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Coolest Small Towns None nominations are now closed. Please come back in mid-January to see our finalists and vote for the winner!

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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.

  • Aberdeen, SD
    Why it's the coolest
    A gem on the prairie, in Aberdeen you will find great arts, a great downtown, and the greatest people.
    - Alex Hanson
  • Abingdon, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    Barter Theatre- The state theatre of Virginia, The Barter Players (their Theatre for Young Audiences Company), local artisans, Mallory Fine Art Gallery, Martha Washington Inn, The Virginia Creeper Trail, and tons more!!
    - Kelli Winn Johnson
  • Abingdon, VA
    Why it's the coolest

    Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Abingdon is home to the famous Barter Theater where Gregory Peck, Patricia Neal, Ernest Borgnine and many other stars performed. Just across the street from the theatre is the Historic Martha Washington Hotel & Spa. Abingdon is also home to the Virginia Creeper Trail, an amazing rails-to-trails project. The town has an awesome downtown historic district with red brick sidewalks and tree-lined streets with lots of locally-owned shops, restaurants, galleries and working artists studios. It also has an innovative farm-to-table program called Rooted in Appalachia the encourages restaurants and inns to buy local products and steers consumers to participating establishments. Peaceful mountain scenery, tons of outdoor recreation, a vibrant arts community and great food including local beer and wine. It doesn't get any cooler than Abingdon.

    - David Mikula
  • Algonquin, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    We have one of, if not the nicest State Park in the entire State of Michigan. It is on the St. Clair River.
    - Candis Sutton
  • Amherst, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Amherst is the coolest due to it's small town charm with great night life and restaurants. Plenty of great homes are available for rent and purchase!
    - Ralph Bruening
  • Anacortes, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    More city park land per capita than any other. Great Sailing to the San Juan Islands. Only San Juan Island connected to mainland by a bridge. San Juans a top 5 tourist attraction according to tripadvisor.com. World class art fair on the street. Great happy hours.
    - Ron Burr
  • Annapolis, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Sailboats and crab cakes!
    - Heather
  • Appleton, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    Best festivals, food, beer and people
    - Jeanine
  • Arthur, IL
    Why it's the coolest
    A great mixture of industry and farming. It's in the middle of Amish Country. It's a quaint small town with many shops and really good restaurants. A great school system and fine people. Very clean and with little crime!
    - Jerry W. Burlison
  • Asheboro, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    Recently renovated old theater downtown, new downtown loft apartments renovated from old mill, and one of the best zoos in the country!

    - TAMI WESKE
  • Ash Fork, AZ
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town flavor, and everyone takes care or each other.
    - Karen
  • Aspen, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Aspen was founded as a Silver mining town in the 1800's. . In the 1930's Aspen developed into a ski town. We are the only ski resort to have 4 mountain ski areas. You can ski all four in one day if you are really dedicated. We ghost towns, hiking trails, and the most photographed peaks in North America, the Maroon Bells. Aspen has a free bus system, a biking trail system, and a plastic bag ban at the grocery stores. We have not one, but two local newspapers. The Aspen daily news has a motto, perfect for a small town. "If you don't want it printed, don't let it happen." Aspen is home to ESPN Xgames, Us pro cycle challenge, Aspen music festival, Aspen ideas festival, and Jazz Aspen Snowmass. We have two local commercial radio stations, one public, and two local TV stations. We have weekly free concert series in the summer on fanny hill in Snowmass. John Denver park, with rocks inscribed with his famous songs.
    - Ginger Garske
  • Assonet, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    No traffic lights
    - Todd Kristofferson
  • Athens, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    Rejuvenated town square, historic buildings, clean, the crepe myrtle capital of the world.
    - Gary Graves
  • Athens, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    The music, the food, the bars, the football. REM, Weaver D's, Allgood, the Dawgs.
    - Chris Sikes
  • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Atlantic Highlands is a hilly, coastal Victorian community on the Eastern Shore of Central NJ. A beautiful newly restored marina (thanks to Sandy) includes a playground, tennis courts, walking trails, fishing fleets and a ferry that takes you straight into Manhattan in less than an hour. Our downtown hosts a lovely boutique hotel, a movie theater, several art galleries, a pottery studio and a dozen dining establishments - and a tres chic wine bar - offering everything from seafood to cheesesteaks. Summer brings free concerts, art shows, festivals and our almost-famous 2 minute film festival. AH enjoys a diverse population of artists, entertainers, fishermen and families from every social strata, all of whom live, work and play together in this one-of-a kind community. The homes in AH exhibit some of the finest architectural styles America including Victorian, Shore Colonial, Arts & Craft, Cottage, Contemporary, Dutch and more...
    - Lynda Rose
  • Auburn, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    Auburn is referred to as the prettiest village on the plains. It is picturesque. friendly, home of Auburn University, great variety of restaurants. Auburn has an art gallery and it is just fun place to be.
    - Kris Hunnicutt
  • Austin, NV
    Why it's the coolest
    Some people think Austin (NV) is in the middle of nowhere - I think it's in the middle of awesome! Breathtaking views surround you from everywhere in this canyon. Deer walk ramble through town; wild horses await you outside of town. The sky is clear and blue. The town is rich in western, Indian and mining history. Outdoor adventures abound. We do have a few outstanding artists. Seniors, I think, are probably older than the national average - 65 is a youngster. They all remain active. Austin is in the middle of Nevada on the loneliest highway in America.
    - Cynthia Garcia
  • Avalon, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Pocketed in a slight bay on Santa Catalina Island, rimmed by hills overlooking the yacht filled bay with it's iconic Casino,,,what's not to like.
    - Nick Deano
  • Babylon Village, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    It has everything you want without the big city feel. Beaches on the bay and the ocean, great restaurants and bars, small locally owned shops without any chainstores, walkable, less than 1 hr from NYC on the express train, <1 hr drive to farms, Hamptons, and wine country. Head to the Post Office for burgers or drinks, Greek Garden for gyros, Glen's for breakfast, Kotobuki for sushi, etc.

    - Jim
  • Bally, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Bally is a quiet small town with lots of wonderful down-to-earth people. Most Blessed Sacrament Church Padre Pio Memorial Shrine Alfredo's Italian Restaurant. Gehman's Old Fashiioned Store with wooden floors and shelves stocked with all the old things we miss so much.
    - Jenny
  • Bandon By The Sea, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    Right on the ocean, beautiful scenery, a unique old town area for shopping, eating, browsing. Great seafood, and a magic you have to be there to experience. I cannot explain it, but just go there and you will understand it.
    - Jeanie Miller
  • Bardstown, KY
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a small friendly town with a diverse history. With a Basillica to bourbon, there is a little something for everyone. There is an outdoor drama that has been running for over 50 years, lots of great local restaurants, a haunted mansion, and even a dinner train. Not to mention iit was named the most beautiful small town in America by Rand McNally.
    - Ellen Crawford
  • Beaufort, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    It has blackbeards ship,great diving wonderful people beautiful beaches near by.
    - Lee Gromadzki
  • Beaufort, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    Friendly and generous people, southern charm and character. Nat'l historic district, founded in 1711, on the Intra Coastal waterway, watersports abound, vibrant arts scene, great restaurants and fabulous waterfront park, very cool!!
    - Gene Rugala
  • Bedford, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    We have the historic Bedford springs hotel.. as well bedford is very diverse with history not just in the state of pa but our nation.... George Washington used this gown as a head quarters during the wiskey rebellion. ?... we also have 17 covered bridges ..... as well Bedford is home to one of the oldest fire dept. In the United states it has been in continuous service since 1804 making it one of the 15 oldest .....
    - lynn riehl
  • Bellevue, KY
    Why it's the coolest
    This is a square mile little river town directly across from Cincinnati, OH. It is the site of many historic homes including Taylor's Daughters. The main street has local restaurants , unique shops and art galleries. Its safe - clean friendly and a wonderful place to call home. It defines that small home town feel but offers eclectic shops and services. Great place to live and work.
    - Michelle Moreno
  • Belmont, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    antique stores, coffee shop, great places to eat, dog cafe, bakery, old fashioned soda shop, general store, train tracks, a lot of festivals

    - sue dobrzeniecki
  • Bend, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    Our town is full of healthy energy . In the summers months there is white water rafting, , biking, hiking, golfing, horseback riding. Bend is very clean and everyone takes an active role in keeping the community green, clean and beautiful. The river runs through town so it is simply gorgeous. There are wonderful boutiques to shop, great restaurants , many breweries and warm days, cool evenings. In the winter months there is mt Bachelor for skiing, ice skating, the list goes on and on.
    - Toni Oberdorfer
  • Bentonville, AR
    Why it's the coolest
    Things are happening ... from the beautiful new Crystal Bridges art museum (crystalbridges.org), miles of bike/running trails, quaint Downtown Bentonville square, Saturday morning farmer's markets, First Friday celebrations, Run Bentonville Race Series, Bentonville Parks & Recreation amazing line up of activities, summer movie & concert series and more -- there is something for everyone in beautiful and safe environment. It is truly a wonderful place to live.
    - Julie Mellor
  • Berkeley Springs, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a small, arts community. Tons of galleries and a great local theater experience.
    - Neil
  • Berlin, MD
    Why it's the coolest

    Not only does Berlin have a great variety of restaurants, local shops,antiques and galleries with wonderful local artists and craftspeople but some of the most unique events including Bath Tub Races, the Fiddlers Convention, Peach Festival, along with one of the best Christmas Parades and a New Year's Eve celebration that is only second to Times Square. It is truly a town where local government, merchants and residents come support one another to create a small town atmosphere that is one not to miss.

    - Elaine Brady
  • Berlin,Md., MD
    Why it's the coolest
    quiet peaceful town
    - Georgia Sies
  • Berlinm MD, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    It just is, they have done such a wonderful job of maintaining the charm and beauty of an Eastern Shore town. Great shops, places to eat and so many need events.
    - Jim Backoffr
  • Berlin, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a quaint town with great food. Visit the Globe Theater for a memorable meal.
    - Elizabeth
  • Bethany Beach, DE
    Why it's the coolest
    Bethany Beach is a great place to live and/or visit. Within 1 mile of the beach, this town boasts a great boardwalk and tons of FREE family activities. Our movies on the beach (held every Monday night), bonfires (held every Thursday, complete with marshmallows for roasting and glow bracelets) and our Summer Concert Series attract an estimated 117,000 people every summer. The crowds may leave for the winter, but Bethany Beach still has a lot to offer, including a nature center with kid-friendly activities, holiday celebrations and more.
    - Laren Hughes
  • Bethlehem, NH
    Why it's the coolest
    Resort village in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Especially visited in the late 19th and early 20th century. It had at least three train stations and was reputed to have the cleanest air in the East. Many wealthy people had summer homes here. On example is the Glass family. Their former property is a 1200 - 1300 acre conserved area now owned by the Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests. A daughter of the Glass family, "Fanny" was one of the first forensic scientists.There were seven trains daily from New York, Boston, and other cities and at least thirty resort hotels.Large numbers of Chassidic Jews still summer there. The Colonial theatre claims to be the longest continual running theater in the United States.
    - Ivan Ash
  • Bethlehem, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    History mixed with trendy restaurants and cool attractions.
    - Matthew Young
  • Beverly, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    There are original, historic buildings still standing and serving purposes in the town. Just go to the Beverly Heritage Center's website and you'll see the great things they are doing for the history and culture of our little town. It is truly a little town in the perspective that there are no street lights, there's basically one main road in and out of town (you can go through the whole town in one minute), and everybody knows either one another or your family. We're a very tight knit community, watching out for each other and helping in any way possible. Beverly was the first county seat of Randolph County until Elkins was formed. We have plenty of Civil War. The Battle of Rich Mountain was during the Civil War. There are 2 gas stations, an elementary school, a volunteer Fire Department, several churches, a family owned grocery store/butcher, a bank, a post office, and as I said plenty of historic buildings. It's beautiful!
    - Erika Shifflett
  • Bigfork, MT
    Why it's the coolest

    On the shores of the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, less than an hour's drive from Glacier National Park's peaks, pines, and mountain goats, Bigfork is the kind of place people visit once and then can’t stop returning to. We don’t know many other places where you can spend the day in the mountains, then have a nice evening browsing fine-art galleries and taking in a musical at the playhouse!

    - Antonia Mullally
  • Big Stone Gap, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Big Stone Gap is small mountai. Town tucked away in the coalfield region of Southwest Virginia. The town is home to the state outdoor drama, "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" which just celebrated its 50th season. The town has now earned a place in literary history with several authors from the town penning down what makes it so wonderful. The outdoor drama for instance is based upon the novel of the same name by past resident John Fox Jr. Fox memorialized many real people and events in his 1908 novel. Many of the sites mentioned along with Fox's own home are now museums in town. Other authors who have earned some recent success are Wendy Welch with her book, "The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap" and Adriana Trigiani's fictional novel, "Big Stone Gap". Both pieces portray small town life at its best in the mountains. Trigiani, who grew up in Big Stone Gap, just recently returned to begin production on the film version of her novel.
    - Tyler Hughes
  • Bishop, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    this is the friendliest town ever, we were passing thru & stayed 3 days last month & we are going back next week & cannot wait to go back & there is some place beautiful to go see in every direction from hot springs to rivers, lakes & the oldest trees in the world ever Death Valley & Yosemite
    - Nancy Faugno
  • Bishopville, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town where everyone knows everybody and great people.We have a great christmas light display for the town.
    - Michelle hudson
  • Black Mountain, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Easy-going mountain town with great mountain views, shops, galleries, restaurants, craft breweries, and local music. Best of all: the people who live there!
    - Laura Issenmann
  • Blackstone, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Settled in 1790, and incorporated in 1888 - the Town of Blackstone is celebrating it's 125th birthday this year! Overall, Blackstone is a rural farming community with vibrant citizens and a flourishing historic downtown! Approximately 6 years ago the historic downtown went through a huge revitalization, and is still thriving with new and existing businesses and has even become an affordable place for entrepreneurs to get started. Now, it is the proud home a Carriage Museum, a Train Museum, and the oldest building in the town Schwartz Tavern is even open daily for visitors! Since 2011, Blackstone has been hosting a summer concert series that brings the community together monthly for an outdoor music celebration as well as yearly craft festivals each summer. Blackstone is also home to the largest temporary train display on the East coast that attracts approximately 35,000 visitors per year! http://www.downtownblackstone.org/
    - Kim Moody
  • Blowing Rock, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    The town, the people the shops, and restaurants, te quirky tourists attractions.
    - Larry Ellis
  • Blue Ridge, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    It's beautiful mountains, friendly people, small town atmosphere.
    - vickie pressley
  • Bluffton, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    Eccentric Old Towne area
    - Bob Dunaj
  • Boerne, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Forget just weekends at Boerne (pronounced Bernie) - weekdays are cool, too. A tiny bedroom community of San Antonio (30 miles N), this place has local breweries (Dodging Duck is a must-see for beer), coffee shops/breakfast spots (The Daily Grind is a favorite), and more. But I really dig the people. No pretension, just a regular community of folks who love to have fun. Check out their music scene (not far from Austin) and art scene.
    - Janeen
  • Bolivar, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    It is just like Mayberry, no red light and everyone knows each other. You can be in town and talk to anyone. It is very safe town to live in. We are situated close enough to get to interstate and remote enough to be friendly. You have to visit us.
    - Joyce Bovetsky
  • Boone, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Appalachian State, skiing, four seasons, great restaurants, beautiful scenery, quaint downtown area, leaf change, cool summer breezes...
    - Carole Cheek
  • bottes beige
    Why it's the coolest
    Jayce Bartok is an actor/producer/author/director who runs Vinyl Foote Productions from Brooklyn with his wife Tiffany.. bottes beige http://bottes-beige.shastadatadirector.com
    - bottes beige
  • Boyne City, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Boyne City is "Where Life Meets Lake." We're nestled on the shoreline of beautiful Lake Charlevoix, with great boating, fishing, sailing, swimming and even parasailing all summer long. We're known for our great restaurants and Stroll the Streets, which features 8 musical performers, face painters, balloon artists and more on the streets of downtown every summer Friday evening. In the winter, we have lots of lake-effect snow for nearby Boyne Mountain Resort and numerous scenic cross-country ski areas. Spring brings the 54th annual Morel Mushroom Festival with foodie events and two mushroom hunts, one competitive and one guided. Fall colors are spectacular in late September and October.
    - Jim Baumann
  • Bozeman, MT
    Why it's the coolest
    Our town offers many outdoor recreational activities, we have a Main Street to the mountains trail system, for walking, biking & hiking. Ski resorts are close by. We have a beautiful downtown and for a small town we also have great arts and entertainment options, broad comedy is founded here. We are home to Montana State University, with a beautiful campus district.
    - Tara McFarlane
  • Brea, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Sense of community
    - Maggie
  • Breckenridge, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Breckenridge is a sleepy town. It doesn't put on airs or expect you to dress up... but it is FILLED with terrific restaurants, fun bars, entertainment - and some of the best skiing in Colorado. Year-round, it is an amazing place for relaxation, adventure and the most amazing views in the country.
    - Kristin Godfrey
  • Brian Head, UT
    Why it's the coolest

    It's not only the coolest (in the summer)- it's the highest at nearly 10,000 feet Brian Head, UT sits perched at the top of the world. A sweet little ski town in the winter, Brian Head Resort is a great destination for a family ski trip, girls getaway, and mountain man adventure paradise. Nearby National Parks and Cedar Breaks National Monument has red rock views that are unparralled

    - Bonnie Hallman
  • Bridgeport, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    Although Bridgeport is growing, it still has that small town atmosphere. Our town still has it's two grade schools, one middle & one high school. It is a town where the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. get involved with the children in their schools, sports, or other activities. We also come together as a family during times of victory or even times of loss.
    - Debbie Stewart
  • Brighton, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Because it has so many cool events and festivals right downtown. And it has and awesome outdoor sculpture garden, a serene millpond in the center of the city with a wonderful boardwalk. The Imagination Play Station for kids is right next to the millpond and Oh My Lolli candy factory. Tons of stores and restaurants all within walking distance and a very active arts community make this a great place to hang-out for all generations. The community is so friendly and welcoming and the downtown is thriving.
    - Kathy Perlberg
  • Brock, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Love the Lord Family Basketball Fun Fellowship
    - K c Fain
  • Brownsville, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    people here all help each other !we have a fundraiser called the john murphy scolorship fund! he was a volenteer firefighter that passed and we keep him alive this way .the fundraiser is a feast and with live music.every one knows each other and the john murphy dinner and dance is dedicated to the nicest man ever his daughter runs rays hardware here in brownsville !if someone passes away or needs financial help we have a jar at gold eagle market.we have the jazz festival and many other festivals! we have 5 lakes within 20 minutes away and its beautiful here!
    - Joanne Magliocca
  • Brunswick, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town charm with wonderful restaurants of great quality, cute shops and friendly people. Not to mention being near the wonderful, wild coast of Maine!
    - Barb Osen
  • Bryson City, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Bryson City is situated on the Southern edge of the Great Smoky Mountains in Beautiful Western North Carolina. Be careful not to let our town's name make you think of a big "City". With fewer than 1,400 residents, and less than 6 traffic lights, the only thing "Big" about Bryson City is our charm, hospitality, and our "plethora" of outdoor activities. Whether you are looking for Family Fun, A Romantic Getaway, or just some Quiet Relaxation, Bryson City has it all. With surrounding elevations rising above 6600 feet, our mountains are the highest east of the Rockies. Here are just a few of the many outdoor adventures waiting for you in Bryson City 1. Whitewater Rafting, 2. Tubing on Deep Creek 3. Hiking in the Smokies 4. Mountain Biking @ Tsali 5. Trout Fishing 6. Romantic Waterfall 7. Zip-lining 8. Scenic Mountain Roads 9. Birding 10. Horseback Riding
    - Kevin Beauchesne
  • Buckhannon, WV
    Why it's the coolest

    Buckhannon is the coolest of the cool! Our town has a classic small town atmosphere with our Main Street full of specialty shops, local restaurants and a vibe that somethings always happening. Famous glass-blower Ron Hinkle gives demonstrations in his workshop and other artists thrive here. We're Wild & Wonderful, too! Within 10 minutes of downtown, you can see black bears at the WV Wildlife Center, hike the hills of West Virginia, and fish for trophy sized muskie. Vote for us!

