Take 10 Tuesday: Small Town Charm

According to TripAdvisor.com, these are the Top 10 Charming Small Towns and Cities in the United States. What do you think?

1. Carmel, California

Court of the Golden Bough

I visited Carmel (also known as Carmel-by-the-Sea) during my 2007 San Francisco/Big Sur trip. It was a nice detour away from all the rugged nature of the coast and it was full of quaint shops, dining options, and plenty of dog-friendly places. Clint Eastwood was once the mayor of the town.

2. Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City has lakeside beaches, vineyards, forests, and even skiing in the winter. Traverse City is also quite popular on the festival circuit with its most popular festival being its annual National Cherry Festival, held this year July 2-9. Enjoy air shows, bingo, volleyball, an arts & crafts fair, a bike tour, and plenty of tart cherries.

3. Charlottesville, Virginia

Jefferson's Monticello (Pond Reflection)

Charlottesville may be best known as being the hometown of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello but you can’t ignore the rest of the landscape of this beautiful town. The University of Virginia campus here is beautiful, there are winery tours, and on top of all that you can enjoy a balloon ride over the city to see the town’s beauty all in one glimpse.

4. Telluride, Colorado

Telluride Film Festival '08

While Telluride has made a name for itself as a great ski resort town, it’s not all this city has to offer. Telluride is a popular festival destination all year. In May there’s Mountainfilm, in June there’s balloons, bluegrass, and the Wild West, in August there’s jazz, and in September there’s the Telluride Film Festival.

5. Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May Lighthouse, New Jersey

You might recognize Cape May from last week’s top 10 beaches post. Cape May is the oldest seaside resort town in America, used even by Native Americans to cool off in the summer months. This town is home to the Coast Guard’s basic training unit and is also a prime location for whale watching.

6. Fredericksburg, Texas

Nimitz Museum

Fredericksburg is an odd mixture of history all in one town. Its heritage is German and in the summer you’ll find a mixture of German wines and music at festivals. The town is also home to the National Museum of the Pacific War. Fredericksburg is also home to the #1 attraction in Texas: Rockbox Theater (previously featured) which plays music from historic rock and roll bands.

7. Rockport, Massachusetts

Motif Number 1

Rockport is one of those towns that still manages to feel untouched. Halibut Point State Park is the top attraction in town and reaffirms the natural elegance this town offers. The park overlooks the Cape Ann coastline and has walking trails, tidal pools, a quarry and even fishing.

8. Camden, Maine

Camden Harbor

Camden is a town that triples in size during tourism season. The town has manors in the historical district, cruises, windjammer rentals, a state park, and mountains. The town’s motto is “where the mountains meet the sea” and the landscape reflects that. This is a highly affluent town with boutiques and fine dining dotting the map.

9. Ashland, Oregon

Elizabethan Theatre

Ashland might be best known for its Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Most visitors to town stay in one of the many B&Bs and venture outside the city limits to hike on the Pacific Crest Trail or to enjoy river rafting on the Rogue and Klamath Rivers.

10. Galena, Illinois

Galena Cellar's Vineyard

Galena is the hometown of the 18th president Ulysses S. Grant and a town rich in history. It lies along the Mississippi River valley, making it a prime home to wineries and vineyards like Galena Cellars. This is a small town with shops and B&Bs in the historical district making it a prime place to stay.

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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