PHOTOS: America's Coolest Small Towns 2014

Fiddlers in Berlin, MarylandBerlin, Maryland offers horse and carriage ridesAn aerial view of Berlin, Maryland during OctoberfestThe Atlantic Hotel at Christmas timePonies running through nearby watersKayaking on beautiful Cazenovia LakeConcert Movie Night at Lorenzo State ParkLakeland park fountain and stage overlooking Cazenvoia LakeVeterans Day Ceremony in Lakeland ParkSummer Concert Movie Night at Lorenzo State ParkThe Downtown Historic District in BuckhannonThe Buckhannon River West VirginiaJawbone Park for Festival Fridays. The Blast from the Past Car ShowBuckhannon Chamber & Visitor CenterBiking along Swamp Rabbit TrailCafe at Williams HardwareSunrift Adventures in Travelers Rest, SCBiking in Gateway ParkMain Street in the snowZimmerman Boatyard marinaVisitors to MathewsMathews kayak groupThis historic Sibley’s General StoreNew Point Comfort lighthouseDowntown Nevada City is one of California’s best areas to view autumn foliage. Farmers Market Saturday mornings in downtown Nevada City from mid-June to mid-November.The Nevada City Classic takes place every year on Father’s Day.Nevada City is one of the most interesting Gold Rush towns in California.Each year Nevada City's picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life for Victorian Christmas.RV parks, fishing cottages, rental homes, Bed and Breakfasts and over 1500 hotel rooms.At the Entrance leading to our Beach is a gigantic Blue CrabRockport BeachFulton Mansion and Education CenterBirding in Rockport-Fulton is phenomenalRocky Mountain National ParkAutumn in Estes Park is known for elk sightingsThe Stanley Hotel in Estes ParkDowntown Estes Park at duskGuests riding the path along Lake EstesTrolleys at the depot waiting for customers for a tour of historic Galena, Illinois.You can rent bikes at Fever River Outfitters to enjoy Galena and the countrysideGalena, Illinois during a busy summer dayHistoric Railroad Depot in Galena IllinoisView of historical Galena, Illinois from across the Galena RiverThe Yadkin RiverElkin was the Cruise In capital of the east coast for yearsElkin Creek VineyardsOn the wall of Elkin Antiques and Collectibles MallCircle of Friends yarn shop
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Fiddlers at one of the many lively festivals in Berlin, MD.
Berlin, MD, offers charming horse and carriage rides.
An aerial view of Berlin, MD, during Octoberfest.
— Mark Huey
The Atlantic Hotel in Berlin, MD, at Christmas time.
— Courtesy Worcester County Tourism
Wild ponies running in the ocean near Berlin, MD.
— Courtesy Worcester County Tourism
Kayaking on beautiful Cazenovia Lake.
— Courtesy Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce
Concert Movie Night at Lorenzo State Park in Cazenovia, NY.
— Courtesy Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce
Lakeland park fountain and stage overlooking Cazenvoia Lake.
Veterans Day Ceremony in Lakeland Park in Cazenovia, NY.
— Courtesy Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce
Summer Concert Movie Night at Lorenzo State Park in Cazenovia, NY.
— Courtesy Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce
The Downtown Historic District in Buckhannon, WV, features specialty shops and boutiques, fresh food served up at local restaurants and a classic small-town atmosphere.
— Robbie Skinner
The Buckhannon River offers a peaceful escape. A stretch of the Buckhannon River boasts some of the largest muskies in the nation, and trout streams can be found in the surrounding hills.
— Al Tucker
Crowds gather every Friday from June to September at Buckhannon's Jawbone Park for Festival Fridays. Each Friday features live music, fresh produce, local artists selling their work and games for the kids.
The Blast from the Past Car Show & Block Party brings people to downtown Buckhannon the last weekend of July each year.
— Courtesy Upshur County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Stop by Buckhannon's Chamber & Visitor Center as you come into town, where the staff will tell you the best places to eat and what to do during your visit.
— Al Tucker
Biking along Swamp Rabbit Trail in Travelers Rest, SC.
