolest
    This town is hopping all 4 seasons, great skiing , hiking , biking, foliage, outlet shopping and great restaurants what more could you ask for
    - Anne
  • North Manchester, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    Great coffee, covered bridge, cool little main strip with unique shops.
    - Rachel Cruz
  • Northport, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    In the 18th century, this hilly hamlet on the Long Island Sound was called Great Cow Harbor, because the waterfront was a grazing area. No one would call Northport a cow town anymore. The Sound still dominates the town; Main Street dead-ends at the docks, and a large park runs along the waterfront. But Northport is rich in culture, too. The park hosts outdoor concerts every Friday in the summer. On the other end of Main Street, a former movie house has been converted to Long Island’s only year-round professional theater. Northport has produced its fair share of actors, too: Patti LuPone and Edie Falco both grew up here. Thanks to its picturesque charm and easy access to New York City 50 miles to the west, Northport itself has starred in its share of movies and TV shows. Look carefully, and you’ll see it in the Kevin Kline movie “In and Out” and doubling for the more shi-shi East End towns in USA Networks’ “Royal Pains.”

    - Julie Benner
  • Northumberland, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Our town is the coolest people it's a small town where everyone knows everyone. We have 'history day', 'lemonade day', 'pineknotter days', and a 'corn festival' every year to get our whole community together for fun. Our town has a lot of history and it's a wonderful place to raise a family :)
    - Jessica
  • Norwood, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great town square with gazebo, wonderful in summer, many concerts , 4th of july parade, and races for many good causes throughout the year. Friedly town, good schools. Great coffee shops and places to eat. Great sense of pride. great diversity in population.
    - Dolores Rios
  • Oak View, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Halfway between Ojai and Ventura. Everyone knows one another
    - M.Kenny
  • Oatman, AZ
    Why it's the coolest
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  • Ocala, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Such a beautiful place to live with all the rolling hills and horse country side. Also home of the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, a must see if your passing through on your way to Disney or if you want to spend a couple of hours stepping back in time to the beginning of the sport.
    - Donna Garlits
  • Occoquan, VA
    Why it's the coolest

    This 18th century mill town located on the banks of the Occoquan River has survived the Civil War, hurricanes, and transitioned into a unique colonial experience just minutes off I-95. Unique shops, restaurants, live entertainment, The Mill House Museum, town park, farmer's market and yummy bakeries and wine shops make this a must see community. Just minutes from Downtown DC and The Marine Corps Museum, Potomac Mills Outlet Mall, it's a great spot to experience Old Virginia.

    - Sharon E. Cavileer
  • Ocracoke, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    *Clean, uncrowded beaches *SEAFOOD, and lots of it! *Some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet in your life *It's an island - 'nuff said :)
    - Kate Gregorash
  • Ogunquit, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    The Marginal Way, New England Beauty and Charm, the Ocean, the Town, Indoors and out, a must experience for young and old!
    - Thomas Santoro
  • Oil City, PA
    Why it's the coolest

    TThe Arts Revitalization program has turned this sleepy town around. New artists are moving in from all over the country. (NY, MA, CA, OR, FL, CO, AZ, OH, CT, MD, VA, NC) Their artistic versatility is changing this town into an arts community that you won't want to miss. New restaurants and cafes are appearing. The history of this town is amazing. It is where Oil was discovered! Charlie Chaplain performed here. Rockefeller lived here and ran his company-Standard Oil-from the National Transit Center, which houses one of Two Hydraulic Elevators in the world, the other one is in the Eiffel Tower. Come to visit, Stay for life!

    - Mary Morgan
  • Ojai, CA
    Why it's the coolest

    Ojai is nestled in a beautiful, lush valley in Ventura County and is only 13ish miles from the coast. Home to miles and miles of abundant farm land and orchids, the town prides themselves on their extensive farmers market and sustainable restaurants, including The Farmer and the Cook. With constantly comfortable temperatures similar to a Mediterranean climate, it is hard to find a bad time to visit Ojai and get in some infamous hiking (like the Punch Bowls Trail) or tennis. Some of the most renowned golf courses reside at Ojai Valley Inn. And only an hour and a half from LAX and a cool 35 minutes from the Santa Barbara Airport makes this hidden gem an accessible weekend trip for many!

    - Brittany Marquis
  • Okay, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Love walking down "Main" street and spending time is this rural area! Lots of art studios, musical events, great place to spend time. Golf, art, shopping, music, folksy kind of atmosphere!
    - Denise Paul-Elliott
  • Okeechobee, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Speckled Perch Capital of the world...cowboys and alligators!
    - sue fort
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  • Old Forge, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    Many gift shops, eateries and historic value plus cultural venues and social events nestled in the central Adirondack Mountains of New York state