    - Laura Meadows
  • Bucksnort, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Wrestlers, Bunkhouse Buck and Dirty White Boy, are from Bucksnort. So is Dirty Dutch Mantel. (Which leads one to wonder about the availability of soap in Hickman County.)
    - J.H.Raines
  • Bumblebee, AZ
    Why it's the coolest
    Blissfully quiet. Tumbleweeds, Jack rabbits, saguharo covered hillsides, and Arizona sunsets.
    - Katharine
  • Burlington, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    A great little community but with growing population, where everyone knows each other. Beautiful scenery and great school system. With some unique and beautiful houses.
    - Benn Kelly
  • Calais, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    We are an international border crossing city, We have about all the abundance of a big city,but we are a very small. Our City is what neighbors and good community ties are all about, here people talk to each other and help out. The walkway,trails,fishing spots,water sports are some of what Calais has to offer. Calais is eye-candy.
    - Eileen Vanderbusch
  • Camarillo, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Mediterranean environment; close to ocean; solvent community; positive attitude towards seniors; near cultural events
    - Sam Feola
  • Camas, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    A vibrant small town with fun community activities year round. On our Main Street we have Liberty Theatre, newspaper, church, boutiques, restaurants, library, etc. This same street was was features in the movie, Mr Holland's Opeus. It is also becoming quite the destination for Micro-breweries. Turn out for the highschool football games is from all the towns folks no matter their age. Oh and the mascot of the school is: Papermaker A lovely town!!
    - Marla
  • Cambria, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    The wine, shops, food, and beautiful scenery. Friendly and charming!!
    - Elisa Longmire
  • Cambridge, OH
    Why it's the coolest

    It has a lot of good festivals, at Christmas time they have the Dickens Village over the entire downtown The court house has a light show with music at Christmas time. Good family owned resteraunts and hometown bakery. Nice city park with a band shelter (during the summer their are park dances abd also the city band plays, pond with ducks and fountain. Supports their hometown sports teams-all age. Antique shops downtown and other family owned shops.

    - a Fellow Cambridger.
  • Canandaigua, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    A hard to pronounce name, Canandaigua is quaint, historic, and has one of the most beautiful lakes for summer fun and year around beauty. Visitors from all over America, and across the Canadian border come here to relax and enjoy the beauty. There is a water park, beach, slopes for skiing in winter, and great people, for year around enjoyment.
    - Alex Emes
  • Cape Charles, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Quaint, quiet town right on the Chesapeake Bay with beautiful sandy, family-friendly (and free) beach. The historic downtown district is about 1 square mile with a handful of independent shops, restaurants, galleries, spa, and marinas. Our golf-cart friendly town includes 2 signature-PGA golf courses and soon-to-be "super yacht" center (opening 2014). Fresh seafood - oysters, clams, crabs and so many types of fish - come from local waters and make their way into our harbor and then across the country. You might be one of the lucky ones to find sea glass or sand dollars on our beach. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy kiteboarding, jetskiing, or more relaxing activities like kayaking, fishing or sailing. So much to do in one small town.
    - Donna Olney Kohler
  • Capitola, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Capitola is the coolest. mainly because it caters to all ages. The beach is right there, and the city sponsors Beach Concerts from 6-8 every Wednesday night. It also has summer time fun events; Art and Wine festival, art on the beach, begonia festival, sand scuplture and kite flying fun! It is a safe and fun place to be and the resturants and boutique shops add to the ambiance of this small, quaint town.
    - Carolyn Wallace
  • Carbondale, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    small mountain town full of artists, environmentalists, outdoor enthusiasts. main street gets shut down every first Friday of the month for a town party. we even have an outdoor community oven.
    - Virginia
  • Carefree, AZ
    Why it's the coolest

    Carefree’s population is approx. 4,000 residents. The Carefree Desert Gardens and the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion hold community concerts and events such as art shows throughout the year. Carefree celebrates 54 years of history and 29 years of incorporation.The majestic beauty of Black Mountain dominates the horizon with spectacular homes perfectly camouflaged amongst the massive boulders and rock formations. A prefect day out would include a hike to the top for impressive views of the Sonoran Foothills.

    - Diana Sherwood-Shaw
  • Carmel, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Carmel is cool because, in one square mile there is a white sandy beach that allows beach fires and dogs. The entire city is walkable and features close to 90 galleries, 10 wine tasting rooms and restaurants galore! Most of the Inns allow dogs - one even features Yappy Hour! Former mayor Clint Eastwood resides nearby and can be seen playing piano on occasion at Mission Ranch. Getaway place for celebrities. Hop, skip and a jump from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Pt. Lobos and Big Sur. Hidden courtyards,secret pasaageways, walking tours and food tours - Carmel is cool!
    - Kristen Hunter
  • Cassadega, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Cassadega Florida is a town and spiritualist camp in central Florida. Most of its residents are certified psychic mediums and perform regular readings and seances open to the public!
    - Maggie Garvin
  • Cazenovia, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    wonderful little village of approx 3000 founded in 1793 in upstate central ny on a lake with a small college (Cazenovia college) right in the heart of the village. INNs Lincklaen House, Brae Loch, and Brewester to dine and stay. check us out Swim in Summer Foliage in the Fall Ski in the Winter Caz has it all!!!!!
    - carole vanpatten
  • Centerville, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    This friendly little town (pop 3500) is the birthplace of Cousin Minnie Pearl (Ophelia Colley Cannon). It possesses many of the characteristics if her famed "Grinders Switch"... which is actually a small burg on the edge of town. A visitor once said, "you have to learn to drive with one hand in Centerville, because you're constantly waving at people with the other." Centerville is home to many artisans and musicians. It is located in the picturesque countryside, about 60 miles Southwest of Nashville.
    - Tom Meador
  • Central City, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Before all of the gambling joints, it was the niftiest little town with its only claim to fame being the Face on the Barroom Floor. It is a wonderful place to visit!
    - Kandi Petersen
  • Chagrin Falls, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    A little over 5000 people, with an active arts community (International Film Festival, community theater, Valley Art Center), and award winning farmer's market in the village's triangle on Sundays, charming architecture, outstanding restaurants and shopping and, oh yes, we have a beautiful waterfall which bisects the town, surrounded by a park and "Stairs to the Falls".
    - Julie Hanahan
  • Chambersburg, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    only town burned by the Confederate Army in the Civil War!
    - Chris Whiteway
  • Charlevoix, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    It's just beautiful there ....
    - suej
  • Chelan, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Welcome to Washington's Playground. A vacation at Lake Chelan promises four seasons worth of memories...deep blue water, 300 days of sunshine, world-class wineries, winter activities, gourmet restaurants, and small-town charm. The pristine 50.5 mile glacier-fed lake is 1.5 miles at its widest and 1486 ft. at its deepest point. The Lake Chelan Valley is nestled in the North Cascades National Forest.
    - Alice Harris
  • Chelsea, MI
    Why it's the coolest

    Chelsea is a great town with a lot of great Midwestern people. We've recently had a resurgence of life come to the downtown area with new cafes, restaurants and boutiques and festivals are held frequently so everyone can get together and support the community. We also have recent Emmy Winner, Jeff Daniels as a resident and local theater owner!

    - Michelle Craig
  • Chico, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Chico is artsy.. home to Chico State University.. people have a laid back live and let live attitude.. a true family orientated community that supports one another..which I truly miss.
    - Joann Barile
  • Chillicothe, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Surrounded by beautiful hills; located next to major River, The Scioto. Has Mt. Logan, named after the great Indian Chief. Was the first State Capital. Steeped in early American History! Many Indian mounds. Has Veteran's Hospital. Was site of Camp Sherman during First World War.
    - Robert M. Long
  • City of Falls Church, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Steeped in history and only a 15 minute drive to Washington, DC were all our elected IDIOTS are :)
    - Eddie H.
  • Clarion, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town, Local people are friendly, Great atmosphere, Close to beautiful Walloon Lake.
    - Mitch Tahtinen
  • Clarksburg, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    More open atmosphere. Close proximity to shopping centers. Italian Heritage fest!
    - Emmaleah Alkire
  • Clarksville, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Virginia's only lakeside town. Historic downtown on the water. On Kerr Lake (50,000 acres of water), at the confluence of the Dan, Staunton, Bannister and Hyco Rivers. Boutique shopping, B&B's, a winery, world-class fishing, a beautiful state park, great festivals, just to name a few!
    - Justin Kerns
  • Clear Lake, IA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great getaway with a natural lake, great antiques stores, fourth of July fireworks in the middle of the lake with a carnival as the backdrop of downtown. There is Seawall to Seawall 1/2 marathon, antique car ride around the lake, Buddy Holly festival and the Surf Ballroom - the last place Buddy Holly played before the plane crash near by. There are nostalgic places like the Outing Club (one of the few connected wooden lake structures similar to what you see in Dirty Dancing movie), PM Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PM_Park,_Clear_Lake,_Iowa)
    - Sherri Hotzler
  • Cleveland Town, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    Cleveland Town is the coolest Town in all of Utah. We have the best small Town Celebration and fireworks in the County to celebrate our Utah heritage. Our motto's are Cleveland Rocks, Hot in Cleveland and 14 Miles from extinction because we are located close to the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, which contains the densest concentration of Jurassic-aged dinosaur bones ever found. Also San Rafael Swell landscape reveals a geological history of terrain that varies from sheer cliffs, high mesas, deep canyons, domes, spectacular arches and spires. We are also home of the Famous "Forbidden Fruit Sweet Shop" But the residents of our town are the true treasures of Cleveland. We help each other and support our community 100%. Visit our website clevelandtown.org to see why we are the coolest Town!
    - Jamie Jensen
  • Clinton, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    On the west end of Clinton, New Jersey, a magnificent 200-foot-wide waterfall separates the historic Red Mill Museum Village and the Stone Mill, home to the Hunterdon Museum of Art. Cross over the old truss bridge and you'll stroll onto Main Street, cherry tree-lined and filled with over 30 specialty shops and restaurants. The Red Mill Museum Village has more than just period exhibits dating back to the 1860's. It was featured on SCI-FI Channel's "Ghost Hunters" where a number of buildings appeared to have "paranormal activity." The Red Mill's Hunterdon Historical Museum records more than 180 years of Hunterdon County's history, including an 1860's one-room school house. The Hunterdon Art Museum presents roughly 15 exhibits annually of contemproary art, craft and design. You'll find eateries that offer gourmet delicacies, homemade specials, pastas and the finest seafood scattered along the main shopping district.
    - Maureen C. Bruschi
  • Cobleskill, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Great scenic Schoharie, college town, far but near big city
    - Jim
  • Cold Spring, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    Our elegant Main Street is something out of Currier and Ives, but our town is all about the present, with great restaurants, antique shops, and views of the Hudson River that the rest of the country only dreams about. Oh, and did I mention that we're just a commuter-train ride away from Manhattan?

    - Elizabeth Schwartz
  • Collingswood, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    The town has had a great resurgence with new restaurants, great chefs and activities that draw people from all over New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware
    - Karen
  • Colonial Beach, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    We've got the largest fresh water beach in Virginia. We've got artisans, classically trained chefs, family run businesses, great restaurants, a McDonald's and a stop light. This town was the LasVegas of the East, the epicenter of the Oyster Wars and the birthplace of George Washington and James Monroe. The man who runs the "convenience center" will serenade you on his guitar while you recycle or dump.
    - Mary D. Barber
  • Columbia Falls, MT
    Why it's the coolest
    Has it all! Glacier National Park only 15 minutes away. Rivers and streams to fish and raft in! Mountains to hunt and hike in! Lakes to boat, fish, and relax in! THE PEOPLE!
    - Tom Dowling
  • Columbia, MO
    Why it's the coolest
    Great restaurants, lots of entertainment venues, pedestrian and bike friendly, best college town.
    - Marion Pollak
  • Cooperstown, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Not only is it the home of baseball, this scenic small town is nestled in the Catskills, sits adjacent to a lake, and has some of the best cafe's within 100 miles! With a citizenship of less than 2000, Cooperstown definitely qualifies as one of America's premiere small towns!
    - Kevin Marrin
  • Corydon, IN
    Why it's the coolest

    Lots of reasons, here are a few: It was the first capital of Indiana in 1816 and the Capital building is still open to the public. Great little shops and restaurants, BB on the square Unique art glass factory Home to indiana's longest cave, US 9th longest

    - carol groves
  • Cotati, CA
    Why it's the coolest

    Who could ask for anything more? Sonoma County scenery, food, and wine, plus one of the hottest music scenes anywhere. Small town charm meets big-city cuisine and world-class music? We wouldn't live anywhere else!

    - Jim Sullivan
  • Crescent City, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Crescent City has a lot of things to do... Beautiful Redwood trees...Where the Mountains and the Ocean meet!!!
    - Jamie Bruce
  • Crested Butte, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Not only is the outdoor activity capital of the USA, it has one the most amazing arts scenes for any town its size. Major artists and performers routinely play here. Additionally the local artists and performers would be the envy of many, many much larger cities. Great restaurants and shops, too. Beautifully preserved and maintained main street dating back to the towns roots as a mining town. Very open and welcoming locals.
    - Grant MacLeod
  • Custer, SD
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a town where everyone works together for the good of the town
    - Sandra Ackman
  • Dahlonega, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is so quaint with shops and cafes around the square. The tress in the center adds to that country charm. Close to Atlanta without the big city.
    - Karyn Workman
  • Danbury, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    Pristine
    - Vickie Wall
  • Danbury, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Home of Award winning Hanging Rock State Park . The most pristine section of the Dan River courses near here. Best small mouth bass fishing in North Carolina. Award winning bike trails. Smallest mountain range in the US located here. Miles of hiking trails.
    - William Sparks
  • Dandridge, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Dandridge is the 2nd oldest city in Tennessee and is Situated on beautiful Douglas Lake. Visitors to Dandridge are always impressed with the historic preservation and the quaintness of the town. Restaurants and shops line the downtown streets and the lake makes recreation a great option for family vacations. A short drive from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Knoxville and the University of Tennessee, Dandridge offers lodging, food and shopping. Dandridge is a prime destination for anyone visiting the Smoky Mountains and who would want to see and tour Bush Brother’s, the largest producer of baked beans in the world. Drop in at the drug store for a step back in time at the original soda fountain where you can pick up one of their famous milkshakes to enjoy out back in the old Revolutionary Graveyard. Today downtown Dandridge is a National Historic District showcased by the second courthouse completed in 1845 of Greek Revival architecture.
    - Larissa Murphy
  • Danville, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    A truly cool Amish/English town that hosts the 2nd oldest church in the state. Danville is known as "the Amish gateway". It merges modern with historic and quaint with quirky. Rich with beautiful architecture homes and surrounded by rich farmlands. When you enter Danville you get a feeling of entering a time warp, thick with preservation yet comfortable with charm.
    - Gretchen Conrad
  • Daphne, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    friendly to visitors. Lots of activities for ALL ages. Prettiest spot in USA
    - Maggie Karvala
  • Dayton, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    established 1871, historic downtown, meadery, brewery, ski hill, snake river, historic theatre, historic train depot (museum), wineries, fishing & water sports, marina, 4-star restaurant, festivals, bakery, chocolate shop, touchet river, general store, local newspaper, four seasons, wheat fields, windmills, morel mushroom hunting, snowmobiling, evergreen forests, hiking, farmers market, Blue Mountain Station, and more
    - Rea Culwell
  • Deadwood, SD
    Why it's the coolest
    Visiting Deadwood, SD, feels like you're walking into an Old Western movie--and it's totally legit. This was where it all happened. Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane actually walked these streets, lived, and died here (you can visit their graves at Mount Moriah Cemetery on the hill above the downtown area). People are friendly and what works is the town doesn't take itself and its incredible history too seriously. There are re-enactments of famous gunfights in the streets almost every hour and you can visit Saloon #10 where Wild Bill still gets shot every night for your entertainment. Kevin Costner has a bus tour, casino, restaurant, and Tatanka Museum in town, and it's a great place to check out with the family year-round. It's like being in real-life Frontierland, and it's definitely somewhere I'd love to go back to with my family.
    - Kaeli Conforti
  • Deep river, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Two restaurants offering live music. The ivory has the best lobster bisque outside if Maine. Yearly Muster in July is a band parade of fife and drum bands from all over the world. True Americana at its best. History includes where pianos were once made this the name of the restaurant The Ivory and the lofts in the Piano Works building. We have the town dock were a river boat takes people up and down the CT river and tells the history of the area. It connects with the Essex steam train. We have small shops, from men's apparel to hand made jewelry to skateboarding to pet store to our local grocery store. A cute New England town with attractions both from nature, art, music and the local people.
    - Victoria Hansen
  • Deer Park, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Deer Park is a tiny family centered suburb of Cincinnati. We have only a 2 sq mile school district. Deer Park High School is home of the State Championship Marching Band and we treat everyone like family!
    - Opal Anderson
  • Delaware City, DE
    Why it's the coolest
    There is so much history and natural beauty packed into the little town in which I was born and raised! It sits along the banks of the Delaware River and the C&D Canal. Its Historic District is one of the largest in the State, with over 250 contributing structures in the town’s tiny 1.3 square miles. It is considered by many to be the most haunted town in the state. It is the access point for the Civil War prison of Fort Delaware, which sits on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River, and home to Fort DuPont, a military base used from the Civil War through World War II. It’s a one traffic light town with a population of 1700, and a business district that includes not only restaurants and gift shops, but a pet groomer, beauty shop, marina, and working blacksmith. It will also soon be home to the American Birding Associations North American Headquarters. Walk its tree lined streets and see for yourself!
    - Lynn M. Williams
  • Delray Beach, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Lively main street (East Atlantic Avenue)with many hotels restaurants, shops, stores, and evening entertainment provided by the town. Safe to walk around (as most people due) and best of all... East Atlantic Avenue leads right to one of the nicest beaches in the U.S.
    - Jerry Hirsch
  • De Smet, SD
    Why it's the coolest
    Laura Engels Wilder lived here. The home is turned into a museum with guided tours. Original building made into gift shop. Summer pageant based on Laura Engels Wilder books. Visitors center south of pageant grounds features items of the period, wagon rides, old school and various buildings of the era. Statue of Father De Smet in City park.
    - Eileen Domagala
  • Dexter, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Dexter has a beautiful award winning park from areas reclaimed by removal of dam with boardwalks, boat launches, and wildlife areas. Dexter is surrounded by Metroparks with miles of trails and nature areas, much of it accessible directly from walking trails in town. Dexter is home to the oldest operating cider mill in Michigan, the cider mill also has a wine tasting room, and surrounding areas have many local farmers. The schools are fantastic, including a previous "National School to Watch," Mill Creek Middle School.
    - Joe Semifero
  • Dimondale, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    We are located about 10 miles from the larger capital city of Lansing. Like night and day! Lansing is city, we are COUNTRY! The grand river runs through this tiny village where you will see many people kayaking and canoeing past or back yard! Yes, many homes are built along this river and we are lucky enough to be one of them! The tiny village is only two blocks to it's downtown, but oh what a down town! we have three restaurants, an ice cream parlor (where people come from all over lansing), we have a post office, fire department,elementary school,church, grocery store, and a flower shop. All packed into this tiny small village! Oh did I mention, we also have a summer farmers market every thursday too! It's a GEM of a village. Lived in the city all our lives, then moved out to this gorgeous slice of heaven 4 years ago. You MUST come and check us out!
    - Mindy Berridge
  • Dingmans Ferry, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Located just about an hour and a half away from NYC, Dingmans Ferry, PA, is a great little town in the Poconos, a wonderful place to get away from it all and get back to nature. There are so many hiking trails, biking trails, and beautiful waterfalls nearby, and nothing beats a day of fishing and kayaking on the Delaware River. Great little town where everybody knows everybody and a fun place to get back to nature if you need a break from the big city.
    - K.C. Erins
  • Dobson, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Dobson has a nice Dairy Queen, and nice people. Plus, this is where I get my teeth done.
    - Kayla
  • Doylestown, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    History, architecture, museums (Michner, Mercer), wonderful restaurants and nightspots (Domani Star, Bobby Simones). A great walking town. Beautiful boutiques and quirky shops. Best of all, reasonably affordable!
    - Judith Schumacher
  • Dublin, OH
    Why it's the coolest

    Very clean, walkways and parks, many good restaurants,close to airport and many shopping places.