— Courtesy Travelers Rest Tribune
Cafe at Williams Hardware in Travelers Rest, SC.
— Courtesy Travelers Rest Tribune
Sunrift Adventures in Travelers Rest, SC.
— Courtesy Travelers Rest Tribune
Biking in Gateway Park in Travelers Rest, SC.
— Courtesy Travelers Rest Tribune
Travelers Rest's Main Street in the snow.
— Courtesy Travelers Rest Tribune
Zimmerman Boatyard marina in Mathews, VA, is known as a world-class yard specializing in wooden boat building and repair.
— Boo Schwartz
Visitors to Mathews, VA, can take eye-popping pictures thanks to Art Miller, a local artist, who designed this vintage photo frame.
— Ann Miller
For over two decades, this kayak group has planned a paddle every Friday on one of the two Mathews rivers, exploring creeks and marshes along the way.
— Courtesy Mathews, VA
The historic Sibley’s General Store, built in 1898, now houses the Mathews County Visitor and Information Center.
— Boo Schwartz
Precious to Mathews, New Point Comfort lighthouse is the third oldest lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay and is located at the mouth of Mobjack Bay.
— Boo Schwartz
Downtown Nevada City is one of California’s best areas to view autumn foliage.
— Courtesy Nevada City Chamber
Farmers Market Saturday mornings in downtown Nevada City stretch from mid-June to mid-November.
— Courtesy Nevada City Chamber
The Nevada City Classic, one of the premier sporting events in the Sierra foothills, takes place every year on Father’s Day.
— Courtesy Nevada City Classic
Nevada City is one of California's classic Gold Rush towns, with beautifully preserved Victorian-era homes throughout the downtown.
— Courtesy Nevada City Chamber
Each year, Nevada City's picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life for Victorian Christmas.
— Courtesy Nevada City Chamber
The Rockport, TX, area has accommodations to meet any need and budget: RV parks, fishing cottages, rental homes, bed and breakfasts and over 1,500 hotel rooms.
— Courtesy Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
At the entrance to Rockport's beach is the gigantic Blue Crab.
— Diane Loyd
Rockport Beach, a hidden gem on the Texas coast, is a spectacular mile-long beach.
— Courtesy Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
Fulton Mansion and Education Center in Rockport, TX.
— Courtesy Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
Birding in the Rockport area is phenomenal. With over 400 bird species and counting, it is one of the nations premier birding spots.
— Diane Loyd
Estes Park, CO, is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.
— Courtesy Visit Estes Park
Autumn in Estes Park, CO, is known for elk sightings.
— Courtesy Visit Estes Park
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO.
— Courtesy Visit Estes Park
Downtown Estes Park at dusk.
— Courtesy Visit Estes Park
Guests riding the path along Lake Estes in Estes Park, CO.
— Courtesy Visit Estes Park
Trolleys at the depot waiting for customers for a tour of historic Galena, IL.
— Gerald Marella/Dreamstime
You can rent bikes at Fever River Outfitters to enjoy Galena and the countryside.
— Courtesy VisitGalena
Galena, IL, during a busy summer day.
Historic Railroad Depot in Galena IL.
— Gerald Marella/Dreamstime
View of historical Galena, IL, from across the Galena River.
— Dustin88/Dreamstime
The Yadkin Riverkeeper hosts this annual event each June, where paddlers journey down the Yadkin River and stop for three days in Elkin, NC.
— Courtesy Town of Elkin
Elkin, NC, was the Cruise In capital of the east coast for years, and has revived this popular event, which brings all ages to historical downtown Main Street.
— Courtesy Town of Elkin
Elkin, NC, is surrounded by dozens of vineyards and showcases some of the tastiest tasting rooms in the Yadkin Valley.
— Courtesy Town of Elkin
A mural on the wall of Elkin Antiques and Collectibles Mall, depicting the Elkin Depot and the Hugh Chatham Memorial Bridge.
— Courtesy Town of Elkin
Circle of Friends yarn shop in Elkin, NC.
— Courtesy Town of Elkin

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