    - Clair Voss
  • Old Fort, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    In McDowell County, Old Fort is a warm and friendly town with a great deal of history and beauty. Well known for its weekly Mountain Music gatherings at the Mountain Music building downtown, with free admission. Musicians from the surrounding areas entertain folks from all around. Noted festivals and events include, Pioneer Day hosted by Mountain Gateway Museum the last Saturday in April and Octoberfest hosted by Old Fort Chamber of Commerce the first weekend of October. Old Fort has several attractions, including the Arrowhead Monument. The rose granite arrowhead was built as a symbol of peace between two Indian tribes, the Cherokee and Catawba. Dedicated in 1930, it stands 14 ft. and setting on a natural stone base at the towns square. Davidson Fort, the Revolutionary War fort that gave Old Fort its name. Point Lookout Trail is a popular paved trail for bicycle and foot traffic ascending almost 1,000 ft. Full of pride and traditions..
    - Gloria Moffitt
  • Old Greenwich, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    It has gorgeous views of NYC and Long Island by water, a great deal of designer shopping right next door in Greenwich, and is right next to Stamford - a small city in Fairfield County CT with an abundance of eateries, bars, and activities -- all without being too close to all of the commotion.
    - Leslie
  • Old San Juan, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    It's actually located in Puerto Rico were over 3.8 million US citizens live. It's one of the most iconic towns in the world. Period.
    - Alejandro Rodriguez
  • Onancock, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    quaint, southern, old style movie theater, harbor and great people
    - anne
  • Opelika, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    Awesome people. Beautiful. Good employment opportunities.
    - betty
  • Orange, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    the annual country fair, the great community, the biggest event of the year is a carnival to benefit the fire department, which is completely volunteer.
    - Lisa Kelly
  • Orting, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Orting sits at the base of Mt Rainier, with a river on each side of it. It's a great place to raise your children or retire. The main street has businesses on one side and the city park across the street, so it always has that relaxed feel. We have several parades throughout the year and BBQ's in the park. With our population under 6000 we have a great small town feel and I am proud to live and work here.
    - Lisa Goff
  • Ovid, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Ovid is in the heart of the Fingerlakes area of upstate Ny. Central to over a hundred wineries, Amish country & many historical sites. Very friendly, down home, patriotic town!
    - Beth
  • Owego, HI
    Why it's the coolest
    Historic homes downtown, grea restaurants, lot of small boutiques, spirited seasonal celebration, friendly folks, at a touristic crossroads, and an unbeatable spirit...they have done a tremendous job of recovering as a community since catastrophic river flooding a month ago.
    - Christine McGlynn
  • Owego, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    Owego, Ny was the first winner of the honor of the Coolest Small Town in America! As of last week the town has been underwater from flooding! Since then the people of that small town have shown the world what it truely means to be the coolest small town in America. Everyone in the town is helping there neighbor to survive. People whos homes them selves were destroyed by the flood are working day and night to make sure there neighbors know that they are not alone and Owego will survive, because this is truely a small town with generous, loving, careing and heartfelt people. They know that they still have something to offer the world and will not give up until there voice has been heard. It is a town that is rich with history and unwavering spirit. Even know when the town is hurting spirits are still high because of the wonderful people who call this place home. I am proud to call myself an Owegian!

    - Shawna Hollister
  • Oxford, MS
    Why it's the coolest
    Quant, scenic, historic college town
    - Jack
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  • Pacific Palisades, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's The Cutest Little Town Between LA and Malibu! Home Of The Most Chic Shopping Ever!
    - NAME
  • Padre Island, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    The Beach ... It's got miles of beautiful beach without snooty condo/timeshare/land owner restrictions. Drive your car, ride a horse, build a camp fire, right on the sandy beach by the sea grass covered dunes.
    - Evie Ryland
  • Palacios, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Awesome little town on the Gulf Of Mexico.
    - Boone
  • Palm Springs, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    What's cool? Find out as you jump into the crystal clear cool naturally formed mineral rock pools and waterfall -- having hiked to the top of colorful and picturesque Palm Canyon. If hiking isn't your cup of tea, ride to the top of the tram where you'll view the entire Coachella Valley far below. With the kids? Then go to Raging Waters Water Park! See the Follies, the International Film Fest, the Art Museum, or play at one of 120 surrounding golf courses. Then relax and pamper at the Palm Springs Spa Casino in the heart of town, followed by world class dining and shopping. Could the following people, you just might have heard of, had good reason to own a home in this lush Palm Springs oasis? As in Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Betty Ford, Liberace, Dean Martin, Barbara Streisand and Barry Manilow, to name a few! And where else could the desert get so hot, yet be such a cool place to hangout?
    - Roman Terry
  • Palmyra, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    It has a very rich history. There are four churches on four corners. The Mormon church was founded here. There are many things to do if you want to come for a road trip. This includes 4 museums, the Mormon Historical sites, bike trails on the Erie Canal, ghost hunts and walks, fesivals,fairs, and more.
    - Andrew
  • Panama City Beach, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    With more than 320 days of sunshine and attractions such as St. Andrews State Park and Pier Park, Panama City Beach is favored by those seeking an affordable beach vacation with year-round offerings for families, couples, groups and adventure-seekers. These include championship golf courses, spas, sporting events, award-winning dining and diverse recreational activities paired with good ol' southern hospitality.
    - Heidi Barfels
  • Panama City, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Great weather, beautiful beaches, friendly people-what more could you want?
    - Susan Brown
  • Park City, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    It has it all.
    - CG
  • Parker, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Laid back town,close to Denver, but not too close.Friendly folks and a great view of the Rockies.Horse farms to the east and a wonderful biking trail to the west.
    - Jim Dalton
  • Paso Robles, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great wine, beautiful location
    - Christine O'Meally
  • Pass Christian, MS
    Why it's the coolest
    Historical Pass Christian is a beautiful little town filled with majestic oak trees, century old homes, a beautiful white beach, golf courses, fishing, boating, camping, and fabulous restaurants serving up fresh, local seafood and other great Southern dishes. Its home to one of the oldest Yacht Clubs in the United States. Its a perfect place to go for a bike ride or take a stroll to see one of our gorgeous sunrises or incredible sunsets. It is filled with stories that can be told to you by one of the many locals whose family has most likely called "The Pass" home for generations. Although, Pass Christian took an extremely hard hit during Hurricane Katrina, it is coming back strong because of the people that call it home and who have always worked so hard to keep that "small town" feeling. If you have ever been to Pass Christian, you know what I mean, but if you haven't, you should get there just as fast as you can!
    - Alicia Borja-Peterson
  • Pawnee, OK
    Why it's the coolest
    Home of William Gordon Lillie AKA Pawnee Bill of the famous Wild West Show and also the home town of Chester Gould, the creator of Dick Tracy. Pawnee is set in the rolling green hills of north east Oklahoma. There is always a Festival or celabration going on in this small town.
    - William Varner
  • Penn Yan, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    Penn Yan is not only cool because of it's name but because it's home to the world record buckwheat pancake!