    - Dan Coffman
  • Duvall, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Vibrant Arts and Music community with wonderful shops, restaurants and historic downtown. The people of Duvall are currently working to save the beautiful old Thayer Barn that sits along scenic highway 203 in the Snoqualami River Valley to use as a community and performance center.
    - Beth
  • Duxbury, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great beach & historuc houses
    - M. D. Hyde
  • Easley, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    People are so friendly. They have free movies on Saturday night (outside). The beauitful shops and restaurants downtown are family. 8 miles away there are beauitful mountains, state Parks and lakes. Everyone helps each other and our farmers give free produce to low income people. I'm blessed to be part of this town.
    - Delight Swartz
  • East Aurora, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    Flourishing in the present, with its golden future guided by is remarkable past; East Aurora is the nicest small town in the US. The Norman Rockwell village of about 6,000 is at the crossroads of the urban and rural landscape. Friendly faces fill the locally owned boutiques and restaurants uptown and downtown. It has a hockey rink, a music festival, polo fields, a Christmas Carolcade, a brewery, numerous community parks with miles of multiuse trails, and historic buildings galore. As the home of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, the arts community is firmly established and centered on the Roycroft Campus. Master Roycroft Renaissance artisans now produce world renowned art and offer frequent training classes to pass on their skills to the next generation. Its many current and historic influential residents (including a former US President) have changed the course of history and will continue to do in the future.

    - Chris Suttell
  • East Lyme, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    The town has many events for young and old throughout the year
    - Gail Najarian
  • Easton, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    A perfect blend of Colonial architecture, hip art scene, walkable brick streets, and interesting restaurants.
    - Beth Monte
  • Easton, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Located just over the New Jersey border Easton is a beautiful historic town situated on the Delware River. Easton hosts many diverse events throughout the year including weekly farmer's markets, bands, a film festival, Heritage Day and other cultural events. Easton is a diverse town yet friendly town with centre Square at its heart. We have many small independently owned businesses and restaurants as well as Lafayette College. Visitors are greeted with friendly faces and can always find plenty to do!
    - Michele Rutter
  • Eastport, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    It has amazing little shops, some great festivals, whale watching, a ferry ,it is on the ocean right next to the border of Canada
    - Michelle
  • Edenton, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Great combination of arts, outdoors, history, and antiques all in a lovely setting.
    - Cynthia Harding
  • Edgefield, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    Edgefield is about community, culture, history and family. It's the coolest small town in SC.
    - Kim
  • Edinboro, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great college town with excellent relationship between the university and the 'locals.' Even though it's a tiny town, the presence of an 8000+ student university ensures it has way more than its share of cultural & sporting events.
    - Joe Simpson
  • Edwards, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Edwards is a picturesque mountain town with the amazing Cordillera community right up the road. Boasting a variety of summer and winter activities, this place is for the young at heart and athletic crew! This beautiful town is tucked away in Vail Valley and only minutes away from Beaver Creek & Vail resorts. The town is home to delightful local restaurants & breweries. Edwards, Colorado is a place where people dream to live in- just ask any of the locals.
    - Cordillera, Colorado
  • Elkin, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    Elkin is a small town located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain and the Yadkin River. Our historical downtown is placed along the Yadkin River with shopping and restaurants. Downtown Elkin is also a place where teenagers go and hangout after school. Downtown Elkin has speakers on top of the buildings that play music throughout the day. Elkin is a place where everyone is kind, friendly, caring, and supportive. Elkin is cool because it has the number one hotel in the East Coast; the Fairfield Inn & Suites has a friendly and welcoming staff! Elkin is an amazing place because of all the wineries and vineyards. People from all over the country come to Yadkin Valley Wine Festival held here in Elkin, because it's the best one around! Along with the Wine Festival, Elkin also has a very merry Christmas parade, Cruise Ins, Kids Fest, Fiddlers Convention, Farmers Market and Pumpkin Festival. The Pumpkin Festival includes the pumpkin weigh off where people bring up to 1,110 pound pumpkins and 2010 World Record watermelon. Elkin is also a perfect place for eating; our restaurants range from fine-dining to the world’s greatest hot dogs! In order to burn the hot dog calories off, our community members like to go for runs around town. No matter where one turns to look, I can guarantee you there will be someone walking or running the streets. This small town has canoeing, kayaking, a community park which has: tennis courts, basketball courts, softball/baseball fields, pool, walking trails, fishing, children’s playground, and a recreation center; everyone enjoys going to the Elkin Parks and Recreation. Elkin is also close to Stone Mountain State Park and Pilot Mountain State Park; these are perfect places for one to go hiking! This amazing town is also a part of the Over the Mountain Victory Trail. Along with the recreational citizens, Elkin also has people who are artistically gifted; for example, our artists range from painters to pottery artists. Education is the main priority for the community; Elkin City Schools is the best school system around, it is in the top 5 for best graduation rates in North Carolina. GO ELKS!

    - Lucila Bahea
  • Elkins, WV
    Why it's the coolest

    Elkins, WV is indeed the Coolest town in America...Why? We have it all here in a small, friendly town that offers the best artists in America. Named on of the top 10 Art Towns in America. There are two live Branson-Style theaters, fabulous train excursions with breath-taking mountain scenery. The Polar Express Train is so popular that it's usually sold out before the season begins. We boast over 15 fairs & festivals here and are proud to host the largest and oldest festival celebrating our forest heritage in the state of West Virginia. You gotta' come visit. Folks here are known for their hospitality and that's always free! VOTE for Elkins

    - Brenda Pritt, Executive Director
  • Elk Rapids, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Located on Grand Traverse Bay with a world class harbor, unique art galleries and events, excellent restaurants, pristine beaches, access to the Chain of Lakes, and a unique library called The Island House overlooking the harbor. Elk Rapids has it all.
    - Nannette Miller
  • Estes Park, CO
    Why it's the coolest

    Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Incredible views, lots of very visible wildlife, and immediate and varied outdoor things to do (step, climb, ride onto great trails in minutes). Funky shops, rustic to sophisticated lodging and restaurants. Great people.

    - Pnelson
  • Eureka, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Eureka is a fishing town in Northern California with beauty world class scenery. There's the redwood forest. There are beaches. There is a the living museum of architecture in the city. Eureka has hundreds of these Victorian homes.
    - Michael Johnson
  • Eureka, MT
    Why it's the coolest
    There is so much about Eureka, Montana that make it the "Coolest". Set in the Tobacco Valley in Northwest Montana, Eureka's greatest assets are: The approximately 1200 People that call Eureka Home, the History, Old and New, the incomparable Beauty of the Area, Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Animal Viewing, Snow Machining, Skiing, Snow Shoeing, Ice Fishing, and of course the Many Galleries, Antique Shops, Gift Shops, Restaurants, and Lodging that Eureka offers. There is so much to see and do in the Area, many visitors end up spending more of their vacation with us then they had planned on. One for sure stop in Eureka is Elk Camp Arts, Gallery and Showroom, featuring 28 of the Finest Pacific Northwest's Artist, of which 23 are local to the Area. US HWY 93 is Main Street of Eureka, known to us as Dewey Avenue, follow it North 7 miles to the US/Canadian Border. If you want to get away from of crowded, Eureka is your destination
    - Randy McIntyre
  • Evanston, IL
    Why it's the coolest
    Great beaches, beautiful running paths, stand up paddling, music festivals, awesome restaurants, super laid back, and it's only 15 minutes from downtown Chicago.
    - Rin
  • Everglades City, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    It's the Stone Crab Capital of the World (Florida's renewable seafood -- they regenerate their claws and are harvested each year!). The town is the western gateway to Everglades National Park and is also the launching point for fabulous fishing in the Ten Thousand Islands. Anglers come from all around the world to cast to tarpon, snook and redfish - all found in abundance in the mangrove estuaries leading out to the Gulf of Mexico.
    - Danielle Hendricks
  • Fairhope, AL
    Why it's the coolest

    Beautiful town on Mobile Bay. Very active community and beautiful plants everywhere!

    - Marjorie Duhon
  • Fairmont, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    Fairmont has a great energy about it. You always see people of all ages out walking or jogging. We have friendly people, scenic rail trails, great restaurants and a beautiful university on the hill.
    - Janet
  • Fayetteville, AR
    Why it's the coolest
    It has nice farmer's market and has a lot of activities for Family.It's college town but it is closed to Walmart's home office, Crystal Bridges Museum. It has Clinton's house when he was professor at UofA.
    - Keukeu Abdullah
  • Fenwick Island, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Because it is a quaint town and you are not far from Ocean City.
    - Judy Oliverio
  • Florence, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town with great atmosphere; sits on the Tennessee River; has the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in Alabama; great downtown area - has been completely refurbished; best Soda fountain - Trowbridges - downtown on Court Street. Home to the University of North Alabama; reasonable cost of living; within easy drive times to Nashville, TN, Huntsville, AL, Birmingham, AL, the Smokey Mountains and the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Home to Billy Reid fashion design (corporate office). Friendly people.
    - Patricia G. Belew
  • Floyd, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's gorgeous, the nicest people in the world, an amazing art community, music fest that's second to none, the community has saved it from the "chains". One visit and you will understand why others decided to live here.
    - Becky Causey
  • Folsom, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    We have such a beautiful vibe in Folsom. We are right on Folsom Lake, with miles upon miles of bike trails, wonderful hiking spots and LOTS of trees. The people here are friendly, the schools are TOP NOTCH and everyone seems to like each other quite a bit :). We have a rich history here, with an adorable "old town" on Sutter Street. We also have lots of yummy restaurants and fun shops to peruse. We are on the way to beautiful Lake Tahoe, and 20 minutes from the state capitol building in Sacramento. Folsom is delightful and we feel so happy living here!
    - C. Cook
  • Forest City, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Hometown feel, friendly people
    - Christine Nickle
  • Franklin, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Franklin has everything anyone could want in a small town. Friendly people, wonderful shops,waterfalls, museums, mountain views, gem mining, and the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Wonderful place to live and great to visit. Every type of place to stay also.Cabins, hotels, inns. Who could ask for more?
    - Carla
  • Franklin, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Franklin is a charming Victorian town, rather like stepping back into time, anitique shops, cupcakery, cafés, and coffee shops. Sitting next to the allegheny river and bike trail, with canoe rentals available. The debence music museum, a beautiful Victorian black fountain in the town park, the stone skipping festival in August, and of course a huge apple festival in October. Come to franklin, stay in a local bed and breakfast, and enjoy life the way it used to be in a by gone era........
    - Leah Kurcsics
  • Franklin, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    The quaintness on the city, the history and activities that revolve around this town. The southern people are so friendly and helpful.
    - Jan Conant
  • Frederick, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town feel with big city fun. Great food, great shops and great families all in one town. All of our shops are as unique as the items for sale. Local artisans are the focus and are celebrated within the city on the 1st Saturday of each month when shops stay open late. We have delicious restaurants owned and operated by those who grew up in the city. Even a few celebrity chefs have opened multiple restaurants in our town. During 4th of July celebrations the city shuts down for an all day festival and then again in the beginning of Fall the streets of our town shutdown for an annual In The Streets celebration that showcases all or our great stores and restaurants. Frederick deserves to be the Budget Travel Coolest Town!
    - Suzanne Koppanen
  • Fredericksburg, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town charm in the heart of Texas Hill Country, surrounded by numerous vineyards and historical sights. Only a few miles from many other attractions such as Luckenbach, Texas. Their fourth of July fireworks cannot be beat!
    - Terri Richnow
  • Fredericksburg, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    I love the historical nature of this town. Walk down the streets shadowed in buildings from the turn of the 18th century. The coffee shops and great little locally owned restaurants will entice you in. Antique shops and local boutiques as well as old time butcher shops and apothecaries will delight you. It's one of my favorite towns in America.
    - Colleen
  • Friday Harbor, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    On it's own little bay with spectacular views of the San Juan Islands, it's century old main street leading to the bay this is a beautiful place to either visit or live.
    - Nick Deano
  • Frostburg, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    college town, lots of cool stuff to do
    - John
  • Galena, IL
    Why it's the coolest

    This charming little town has such a wonderful history. And it's history has been preserved in such a way, that you feel as if you're stepping back in time when you stroll the streets. Gorgeous rolling hills, beautiful and historic Main Street lined with shops and restaurants are just a few of the reasons hundreds of thousands of people visit our town each year. This year, Galena was named second friendliest city in the nation by Conde Nast. In 2013 we were also named "One of America's Prettiest Towns" by Forbes, "The 4th Best Small Town in America" by Executive Travel Magazine, and "One of America's Top 10 Best Small Towns" by Fodor's.

    - Tonia Blair
  • Geneva, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Geneva is the perfect little village that allows its residents to escape the hustle and bustle of "big city" life. We have one stoplight, an elementary school, and people that love and respect one another. We have the skull of a Lincoln conspirator in our town cemetery and we have a parade on the 4th of July every year, with church floats, horses, kids on bike, and our own marching band. Geneva is unlike any town I've ever heard of. We're small and we're proud and we'll fight to keep our town small and the way we like it. We recently were featured in an online article on Florida Today that puts everything quite nicely: http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013311240040&gcheck=1
    - Anna Rehnstrom
  • Georgetown, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Georgetown is rich in history and culture. Designated as the seat of Williamson County, a revitalized downtown square is anchored by a historic and beautiful courthouse. Additions to the square include two wineries, top-rated restaurants, a bookstore/brew pub, art center and a county museum. Georgetown boasts beautiful city parks which include over 9 miles of hike and bike trails. The Palace Theater was built in 1925 and productions of popular plays and musicals can still be found there.
    - Jessica Rosenbam
  • Glenville, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a small town, that sticks together and helps each other out. One of our biggest attractions is on the 3rd weekend in June every year, we have the West Virginia State Folk Festival. We shut off our streets and folk musicians come and have jam sessions all evening. Along with square dancing, street venders, and food vendors. We are also the home of the Glenville State College.
    - Judy Steele
  • Gloucester County, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a small town with a big heart... love my little big town...
    - Debbie Wood
  • Good Hope, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    We stick together.
    - Chloe Horner
  • Grand Canyon Village, AZ
    Why it's the coolest
    It's the Grand Canyon, duh.
    - S Martin
  • Grand Haven, MI
    Why it's the coolest

    Grand Haven is located along the Lake Michigan coast and is home to some of the best beaches in the world! The historic downtown is full of unique shops, yummy eateries, and a beautiful streetscape. It even has heated sidewalks for the snowy winter months. The downtown is a hub of activity year round with great festivals including the Coast Guard Festival, Salmon Festival, Winterfest, and the Grand Haven Art Festival. There's always something going on! The downtown is located along the Grand Haven harbor where you can take a stroll down the boardwalk, watch a nightly show of the Musical Fountain, or catch a ride on the trolley. The best part is how close the downtown is to the beach and you can take the boardwalk or the trolley between the two. Grand Haven has one of the most iconic lighthouses in Michigan and it's the best place to catch a sunset. I LOVE it!

