A live music performance along the Front Street docks of Beaufort, N.C.
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.
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.
Painted skulls at the 15 Quince Grill & Cantina in Jerome, Ariz.
The Flatiron Cafe in the heart of the historic district of Jerome, Ariz.
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.
Bicycling by the Cape May General Store in Cape May Point, N.J.
Cape May residents and visitors line up daily for wood-fired clay-oven-baked bread.
Boats moored at the town dock in Port Townsend, Wash.
Downtown Port Townsend, a Victorian-era harbor town.
Point Wilson Lighthouse, overlooking the west entrance to Puget Sound in Port Townsend, Wash.
A local musician playing on the main drag in Nashville Ind.
Muddy Boots Cafe, a favorite breakfast spot in Nashville, Ind.
A family walking by the Brown County Visitors Center in Nashville, Ind.
Old Brick House Restaurant in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. It was originally erected in 1780 and is the oldest brick building west of the Mississippi.
Station 2 Café in the old Ste. Genevieve Fire Department Building.
Main Street in Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
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.
The Lazy Fox Inn in Damascus, Va., which provides a famously hearty breakfast for hikers on the Appalachian Trail.
Laurel Ave., the main street in Damascus, Va.
The "Welcome" arch on the Appalachian Trail in Damascus, Va.
An ice cream parlor in central Hammondsport, NY
Walking along the Front Street docks in Beaufort, NC
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