    - Mike Linehan
  • Petaluma, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great shops,restaurants and family activities. You can bike easily around town.
    - janis morgan
  • Petoskey, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Vibrant downtown with great local shops and one of the few free standing old time JC Penny stores left along with wonderful restaurants and walkway to the waterfront park. Waterfront park complete with lake Michigan view across to Harbor Springs, waterfall, fabulous walking/bike paths million dollar sunsets and no houses as this is public land for all. Character and charm with lovely victorian homes including those of the seasonal Bayview community which lies within Petoskey. A view that is breathtaking when arriving from the south as you crest the hill. Wonderful state park with sand dune beaches and several local camping options as well. Petoskey is central to the best ski hills (Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, Nubs Nob)in the midwest as well as center of a great golf capital of the midwest. Great award winning hometown newspaper, wonderful schools and community theatre. As we say a view of the bay is worth half the pay!
    - Kelly M.
  • Phelps, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    The people are very friendly and everyone knows everybody, and it is safe to be outside and go for walks. The upkeep of this town is wonderful. We have had a sauerkraut festival for 45 years and we don't even have a sauerkraut factory here anymore. I love living in a small town.
    - Marsha
  • Philipsburg, MT
    Why it's the coolest
    Total tourist town.... a local owned sweet shop that makes their own taffy, a soda shop that has real soda, and sapphire mining!
    - John
  • Pinellas Park, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town flavor found in Pinellas Park that is located between St. Petersburg, FL and Tampa Bay, FL. There are many parks, down to earth folks, lots of city sponsored activities and festivals. On weekends, you can hear the laughter of neighborhood children, smell fresh cut grass and in the afternoons on any ordinary Saturday or Sunday, the aroma of a BBQ grill tantalizes your senses. All the conveniences of bigger towns are moments away and the diner down the street serves up a great breakfast or lunch any day of the week. There's a wonderful family owned donut shop on the corner that serves up great coffee, bagels and glazed donuts with a heartfelt smile. On the north side of Pinellas Park, there are horse farms with riding stables. Just regular folks trying to make it in a big world in a small town. I'm glad I get to call Pinellas Park, home.
    - L. Osborne
  • Pine Mountain, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful downtown, great shops, breathtaking mountain park minutes away, Callaway Gardens resort adjacent to town, several antique shops, great restaurants, conveniently located between Columbus, GA and ATL.
    - Mike Bunn
  • Piney Flats, TN
    Why it's the coolest

    La Campina. It has the best Mexican food this side of the border.

    - Matthew Torbett
  • Pittsboro, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    Still a small town after 175 years! Everyone knows everyone or is related somehow! Great little pizza places and a mom and pop restaurant that has been in business over 50 years. One stoplight in the whole town. Used to be a stop on the railroad!
    - S. Woodard
  • Pittsford, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Village setting with historic buildings and beautiful landscaping, located on the Erie Canal, many green areas, great school system, responsive local government, two quality colleges, and friendly people.
    - Frank Caccamise
  • Pittsville, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    Every third of July, people from all over WI gather for a road race to support those with heart disease, share some fresh-grown fruit, and sit back and watch the fireworks. The little main street cafe makes the best milkshakes around, and there's always smiles a-plenty.
    - Arynn Martin
  • Placerville, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    The town is part of the California gold rush and settled matters by hanging those that had wronged the law. That is how the town earned the nick name "Hangtown." Also, Thomas Kincaid graduated from El Dorado High School. The town is full of history and has the main street to show it.
    - Aaron Horton
  • Plant City, FL
    Why it's the coolest

    We have the nicest people living in our town, and we the Winter strawberry capitol of the world. Come check us out!