    - Stefanie Herder
  • Grand Marais, MN
    Why it's the coolest
    Everything from the view to the cool eating establishments, the neat little gift shops. Again the view is amazing.
    - Tony Gibson
  • Grand rivers, KY
    Why it's the coolest
    this picturesque towm sets on ky lake and has two of the most beautiful resturants with menus to match and gift shops along with several shops surrounding it on their grounds with a paddle wheel and lavish gardens
    - cathy nuss
  • Grandview Heights, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Grandview Heights is a small town in the middle of a big city. The population was 6,536 at the 2010 census, yet a 15 minute bike ride or a quick bus trip will get you to downtown Columbus, the fifteenth largest city in the U.S. We have restaurants, a bustling downtown area, a top-rated library, a park around every corner, and a great sense of community.
    - Emily Keeler
  • Grant, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Grant is cool because it is a town that has has a long strong history of community involvement and volunteer action. Grant is a small town on the east coast of Central Florida that sits upon the Indian River in Brevard County. Grant is host to an annual seafood festival that unites the community and funds a large scholarship program. There are several components to the festival, the craft side, which brings artists selling their wares for profit and the food side, which is unique. The food side is run by local families who prepare and sell their specialty food item for no profit to themselves. All food side booths are entirely manned by volunteers who work strictly to raise money to fund community programs and the scholarship program. No cash profit on the food side is experienced. That is rare in any instance and it is the one thing that drives people in the community to provide quality programs and scholarships for the children.
    - Carol McManus
  • Grants Pass, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    There is always something to do here. At Christmas the town is decorated with LED signs depicting different Christmas scenes and 6 foot tall Nutcrackers plus all the lights and garlands. We have a Christmas tree decorating contest and a parade. In lights and garlands. We have a Christmas tree decorating contest and a parade. In spring we have boat races down the Rogue River. In summer there is a Back to the 50's week with a car show, dances and entertainment. Jet boats go down the river. Also there are concerts in the park free to all. Colors are gorgeous in all 4 seasons. Spring the trees are all in bloom. Summer everything is green and the weather is wonderful. Fall colors rival New England. Winter is mild, but there is the occasional snow that covers the trees and just lasts for a day. Close by in Ashland there are ski runs and winter sports. So any time of the year is the right time to visit or move to Grants Pass.
    - Audrey Albert
  • Grass Valley, CA
    Why it's the coolest

    This circa 1800 Gold Rush era town offers a window into the past while providing the best the present has to offer, located in the Sierra Foothills of California. Grass Valley is the location of the Empire Mine and North Star Mine, two of the richest mines in California. Many of those who came to settle in Grass Valley were tin miners from Cornwall. Grass Valley still holds on to its Cornish heritage, with events such as its annual Cornish Christmas and St Piran's Day celebrations. Our historic downtown has a variety of retail stores, restaurants, wine tasting rooms, art galleries and is home to a state of the art movie theater. The Del Oro was built in 1940 and has been a Grass Valley icon for generations. The Center for the Arts might be considered a small town venue, but it is big on entertainment, featuring celebrity artists and entertainers from around the world. Grass Valley residents have a love for art, wine and history.

    - Julia Jordan
  • Green Bank, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    Home of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Beautiful, scenic location in the heart of the NRQZ. Lots of things to do including tours of the facility, close to Cass Scenic Railroad and Snowshoe Mtn ski area, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and camping. Great place to relax and enjoy life!
    - Nancy Williams
  • Greenville, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina has combined traditional southern charm, stunning natural beauty and an unexpected contemporary cool to create one of America's hottest emerging destinations. From a revitalized downtown ranked among "America's Ten Best" by Forbes Magazine to downtown Greenville's one-of-a-kind Liberty Bridge, quaint shops, boutiques, and fabulous restaurants to a world-class collection of museums, galleries, and theaters to some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains in the world, Greenville, South Carolina is everything they say it is and more.
    - Lisa
  • Greenville, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    Great weather, great restaurants, fantastic, safe town center/ Main Street, vibrant music and arts scene, frequent and award winning festivals, minor league baseball w/ ballpark a mini-Fenway Park (Boston). ECHL Hockey, biking, biking, river rafting, mountain lakes all a short drive away. Greatest small town ever!
    - George Caffrey
  • Greer, SC
    Why it's the coolest

    What it has to offer the whole family...

    - TRUDY GOSNELL
  • Grinnell, IA
    Why it's the coolest
    Grinnell has a budding food scene, great art, speakers and performers coming from all over the world, state of the art athletic facilities, a really nice library, and a lot of interesting and energetic young people. The bakery is open at 2am, the diner has been converted from an old gas station and still has all the gas station decor inside (A and M cafe.) The town government is also really concerned with social justice and making it a nice town for anyone to live in.
    - Jordan Hale
  • Gruene, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Close proximity to 2 of Texas Coolest Big Cities (San Antonio and Austin) make this an easy getaway for a day or a weekend. LOTS of great shops, restaurants, views of the Guadalupe River and a hip and happening Music Scene that includes the ULTRA hip Gruene Hall (Texas oldest Dance Hall). Accommodations range from Bed and Breakfasts to Cabins on the River to Lakeside Lodging (on nearby Canyon Lake). Favorite restaurant is The Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar (next door to Gruene Hall).
    - Teresa Vincent
  • Guilford, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Because of its beautiful town green!
    - Wendy Barry
  • Gulfport, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    We are a little fishing village-cum-culinary hot spot. We are a tiny little town southwest of St.Pete right on the water of Boca Ciega Bay. We are famous local for our diversity (we have a large LGBT population), our Art District,and our MANY restaurants (O'Maddy's is my favorite- truly gourmet food in a neighborhood bar. We are also known for having more parks and public space than most towns our size, being very pet friendy, and last but far from least, our many street fairs and festivals- the most famous of which s our Gecko Festival every fall. We welcome all with open arms, especially those who march to a different drummer. We have a saying here- "If you're too weird for Gulfport, you're just too weird!"
    - Mickey Birt
  • Gunnison, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    The hottest cool spot in the US this college town is known for its adventure activities, incredible summer weather and tough as nails freezing temperatures in the winter. Can you get much cooler than -45 degrees?
    - John Messner
  • Guthrie, OK
    Why it's the coolest
    Our history tells the story of Oklahoma statehood and the exuberance of the land run. Cowboys and Indians, oil magnates and industry leaders, it is all in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
    - Norma Parker-Hopkins
  • Haines, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    Set between the Chilkat Mountains and the Lynn Canal (the longest, deepest fjord in North America) Haines is Alaska's best kept secret. We have Tlingit culture and art to enjoy, historic Fort Seward which now contains B&B's, galleries and restaurants, as well as stunning scenery. There are miles of maintained hiking trails, rivers to fish and eagles to view. Haines is known as the Valley of the Eagles with the largest concentration of bald eagles on the country. For a small town, Haines is unique in that it has three museums - The Shledon Museum ( art and history), the American Bald Eagle Foundation (natural history plus a muse with live birds) and last but not least our quirky Hammer Museum, a favorite with many tourists.
    - Barbara Blood
  • Haleiwa, HI
    Why it's the coolest
    Located on the North Shore of Oahu, Haleiwa has amazing restaurants, shops, coffee bars, art galleries and still maintains that feeling of a small surf town from back in the day. And the beaches on the North Shore are amazing and Haleiwa is home to the Triple Crown of Surfing. While we are in "the country" you can still get to the airport in 40 minutes and WAikiki is only an hour away!
    - Nancy Rose
  • Hallowell, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    Hip Hallowell known as the "Little Easy" is a mecca for artists, musicians and people who want to live in a friendly community with great schools, easy access to the outdoors and a sense of humor. This national historic district sits on the banks of the Kennebec River with the rail trail and Vaughn Woods walking trails close by. Great restaurants and bars with a music scene that belies Hallowell's small size, a community theater company and art galleries and funky festivals mean there's lots to do. But the number one reason people come to stay is the sense of community and connectedness.
    - Sharon Treat
  • Hamilton, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Scenic, small college town nestled in the lush green hills of upstate NY. Hamilton has something to offer for everyone. Senior citizens enjoy the lifelong learning classes and collaborations with college students. There are great little cafes and ethnic restaurants,a performing arts center, ongoing lectures, beautiful hiking trails, and a closely knit community. It has a rich local history, located close to the route of the underground railroad for runaway slaves in the 1800's, and also situated on the canal system of the 1800's which traversed the state of NY. Also the site of the legendary " Great Chocolate train wreck" of 1955, which we continue to celebrate annually.
    - Geni Elliott
  • Hampton, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    We have the oldest continuing festival in the state of South Caroline. When the Watermelon Festival hits in June, the whole town celebrates for an entire week. We are proud to have the sweetest watermelon crops in the south and even our water tower has a watermelon painted on it! We have everything form a seed-spitting contest to the annual babies " Watermelon Crawl" derby!We are truly a town of southern tradition. Everyone knows everyone and is ready to lend a hand and even invite you to stay for "supper". I was lucky enough to be born in this sweet little town and as all the other Hampton natives, it will always be HOME no matter were I go. Those who leave always return, I personally think it is the watermelons and boiled peanuts that continue to bring us back! ;)
    - Amanda DeLoach Brown
  • Harbor Springs, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful place to visit. There are a lot of cool like shops in our small town. Very unique.
    - Kristen Albert
  • Harrisonburg, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a great community and we just love it here. Wouldn't want to be anywhere else. There are great events like Fridays On The Square, First Fridays, Holiday Home Tours, FunFest, and Art Walks We have an awesome children's museum, public library, Farmers Market, local restaurants and James Madison University is smack in the middle of our town!
    - Caroline Campbell
  • Hastings, MN
    Why it's the coolest
    it is
    - fred
  • Hastings, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    Its right on the Mississippi river has lots of entertainment nearby and in town
    - Kevin
  • Healdsburg, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great location. Great wine Zinfandel capital of us Cozy farming oriented town Superb restaurants Truly friendly people It's a winner
    - Mike williams
  • Hill City, SD
    Why it's the coolest
    Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the Black Hills and enjoy all of the attractions, shopping, and events in the “Heart of the Hills.”Hill City plays the perfect balance of modern amenities and small town culture, making us a thriving community.With the flourishing tourism industry and Midwestern philosophy, Hill City can be the perfect place to live and grow. See how you can find your place here in “The Heart of the Hills.”
    - Michelle Olson
  • Hillsborough, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Hillsborough has great Southern charm and is filled with the friendliest and nicest people you could ever hope to meet. Besides the incredible history, Hillsborough has a great community that enjoys taking care of one another and comes together throughout the year to highlight and celebrate the unique history, people and culture that make this town so great! The "cool" factor comes into play with the awesome local and historical eats. Hillsborough has a great and surprising variety of bars and restaurants. Hillsborough also has a lot of accomplished craftsmen and artisans that are definitely cool. From Hogg Day at the start of summer with bbq contests and good ol' family fun to the Candlelight Tour showing off the historical homes, churches, and other buildings around town, you cannot beat the coolness of the people, culture, and history of Hillsborough, NC!
    - Danielle McAndrew
  • Honesdale, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Historic Honesdale is located in a rural area of Pennsylvania with many recreational opportunities including: boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, skiing, biking, skateboarding, and rafting. During the 19th century it was the starting point of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, which provided for transport of coal to Kingston, New York and then down the Hudson River to New York City. At one time Honesdale had the largest stockpile of coal in the world. Named after Phillip Hone, former Mayor of New York and president of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, Honesdale is the county seat. It boasts many award-winning historic buildings. Its business district and the surrounding area offer quaint and trendy shops; antiques; art galleries; local artists, artisans, and musical entertainment; farmers markets; the Delaware & Hudson Lock House 22 and Locks; the nation’s largest collection of Dorflinger glass; The Wayne County Historical Society and Museum; yoga; holistic health services; health food stores; eagle watching; miles and miles of rolling farmland and scenic drives. A variety of dining options and lodging include beautiful bed and breakfast inns, and a historic hotel.
    - Marge Watkins
  • Hot Springs, SD
    Why it's the coolest

    Hot Springs is an Old West town with modern character. A variety of Architecture styles exist throughout the town and the proximity to State parks and National parks is great. In addition, what small town has a Mammoth sink hole right in the center of town. Here is where sabra tooth tigers, wooly mammoths and other ancient animals have been discovered and identified. The Veterans Administration has a campus of buildings from the early 20's that serve area vets and hold history and character of their own.

    - Mari Kukral
  • Hot Springs, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Quiet spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Miles of hiking and biking trails. Lodging from a Five Star Resort to quaint B and Bs. Good food and fun. Great place to sit still and read a book.
    - Eve Solomon
  • Hugoton, KS
    Why it's the coolest
    It's my home town!!!
    - Stacey
  • Huntington Long Island, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    There are many fine restaurants, bookstores, an art cinema and shops. Just 50 minutes by railroad to NYC.
    - Cathy
  • Huntington Woods, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    We are a neighborhood of houses; there is very little business tax base for Huntington Woods so our residents happily pay high taxes to keep city services running. We are friendly and a large percentage of our residents are second and third generation homeowners. Our city programs events throughout the year to include our youngest and oldest citizens. We have sidewalks and very mature trees...we have a beautiful library, a recreation center, a pool, house tours, concerts in the park, and a 4th of July celebration that includes a parade and fireworks. We are two miles north of the City of Detroit so we are positioned to enjoy the culture Detroit has to offer. We are being included in a pilot program called The Village which are services designed to help our elderly citizens age in place. Neighboring communities understand when you say you live in the 'Woods,' you have made a unique housing and lifestyle choice for your family.
    - Judy Goldsmith
  • Hurricane, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    It has a funny name. It's in the fastest developing county in WV. Our high school was in US Weekly's top. Our boys' soccer team was nationally ranked at some point. We're a suburb between the Capitol city and a university city.
    - AE
  • Idyllwild, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Perfect year round climate in this mountain town at 5300 feet, rich art and music scene, the only performing arts boarding high school on the west coast, Idyllwild Arts Academy(Julia Roberts among others went there), no chain restaurants or stores, friendly small town feel with only 3500 full time residents,close to many Southern California cultural activities, wineries, and outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, National Parks, deserts; close to excellent medical care in Rancho Mirage - Palm Springs, reasonable housing prices, fabulous sunsets and great mountain views, lovely wildflowers and just the right amount of snow on the winter (but without any ski resort which always destroys the small town ambiance). I can go on, but check out the towns website to see why we moved here after spending 2 years in our Airstream traveling to the 4 corners of this continent looking for a place to call our retirement home.
    - Rob Apperson
  • Ilwaco, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a small, working fishing port. On the mouth of the Columbia River, and it's beautiful here! 2 lighthouses you can walk to as well!
    - Nancy Beesley
  • Imperial Beach, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    We are the last classic beach town in America. Grab a fish taco and a beer at the Tin Fish on our pier and enjoy the sun and surfers. Dolphins are always swimming close by and pelicans love to stand just feet away from you begging for you last bite of taco. We have an annual dog surfing contest that's a hoot to watch and every Friday check out our fabulous farmers market. We are less than two miles from north to south but we are all extremely proud of our beautiful IB!
    - Paula Winchester
  • Independence, KS
    Why it's the coolest
    It has an amazing zoo which was the home of the first Space Monkey. It still has a Merry-go-Round that is only a dime to ride, and a wonderful Monkey Island with monkeys going from place to place (including a jail)Definitely a place for picnics and playing in the park with all the swings and slides. The town itself has an unusual number of beautiful homes, some from the days when Sinclair Oil started in the town.
    - Mib Garrard
  • Issaquah, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Salmon Days, 35 minutes to winter sports, 20 minutes to beaches, miles and miles of hiking trails, great schools
    - Carley
  • Jaffrey, NH
    Why it's the coolest
    Jaffrey is a small farmers town in south west NH with Mt. Monadnock right in town. Every year they have Scarecrow On the Common where people come from all over the northeast just to make a scarecrow. They have haunted hayrides as well as Santa sleighrides. There is plenty of history to be found in Jaffrey where residence that have lived there their whole lives will be glad to share with you. To top it off the mountain gives plenty to do in both summer and winter. Its all together fun and relaxing
    - Sondra
  • Jamestown, RI
    Why it's the coolest
    It's an island at the entrance of Narragansett Bay opposite. It's accessible by bridges. The population is about 5,700, and is 11 miles long and 2 miles wide. The island has a rich military historical background dating back to the Revolutionary War. Besides having a beautiful waterfront setting, it also has a strong sense of community, volunteer fire and ambulance, and great restaurants.
    - Agnes Cotter Filkins
  • Jane Lew, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town - big spirit !!!!
    - Ray Smith
  • Jellico, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Quaint town on the border of Tennessee and Kentucky with an explosive past and beautiful setting. Indian Mountain State Park is nearby as well as Buck's Jellico featuring a town museum and hardware store with one of a kind staff.
    - Brian Buck
  • Jenkintown, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Like a small midwestern town but in the middle of the Philly suburbs. Very unique, complete with tiny school district of 500 kids K-12 and lots of small shops and restaurants
    - Lars Johnson
  • Jim Thorpe, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    There are great events during the year such as "Olde Time Christmas" Also they have wonderful outdoor activities too. And the people are friendly and helpful to vistitors
    - Virginia Farabelli
  • Jonesville, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a great small town in that housing is reasonably priced; and it is located between two major areas, Winston Salem and Charlotte. It has several major excellent universities plus renowned major hospitals within a short driving distance. Its infrastructure is up to date and close to a major highway, Rt. 421.
    - Carol C. Brown
  • Kailua-Kona, HI
    Why it's the coolest
    Of course it is the coolest! Who doesn't love Hawaii? And, old Hawaii is still alive in Kona! Kona has a great laid back feeling, friendly people, wonderful restaurants and shops to stroll. Leave the hustle and bustle of the Mainland. You can wander and dream your life away in Kona!
    - Vicky
  • Kanab, UT
    Why it's the coolest

    Kanab is smack dab in the middle of some of the greatest natural wonders anywhere!! Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon National Park; Grand Staircase and Cedar Breaks National Monument; Lake Powell; "The Wave". And the folks of this little town of 4500 are remarkable. Like it so much, my wife and I retired here!!

    - Ken Gotzen-Berg
  • Kelleys Island, OH
    Why it's the coolest

    Kelleys Island unapologetically does its own thing, and that’s cool. From remote white sand beaches encompassed in limestone cliffs and 20,000 year-old glacial grooves, to island wineries, breweries and character-laden taverns, this picturesque Lake Erie island is as unique as it is cool.

