While many may find themselves automatically attracted to the big cities of America, the small towns that are sprinkled across the USA also have plenty to offer. With distinct individual characters, historic buildings, world-class bars and restaurants, and unique attractions, a visit to some of these small towns will enable you to discover some of the true treasures that the USA boasts.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
For those who are interested in art, a visit to Santa Fe, with its thriving art scene and one-of-a-kind creative institutions, such as the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, is absolutely a must. Santa Fe is also rich with history, and is home to the oldest church in the country, the San Miguel Chapel, and many of the town’s local businesses have also set up shop in some of the historical buildings that line the streets.
St. Augustine, Florida
There is no doubt about the fact that St. Augustine is immensely charming, and boasts unique beaches along with vibrant shopping areas. The Old City Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning and is the perfect way to start your weekend here, while a tour and tasting at the St. Augustine Distillery, which produces vodka, whiskey, rum and gin, is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.
Traverse City, Michigan
Situated in one of the Midwest’s top wine-producing regions, thanks to the rich soil and lakefront climate, Traverse City is surrounded by numerous wineries and tasting rooms. The town is also famous for its cherry production, and with its annual National Cherry Festival every July, is considered to be the tart cherry capital of the world. The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park is also worth paying a visit, as are the towering dunes that line the lake.
Cape May, New Jersey
Situated at the tip of the Jersey Shore, one of the highlights of Cape May is the way in which it is filled with stunning examples of Victorian architecture, and boasts a number of antique and home décor stores that sell Victorian items. While Cape May and its beaches are obviously popular in the summer months, this small town also finds itself rather busy around Christmas, mostly due to the way in which they go all out decorating Washington Street Mall.
Custer, South Dakota
A visit to Custer will make you feel as though you have stepped into the Old West, with everything from the Four Mile Old West Town to the Custer State Park Annual Buffalo Roundup to the Crazy Horse Memorial contributing to this. For those who want to check out some of the town’s natural beauty, this can be seen at the Jewel Cave National Park, which boasts one of the longest caves in the world, as well as at the Wind Cave National Park.
Visiting some of America’s small towns is a way to explore the heart and soul of the country. Those who ignore the flashing lights of the city to head to one of these smaller destinations will be rewarded with such a unique sense of discovery, wonder and national pride.