    - Jeanette Jacoby
  • Plymouth, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    From historical venues, beaches and great seafood, Plymouth is incredibly charming. The downtown has great, old buildings, narrow original streets and historical signage everywhere- plus, it's very walker friendly.
    - Steph Baker
  • Ponchatoula, LA
    Why it's the coolest


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  • Port Jefferson, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful Harbor, north shore of Long Island, walkable downtown!
    - Tricia DiFilippo
  • Port Townsend, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Old Victorian Seaport on National Historical Register. Has mountain views, surrounded 3 sides by water, has multiple festivals each year, very artistic population, beautiful downtown.
    - Mary Baker Crozier
  • Poulsbo, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Poulsbo is a quaint town with the beautiful Liberty Bay, antique stores, great restaurants, awesome coffee (of course, just being an hour away by Seattle Ferry), Slyes Bakery and the flavor of old Scandinavia.
    - Diane Barrie
  • Provincetown, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    "A very special destination that is like nowhere else. Provincetown is proud of its rich heritage, history and natural resources. Provincetown is America’s oldest art colony, the birthplace of American playwriting, ... and is a bike ride from two of America’s best beaches. PTown is like nowhere else!"
    - Janice Clay
  • Pulaski, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    A true rebirth of smalltown America. Making use of a refurbished theater, activities in the town park.
    - Dianne Wright
  • Put-In Bay, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    This 500 person town is a real throw back to old-time Americana. You have to take a ferry from Sandusky to get there, and once you get there it's like being in another world. It has all the great qualities of a small town (you wouldn't be surprised to see a marching band down main street) but the extensive visitor traffic from Cleveland and surrounding areas, means there's lots to do, including listening to live music in many, many venues on the island.
    - Monica Poling
  • Queensbury, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    its a beautiful small city in the Adirondack's....has everything. 7 miles from lake George, and just a few miles from Glenns falls......lots of opportunity and culture....its my favorit place in new site seeing there, snowmobiling there.....and the people are so friendly.
    - Shantel Long
  • Ramer, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    The town is so peaceful and time just stops.
    - Rebecca
  • Red Bluff, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    You like rodeo?-we are home to the Red Bluff Roundup each April, water sports?-visit nearby Whiskeytown Lake, fishing?-come to our piece of the Sacramento River, Hunting?-come to some of the best hunting areas in the country, Hiking or sightseeing or camping?-visit Mt. Lassen. Our town was named one of twenty best places to live by American Cowboy Magazine this year which said of the winners: "They're places where you can experience authentic cowboy culture, spectacular scenery, a true dose of history and, a really, really good steak." If you like the outdoors, history and good old fashioned hospitality then Red Bluff is the place! Come visit and find out for yourself!
    - Cyndie Banister
  • Red Wing, MN
    Why it's the coolest
    Because of it's old river town charm and live stage theater (The Sheldon)
    - Steve Hedemann
  • Rehoboth Beach, DE
    Why it's the coolest
    Beach town with an amazing array of shops, art spaces, restaurants, hotels, B&Bs, year 'round events and festivals, and it's an open minded community! Perfect place to visit or to settle down in!
    - Christine Reed
  • Reno, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a small town that hides a huge golf course and I grew up there.
    - tracy moore
  • Republic, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    We have a fossil site you can dig at! Just check out the town! Stock Car racing , Petanque tournment and a good old fair with the famous Pony Express Ride!
    - Kathy Ciais
  • Rhinebeck, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Great food, great views, friendly people, close to New York City
    - Frances Romero
  • Richland, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    We have 20 something Victorian storefronts from a compressed time period between 1898 - 1910. Many of the buildings were built by the same developer. The rail lines came in 1885. We also have a small-batch artisan rum distillery, Richland Distilling Co. It is only the second legal still permitted in Georgia to date. Come see the handmade pot still from Portugal and get a bottle of Vennebroeck Velvet Rum!
    - Chip Jones
  • Richmond, VA
    Why it's the coolest

    The best festivals - 2nd Street,Broad Appetit, Folk Fest, Greek Fest, Cultural Activities..Artwalk & Great Murals drawn by Local Artists - Super cool shopping in Carytown.. VCU- Shaka Smart!! Great Local Restaurants.. Croaker Spot - Voted Best Soulfood in the Nation.. Local of Local Flavor - The World Cycle Race 2015 - The Virginia Museum of Fine arts - Largest Faberge Collection in the south