    - Chad Whaley
  • Kennebunkp;ort, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    seaside beauty, great shopa,Fall foliage, vacation home of Presidents.Many outstanding restaurants. Mega cool beauty and ambience.
    - James Margarita
  • Kent, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Recently renovated Downtown is beautiful!
    - Jeanette
  • Kerrville, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful hills, Guadalupe River, great fishing, hunting, kayaking, swimming, rv parks, wineries. Not far from San Antonio, Austin, and Lost Maples State Park. Camps for kids right outside of town. Variety of restaurants.
    - Amy Fox
  • Keystone, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Has five ski resorts within 40 mins! Great music and ski après, not to mention great history all near by!
    - Allan
  • Keystone, SD
    Why it's the coolest
    Great shops, great food and a shoot out on Main Street in the summer months.The town has a look and feel of the Wild West and everyone is so friendly.
    - Sheree Reit
  • Kill Devil Hills, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    beaches Wright Bro. Memoral
    - Mary dwards
  • Killingworth, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Most charming town in the middle of nowhere with the most beautiful evergreens and forests as well as 1mile from the ocean
    - Alan filandro
  • Kodiak, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    Kodiak clusters on the edge of an island in the North Pacific, 250 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, reachable only by boat or plane. Walk along the harbor to view the largest commercial fishing fleet (think Deadliest Catch). Fly for close up and personal sight of Kodiak Brown Bears or if you are driving the road system during salmon season, a quick glimpse. Sport fishing for world class wild salmon or halibut is easily available. Whale watching during the spring, summer, and fall is thrilling. Hunting is also a big draw. Blue onion domes of the Russian Orthodox Church and Russian street names illustrate that the Russian founders of Kodiak still have influence. The Alutiiq Museum holds artifacts from the peoples that have populated the island for 7500 years. Food is Sushi at the Powerhouse, Seafood at Kodiak Inn or Henry's. Drinks at Kodiak Brewery right down town. I love this town so I made a video,http://youtu.be/hE-mNIysj2M
    - Ann Barker
  • Kozłówko, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    its mine :)
    - Walt
  • LaGrange, KY
    Why it's the coolest
    The Train track which runs through the downtown shopping district, and best place to watch the annual Ford Ironman contest.
    - Tim Feeley
  • Lahaina, HI
    Why it's the coolest
    Great energy, weather, historic, quaint, shopping, clean, safe, on the ocean, restaurants. Nothing else like Lahaina.
    - Eric Newman
  • Lake Placid, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    A two-time Winter Olympic Host; where the 'Miracle on Ice' happened; access to the six-million-acre Adirondack Park year-round; beautiful mountain and lake vistas wherever you look - what more could you ask for? It's my hometown and I may be biased, but Lake Placid wins in my book, hands down.
    - Stanzi McGlynn
  • Lakeside, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Lakeside is truly a magical little town on Lake Erie. A place where kindness, honesty and good old American values are the rule. Each night of the season there is family entertainment. There are arts, crafts and educational classes offered everyday. Whether its jumping off the dock or taking sailing lessons, the lake provides endless hours of family fun. With ice cream shops aplenty and the quaint factor off the charts, Lakeside, Ohio is surely one of America's coolest small towns!
    - Natalie Chaney
  • Lancaster, NH
    Why it's the coolest
    Awesome History, Fantastic Main Street, incredible architecture, beautiful covered bridge entering town, LIvely small businesses, WARM AND WELCOMING PEOPLE, great cultural activities for such a small town.
    - Priscilla Thomas
  • Lancaster, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    Lancaster is a small traditional Wisconsin town with a rich history. Lancaster is home to the historic Grant County courthouse, which boasts distinctive architecture and unmatched grace. Lancaster also has the first publically conceived Civil War monument in the country. Lancaster offers plenty of outdoor recreation, including beautiful parks, playgrounds, a scenic 18 hole golf course, and excellent hunting and fishing. Lancaster is home to Woolwich Dairies goat cheese, which was recently named the Grand Champion at the World Dairy Expo. Lancaster is also home to the historic Grantland Theater which was recently upgraded to show digital 3D movies but still hosts live plays by local actors. Unique shops and eateries line the Courthouse square where every year the city holds the Night on the Square event with live music and games for all. Family friendly and fun...that's why Lancaster is THE Coolest Town in America!
    - Steven Winger
  • La Pine, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    This small quaint town is under 1500 people. We have our own Rhubarb Festival with pies being sold in record time. We have an awesome Frontier Days that is well known in the area with people coming from around the world. There are many caves to explore,fishing, skiing, snowboarding,cross country skiing, hiking,and hunting are all within 30 minutes of the mountains, including Mt.Bachelor, Three Sisters, Broken Top, and others. There are Lava Lands to explore, The High Desert Museum, White Water Rafting, Paddle Boarding and concerts all nearby. Our wonderful town has an excellent police and fire department to add to our additions. Come enjoy our little quaint town and see for yourself!
    - Kevette Smargiassi
  • LaPine, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    This is the cutest, homiest and friendly town around. People actually speak to you in a line. Weather is awesome. All 4 seasons. Plus, it is just plain cute!!!
    - Linda Phillips
  • Laurel Springs, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Laurel Springs just turned 100 this year. It's .45 square miles, has a down town area, an historic train station and Walt Whitman vacationed here in the 1800's. The spring that the town is famous for was alleged to have restorative qualities which is what drew vacationers to the town.
    - Roxane Hoffmann
  • Lawrence, KS
    Why it's the coolest
    Great university town; Massachusetts avenue is great for leisurely walk.
    - bill muni
  • Lawrenceville, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Legend has it that the name was inspired by a famous racehorse, Lawrence, owned by a prosperous landowner who had built a nearby race track at the end of the eighteenth century. The coming of the railroad in 1890 gave an impetus for growth, along with tobacco and cotton production in fields surrounding the town. Downtown is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic district connects with the developing Tobacco Heritage Trail, a segment of the national rails to trails movement, which attracts horseback riders, bikers, joggers, wildlife enthusiasts, and hikers
    - Bladen Finch
  • Leavenworth, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Leavenworth is a Bavarian village nestled at the base of the Cascade Mountains. It not only is cute in architecture but with those mountains looming it is breathtaking to say the least. During the winter months one can see the holiday lights and festivals, and in the summer families can raft the Wenatchee River that flows right through town or sit outside a German beer garden.
    - Corinna Whitaker
  • Lebanon, IL
    Why it's the coolest
    Lebanon is a historic town of 4400 citizens in southwestern Illinois. The main drag is a brick paved street with eclectic shops lining the route. Lebanon is also home to beautiful McKendree University.
    - Mike Goodman
  • Leonardtown, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Leonardtown, located at the headwaters of Breton Bay on the Southern Maryland Peninsula, has managed to retain its small town charm and historic character throughout its long history. Its original town square is the site of numerous festivals and events. Its residents enjoy summertime concerts on the square, an Earth Day festival, Veterans Day Parade, and even a beach party in July, where thousands of pounds of sand are trucked into the square for beach volleyball and sand castle building. It just received its Arts and Entertainment District designation from the State of Maryland as the Town is full of galleries, studios and quaint restaurants and shops. It recently revitalized its waterfront area with a new park, boat tie ups, boardwalk, kayak ramps and concession stand. Its new streetscape project added brick sidewalks, new lighting and landscaping, further beautifying this 300 year old town of 3000 people.
    - DeAnn Adler
  • Lewes, DE
    Why it's the coolest
    Lewes is the first town in the first state. Charming, small town environment, friendly people, So much history here since we are the first town. Excellent restaurants and beautiful beaches. Fabulous boutique's and shopping on 2nd Street.
    - Jody Ryan
  • Ligonier, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Wonderful town square with many shops, many festivals, parades, antiques, concerts, restaurants, etc. Everything in walking distance. Then the town is localted near many other attractions and events in the area.
    - Hettie Robinson
  • Lincoln, NE
    Why it's the coolest
    Big on football Saturday it turns into the largest city in the state. They entire state turns red for the Huskers!Cobblestone streets, beautiful old brick buildings and history on every corner. What else do to you need!
    - Paula
  • Logansport, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    Has a carousel, trails and beautiful parks! Old fashioned ice cream parlor and little local shops with good foods!
    - Suzanne Fisher
  • Longmont, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Growing arts community, great old town shops and galleries, several outstanding microbreweries (Left Hand, Oscar Blues), fantastic view of the Rocky Mountains, short drive to Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder and Denver, terrific place to raise children.
    - Sue Jensen
  • Los Alamos, NM
    Why it's the coolest
    Hiking, SCIENCE, skiing, trail running, education, and scenery! All in beautiful New Mexico.
    - Amanda
  • Los Molinos, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is quiet, friendly, and in the midst of a big open space where most people live on acres of land. You see lots of cattle, horses, goats, donkeys, dogs but few people. There are walnut, peach, & prune orchards and big oak trees dot the landscape. The weather is moderate & if it's hot we put our boats in the uncrowded Sacramento River and enjoy the openness of that. Around us we look up at the snow capped Mt.Lassen an hours drive away to the National Park, also uncrowded and amazingly gorgeous. Mt. Shasta is in view looking to the north. It's about an hours drive to Chico, home of the University, and heading north is Redding, a town big enough to have whatever you want. There's a feeling of freedom here not often repeated.
    - Della Allen
  • Los Olivos, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    CA wine trail,rural, good dining sies, frwy close from 101 to Santa Barbara bst wines around, rustic venue, like entering another time, close knit township
    - stephen russell
  • Loudonville, OH
    Why it's the coolest

    Five minutes from downtown to wilderness. From hiking, canoeing, zip lining, fishing, boating and waterskiing, camping, mountain biking, and horseback riding. That's cool. Located between Cleveland and Columbus. With six canoe liveries, Loudonville is the Canoe Capital of Ohio. Mohican State Park offers 6,000 acres of rugged woodlands. How about Tree Frog Canopy Tours zip line. Pleasant Hill Lake offer swimming, fishing, boating, camping, and horseback riding. Malabar Farm State Park is a working farm with a 32 room country estate. In winter, hike the Parks, ice fish, and down hill ski at two ski resorts. Spend the night in a deluxe lodge, castle, cabins, homes, bed-n-breakfast, or motel. With over 4,400 camp sites, we are also the Camp Capital of Ohio. We host over than 100 fairs and festivals. We're home to popular crime novelist Stacy Dittrich. Loudonville is the "the Edge of Paradise." COOL!

    - Bob Yun
  • Lucas, KS
    Why it's the coolest
    Funky folk art
    - Jenni
  • Lyons, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Mountain Living: Hiking,Biking, Kayaking. Home to Planet Blue Grass and Folk Festival. Eclectic shops and restaurants. Art Art Art. Sustainable Living Super community that just made it through the Sept 2013 Flood
    - Tamara Vega Haddad
  • Lyons, ID
    Why it's the coolest
    This remarkable community of hard core mountain folk can even come through floods of "Biblical Proportions" and still be COOL...
    - Sora Huff
  • Madison, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a mix of laid-back and sophisticated. Beach town feel with summer cottages and beautiful large homes. A great downtown with one of the best book stores on the planet - RJ Julia. Safe, great people, and within striking distance of NYC by train.
    - Ben Powers
  • MADISON, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    It has work for ever one,Hills,flat land,planty of water
    - Alva Duncan
  • Madison, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    We have dan river where we take our canoe down we have festivial. We lost to hanging rock atate park.
    - jean herring
  • Magnolia, AR
    Why it's the coolest
    Magnolia is a classic town square Southern charm town with an annual Magnolia Blossom Festival, http://www.blossomfestival.org/ that has a 100 plus cooker steak cookoff that is known far and wide! It is a Gem of a town!
    - Johnna Neugent
  • Malvern, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    jet skiing/pontooning lake ice skating in the winter best sled riding hill nice people cool restaurants
    - Mary Shrewsbury
  • Mammoth Mountain, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Big mountain skiing in with the longest season in America, July 4th, luxury lodging, Mom and Pop small hotels, B&B's and gourmet restaurants of every type and cuisine.
    - Nick Deano
  • Mamou, LA
    Why it's the coolest
    Cajun country
    - bj heaton
  • Manitou Springs, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Great small town atmosphere. Great food. Great Art. Great people
    - Jacob
  • Manteo, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Manteo is a quaint waterfront village on historic Roanoke Island, NC, west of the Outer Banks beaches. Visitors to Roanoke Island Festival Park can relive history at the replica settlement sight of the 1584 English expeditions, Indian village, and aboard the Elizabeth II sailing vessel. The longest running outdoor drama "The Lost Colony" is retold each summer at Ft Raleigh. Manteo's waterfront boardwalk is in a downtown filled with great restaurants, art galleries, shops, Maritime Museum and Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. Numerous festivals, shows and fireworks entertain during the year. Other attractions are the NC Aquarium, Island Farm, Pea Island Lifesaving Station Cookhouse and Boat house. For history, arts, fishing, tri-athalons, sailing, kayaking, skydiving, and more, Manteo on Roanoke Island has something for everyone!
    - Annie Gray-Clark
  • Manzanita, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, girls weekend or beach time with the kids Manzanita has it all in one tiny package. Kite surfing, beach bar, quaint shops, delish ma and pa restaurants and my favorite the old time candy store! Manzanita Sweets has all your childhood favorites and great atmosphere to hang out and enjoy the small town scenery. Manzanita Beach is one of the most beautiful, clean beaches I've ever seen and the view of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain is amazing. But don't just look up at it from the beach- take a hike. It's about 45 minutes up and the views are amazing! While you're there look around for the lost treasure or maybe just check out a few geocaches along the way. Don't miss Nehalem Bay State Park where you can horseback ride on the beach or rent a boat and go crabbing or fishing. This small town has a lot to offer.
    - Jennifer Bauer
  • Marathon, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    It's the heart of the Florida Keys.
    - jack belknap
  • Marblehead, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    Marblehead has a great history It is the home of the original Spirit of 76 painting, the birth place of the American Navy and the first USMC flight took off from Marblehead among a lot of other history. It has a very beautiful harbor and is know to sailors all over the world. The Marblehead to Halifax race starts in Marblehead and it just goes on and on.
    - Cindy VanVoorhis
  • Marblehead, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Marblehead is a hidden gem on Lake Erie. You have one of the most beautiful lighthouses to watch the sunsire at, grab a bite to eat at one of the many cute little local dining establishments, plus you are right down the road from access to the Lake Erie Islands ferry. Put-n-Bay and Kelly's Island are 15 minute ferry ride away. You also have Sandusky- Cedar Point 15 minutes away. There is fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking, boating, hiking and its all super cheap and laid back. The small Chataqua Village of Lakeside is right there and it's adorable. Cabins to rent out, camping at East Harbour state park or several hotels along the Sandusky Bay or Lake Erie. You feel like your in the cap, but cost less and not as crowded. I'm so happy to spend my summers here:)
    - Becky Johnson
  • MARIETTA, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    history, trails beauty
    - Mary
  • Marietta, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    Nice people
    - joe small
  • Mathews, AZ
    Why it's the coolest
    The best used book store, EVER! All to benefit our county library.
    - Jane Abbott
  • Mathews, VA
    Why it's the coolest

    Mathews is the second smallest county in Virginia with 84 square miles. There are 214 miles of shore line on the Chesapeake bay. There are 8,978 residents based on last census. There are no stoplights in the county. We have a film society, a school of the arts, a nationally acclaimed library, historic buildings downtown that are on the state and national register, none of the facades of buildings have been altered. A 1898 General Store that has been converted into a Visitor Center which also houses the art work of 94 artists that live in the county. Outdoor activities including kayak launch sites, bicycle trails, birding, fishing, draw tourists all year. Excellent restaurants, B&B, plenty of beach front cottages available for rent. If you are looking for peace and tranquility plus a vibrant friendly environment then Mathews is the coolest place to visit.

    - Ann Miller
  • Matthews, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great people,great community
    - Kathy barrows
  • Media, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Everybody's Home Town
    - Carm S.
  • Mendocino, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    On the upper edge of California wine country on the secluded north coast. An old town with gourmet restaurants and every type of lodging imaginable, except the large chains, most with unlimited ocean views. A great meal perhaps locally caught, a great bottle of wine, a crackling fireplace and comfy down comforter, enjoy.
    - Nick Deano
  • Middleburg, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Horses, Sheila Johnson, The Kennedy's, dogs, old money, the blue ridge mountains you name it Middleburgs got it
    - Tammy Newton
  • Midland, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Gold, grapes and grassroots racing! Rural roads lead to hidden gems in Midland, North Carolina. Midland is home to the site of the first documented discovery of gold in the United States. Reed Gold Mine is the only underground mine in NC open to the public. Tour the museum of mining exhibits, walk through several hundred feet of mine tunnels and try your hand at panning for gold! Or, pack a picnic basket and the head over to Rocky River Vineyards for a tasting of their muscadine wines, stroll the vines on a self-guided walking tour or catch their annual Grape Stomp and Dinner with live music! Located in Cabarrus County, “Where Racing Lives,” Midland also gives visitors a chance to satisfy their need for speed at nearby Concord Speedway, host to grassroots racing on the weekends. An ideal small town for family fun in the gorgeous Carolina climate!
    - Julie Hinson
  • Mill Valley, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It has its own mountain right in town as well as the Dipsea, Double Dipsea, film festival, town square, and a great community!
    - Maeve Burke
  • Mitchell, SD
    Why it's the coolest
    My town has the world's only Corn Palace. Along with a pre-historic Indian Village.
    - Tori Wels
  • Moab, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    There are no big box department stores. The second hand store, WabiSabi Moab, re-distributes profits to non-profit Moab partners. And town is surrounded by crazy, gorgeous landscapes preserved in Arches and Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Fisher Towers Recreation area, and enjoyed by a myriad of adventure. Hiking, mountain biking, slacklining, BASE jumping, climbin & canyoneering, horseback riding, 4 wheeling or sightseeing. Home to three official Scenic Byways too.
    - Michele Hill
  • Mohican, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    It's the best to be when you want to go back in time. And maybe see some American Indians.
    - jeneen bassett
  • Mokelumne Hill, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Our town is affectionately known as Moke Hill. It was one of the richest gold mining towns in California. Our Hotel Leger is the longest continuously-operating bar in CA. The community is close-knit and friendly. The location is the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
    - Nancy Peckler
  • Monson, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    friendly people, feels like home
    - hector
  • Monterey, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Most beautiful mountain views, friendliest people and puts on best "Maple Festival"
    - Deborah
  • Montpeilier, VT
    Why it's the coolest

    Smallest capital city (8,000 pop.) in the country. Visited it for the first time last month. Great setting, lovely old buildings, fine dining (e.g., Culinary Institure of Vermont). A feeling of being in the middle of nowhere, yet very easy to get there.

