Coolest Small Towns: The Race Is On!

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Arion Doerr

Hammondsport, N.Y., in the Finger Lakes, tied for the top spot in Budget Travel's Coolest Small Towns 2012 contest. How cool does your town have to be to win? Check out the 70+ nominations we've already received for our 2014 contest!

Well, that didn't take very long, did it?Budget Travel launched its Coolest Small Towns 2014 Nominations last week and we've already got more than 70 towns elbowing each other for the top spot. At the moment, Weston, West Virginia, is in the lead with nearly 400 votes!

We're super-psyched to see the list of nominations grow as folks across the U.S. show their hometown pride—or put in a good word for a cool vacation spot they love returning to year after year. Got a town you think is the coolest? Nominate it right here.

And please remember, we're looking for American towns with fewer than 10,000 people (sorry, if your nomination exceeds that population we'll have to bump you from the list) and a certain something that no place else has—a world-class food scene, jaw-dropping locale, great music, innovative art, and the kind of community spirit that motivates supporters to take to Facebook, Twitter (use the hashtag #AmericasCoolestTowns to help spread the word from Budget Travel's Twitter feed!), Pinterest, and Instagram to propel their cool town to the top of the list.

Visit early, visit often, and, as always, keep it cool!

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