    - mareesa dawn
  • Ringgold, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    The friendy people, and you never run outta activities to do!
    - Leah
  • Roanoke, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    It has alot to see and do. We have the Mill Mtn. Star. Home to Norfolk Southern Railway. Lots of shops and eating places on the market. We have the Hotel Roanoke. It's just a great place to live and visit.
    - Sandy
  • Roche Harbor, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the most quaint beautiful spot it the world. Simply magical.
    - Pat Fleming
  • Rochester, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Rochester, MI is the coolest town because it has the Big Bright Light Show for the full month of each December. ALL the downtown buildings on the main streets are covered with colored lights at night. IT LOOKS LIKE A WONDERLAND and is very COOL to drive down the street being surrounded by colored lights. It makes you feel happy and content.
    - Ann Henley
  • Rochester, VT
    Why it's the coolest
    Great food--you can't find a bad meal there in a variety of restaurants. Wonderful shops and lots of culture (music, plays, etc.) There's always something going on. But most of all it is a spectacularly pretty place with friendly people.
    - Effie Fletcher
  • Rock Hill, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    Rock Hill, SC has many things to offer around town: from hole in the wall diners to college sports. We are just a half hour drive south of Charlotte, NC, and even though there doesnt look like much to do, there is something to find aroudn here.
    - Jason Newman
  • Rockport, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    An authentic New England village by the sea where artists and fisherfolk have been inspired for centuries. Recently the stunning Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center opened which is a gem in Rockport's crown.
    - Peggy Coonley
  • Rockport, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Great little Arts community on the Gulf of Mexico - good boating, fishing, excellent art galleries and restaurants.
    - Steve Parks
  • Romeo, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Downtown strip with excellent restaurants (Younger's has $1 burger night on Wednesdays and "Bike Night" on Thursdays in summer, which draws bikers from all over the area) surrounded by charming Victorians. Several excellent orchards and cider mills just outside of downtown area have wonderful fruit in summer and cider and donuts in fall. Famous Peach Festival on Labor Day weekend gets visitors from all over the state. Tilson Street is known as "Halloween Street": the houses on this street have such elaborate decorations that people come from all over just to see this street every Halloween.
    - Jennifer Molinari
  • Rossie, NY
    Why it's the coolest
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  • Rudyard, MT
    Why it's the coolest
    Town sign says: "596 People and One Old Sore-head. Rip-snortin' and Rarin' for Business!" The reality: 210 people; consoli-dated grade and high schools; a cafe, senior center, bowling alley with a bar; couple of churches and . . . three (3) museums! The Depot Museum depicting historical life on the prairie, the Dinosaur Museum on Montana's Dinosaur Trail, and the Old Car Museum located in a wonderful hand-built rock building. People are just as unique as the town.
    - Sunni Phillips
  • Rural Retreat, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    I am not orignally from Rural Retreat....but have been there for about 10 years and absolutly love it......small enough for country living but close enough to what you need.
    - Rural Retreat Implant
  • Saddlebrooke, AZ
    Why it's the coolest
    The ability to spend time with good friends golfing,walking,biking, while looking at the Catalina Mountains. A great compromise for warm temperatures without the excess heat of other desert towns. The foothills bring cooler temperatures and better vegetation.
    - Sammy Deacon
  • Salida, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    The community is filled with people who care! We are a great artist center with many wonderful Art Galleries. Also, in summer we have rafting, camping, cycling, hiking, and just enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. In winter, we have skiing, snowboarding, playing in the snow and more enjoying the beauty of the mountains.
    - Mary Lou Church
  • Salisbury, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Historical architecture, cutting edge art scene, up and coming boutiques, friendly people, wonderful restaurants, progressive minded individuals. Did I mention welcoming???
    - Starla Abernathy
  • Saltville, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Saltville is one of Southwest Va's most historic towns. Throughout time, the valley has witnessed invasions of prehistoric animals, Indians, members of Virginia's and America's most prominent families, Union armies and industry, all in search of one thing-salt. The Saltville area has a rich history of palaeontology discoveries dating from 1782. From the state of the art Museum of the Appalachians to the popular wave pool, there is much to see.
    - Eleanor Walker Jones
  • San Anselmo, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great shops, gormet food, never-ending array of hiking trails. Only 15 min from San Francisco, and 25 min from the pacific ocean beaches.
    - Corina Trujillo
  • San Buenaventura, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a beautiful beach community where its becoming more and more well know for its radiant and beautiful weather. Ventura as its better known, is a big, small town with many landmarks - Ventura Mission, Two Trees, the Cross with the most magnificent view of the ocean and downtown area. Downtown Ventura has become a popular place for locals and tourist, with elegant restaurants and shops. Makes downtown a must see and a premium place to have lunch, dinner, night scene and everything in-between. And the price jewel is the Ventura Harbor, where its a well kept secret of paradise. At an average temperature of 75 degrees and sunny, its a wonderful place for family and night life. With weekly events going on, fine dining, live music, comedy, sailing and diving lesson, and boat rentals. Along with the taste of fresh fish straight from local fishermen caught off our coast. This is just a few things that makes this town an all around paradise.
