Photos: Coolest Small Towns 2012

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A live music performance along the Front Street docks of Beaufort, N.C.
Christopher Shane
The view from Taylors Creek in Beaufort, N.C.
Taking pictures along the Front Street docks in Beaufort, N.C.
Swimming in Keuka Lake, Hammondsport, N.Y.
Arion Doerr
Snug Harbor Inn on Lake Keuka in Hammondsport, N.Y.
The walk toward Hammondsport's town square.
The town of Jerome, Ariz., built on Cleopatra Hill.
Whitney Tressel
Painted skulls at the 15 Quince Grill & Cantina in Jerome, Ariz.
Whitney Tressel
The Flatiron Cafe in the heart of the historic district of Jerome, Ariz.
Whitney Tressel
The trash-dump-turned-museum in Cooke City, Mont.
Fly fishing in the mountains outside of town, Cooke City, Mont.
With 75 residents, Cooke City, Mont., is the smallest Coolest Small Towns finalist Budget Travel has ever had.
Famous breakfast dish at George's Place in Cape May, N.J.
Whitney Tressel
Bicycling by the Cape May General Store in Cape May Point, N.J.
Whitney Tressel
Cape May residents and visitors line up daily for wood-fired clay-oven-baked bread.
Whitney Tressel
Boats moored at the town dock in Port Townsend, Wash.
PureStock/AGE Fotostock
Downtown Port Townsend, a Victorian-era harbor town.
Travismanley/Dreamstime
Point Wilson Lighthouse, overlooking the west entrance to Puget Sound in Port Townsend, Wash.
Jerryway/Dreamstime
A local musician playing on the main drag in Nashville Ind.
Whitney Tressel
Muddy Boots Cafe, a favorite breakfast spot in Nashville, Ind.
Whitney Tressel
A family walking by the Brown County Visitors Center in Nashville, Ind.
Whitney Tressel
Old Brick House Restaurant in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. It was originally erected in 1780 and is the oldest brick building west of the Mississippi.
Ashok Sinha
Station 2 Café in the old Ste. Genevieve Fire Department Building.
Ashok Sinha
Main Street in Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
Ashok Sinha
Joss House State Historic Park in Weaverville, Calif.
Historic Main Street, which dates back to the Gold Rush, in Weaverville, Calif.
The 132-year-old Weaverville Hotel, which includes a peaceful Victorian-style library.
Rachel Mosely
The Lazy Fox Inn in Damascus, Va., which provides a famously hearty breakfast for hikers on the Appalachian Trail.
Robin Macklin
Laurel Ave., the main street in Damascus, Va.
Robin Macklin
The "Welcome" arch on the Appalachian Trail in Damascus, Va.
Robin Macklin
An ice cream parlor in central Hammondsport, NY Walking along the Front Street docks in Beaufort, NC

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