    - ralph
  • Morgantown, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    Morgantown has many attractions the rails of trials,music, historical places and much more.
    - Carie Barefoot
  • Mount Airy, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Everyone knows about Mayberry, from the Andy Griffith Show, and since Andy Griffith is from Mount Airy, it did serve as an inspiration. Mount Airy has the spirit of Mayberry, but with modern energy. The Downtown Mount Airy area is a hotspot for not only the Mayberry tourists, but young people and families. You can go to a great museum (take workshops and special classes and hear guest speakers while you are there), listen to amazing music in several venues including the historic Earle Theatre, eat great food and drink great wine, browse unique shops, and so much more. It's an amazing town.
    - Jessica Johnson
  • Mount Pleasant, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    Close to beaches, great schools, people and close to Charleston.
    - Art DeGiovine
  • Muscle Shoals, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    Muscle Shoals is literally famous for the "Muscle Shoals Sound" in music all over the modern world. Muscle Shoals is a place, but it's influence goes just beyond it's location alone. The building of the Tennessee river in Muscle Shoals happened back in the 1930's and joined two different counties together. There is a railroad bridge that literally used to carry both trains and even foot traffic. This is just an awesome place that is worth checking out!
    - Alice Hill
  • Mystic, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    So many vacation attractions..
    - Marge Cerrigione
  • Nags Head, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    The coolest place in the east for vacations
    - Ian Crozier
  • Nellysford, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    With seven wineries, three breweries, a hard cidery and Wintergreen Resort- in the shadow of the first 15 miles of the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway, Nellysford has it all. Craft artisans, restaurants, unique lodging - and not a chain tourism business in sight.
    - Maureen Kelley
  • Nevada City, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    1849 Gold rush town! Longest consecutively running Hotel in the country! With a haunted room or two. Great shops & atmosphere.
    - mary jo
  • Newberg, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    Wonderful college in town, plus a rural, friendly atmosphere.
    - verdoonie
  • New Bern, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Confluence of the Trent and Neuse Rivers. Colonial Capital of North Carolina. Great weather. Beautiful and historic scenery! Close to the ocean. Near two military bases that help keep a freshness in the attitudes and outlooks of the residents.
    - Dave Nicholson
  • New Buffalo, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Great food, cute shops, beautiful beach, relaxing and safe atmosphere
    - Jennifer
  • New Castle, DE
    Why it's the coolest
    It is also known as Historic New Castle, it is one of the oldest towns in America, William Penn landed here, George Washington came here, the first capital of the first state, its older than dirt. Enough said.
    - Charles Cobb
  • New London, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    In the heart of Lake Sunapee region, graced with rolling hills and Mt. Sunapee and Mt. Kearsarge. Three beautiful lakes, Sunappe, Little Lake Sunapee, and Pleasant Lake. Lovely town center which is graced by the campus of Colby-Sawyer College. Vibrant art community, plenty of outdoor activties in every season. New London is the quintessential New England town, and it is only 2.5 hours from Boston
    - Joan Holleran
  • Newport, RI
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful and really cool place with a lot of history.
    - Chris Rosencutter
  • New Shoreham(Block Island), RI
    Why it's the coolest
    1000 year round residents. 12 miles off the RI coast. Great food & views during season. Great shopping. 325 years of history. Beautiful views! Voted one of the last great places by the Nature Conservancy.
    - Jon MacKenzie
  • New Smyrna Beach, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    It has become a beach destination for anyone looking for a mix of ocean vibes, local music and festivals as well as delicious little eateries and funky art. The people are all relaxed and the beautiful beaches and warm weather allow for a special getaway all year round.
    - Brittany Bennett
  • Nianitic, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    It is on the shore of Niantic Bay and at the mouth of the Niantic River. Niantic was named after the Nehantic Indians who lived along the shores and in the nearby woodlands. The area is rich in history and has a small population of families who have lived here for generations along with new families who came for a visit, fell in love and made it their home! There are incredible stores, beautiful lodging, sites for myriad outdoor activities, great waters for sailing, fishing and swimming, and beautiful beaches.
    - Robin Soule
  • Niantic, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Voted Connecticut's Fan Favorite Town this past year. Check this video out to see why: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKmEWbw_Vfc
    - Dave Labrie
  • North Ogden, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    Best trout fishing for beginners in Utah. Ben Lomond Mountain was used by the artist to paint the ParamountMmovie logo. Most beautiful girl and women joggers in the country! North Ogden Pass takes you right to the world's best downhill skiing at Powder Mountain. It is next to great boating and water skiing at Willard Bay. Largest private Elk herd in the United States is on the mountain behing North Ogden. Definitely the cutest dogs in the nation for a city its size. And I have never seen more neighbors show up when someone is moving, or needs help with fixing their house, or volunteering at a vwery large peach orchard that cans the peaches and gives them away free to people that need help.
    - Brice Jenson
  • Oakland, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Very close to Deep Creek Lake and there's a lot of history.
    - D.J. Stout
  • Oak Park, IL
    Why it's the coolest
    Home to nonconformists Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright.
    - Kristyn
  • Occoquan, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Nestled along the banks of the Occoquan River, Historic Occoquan is one of Northern Virginia’s best hidden gems. Home to about 1,000 residents, this former mill town packs an array of boutiques and locally owned restaurants along quaint streets that meander around Town Hall. Visitors can chat with local merchants, dine al fresco along the waterfront, participate in guided ghosts tours or even join the town mayor for a guided kayak tour down the river.
    - Jennifer
  • Ocean City, MD
    Why it's the coolest

    over half a million people in the summertime, beaches, Sun, and entertainment. Winter time local can get around without stuck in traffic.

    - Justin Hearne
  • Ocean Grove, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Best of all possible worlds! Our quaintly preserved Victorian Era town is the hub of one the most enduringly popular and thriving Jersey Shore regions! We boast charming architecture, friendly residents & eclectic shopping & dining set against a backdrop of Sand & Sea! Neighboring Asbury Park is our very own 'playground' with its upscale, au courant dining & nightlife and year round shopping and attractions. We are a vacation destination that feels like home and a home town that feels like vacation!
    - Lisa Matalon
  • Oceanside, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    Lovely seaside town with friendly people and a wonderful weekly street festival. Enjoy old fashioned diners and ticky timey cinema's that are still open, enjoy local shopping as well as big name shopping and cinemas.
    - Colleen
  • Odessa, DE
    Why it's the coolest
    Odessa Delaware continues to maintain all of the charm and a divinely conferred gift of small town America at it's finest!
    - Judy Smith
  • Ogden, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    Come on -great winter sports 20 minutes away -cool walkable downtown with great bars and restaurants and tons of National Parks close by. A big city you can train to if need to get out of the small town. This one is a no brainer even the film industry has recognized this town for its historic buildings and cool place to hang out
    - Sue Musto
  • Ojai, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Friendly people, strong art & music community, variety of recreation options, very scenic (vineyards, mountains & citrus groves), temperate climate, very nice park in center of town, ample free parking, and variety of unique shops, lodging & restaurants
    - Kathy Hostetler
  • Old New Castle, DE
    Why it's the coolest
    It is an historic little town.a nice little place to stroll the streets and visit many small businesses..not to mention a beautiful park along the Delaware River. We celebrate Separation Day from the Swedes once a year in June with a festival and fireworks
    - Deb F.
  • Onancock, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Historic town on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Beautiful architecture, charming town with shops, restaurants, movie theater and marina.
    - Cindy
  • Orlando, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Cause you have Disney world and harry potter theme park and the cruise ships
    - veronica
  • Osage Beach, MO
    Why it's the coolest
    Where else can you take a boat ride to over 40 waterfront restaurant/bars/nightlclubs?
    - Evan Lampe
  • Oscoda, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the sunrise side of MI and such a beautiful place to live. I love it here.. Go Owls!!!
    - denise ouillette
  • OURAY, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Fabulous mountain scenery, home base for Jeep trails that take you up, into and through the mountains; great Jeep rental/touring companies, good shopping and restaurants, world renowned ice climbing facilities in winter, is on the San Juan Scenic Byway so you have easy access to scenic day trips in all directions, mining tours, well marked hiking trails, quaint, victorian architecture from the gold mining days. Close to Silverton for the train ride, Telluride, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    - Connie Westbrook
  • Owosso, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    We have a Castle, the polar Express, a great Farmers market, a dime store a great walking trail that takes you through Curwood castle park. And it is a place you feel safe going out at night.
    - Theresa
  • Page, AZ
    Why it's the coolest
    Surrounded by some of the most unique rock formations in America, Page keeps cool in the Arizona desert! Lake Powell and the Colorado River (with Glen Canyon Dam in the middle)are in Page's backyard, literally, and provide unforgettable water adventures. The world famous upper and lower Antelope Canyons are only two of the slot canyons found around Page as well as the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River, one the most photographed overlooks in the country. And hike or bike around the town's rim trail, circling the city on and off the mesa, for fantastic views of the area. All these outdoor possibilites paired with the hospitality one would expect in the south, makes Page the coolest place you'll ever hop on a water vessel or lace up your hiking boots!
    - Lee McMichael
  • Pahoa, HI
    Why it's the coolest
    Your first impression? Well, it feels old and looks a bit dilapidated - but that's the charm! Pahoa is a kind of throw back to the plantation days of old Hawaii, with wooden sidewalks, and pleasantly restored buildings. It's filled with fun shops, great restaurants and a variety of colorful folks - from hippies to yuppies, tourists to locals and everything in between. A great people-watching town! Tiny Pahoa is Hawaii's alternative to a glitzy, prepackaged vacation experience most people seem to want, but if you are looking for the "real" Hawaii, Pahoa Village and the Puna District on the Big Island is where you should be. In a setting of abundant natural beauty combined with a laid-back, artistic atmosphere, you will find Hawaii at it's best!
    - Donna
  • Palm coast, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Small new england type town not touristy and not so hot in the summer and nice and cool in the winter
    - david laliberte
  • Palmer, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town, friendly people, homegrown foods served at local restaurants & breath taking scenery.
    - Tamara Stratton
  • Panguitch, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    Panguitch has a unique settlement history. After an unsuccessful attempt to establish a community where their beliefs and lifestyle could thrive, Mormon pioneers returned to Panguitch in 1871 to continue the work of their predecessors. The first winter back thoroughly tested the settlers’ survival skills. Supply routes were blocked by snow and crops had frozen immaturely leaving residents in danger of starvation. Seven men volunteered to make the journey over the mountain to secure food for the settlement. With snow too deep for wagons, the volunteers were forced to walk. To avoid falling through the snow’s crust, the men used quilts to cover the surface of the snow. Reaching the end of one quilt, they would place another down. This technique led men safely to a neighboring settlement and back home again, saving the inhabitants from starvation. Panguitch honors the innovation of these brave men with an annual “Quilt Walk” festival.
    - Brinda Bair
  • Paradise, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    It's PARADISE.
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  • Park City, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    It's got everything!
    - M Martin
  • Parsons, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    My home town. Wonderful Christian people. Sweet memories of my childhood. Everything you need to make you happy.
    - Janet Swecker
  • Penn Run, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    It has small town flavor, and everyone watches out for each other!
    - Karen
  • Petaluma, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great cafes and restaurants in one of the most beautiful places in the country serves the diverse mix of Hipsters, Young Families, Creatives, and Ranchers.
    - Eric Storm
  • Petersham, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    The village center of Petersham is right out of a Norman Rockwell SEP cover. It has a small town common that just says "This is New England." Petersham is out in the middle of nowhere in Massachusetts. Just being there is an experience. I live about 45 miles from this town/village, but it is always worth the trip over the back roads of Mass. No glitz and no flashing neon or shops, but that is its New England charm. You just have to go there to see for yourself. It's Massachusetts' best kept secret. I'm sure that the locals don't want the notoreity - but, then again, that is why it is what it is.
    - Richard T. Harrity
  • Petoskey, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Petoskey is home to the Crooked Tree Arts Center and the Bay View Association (home to more than 400 Victorian cottages and listed on the National Historic Register) - both offer incredible cultural opportunities. The Village at Bay Harbor and the Gaslight District in Petoskey have shopping and dining venues that are diverse and unique. You can even sit in the same barstool Ernest Heminway used to warm. 24 parks, 8,000 feet of Lake Michigan Shoreline, a four-mile linear park along the Bear River (in the middle of town!) with whitewater rapids and a 144-slip marina are great in the summer. When snow comes, a winter sports complex that includes an ice skating rink, a hockey rink and a sledding hill all add up to one Cool Town. Throw in our “Million Dollar Sunsets” and other cool towns like Boyne City and Harbor Springs around us and it's an unbeatably cool combination!
    - Diane Dakins
  • Pie Town, NM
    Why it's the coolest
    Pie- that's all there is. Beautiful drive, too, from Phoenix to Albuquerque via Pie Town.
    - S.R.
  • Pilot Mt, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Laid back town, great music and bed and breakfast inns, hiking, fishing, camping near or on Pilot Mt state park. Part of the Andy Griffith show, with small town theaters. A lot of Native American history.
    - Helen Russ
  • PINEHURST, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    HOME OF AMERICAN GOLF AND IT'S A NEW ENGLAND VILLAGE IN THE SOUTH . P.S. HOST TO THE WOMEN AND MEN US OPEN IN 2014.
    - DWIGHT HOLDERFIELD
  • Pitman, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Historic district, great restaurants and a population with family values.
    - Rich Brown
  • Plymouth, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town feel, family oriented, vintage style movie house in the quaint town center. As you pick up a cupcake at the Cupcake Factory, stroll through farmer's market, or see folks sit and chat or listen to an afternoon concert, you can't help but feel you're back in town, wholesome small town U.S.A.
    - Margo
  • Point Pleasant, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Well considering we went through the "storm of the century" and the whole town worked together to bring the town back. We have a lovely Main Street for shopping and antiquing and about 20 restaraurants and ......how can we forget the view.. We are an island and have the ocean on one side and the river on the other and sooo many tourist in between. We must be doing something right!!! Everyone in New Jersey knows and has memories of being on the boardwalk in Pt Pleasant but during the winter it is all ours to enjoy.
    - Lynda Aber
  • Point Pleasant, WV
    Why it's the coolest

    We have so much history and we are located at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanaha Rivers.the 1st battle of the American Revolution as depicted on our Flood Wall in a murel.The River Museum that has a huge aquirium with large living fish of the region. The annual Mothman and River Regatta that always bring in large National talents . The largest Annual State Fair .Chief Cornstalk burrieal site along with fort replicated for fights during festivals. Weekly stop s of Mississippi Queen,Delta Queen, America Queen as well as many others.Thew worlds first Ceserean Section where both mother and Child survived. There is so much more so come see.

    - Mike Grubb
  • Poolesville, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Poolesville is only 33 miles from Washington, D.C., and is in the thick of 90,000 acres of Montgomery County, MD's Agricultural Reserve. It maintains its rural character, provides access to fresh fruits and vegetables, great bicycling routes, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park. At Whites Ferry, the General Jubal Lee operates as the last remaining ferry to cross the Potomac River and only available crossing for cars between Virginia and Maryland over an approximate 30 mile stretch.
    - Brian
  • Port Angeles, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Shops, being able to see cruise ships on the water, and Dungenous crab. They also have a sand castle contest once a year and salmon bake on the beach. I only lived there a year fell in love with it.
    - John Shinn
  • Port Deposit, MD
    Why it's the coolest

    very historic and very cool

    - doug pritt
  • Port Haywood, VA
    Why it's the coolest

    Port Haywood is located on Mobjack Bay which flows into the Chesapeake Bay. It has great biking routes,resident artists, great old school and haute cuisine restaurants. It's quiet beauty is accentuated by warm sunsets and blazing sunrises. It is the perfect respite for the boater, kyaker, fisherman and crabber. You really turn off the TV and enjoy nature's beauty in Port Haywood, Va.

    - Jean Howell
  • Portland, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    There are many reasons...yummy food carts, voodoo donuts , the max, Omsi
    - Kedma
  • Portsmouth, NH
    Why it's the coolest
    Old historic charm, cobblestone streets, shipbuilding history, state university nearby providing lots of jobs, tons of restaurants, bars, shops and natural beauty. Great cultural opportunities at Strawberry Banke, Music Hall and museums, including the USS Albacore- an old Navy submarine you can tour, the Portsmouth Harbor lighthouse and North Church. Nice people and plenty of free parking! All the amenities of a big city but the prices of a town. Great weather all year round- hot summers, beautiful fall leaves, minimal snow in winter and gorgeous spring flowers. Don't miss the Prescott Park Arts Festival in summertime- artists, theater, food, gardens and events along the river- amazing!
    - Lisa
  • Port St. Joe, FL
    Why it's the coolest

    beautiful fresh and salt water recreation supported by wonderful, kind, caring people - a throw-back to 1950

