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Budget Travel Photos: Coolest Small Towns 2013

From Maine to California, this year's crop of Coolest Small Towns span the continent. There's only one place where you can see them all—right here!

By Budget Travel Staff, Saturday, Feb 2, 2013, 4:00 PM

Source Article: Budget Travel Photos: Coolest Small Towns 2013

Park Lititz Pennsylvania

Lititz, PA, our Coolest Small Town in America 2013, offers ample green space right in the middle of town.

(Ron Reedy)

Congregational stores Lititz Pennsylvania

Lititz enjoys a thriving downtown with charming shops and great food.

(Courtesy Smallbones/Wikimedia Commons)

Biking Lititz Pennsylvania

Cheering on cyclists in downtown Lititz.

(Courtesy Team Traveller/Flickr)

Live music Lititz Pennsylvania

Live music is one of the perks of living in—or visiting—Lititz.

(Amy Spangler)

Pier Watkins Glen Seneca Lake New York

The pier at Watkins Glen, NY, on Seneca Lake.

(Courtesy Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce)

Kayekers Watkins Glen New York

Kayakers on Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen.

(Courtesy Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce)

Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen State Park is known for knockout gorges and waterfalls.

(Courtesy Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce)

Festival Watkins Glen New York

The Vintage Grand Prix Festival in Watkins Glen, a town famous for its auto racetrack, which hosts NASCAR races and other events.

(Courtesy Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce)

Bay St Louis Boats

Boats bob in the water off Bay St. Louis, MS.

(Courtesy Ellis Anderson)

Little Theatre Bay St Louis

The Little Theatre in Bay St. Louis.

(Courtesy Ellis Anderson)

Boats Bay St Louis

The waters off Bay St. Louis are warm and a mecca for fishing enthusiasts.

(Courtesy Ellis Anderson)

Bay St. Louis BBQ

Don't forget to grab some authentic BBQ in Bay St. Louis.

(Courtesy Ellis Anderson)

Hot air balloons Greenville Kentucky

Hot air balloons take visitors high above the rolling hills of Greenville, KY.

(Courtesy Greenville Tourism Commission)

Cars Greenville Kentucky

Vintage car enthusiasts show their stuff in Greenville.

(Courtesy Greenville Tourism Commission)

Dancing Greenville festival

Authentic Southern dance traditions are alive in Greenville.

(Courtesy Greenville Tourism Commission)

Greenville Kentucky courthouse

Greenville's courthouse is just one of its architectural gems.

(Rennan Quijano)

Aerial view Gulf Shores Alabama

An aerial view of Gulf Shores, AL.

(Courtesy Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism)

Swimming Gulf Shores

Swimming in the warm waters off Gulf Shores.

(Courtesy SouthParkFanatic/Wikimedia Commons)

Pavilion Gulf Shores Alabama

Gulf Shores' beaches actually got a boost from the recent oil spill—many Americans didn't even know Alabama had beaches!

(Courtesy Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism)

Cana Gulf Shores Alabama

A canal in Gulf Shores.

(Courtesy Carol M. Highsmith/Wikimedia Commons)

aerial view Put-in-Bay Ohio

Aerial view of Put-in-Bay, OH, which sees a major boost in its population during the summer months.

(Dan Feicht)

biking Boardwalk Put-in-Bay Ohio

Cycling near the boardwalk in Put-in-Bay.

(Courtesy Lake Erie Shores & Islands)

Walking Lake Erie Put-in-Bay Ohio

Walking along Lake Erie in Put-in-Bay.

(Courtesy Nathaniel Kaelin/Flickr)

Golf carts Put-in-Bay Ohio

You'll see a variety of modes of transportation along the streets of Put-in-Bay.

(Courtesy Lake Erie Shores & Islands)

Camping Flagler Beach Florida

Camping in Flagler Beach, FL.

(Courtesy Flagler Chamber of Commerce)

Flagler Beach Florida

Flagler Beach is home to sea turtles, right whales, and a thriving ukulele scene.

(Courtesy Flagler Chamber of Commerce)

Flagler Beach pier Florida

Flagler Beach pier is a favorite haunt of fishing enthusiasts.

(Courtesy Flagler Chamber of Commerce)

Flagler Beachs Golden Lion

Flagler Beach's Golden Lion.

(Courtesy Flagler Chamber of Commerce)

port coast Maine Camden Hills State Park

The scenic port of Camden, ME, viewed from above in Camden Hills State Park.

(Olivier Le Queinec / Dreamstime.com)

commerical district downtown Camden

Camden's downtown commercial district offers great shopping and dining.

(Judith A. Brown / Dreamstime.com)

Boats Harbor Camden

Camden remains a vibrant port, one of the few spots on the East Coast where the mountains meet the sea.

(Kenneth Keifer / Dreamstime.com)

Sailing ship Curtis Island lighthouse Camden

A majestic sailing ship near Camden's Curtis Island lighthouse.

(David Kay / Dreamstime.com)

Quincy California view

Quincy, CA, is a gold-rush town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

(Courtesy of city of Quincy)

Quincy, California.

Quincy blends history with nature and big-city cuisine.

(Courtesy of city of Quincy)

water Quincy California

Quincy is the kind of place where you can spend the day in nature and the evening enjoying world-class food and wine.

(Courtesy of city of Quincy)

Quincy California Fall

Quincy's location in the Sierras makes for a dramatic autumn.

(Kelly Mosinski)

Shepherdstown Shop Bakery

Shepherdstown Sweet Shop and Bakery in Shepherdstown, WV.

(Courtesy Judy Olsen)

Downtown Shepherdstown West Virginia

Downtown Shepherdstown offers architectural treasures plus great shopping and food.

(Courtesy Judy Olsen)

Shepherdstown shop interior

Shepherdstown's shops offer unique finds.

(Courtesy Judy Olsen)

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