    - Jonathan Echevarria
  • Sandpoint, ID
    Why it's the coolest
    Its California meets Idaho. An incredible ski resort and a fantastic lake. Wonderful people and good food. A great place to visit or live. I dont live there but wish I did at times.
    - Bill Truscott
  • Sandwich, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    Oldest town on cape cod with authentic charm new England is known for
    - Ed c
  • San Luis Obispo, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    The weather is outstanding. The beauty of rolling hills, green trees, fields of flowers, strawberries a down town which has many things to see and explore and all within walking distance. If nature is not your thing try the first class Performing Arts Center along with a college and a university with great entertainment: plays, musicals, opera, symphonies and outdoor events at wineries nearby. And don't forget the Thursday Farmer's Market at the plaza in front of the Mission. I could go on but I think you get the idea.
    - Faye Hogan
  • Santa Clause, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Home of the best value in theme parks and water parks HolidayWorld
    - Jay Napier
  • Santa Claus, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    This famous town is home to the world’s only post office with the Santa Claus name and celebrates Christmas 365 days a year! Home to Holiday World & Splashin' Safari and Christmas-themed attractions such as Santa’s Candy Castle, Santa Claus Christmas Store, Santa's Stables, and more. Very cool town for family fun :)
    - Melissa
  • Santa Fe, NM
    Why it's the coolest
    The best restaurants, art galleries, pueblo architecture,and friendliest people all set in the magnificent high desert mountains with views to die for.
    - Yvonne Edwards
  • Santa Paulla, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    We have the best people. We also have the best of what california has to offer, great weather and we are only 15 minutes from a beautiful coast line. We are in the center of it all and yet we maintain a small town everyone knows everyone Mayberry Town, with alot of California History ...... Love this town and people in it
    - Kathy R Tubbs
  • Saranac Lake, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Quaint, old fashioned, no high rises, no chains, local business, Flower Lake, drive up motel, vacationers come back every year to meet up with other vacationers met over the pas t decade or two, very dog friendly, great for people watching, meditation, reading, walking, etc.patio dining at many restaurants. Beautiful! Serene, lovely.
    - Eli
  • Sarasota, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    This town has it all! #1 Beach in America, fantastic restaurants, art, culture...everything you could possibly want in a home and vacation destination!
    - Diane
  • Saratoga Springs, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful historic downtown, home of oldest thoroughbred racetrack, many natural springs and renown Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
    - Patricia McCarthy
  • Savannah, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a beautiful romantic true southern town. So much history and chatacter!
    - Maria Anders
  • Sayville, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful waterside town with a charming Main Steet offering plenty of specialty stores, fine and casual dining, a starbucks with sidewalk seating and a real true homestyle element of basic hometown people.
    - Jane
  • Scandia, KS
    Why it's the coolest
    This town was instrumental in getting a 400-mile long garage sale started! The Highway 36 Treasure Hunt started as the brain-child of three Scandia residents and is now in it's sixth year. The town itself has a Swedish ancestry and a dynamic downtown which features a hardware store, great restaurant, antique stores, beauty salon, and more. Scandia also has an impressive new library and community center constructed completely by donations from the generosity of current and former residents.
    - Luke Mahin
  • Scituate, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    Scituate and South Scituate (now Norwell) are some of the oldest towns in USA--beautiful beaches, salt marshes where they built clipper ships, fun downtown shops, where you can order a chowdah, maybe a star as this is the quintessential seacoast unspoiled town. Much of the town was destroyed in the Great Blizzard of 1977. Some homes date back into the early 1600s.
    - Denise Paine
  • Sea Breeze, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    It has a 900 acre park. An amusement park. It's on Lake Ontario and Irondequoit. It's also on a peninsula.
    - Sunny ompson
  • Seabrook, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Located in unincorporated Grays County, this cape-cod style beach village on the coast of the Pacific Ocean is such a wonderful family-friendly area. Not only is it gorgeous and quaint, but it also is a place where people spend their time in true one-on-one interaction, free of digital distractions. Cruising bikes instead of cars, bocce ball and lawn games in Crescent Park, and a walk through the trees down to the sandy beach are norms in this town. A place with a strong neighborhood feel and wonderful family-oriented activities bring residents and tourists together. Want to see more:
    - CoreyAnn Khan
  • Sea Cliff, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful Victorian homes on the Long Island Sound. Quaint art galleries, vibrant professional community. Annual arts and crafts show and mini mart.Beautiful parks overlooking the sound.
    - Michael Jordan
  • Seagrove Beach, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful white sand beaches.
    - Fred Buehler
  • Sebastopol, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Close to California coast, art community, 5 Waldorf schools, home of Tom Waits, great food, bike trails and more!
    - Thomas Bayless
  • Selmer, TN
    Why it's the coolest