    - Trish Petrie
  • Poulsbo, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Poulsbo is a quant little Norwegian town right on Liberty Bay. We are a 40 min. ferry ride away NW of Seattle on the Kitsap Peninsula. Our downtown has many cute shops, boutiques and great restaurants and the people here are very friendly. It's a great day-trip destination for people to visit from the big city. Downtown Poulsbo: http://poulsbo.net/downtown/images/downtown_bottom.jpg Poulsbo in the Fall: http://www.frontstreetgallerypoulsbo.com/front_page/poulsbo_fall.jpg
    - Trinity
  • Prescott, AZ
    Why it's the coolest
    Prescott is the coolest because it has a great small town feel, but it big enough to offer most anything. It is in the mountains (higher than Denver) but gets only a moderate amount of snow in the winter. In the summer, the temps. are good with rarely ever passing the upper 90's. There are a lot of different kinds of trees and flowers. In the middle of town is a courthouse square that attracts shows and activities throughout the year. It's just a great place to live.
    - Paul Marshall
  • Princeton, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Halo Pub all-natural ice cream, Hoagie Haven classic New Jersey hoagies, Ajihei sushi where the chef trained under Nobu. This town has some of the best local, affordable food options close to NYC and Philly. Not to mention it was once the capital of the U.S. for a brief time and holds a ton of history.
    - Lucy
  • Provincetown, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    Water and sand dunes all around. Great walks in the dunes, along the beaches, through the middle of town(a mile of art galleries, restaurants and shops). Diverse community and pet friendly. Home to John Waters, Michael Cunningham, Andrew Sullivan, Norman Mailer (formerly). Nearly a dozen live music and performance spaces every night in the summer. Best whale watching and great historical museum about Pilgrims landing here BEFORE they went to Plymouth.
    - Albert McMeen
  • Punta Gorda, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    It has everything going for it.
    - Charlie Kratz
  • Purcellville, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town vibe, but just minutes outside the beltway. Family-friendly, great small businesses, smiling faces and much, much more.
    - Courtney
  • Putnam, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Small, town with farming communities surrounding it. A recent revitalization of downtown that has been booming with great local eats, local plays, antiques. Summer time fire and water events for all ages!
    - Marissa
  • Raphine, VA
    Why it's the coolest
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    - Ashley
  • Red Bank, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Red Bank is situated on the Navesink River just a few miles from the Jersey Shore. It is full of great shops, bars, nightclubs, restaurants, antique stores and theaters in the downtown district. It also has a pay what you can restaurant: Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Kitchen. Beside Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen is also a frequent visitor. The Count Basie theater also attracts many other artist to town. Red Bank also hosts many festivals, such as the Guinness Oyster Festival, and an annual holiday tree lighting. It also has great independent hotels such as the Oyster Point Hotel and the Molly Pitcher Inn.
    - Jennifer Baker
  • Redding, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful, minimum of two acres per property. Quiet yet geographically in Fairfield County Ct and close to NYC
    - Dave
  • Red Lodge, MT
    Why it's the coolest
    It has the best of everything. The beautiful Beartooth Mountains which is on the way to Yellowstone National Park. Great summer activities and skiing in the winter. There are many lovely shops to browse. It is a very inviting and fun place to visit.
    - Beverly Brown
  • Rehoboth Beach, DE
    Why it's the coolest
    We're right on the Atlantic Ocean; complete with a "Top Ten Family Boardwalk; we are known as "The Culinary Coast" because we have dozens of fabulous restaurants and chefs; we're within two hours of Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia; we have a long local history going back to the early 1800's; we have a diverse population of young, old, straight, gay. We are a sales-tax free state and our town boasts over 100 outlet stores (Tanger Outlets) plus the coolest local shops you've ever seen! Come for a visit-- I'm at Root Gourmet Market & Café (also very cool :) . . . . . . . )
    - Susan Drake
  • Reston, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Upscale planned community. Many hiking, biking, walking paths. Fabulous cinematically town center filled with shops, restaurants, concert area, ice skating rink, movie theatre...many free events take place on a frequent basis. Close to Washington, DC and Dulles Airport. Not far from Blue Ridge Mountains and Chesapeake Bay. Soon, early '14, Metro accessible to Washington.
    - Karl
  • Rhinebeck, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    http://www.rhinebeck-ny.gov/ Wonderful culinary restaurants, historical sites, beautiful views along the Hudson River, close to NYC and great shopping are abundant in this area.
    - Cynthia Moran
  • Richwood, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    It's West Virginia's best kept secret. Settled at the southern opening of the Monongahela National Forest, Richwood was a once booming lumber and coal town. Now its a city thriving on its history, access to outdoor recreation, and beauty. Great people and a wonderful small town appeal Richwood is just far enough away to keep you excited about being outdoors, yet your close enough to still access those important emails and phone calls as needed, but not recommended.
    - Justin Adams
  • Ripley, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    Friendly people, clean town, home of the Mountain State Arts and Crafts Fair, biggest small town 4th of July celebration are only a potion of what makes this town one of the top small towns in the good ole USA! We have lots of small local businesses that support our schools.
    - Barb Thaxton
  • Rockford, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    It is just such a quaint little town with a setting from the 1800's when life was simpler. There is a nice dam downtown with a walkway, people fly fishing in the river, kayaking and a whole host of outdoor activities and shops. People come from miles around for the farmers market and many festivals.
    - Chris Schaible
  • Rockport, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a maritime community with a variety of related activities such as sailing, kayaking, fishing and related nautical tourism. Rockport abounds with art galleries, ocean side restaurants, shops, book stores, B&Bs, guest houses and other more unique tourist attractions.
    - cape ann resident
  • Rockport, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    It offers museums, art galleries, fishing, birding, shopping and going to the beach. People here are friendly and helpful.
    - Elaine Albin
  • Rouzerville, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    A small village of under 1,000 residents, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Rouzerville, PA is situated on the historic Mason-Dixon Line. This area is well-known for its community spirit, hospitality and family values. It is a “trail town” on the Appalachian Trail, and a transition point for the American Odyssey Relay Race, Race Across America and others. The “gems” of the community are Red Run Park where many festivals and events are held throughout the year, and adjacent Pine Hill Park. Pennsylvania’s best-kept-secret is growing. Rouzerville has an active business association, civic and community organizations, churches, banks, medical offices, manufacturing, family-owned and franchise restaurants, as well as mom-and-pop, specialty, grocery and big-box stores. Located at the crossroads of the scenic drives of “Sunshine Trail”/Rt 16, Old Route 16 and MD Rt 418 it connects to the mountaintop communities of Blue Ridge Summit and Pen Mar, and the picturesque farmlands of Midvale and Ringgold. These scenic drives, as well as the neighboring Pen Mar Park scenic overlook, offer breath-taking views of this bucolic valley and surrounding mountains in all seasons and at any time of day. “All roads lead to Rouzerville. Come visit us.”
    - Lorri Willard
  • Royal Oak, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    great Main Street shops/wonderful eateries of all ethnic favorites, the yearly Royal Oak garage sale, our year round Farmer's Market, the annual official weekend Dream Cruise (cars on Woodward -- the first highway in the U.S.), people/classic car watching on Woodward. Car town, car classics. We show off our Woodward classic cars; old garages turned into great restaurants such as the Vinstetta Garage Restaurant/Bar Grille, the Taste Love Cupcake Shop -- won the Cupcake Wars, the 93 Year Old Royal Oak Music Theatre which has favorite bands, comedians, from long ago and the present. And, the Basilica National Shrine of the Little Flower -- worth the tour. Detroit Zoo located in Royal Oak. Educated, family friendly. A young, hopping city with long time residents with lots of young singles too. Beautiful streets,friendly town. Close to downtown Detroit sports teams,DIA.
    - Catherine Theisen
  • Russels Point, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a lake town right next to a farm area. You wouldn't know it was there unless you were told about it. It moves slow and it does not capitalize on the fact that is is on the lake. It has so much charm. You can drive down the road and see a trailer next to a $500,000 home. It is very quirky but that is part of its charm. There are several restraurants that you can pull up to in your boat and eat a nice dinner. You can listen to music from your boat while you have a cocktail or two. You can pull your boat onto the sand bar at the beach and just sit and let the boat rock while you enjoy the sun and people watching. It is my happy place and I love to go there
    - Jeri Morris Long
  • SALADO, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Boutique /unique village with SALADO LEGENDS ,drama,active community focus.Clean environment,heritage sites,log cabin and stagecoach in Main Street. Safe for children,still semi-rural,with Salado Creek and a mermaid (sculpture and legend)within
    - michael kelly
  • Salida, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful river town with more art galleries than taverns! Just declared as an ART District! More artists and writers that I consider stars! Drop dead scenery!
    - Pat Lyon
  • Salisbury, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Ethan Allen founded the iron industry in town that made the bulk of the cannon balls for the revolution. We have a 65 meter ski jump that is volunteer run and still in use today. 3000 Appalachian Trail hikers come thru town each summer on there way up to Maine. Laura Linney, Meryl Streep, and Ed Hermann lives in town.
    - Peter
  • Salisbury, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Arts & Entertainment + Zoo + Downtown
    - Jim Blankenship
  • Sandpoint, ID
    Why it's the coolest
    Sandpoint has a little bit of everything for everybody. Natural beauty, many places to eat, and a ton of things to see and do! You have a huge lake, mountains, valleys, and very friendly local people. There aren't a lot, if any places like Sandpoint, Idaho!
    - Joey Ritchie
  • Sandusky, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Cedar Point, Maritime Museum, Lake Erie Islands, Historical Homes, Kalahari, beaches
    - Holly Lippus
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's the oldest city in Cal.
    - David Farell
  • San Marcos, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Small college town between Austin & San Antonio. Drift on raft on the Guadalupe river on a lazy summer afternoon. Cool old County Courthouse square. I want to move there.
    - Jacqueline Pyrek
  • Santa Rosa Beach, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Awesome food. Great shops. BEAUTIFUL beach. Lots of walking opportunities and a great bike path that runs the length of 30A.
    - Amy Johnson
  • Saranac Lake, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful location, with breathtaking lake and mountain views! Unique town with interesting traditions, such as an unmatched Winter Carnival, with over 100 year tradition.
    - Caitlin
  • Sayville, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    We have a legitimate Main Street with Mom & Pop shops, boutiques, and unique restaurants. Every Christmas we light a huge tree in the middle of town and the event is called "Miracle on Main." We are a true "small town"!
    - Katie
  • Seal Beach, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    With a Main Street filled with quaint shops and good restaurants, with the end of the street leading into a great walking pier and nothing but blue ocean in front of you, this town retains it charm from many,many years ago. People move here and don't leave, so everyone knows who lives in "Old Town". It is the best!
    - Nancy Bonner
  • Sebadtopol, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    The most interesting people in the country live here. We have great local art (Amiot sculptures, large art center), great beer (WoodFour and HopMonk)and music, active citizens on every issue, a central plaza with a year round Farmers market
    - DS Gordon
  • Sebastopol, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Sonoma County has great wine, right? Sebastopol has that and more.1 hour north of San Francisco, Sebastopol is the hub of western Sonoma County. Find natural beauty, agricultural richness, fantastic food, and unique art and shopping. Famed botanist Luther Burbank said of the area,” This is God's chosen place in all the world, as far as nature is concerned." Burbank’s Gold Ridge Experiment Farm is located here. We’re one of only three U.S. cities to earn Cittaslow (Slow City) status with the international Slow Food offshoot. Our biking/walking trails provide access The Laguna de Santa Rosa, the largest freshwater wetlands complex on the Northern California coast. Pedestrian-friendly Main Street boasts cafes, galleries and shops. The Barlow is a new food wine and art complex in a former apple processing plant. Don’t miss Florence Street where you’ll find whimsical sculptures by a local artist in front of almost every Victorian.
    - Holly Hansen
  • Sebastopol, CA, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    We have a very high percentage of artists per capita, we volunteer more than anyone in the state per capita, we tolerate virtually everyone and are known locally as 'Peace Town USA'.
    - Ceni
  • Sebatopol, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    The people!
    - Sarah Gurney
  • Seb-Town, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Urban-Eco, Wine country,coastal, Local Organic/Wild, Music, Art, Dance, Community Oriented, Environmentally Conscience, Culturally diverse, All inclusive!
    - Rebecca Llewellyn
  • Seb-Town, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Urban-Eco, Wine country,coastal, Local Organic/Wild, Music, Art, Dance, Community Oriented, Environmentally Conscience, Culturally diverse, All inclusive!
    - Rebecca Llewellyn
  • Seb-Town, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Urban-Eco, Wine country,coastal, Local Organic/Wild, Music, Art, Dance, Community Oriented, Environmentally Conscience, Culturally diverse, All inclusive!
    - Rebecca Llewellyn
  • Seb-Town, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Urban-Eco, Wine country,coastal, Local Organic/Wild, Music, Art, Dance, Community Oriented, Environmentally Conscience, Culturally diverse, All inclusive!
    - Rebecca Llewellyn
  • Seb-Town, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Urban-Eco, Wine country,coastal, Local Organic/Wild, Music, Art, Dance, Community Oriented, Environmentally Conscience, Culturally diverse, All inclusive!
    - Rebecca Llewellyn
  • Seb-Town, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Urban-Eco, Wine country,coastal, Local Organic/Wild, Music, Art, Dance, Community Oriented, Environmentally Conscience, Culturally diverse, All inclusive!
    - Rebecca Llewellyn
  • Sedona, AZ
    Why it's the coolest
    Halfway between Flagstaff and Pheonix lies the beautiful red-rocked vortex's of Sedona Az. The hiking is world-class. It is a few hours away from the Grand Canyon. It has tourists from all around the world-currently very popular with the Japanese. The indigenous native American bring casinos and rich culture.
    - Mike Bryant
  • Seldovia, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    Very Laid back, very pretty. Cash or check only no, credit cards. You can only get there by boat or airplane
    - Jerry mccutcheon
  • Sequim, WA
    Why it's the coolest

    Sequim is a valley town in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula, with a rich agricultural history. The town is known for being one of the driest places in western Washington, and for the beautiful and fragrant crop of lavender! We throw the biggest lavender party in North America, Sequim Lavender Weekend, the third weekend of July. We welcome guests from all over the world to visit farms, and attend our street fair and lavender in the park events. It is a three day celebration of the senses! Sequim is one of the most beautiful towns on the planet with the Olympic Mountains to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, it is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. A friendly, small town attitude, great local food and wine, a thriving arts community and charming downtown make Sequim a very cool town!

    - Barbara Hanna
  • Seward, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    This Alaska town is nestled between green mountain ranges on two sides and an ocean bay. It has a haunted hotel, the Sea Life center, railroad café, amazing seafood restaurants, an trendy restaurants, stores, and bars, all within walking distance. It has an incredible history from the devastating 1964 earthquake, and annually hosts the Mt. Marathon Race on the Fourth of July.
    - Lisa Deckert
  • Shattuck, OK
    Why it's the coolest
    My birthplace
    - Jay Lykins
  • Shelburne Falls, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's river, potholes you can swim in, and awesome boutiques.
    - Kara Grosse
  • Silverton, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    An old Western town that they didn't change into a modern one! The townspeople are friendly and the Handlebar restaurant and Brown Bear bar and restaurant are full of ambiance and character.
    - Janis Biache
  • Silverton, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    Silver Creek Falls is close by. Lots of wineries and wine tours. Easy to get to from a major airport (PDX). Wonderful art galleries. Beautiful architecture. Covered bridges. Oregon Gardens. Silverton is a very historical town, established in the 1800's. It is very quaint and has lots of hiking nearby in Silver Creek Falls State Park - lots of waterfall trails. Lots of Art events and Festivals throughout the year.
    - jean snyder
  • Skaneateles, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    At the northern end of one of the smallest but prettiest finger lakes, great restaurants, unique gift shops, great b&B's. A good, safe village to walk around both day and night.
    - Dick Galvin
  • Sky Valley, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Sky Valley is cool, literally, the entire year. It is the highest incorporated city at 3500' in Georgia. There are four distinct and colorful seasons the entire year. With only 600 homes, and half being vacation homes, beauty & serenity prevail. This is what attracts people to Sky Valley. http://skyvalleyevents.com/scenic-views.html
    - Ron Robeson
  • Smithfield, VA
    Why it's the coolest

    My town has gotten a lot of attention lately. News trucks, congressmen, and an untold swath of business analysts; all vying for a sound bite on the recent Smithfield Foods buyout. Or providing assumed original quips on pork fried rice and learning Mandarin. To the rest of the world, my town just took center stage for one of the largest buyouts ever. But for me, among the Victorian homes, the busy farmers’ markets, worn chrome stools of the Ice Cream Parlor, and red brick sidewalks of Main Street, its home. I grew up here, playing on paint chipped porches, stomping leaves on Hayden’s Lane, and launching cap gun firepower at friends. All while soaking in the bacon laced scent of the local air. Yeah, I bet you know about our hams, maybe you've even had a slice or two, and you've probably read a recent opinion article on the company. I’m sure you don’t know about the little town behind it. Come by and visit, it’s a pretty neat story.

    - Collin Norman
  • Snowmass Village, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Amazing skiing in a family friendly atmosphere. Beautiful outdoors. Outdoor oriented people with a genuine since of community. We're so small we don't even have a stoplight. Lots of cool activities, free concerts all summer new next year Tough Mudder.
    - Mike Goralka
  • Solley, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Solley is on eof the coolest little town's I know. It sits on Solley Rd, we have the Solley Park, and Solley United Methodist Church right next to the Solley Elementary School. There are no traffic lights, and it is just a quaint little town just 30 min south of Baltimore, MD ! The history of the original Solley Farm go back to when James Solley came over on the Ark & Dove. :)
    - Walter T Solley
  • Sonoma, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great wine, food, scenery, weather, California history and location! What could be better. Small town that has already been voted the friendliest city in California. So much going on it is hard to pick which activity to attend.
    - Marilyn Aquila Doss
  • Sonora, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Sonora is centrally located in the California Gold Country with a downtown reminicent of the 1849 Gold Rush and the Roaring 1920's. Within 5 minutes of downtown you may ride a stage coach in Columbia Ghost Town State Park, a Steam Locamotive used in over 100 movies at Railtown, and then have dinner at the Awahnee Hotel in Yosemite NPS which is 1 hour away. Spend the night in a Bed and Breakfast that also raises Llamas outside your door. The next day drive another hour and ski at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort and spend your evening dining at 7 Sisters, (a 4 star restaurant) then go downstairs and gamble the night away at the Black Oak Indian Casino. You won't be bored.
    - Dan Shepherd
  • South Bend / Raymond, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    lots of great museums like the Northwest Carriage Museum & Seaport Museum & Pacific County Historical Museum, home of Pacific County Courthouse dubbed "The Gilded Palace of Extravagance" in South Bend, beautiful location on the Willapa Bay in southwestern Washington, clamming, fishing, hunting, the historic Raymond Theatre, oyster capital of the world, and awesome steel sculptures throughout Raymond
    - Laurie Johnson
  • Southbury, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Southbury offers lovely small community shops, tree lined sidewalks, beautiful parks and acres and acres of land trust property for hiking, birding and fishing. It is home to two state parks (Kettletown and Southford Falls) and is rich with American History.
    - SusyS
  • South Haven, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Traditional small town located on Lake Michigan. It offers a boat harbor, historic pier and lighthouse, beautiful beaches and lush forests. It's a very friendly resort town.
    - Mike Insidioso
  • South Hill, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    South Hill has continues to re-invent itself. Born from the tobacco markets, South Hill's real growth has come from the busy crossroads of Interstate 85 and US 58. But South Hill has worked hard to grow well beyond being a service town. Industry has provided jobs and growth, and nearby amazing lakes Gaston and Kerr have attracted visitors and permanent residents from all over. Rich in history, but focused on the future, South Hill continues to impress with fantastic shopping and dining experiences. Anyone traveling the historic US 1 will enjoy spending time in South Hill and dining at great local restaurants like Kahill's, The Hosreshoe, and Brian's Steak House. Just be careful, travelers. Once they've been there, some people never want to leave!
    - Scott Tucker
  • Southport, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    Sleepy coastal town at convergence of Cape Fear River and Atlantic Intercoastal waterways. Beautiful sunsets, pristine white sand beaches, waterfront restaurants, and quaint downtown are all part of this small town charm. Fishing, biking, kayaking and boating are at your fingertips. Small town charm is evident and yet Wilmongton is only a short drive. Two medical centers and affordable housing are also key factors which make this small town a hidden gem. Both artists and fishermen are drawn to this locale as well as several film makers who find this town to be a wonderful place.