    Everyone knows you from the bus driver to the mayor on a first name basis. You can go into Pat's cafe for your first "slugburger" or The Village Coffee House for a great cup of coffee. Minutes from the Tennessee River and Shiloh National Battlefield.

    - Anonymous
  • Seminole Heights, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    It is filled with locally owned bars, restaurants and quaint little shops. It's charming menagerie of 1920's bungalows really set it apart, mostly because of it's laid back, "Come up on the porch and have a beer" attitude.
    - Charlie McK
  • Seneca Falls, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    It's filled with history and sits right on the Erie Canal and at the top of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes, so it's a gateway to the wineries and farms of the region.
    - Carol Fingar
  • Seneca, SC
    Why it's the coolest

    "Music on the ally" most weekends in summer,one street with antiques,restraunts coffe house ,all in 100 year old buildings.great people,just a beautiful hometown

    - greg king
  • Senoia, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    My city Senoia is the coolest little town ever! A couple of years ago Senoia wasnt so well known, but now its a boomtown! Many movies have been filmed somewhere in Senoia. From Fried green tomatoes, broken bridges, and tyler perry's meet the browns were all filmed here. Did i mention the new hit tv show on amc " the walking dead" has some episodes from here! Please vote my town as #1!
    - Zaine Zambuto
  • Sequim, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Small Town, plenty of shopping, outdoor activities, organic farming,great community!!!
    - Jeremy Drennen
  • Seward, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful location at the end of the number 1 scenic byway in the nation. Cruise ship port. Great food. Two huge summer celebrations: Mt. Marathon Race on the 4th of July and the Silver Salmon Derby in August. Sea life Research Center. Fishing and sight seeing charters to the Kenai Fjords National Park. Safe and fun!!
    - Cyndy Dickson
  • Shepherdstown, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    Being located on the banks of the Potomac means the outdoor activities can cure anyone's boredom. Whether you are seeking a nature stroll or a unique shopping experience on main street, this town is perfect. Lost Dog Coffee and the Mecklenburg Inn are best places in town to check out the locals.
    - Christina Burns
  • Sheridan, WY
    Why it's the coolest
    20 minutes From the mountains, so beautiful views no matter where you are in town. Tons of historical sites, the trolly can take you around and show you them all. Even buffalo bills old favorite haunts. Live buffalo and elk live in a reverve area in the middle of town. So so much more!
    - Tiffany scheeler
  • Shipshewana, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    Many folks think it's like stepping back in time to a simpler way of life.
    - RLB
  • Shortsville, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Everyone is so community oriented and willing to lend a hand to a neighbor.
    - Amanda
  • Simi Valley, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Small big town. Everyone is friendly. We are located in between Santa Barbara (beachy & laidback)& Los Angeles (big city)We are home of the Ronald Reagan Library and air force one.
    - Nikole Kropf
  • Sisters, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    Keeps a small town feel but has lots to do! Beautiful setting with a bit of everything from outdoor sports, to music/arts/shopping and young to old cowboys!
    - Erin Bordonaro
  • Sitka, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    on the coast tight knit comunity, everyone knows all about everynoe, good fishing, only lived there one year.
    - Thomas A leigh-Kendsall
  • Skagway, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    Really cool restoration of Gold Rush town
    - Ted O'Brien
  • Skaneateles, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    This little lake town is just beautiful with it's locally owned specialty shops, the Creamery museum that explains the historical significance of the area, great boat tours that include more historical information, amazing places to lodge, and wonderful locals who enjoy sharing their stories and special places to visit. We visit this town every fall and find new things to enjoy. We always stop at the coffee shop and book store. Also, don't forget to visit the town between Thanksgiving and Christmas for their Charles Dickens celebration . . . wonderful fun for the family.
    - Sara Brown
  • Sky Forest, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Nestled against Lake Arrowhead, the Best place to live...Love the people. living in southern the mountains, just 2 hours from the beach, the desert, Hollywood and Los Angeles...the best of all worlds less than 2 hours away, with "4 seasons" (fall,winter, spring, & summer) vs. the "norm" in southern California (basically 2 seasons). A beautiful resort town with a small town feel!! And did I say, the people?!!!
    - Barbara Crandall
  • Smithfield, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Very historic town; downtown has been restored and many small businesses are thriving in a quaint, colonial atmosphere. Bakeries to antiques, as well as the historic Smithfield Tavern are highlights for this travel destination. Relatively close in proximity to the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown, VA.
    - Jean B. Marraccini
  • Smyrna, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    I live there
    - Doug Erickson
  • Snohomish, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great small town full of great restaurants, cafes, bakeries and the Snohomish River!
    - Ray Kirby
  • Sodus Township, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    We have beautiful Lake Ontario and Great Sodus Bay for front and side yards, lots and lots of apples and other produce all season long. Easy to get to and some of the friendliest people on the earth. But we're keeping this a secret! shhhhh!!!! (If you want to see some pictures check out
    - Mary Jane Mumby
  • Sonora, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Sonora is an old west Gold Rush town just outside Yosemite Park, the most beautiful place in America! Gateway to the high Sierra's, Big Trees Park, some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in North America! Small town America at it's best!
    - Craig Andrus
  • Sopchoppy, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Tiny little haven of shops and a restaurant or two on the pristing Sopchoppy River in North Florida. Big bluegrass, jazz and blues music cultur. Place where old hippies retire.
    - Kathy Houck
  • South Berwick, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    Eclectic downtown with a nice restaurant, old time pharmacy, small grocery store and a coffee shop to name a few. Lots of festivals and events throughout the year - Strawberry Festival, Kids Day, Lanternfest, Halloween parade, Holiday parade, Memorial Day parade. There are parks, ponds and trails for everyone.
    - Jane Adams
  • South Boston, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautifully restored historic downtown buildings and a local historic plantation resort. Several top-notch restaurants using locally grown produce and recipes. Antiques galore. The Prizery, a center for performing arts, where national theater groups and musical groups perform.
    - Dr. Christi Hughart