    - S. Milam
  • Spanaway, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Spanaway is the coolest small town because we are nestled in the foothills of majestic Mt Rainier. The Pacific Ocean isn't far either, about a 2 hour drive. Spanaway has a small town feel to it. Home style cafes, parks, forests, skate park. And of course, all four seasons.
    - Donna Lucht
  • Sparta, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Sparta, once the" lost province", has been found! It is centrally located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, home to Congressman, Robert Doughton. The beautiful New River flows minutes away, which is the second oldest river in the world and designated as one of the top ten historical rivers by former President, Bill Clinton. Two state parks, Stone Mountain and Grayson Highlands, surround our small town and provide majestic views. Our quaint downtown offers shops for everyone from the simplicity of Farmer's Hardware to the sophistication of Ofelia's. Art Galleries, a bookstore, Mustard Seed Cafe, and a host of other quaint shops make our small town the coolest of all!
    - Barbara G. Halsey
  • Sparta, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    We have our own unique greeting that is found on Wikipedia. YERT!
    - Sandy Bittinger
  • Spearfish, SD
    Why it's the coolest
    Spearfish is a clean, vibrant and friendly town offering visitors a wide variety of things to do. Shopping downtown in clean friendly family owned stores, a variety of restaraunt choices, biking and hiking opportunities. There are several hotels and motels offering you a place to rest and we have close acess to many wonderful sightseeing adventures. Come Visit Spearfish!
    - Russ Ludens
  • Springdale, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    On the Allegheny River, just a few short miles north of Pittsburgh, Springdale embodies the best Pennsylvania has to offer: small town living, proximity to a jewel city in the Northeast, beautiful seasons, countryside, ethnic cultures, a great school and more.
    - Neil Conti
  • Springdale, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    There are many reasons why Springdale is the coolest town ever,but here are a few: This is a town that has less than 500 full time residents but welcomes over 3 million visitors a year from all over the world. This is a town that is adjacent to Zion National park and is actually located in the middle of Zion Canyon so everywhere you look you have a view of Zion National Park~every hotel, every restaurant, art gallery, side walk has an incredible view of Zion!!! This is a town that does not allow fast food chain restaurants; so every restaurant or eatery is an experience. Awesome food of all types. This town is home to the Tanner Amphitheatre where concerts are performed and more. This is a town where you can get outfitted to go horseback riding, canyoneering, jeep tours, gear to hike the incredible Narrows and more. This is a town you don't want to miss~a must visit!
    - Joyce Kelly
  • Spring Lake, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Spring Lake is surrounded on three sides by water (The Grand River and Spring Lake). SL has excellent bike paths, a brewery, cider mill, pin drop concerts, a Heritage Festival, and summer Mill Point Park concerts. SL High School is #8 in the state! The Village of Spring Lake may be small, but it is the coolest.
    - Abby Reeg
  • Spring Lake, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful village by the sea with a charming downtown. The lake is set on the south end of the quaint shopping area and has two wooden rustic bridges crossing over & serene shaded walkways around the lake. Who's On Third is the locals breakfast place. Art shows and multiple boutiques, restaurants, and a real gourmet market crowd the shopping district. Oh did I mention the Ocean only 3 blocks from downtown and a great boardwalk.
    - Ellen Miller
  • Stewartstown, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Its the nicest quaint peaceful town But close to the cities of Baltimore and York so its not too far away from everything
    - Logan
  • St. Francisville, LA
    Why it's the coolest
    There are at least five plantation houses open to the public in this small town. One of which is the Myrtles Plantation which is reputed to be haunted. This town was formed back in the late 1700 to early 1800's and still boasts churches and other buildings from its hey dey as a shipping port on the Mississippi River. Of course, it is infused with the food only found in Louisiana, a mix of Cajun, creole, and some German. Only about 25 minute drive from downtown Baton Rouge it is a great small town.
    - Tonya Larson
  • St. Joseph, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    It has the best beaches in Michigan and in the mid-west. The views of the lighthouse from downtown along with the get sunsets makes in heaven on earth for us that live here. Visitor also agree as we are overrun in the summer time.
    - Dennis OKon
  • Stonington (Borough of), CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Has one of the last remaining fishing fleets in the Northeast United states. Great New England street scape. Was featured in two major movie productions "Mystic Pizza" and "Great Hope Springs" Standing at end of "The point" over looking Fisher's Island Sound, you can see three states. New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Stonington Borough is the home of many great restaurants; most notable: "Noah's" "Dogwatch" and "Water Street Café"
    - Dade Nunez
  • Stony Creek, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Stony Creek is home to the Thimble Islands, which have been privately owned for generations. There are gorgeous, old Victorian homes all over down the point and on the islands. many belonged to ships captains. The Creek has always been home to the eclectic and artistic. Where else can you find a water fountain with a stone lion head, that has been there for perhaps centuries and has troughs for dogs and horses as well as a fountain for people. Up the road is a puppet house that is in the process of being historically preserved. There are galleries, a gourmet sandwich shop, boats like the Volsunga that take you out to see the islands and hear their stories from their captains who were born and raised there. Stony Creek granite is a part of some of this nations well known landmarks, such as the base of the Statue of Liberty and Grand Central Station. It has also been used in universities and monuments all over our great country.
    - Valerie Hausauer
  • Stowe, VT
    Why it's the coolest
    Our town is the coolest! For starters, Stowe is located at the base of the highest mountain in Vermont and has a rich skiing history, and it is also a real vintage New England town with independently-owned businesses – and a lot of them! In other words, Stowe has a small-town vibe with urban-esque amenities! Stowe has fewer than 5,000 residents, but more than 60 retail shops and over 40 restaurants. During the day you can go up to the mountain to ski or snowboard in the winter and hike or mountain bike in the summer, and at night you can dress up to go dancing or just casually grab a local brew and an après bite with some buddies. There’s always something going on, and fun, friendly people to meet! Stowe is by far the coolest town!
    - Kelsey
  • Strasburg, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Strasburg is a charming historic town with tons of amazing art and an up and coming music scene surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the North Fork Shenandoah River.
    - Jennifer Keck
  • St. Simons Island, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    A little known island destiny that is a village, not a resort! Lighthouse, marshes, beaches and deep water port, all just a little over an hour to Savanna Georgia and 10 miles from the Florida border! Enjoy this 9 mile Long Island on which you can bike everywhere!
    - Valerie
  • Sturgis, SD
    Why it's the coolest

    bike week, the black hills community gatherings a great park vetrans center, great pool schools and churches

    - alberta bialota
  • Suffolk, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    It has everything I want
    - Steve
  • Surf City, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Surf City has been the commercial heart of Topsail Island for over 60 years. The town has grown from a small fishing village that was home to a small handful of families to a year-round community of some 1,900. Recent commercial growth both on the island and the mainland provides additional opportunities for both visitors and residents alike. Visitors enjoy Surf City as “the way the beach used to be,” quiet, serene and bucolic. Cross our historic “swing bridge,” step back into the past and begin your family tradition.
    - Todd
  • Sutter Creek, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    This is the most charming town in California. It has beautiful shops, great restaurants and is close to the shenandoah valley where there are dozens of wineries,its like a little Napa valley. The main street is lined with classic western boom town buildings. Every year we have a festival called the Sutter Creek Duck Race where we race hundreds of little rubber ducks down the local creek. The first weekend in December brings about the Sutter Creek open house where all the shops stay open really late and pass out treats to people stopping by like cookies and hot chocolate. this is the weekend we light the local tree and there is a candle lit parade were we recreate the story of Mary and Joseph and it ends at the church where we hold candles and sing Christmas carols. almost the entire town shows up for this and a lot of people from the near by city show up too. This is by far the best small town their is.
    - Jennife Timmons
  • Swansboro, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    We're the "Friendly City by the Sea", what's cooler than that?
    - Steven Crumpler
  • Telluride, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Majestic beauty, everything possible to in the outdoors, and connected by one of the only public gondola transportation systems in America!
    - Bill Kight
  • Terrell, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Has an historic country store that has been here for over 100 years
    - Leslie ranson
  • The villages, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Unlike anything in the world! You name it (activity ) and it's available! More golf than anywhere! Like living in a resort !
    - Larry Moran
  • Thomasville, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    You can walk through our town and visit a fair trade store, a coffee shop that roasts its own coffee, a local artist co-op, TWO shops that sell cupcakes (we love our sweets!), a bookstore, and lots of cool clothing boutiques. Even more important is the people who will smile at your and go out of their way to help you.
    - Joy Dickinson
  • Thomas, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    "Thomas, WV: a bright spot in every way.” This is how visitors describe our little town. Great food, awesome coffee shop. Best musicians want to play here at The Purple Fiddle. People are amazed at this little town that overlooks a riverfront for hiking, skiing. Thomas is home to the best fireworks in the state. It is sophisticated, silly, fun, welcoming, respectful and just plain awesome.
    - Anne Jones
  • Ticonderoga, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Located on beautiful Lake George, Ticonderoga not only has some of the best views in the country (namely one higer spot from which you can see three other states), but also incredible history and a small town, authentic feel to it that has never gone away. There are some excellent shops selling local homemade goods and a diner with homemade pies and cakes that offer flavors that have become difficult to find today.
    - Rebecca Marshall-Courtois
  • Tipp City, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Tipp city has an awesome downtown with shops and fun activities. Tipp City also has some old remains for the Miami-Erie Canal and the old Roller Mill. Tipp City is the home to an old Opra house but yet has found a way to create a great downtown experience.
    - David Bazzel
  • Torrey, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    Cottonwood trees overlapping main street. terrific views of red cliffs just north of town. Boulder and Thousand lake mountains nearby. elevation of Torrey app.7,000 ft above sea level. population of Torrey area is app. 430. Torrey is nearest town to Capitol Reef National Park. Torrey has art galleries;musical productions; etc.
    - Rudy Pace
  • Travelers Rest, SC
    Why it's the coolest

    Let's start with the name of this town - Travelers Rest. How cool is that? Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this town is the resting spot for travelers going over the beautiful mountains. Enjoy the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a nearly 14 mile multi-use (walking & bicycling) greenway that goes along the Reedy River, an old railroad corridor and City parks to connect Travelers Rest with the City of Greenville, SC. Main Street businesses support the outdoor lifstyle of the backpacker, paddler, cyclist, hiker and climber. Local stores feature a wide variety of crafts made by local artists. A healthy and active life style combined with an active art community and small town friends make this a very special town. Our southern hospitality makes everyone feel welcome. Read more:

    - Fay Choban
  • Traverse City, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Because you have the best of both worlds. Beautiful beaches and festivals all summer long and lots of snow. And the best fudge to boot!
    - Janet Stone
  • Trumansburg, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    I live where people like to vacation! Trumansburg is a small town with incredible amenities and natural beauty. We are one if the oldest villages in NY, boasting taughannock falls, dozens of CSA's, quaint Main Street lined with family owned or individually owned businesses all supported by our little community. Best summed up in this video: http://youtu.be/HNluF5zb33Y Link is safe.
    - Lindsay Hart
  • Ukiah, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    very friendly, can walk everywhere and has the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in the area, where people from all over the world come to meditate, take Buddhist classes, or send their children to the K-12 schools which are there. They teach Chinese language classes and have a wonderful Chinese restaurant.
    - Charlene Light
  • Uncasville, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town with shops, restaurants, lakes to canoe, swim, boat in. There is alot of Indian culture. Mohegan sun is part nice town.
    - Pam
  • Urbanna, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great little town on the Rappahannock River and home of the Oyster Festival.
    - Angela
  • Vail, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    The people the food and the mountain
    - chris holland
  • Valdez, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    Incredible beauty, bears walking on town streets, great fishing and sightseeing on Prince William Sound, and the uniqueness of having the terminus of the Trans Alaska Pipeline. What's not to love? People are nice, and there are more restaurants than you would think in such a tiny place.
    - Leighton Quarles
  • Vermilion, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Quaint town on shores of Lake Erie and the Vermilion River. Lots of civic involvement in the lovely flower plantings, hanging flower baskets throughout town. Lots to do in summer particularly...small shops, great unique restaurants, and a boaters paradise. Town plans events each weekend in summer, from antique and art shows on the village green, to car shows and old fashioned ice cream socials with musicians playing outside on the sidewalks. It's a friendly town & a good place to drop anchor.
    - Caron Hutch
  • Vernal, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    Vernal, Utah is known as Dinosaurland. The whole town is themed around Dinosaurs. We have a T-Rex that is located on the West end of town that is dressed up for each holiday...Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Dr. Seuss Day, Easter, he has something different for each month. It's classic. Also our main street has been awarded the prettiest small town award before. The city spends a pretty penny to make it beautiful! Hanging flower baskets, potted flower baskets that run over the side walks almost. Its gorgeous! The community has several festival that bring the citizens together. Dinosaur Round Up Rodeo Days, Holly Days, County Fair, Mayors Walk, to just name a few. Also, all these activities are FREE to the public! They spare no expense. Let's take Holly Days for Example...Camel rides, horse drawn carriage rides, fireworks, bounce house, entertainment, turkey drawing, light parade, ice carving, train rides, to name a few! Pick US!
    - Lesha Coltharp
  • Vero Beach, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    The beaches, sunrise & sunsets are amazing..night sky is gorgeous... the weather is great. We have all of the major stores for shopping & some of the finest restaurants... but nothing beats the friendly welcoming attitudes of the residents.
    - Theresa DelToro
  • Virginia City, MT
    Why it's the coolest
    The atmosphere of Virginia City brings you right back to the gold rush of 1800's. The old buildings, shops, historic preservation, and unsophisticated living museum atmosphere is awesome, you can almost imagine being in a time warp where you are plunked down 125 years ago.
    - Denis Magowan
  • Waimea- Kamulea, HI
    Why it's the coolest
    Coming from Seattle and the rainy days and traffic.. Seattle is great but I love it hear Here you can either live on the green side or dry side . We have 10 of the 12 weathers zones here. If you love gardening you can go a year round garden We have the best hospital on the Island. We have 3 Farmer Markets a week to keep cost down on stables like bread,ice cream , eggs and veggies all locally made The schools are very good and we have a local theather that has alot of talent from around the globe come thru.Just down the road in Honokka the People Theater had 1st run movies and I call it a 70" look back we have alot of bands from the 70's play their like Los Lobos. All our needs are meet in a 10 mile area of grocery, drug shops ,local, higher end resturants and pizza . The town about 7100 is very friendly and willing to help others and we have a big mix of folks from doctors, Space Engineers, Cowboys, farmers and retirees Crime-low
    - Chessine Nugent
  • Wall, SD
    Why it's the coolest
    Wall is a tiny town just outside of Badlands National Park, most well-known for being the home to Wall Drug, one of the greatest roadside attractions I've ever seen--there's great food (try the donuts!) super-cheap coffee, free water, mining-themed attractions for the kids, tons of shopping (locally made candy, books about the area, moccasins, and other leather products) & tons of entertainment for the whole family after a long drive. (Someone who designed Disney's Frontierland had obviously been to Wall Drug as a child and it sunk in, let's just put it that way.) Wall is a great base for any Badlands or Black Hills road trips, close to many area attractions. For a historical standpoint, Wall is also home to the Wounded Knee Museum, where you can learn more about the Lakota people and about one of the darkest moments of American history, the Wounded Knee Massacre. And you have to stay at Frontier Cabins, it's amazing.
    - K.C. Erins
  • Washington, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Small college town right on the interstate convenient to Pittsburgh. Low taxes and lovely affordable residential vintage and new. Large malls, great health care and four excellent hispitals within 25 miles!
    - Claire Dillie
  • Waskom, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    It's quite , beautiful in the fall. Everyone know's everyone and when there is a crisis everyone comes together.
    - RaeJean Robbins
  • Waterbury, VT
    Why it's the coolest
    For a small town of about 5,000 people we have about 30 restaurants from casual to fancy. We have weekly farmer's markets, pumpkin giveaways each fall, a leaf peepers marathon, amtrak station, lots of sporting events, Ben & Jerry's, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and we are considered the "Crossroads" of Vermont as we are located in the center of 4 popular ski areas! We have a 4th of July parade and festivities that draw crowds in the thousands from neighboring towns. We have street performances multiple times a year including an Arts Fest and there are many local musician events throughout the year. Waterbury is the coolest town!
    - Erin Campos
  • Waynesville, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    Great shops, delicious restaurants, great farmers markets, very pet friendly, wonderful, friendly people, festivals throughout the year and all wrapped up in a great setting in the mountains of North Carolina. I could continue with countless outdoor activities and wonderful arts and crafts. I can't say enough about the small town I love best and I don't even live there, but, visit as often as possible.

    - Jane Newsome
  • Waynesville, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Over 200 historic buildings that are still in existence, known for its antique stores and famous Sauerkraut Festival !!
    - Lora Apking
  • Weare, NH
    Why it's the coolest
    I love everything about small laid back greatest church and people.
    - Shauna pasciuti
  • Weld, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    year around outdoor fun. Hikeing,boating,swiming,camping,hunting,skiing,ect. THE bestsunset in MAINE!
    - jerry
  • Wellsboro, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Pennsylvania's "Grand Canyon" is a lovely place any time of the year, a quaint little American town to relax and get away from everyday hustle & bustle!
    - Sarah C.
  • Westerville, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    This is the town with the friendly and helpful people there can ever be.
    - Bob Evans
  • West Milford, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    We are not just a small town we are a big family <3
    - April Quinn
  • Weston, WV
    Why it's the coolest

    We are home to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum! This is the second largest hand cut stone building in the world and totally haunted while being completely historical and the monies to pay the workers who where building the asylum during the Civil War was stolen from our local bank and used to help start the treasury of the great state of WV. it is also possibly the one of the few building ever owned/built by two different states as it was started by the state of VA but finished by the state of WV. Weston also has some of the best restaurants in the state as well as a four star resort on the shores of one of WV most beautiful lakes. oh and we are the boyhood home of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson too!! we have lots more to offer as well with two museums, winery, glass blowing, antiques...a little something for everyone!

    - Chris Richards
  • Whitmer, WV
    Why it's the coolest
    The best hunting and fishing anywhere.
    - Joy
  • Wilkesboro, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    One thing is that it lies in a county that has broad history of bootlegging and is a former home to NASCAR legend Junior Johnson and Actor Zach Galifianakis. Plus it is also home to one of the biggest music festivals in the Southeast: MerleFest.
    - Alex Carter
  • Williamsburg, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Small, walk to shops and restaurants, history, 1st English settlement Jamestown is 5 miles away, Busch Gardens amusement park 4 miles away, world class golfing. William and Mary College, awesome B&B's, quaint Inn's which are walkable to everything (Inn At 802), wonderful restaurants, Williamsburg Winery it's just 2 miles away and lots and lots of shopping.
    - Cathy Bradley
  • Wimberley, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Wimberley has long been a weekend destination for wealthy Houston families. Located high in the airid Hill Country of Texas the small town boasts a population 2800 and has a quality education system. Couple that with a cute downtown shopping district where the river runs through the middle of town, multiple resturants which serve anything from pizza, BBQ, hometown comfort food to higher end gourmet and you have an eclectic mix to make you feel like you are always on vacation. If the shops don't keep you busy enough, visit Wimberley Market Days every first Saturday of the month where 475 vendors sell their arts, crafts, food products ect. Live music can frequently be found around town in various establishments, visit the Emily Ann Theater or take in an outdoor movie at the Corral Theater.
    - Scott Cook
  • Winter park, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Winter park has a very Olde Florida feel. From one of the oldest colleges (Rollins) to beautiful park Avenue. Winter Park has numerous beautiful lakes and parks. Scenic boat rides to wild peacocks. Winter Park is a great walking town.
    - David S
  • Woodstock, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Rural farming town. Greatest yearly Labor Day agricultural fair : Woodstock Fair. Laid back community
    - Marissa
  • Woodstock, IL
    Why it's the coolest
    Groundhog Day filmed here. Orson Welles is from here. Alexander Berkman Chester Gould (Dick Tracy comic) ...just wikipedia it!
    - Brandon Pacyna
  • WOODSTOCK, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Woodstock is way beyond the '69 Festival. It has all the attributes that one needs. It is small, so that it still has that sense of community one looks for. It has great restaurants, music, art galleries, shops. It is small but not an intellectual backwater. It is close to all sports, both winter and summer - skiing, horseback riding, hiking, tennis, golf, swimming. It is home to Maverick Concerts, the oldest continuous chamber music series in the US (started in 1915), it has an art house theater for movie lovers and is only 12 miles form Kingston where the mall has a 12 screen multiplex and all the shopping one could desire. Only 2 hours by car/bus/train from NYC.
    - Angela Schapiro
  • Woodstock, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Woodstock Virginia is a great small town located along scenic Virginia By-way, Route 11. It is loaded with history from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and features a court house designed by Thomas Jefferson himself! In addition to great local shops and unique restaurants, Woodstock is home to numerous events including small town festivals which embrace the arts and local wines, encourage local shopping and even a big BBQ and music festival every fall. Government officials are constantly looking for new ways to improve our downtown and attract visitors downtown while making Woodstock a fabulous place to live and work. Such projects include updating our town park to include a new, state of the art playground and finding ways to promote the arts.
    - Jenna French
  • Woodstown, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Woodstown has what all small towns should have--a rodeo (oldest east of the Mississippi River) a music festival, nice schools, great Victorian archecture, an 1885 opera house, and no pretense.
    - Walt Mayer
  • Zelienople, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    It has a historic German flair that maintains a historic main street, yet it still only 25 minutes outside of downtown Pittsburgh. It's close to many county and state parks, abundant recreation (fishing, hiking, hunting, biking, and more). It has an old fashioned theater brought back to life that brings live entertainment year-round, top notch schools, and a lot of local "mom and pop" shops.
    - Cory St. Esprit

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