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  • South Lake Tahoe, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    South Lake Tahoe is an amazing community that is rooted in the outdoors. It is also one of the most beautiful places in the nation.
    - Steven Hemphill
  • Southport, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    You can watch the sun rise and set here in Southport since we are a south facing beach. Not many places on the east coast can claim this. Plus we host the North Carolina Fourth of July Festival every year.
    - Justin Munson
  • South Walton, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    With picturesque white sand beaches, turquoise water and 15 beach neighborhoods each with a distinct personality, South Walton is the epitome of cool. The laid back vibe, New Urbanism communities, eclectic art galleries, Southern hospitality and delicious dining from barefoot to black tie rival the coolness of any cucumber.
    - Jami Ray
  • Spartansburg, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town that has the second largest weeklong fair in Crawford County that has been going on for 90 years! Draws people from three counties or more! Close enough to Erie for shopping and entertainment but far enough out to have that small town feeling too. We have our own award winning maple syrup makers and shops to keep a body home unless they really want to go out. Small town living where everyone knows everyone and most might very well be related!
    - Dina Thomas
  • Spencer, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Once you live there, you'll understand!
    - Joseph Holland
  • Spooner, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    it's a small vacation spot (population 2889) where everyone is friendly and would do anything for you if you needed it
    - ray bowen
  • Spring Green, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    There is Frank Lloyd Wright's home, Taliesin, which is open or tours. Then there is the House on the Rock, a large, crazy house filled with eccentric artifacts. Finally, there is the annual art festival, which is attended by people from all over. And let's not forget the local shops where you can get coffee, tea, or any number of health-food options, always with good conversation.
    - BF
  • Spring Lake, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    When you drive up to Spring Lake, Michigan you are warmly greeted by a carved wooden community sign that states "Welcome to Spring Lake - Where Nature Smiles for Seven Miles". The sign is in reference to the beautiful clear spring feed lake that wanders for seven miles and draws hundreds of tourists from across the United States every summer. While the town is filled with winter sports such as hockey and snowmobiling during the cold months, the town really comes alive in summer when everyone heads to the lake and drops anchor at favorite locations such as "Hanky-Panky Bayou". The total population of 2,416 makes for the perfect small town environment, and Grand Haven, Michigan, home of Coast Guard City USA and one of the world's largest Musical Fountains is just across the bridge. Spring Lake, Michigan "Where Nature Smiles for Seven Miles"
    - Jon Vollmer
  • Stanley, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    We are so small we don't have a stop light!
    - Nicole Taylor
  • Statesboro, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Home to Georgia Southern University. There is a wildlife education center, museum and arboretum. Downtown has a wonderful historical feeling. Great restaurants and friendly people are abundant.
    - Cathy Clark
  • St. Augustine, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Oldest city in USA Established 1565 Very quaint with it's cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages Obviously over abundant in history Great year-round climate Beautiful beaches Within two hours of Florida's other main attractions Something for children of all ages!!!
    - Joann M. Esposito
  • Staunton, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Located in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Staunton (pronounced Stanton) is the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. Its denizens are artists, academia and farmers. It is within an hour from four of Virginia's greatest universities Shenandoah Valley. In downtown, you'll find cafes, restaurants, boutiques and speciality shops. You'll find festivals and live music, farmer's markets and holiday parades. Staunton has the only full-size replica of the Globe Theater located outside London and several theater companies. Nearby is Polyface Farms, a family owned, pasture-based, organic farm. There's a Mennonite market with artisenal cheeses and free range beef and poultry. Within 45 minutes, you'll find Wintergreen ski resort, Shenandoah National Park and numerous vineyards. It's a paradise for outdoor adventurers, cultural enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Definitely worth a nomination and a win!
    - Graziella Jackson
  • Steamboat, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    It's in the middle of no where.. there's plenty to do, and the locals are always down to party!
    - Preston Larkin
  • Steamboat Springs, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    It offers everything outdoors and mountains can provide, but also we have world renowned artists, free concert series winter and summer, a famous performing arts camp where the likes of Dustin Hoffman and countless Broadway performers, directors and composers attend AND teach! You can float down a river, fish the river, kayak the river or just sit by it and take in the national forest that borders town, or just have lunch at a restaurant that is so kid-friendly that they have a playground in the yard. The people are proud of the town (can you tell) and welcoming to new people, visiting or moving in. All this and... oh yea, world class skiing too... Did I mention we have another name besides Ski Town USA, Bike Town USA... We have bike trails that go all over the mountains that surround the town, you can even ride the continental divide right from downtown!
    - Karl Bunker
  • Steelville, MO
    Why it's the coolest
    Nature, tourism, agriculture, and. University education...all in one small, quaint beautiful town.
    - Bradd Anderson
  • Ste. Genevieve, MO
    Why it's the coolest

    Amazing historical sites and events. Unique, affordable shops. Relaxing ambience. Beautiful bed and breakfasts. Winerys with spectacular wines. Microbreweries with the hoppiest beers. Rural Heritage Day Oct. 22. Free horse drawn and tractor drawn shuttles.

    - Luann Miller
  • St George Island, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    The island is equally divided with gated community, "regular folk"/small village center, and Florida state park. The island is height restricted so the per capita beachgoers are focused on their own party rather than those on the beach next to them. So lots of bicycles, beach combers, seafood lovers, ecotourists, and artisans -- just a cool small town.
    - Bill
  • Stillwater, MN
    Why it's the coolest
    It has that perfect combination of historical charm (old mill, victorian houses, depot), a pretty spot on the St. Croix River, interesting features (Brewery Caves, lift bridge, windy walks and stairs up the cliffs, side alleys with murals), and best of all the places you get attached to. Going to the Bikery for coffee and croissants is almost a ritual for me. And Nelson's ice cream serves probably the biggest scoop in the country: everyone in the Twin Cities makes a summer pilgrimage there.
    - Catherine Hobbs