8 Breathtaking Towns In The United States

This is a love letter to some of my favorite places in the United States.

These are the towns that I fell in love with at first (second and third) sight. These are the towns I would move into in a heartbeat. These are the towns that stole my heart.

Before I get teary-eyed, sentimental, and in the mood to play America the Beautiful, here are eight breathtaking small towns in the United States.

Skaneateles, New York

Things To Do In Skaneateles : featured image

On the northern tip of Skaneateles Lake is a waterside town of the same name. Filled with cute-as-a-button boutiques, a blue-tinted landscape, and freshwater grub, Skaneateles is the definition of charming.

Skaneateles Summary:
  • Population: < 7500
  • Attractions: Dickens Christmas Festival, Clift Park, Cobweb Cottage
  • Best Time To Visit: Winter, Summer

Manitou Springs, Colorado

Guide to Manitou Springs in 24 hours

At the tail-end of summer last year, I had a chance to visit Manitou Springs. Within minutes of walking the scenic streets, filled with colorful shops, I knew I was head-over-heels in love. To be honest, this quirky mountain town – absolutely weird in all the right ways – is the reason I extended my Colorado road trip.

Manitou Springs Summary:
  • Population: < 5400
  • Attractions: Pikes Peak, Cliff Dwellings, Memorial Park
  • Best Time To Visit: Summer

Granbury, Texas

Things To Do In Granbury Texas Featured - Best Small Towns In Texas

Granbury, Texas is a step back in time. With old-world architecture, traditional food, and quiet side streets, this lakeside town is the perfect weekend escape. My love affair with Granbury began with Pearl Street Station, an offbeat eatery serving up authentic Cajun cooking and BBQ blends.

Granbury Summary:
  • Population: < 10000
  • Attractions: Granbury Opera House, Boardwalk, Doll Museum
  • Best Time To Visit: Summer

Collierville, Tennessee

As one of the romantic things to do in Memphis , take a day trip to Collierville

Collierville is a Memphis suburb but I had to include it in this list. I’m absolutely in love with this city. Whenever I walk through the Historic District, I feel like I’m dancing to a scene from a 1980s romantic comedy. With burger bars, coffee shops, and Western wear stores, Collierville is a classic Southern town.

Collierville Summary:
  • Population: < 51000
  • Attractions: W.C. Johnson Park, Bible Museum, Dyer’s Cafe
  • Best Time To Visit: Spring

Mason Neck, Virginia

Best Small Towns In Virginia : Mason Neck is a heavily wooded pretty town filled with wildlife and greenery.

Mason Neck, Virginia has a very special place in my heart. It’s one of the first towns I wrote about on this blog. Heavily wooded, equally colonial, and all-around pretty, Mason Neck is a historic outdoor getaway.

Mason Neck Summary:
  • Population: <2500
  • Activities: Mason Neck State Park, Gunston Hall
  • Best Time to Visit: Fall

Aspen, Colorado

Another favorite from my Colorado summer road trip, Aspen is a luxury destination. Nestled amongst the mountains, this ski town is all alpine charm. Aspen pops with color, from the planting to the art. And all the shops are postcard perfect.

Aspen Summary:
  • Population: <7500
  • Activities: Maroon Bells, Aspen Art Museum, Silver Queen Gondola Lift
  • Best Time to Visit: Winter, Summer

Alexandria Bay, New York

To be honest, I didn’t expect Alexandria Bay to steal my heart. When I planned my New York road trip, I imagined it as a stopover city on my way to Boldt Castle. But Alexandria Bay took me by surprise. My one night plan turned into two (then three). And after eating the best crabs I’ve had in a long time (the easiest way to my heart is through my stomach), I was officially in love.

Alexandria Bay Summary:
  • Population: ~ 1000
  • Activities: Bay Drive-In Movie Theater, Boldt Castle Day Trip
  • Best Time to Visit: Summer

Sulphur, Oklahoma

I’ve been exploring Oklahoma for the past month (or so) and while I’ve fallen hard for every city I’ve visited thus far, Sulphur is too pretty for words. Located at the foot of the Arbuckle Mountains, Sulphur is filled with lush, green-lined walking trails, murky natural springs, and heavenly fried-pie stops.

Sulphur Summary:
  • Population: < 5000
  • Activities: Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Veterans Lake, Little Niagara
  • Best Time to Visit: Summer

Did you enjoy this post on my favorite small towns in the United States? What small towns are on your 2019 bucket list? Let me know in the comments below!


  • Elizabeth
    December 19, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    Beautiful photography on this post! I think the state i would want to visit most is Texas.

    • anshula.varma
      December 20, 2018 at 4:44 PM

      If you ever visit Texas, let me know! I have lots of recommendations! xx – Anshula

  • Sharad chhakara
    December 19, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    I would love to visit Mason Virginia as I love to be in the woods ! Your posts take me to another world anshula ! Awesome post

    • anshula.varma
      December 20, 2018 at 4:46 PM

      Thank you so much, Sharad! That means the world to me! Mason Neck is definitely one of my favorite small towns! xx – Anshula

  • Deborah King
    December 19, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    These places are indeed gorgeous. Put me in a mind to start travelling the country.

    • anshula.varma
      December 21, 2018 at 10:21 PM

      Ahhh!!! I’m *SO* excited to hear that! ?xx – Anshula

  • Gavin Darvell
    December 19, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Stunning places and just shows that head beyond the big cities and there is so much more to see.

    • anshula.varma
      December 20, 2018 at 4:46 PM

      Well said. xx – Anshula

  • Trudy
    December 20, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    I was pleasantly surprised to see a town from my state listed here. Since you’re exploring Oklahoma I will suggest a few of my favorites. Tahlequah, Ok where you can float the Illinois River. Wilburton, Ok home of Robbers Cave State Park, which is said to have been a hideout for outlaw Jesse James. Oh and I absolutely loved Manitou Springs, CO! I’d love to go back.

    • anshula.varma
      December 20, 2018 at 4:42 PM

      Oh, thanks for the recommendations, love! I’m in Oklahoma pretty much till the end of January so I really appreciate the suggestions! ? xx – Anshula

  • Donna Bond
    December 20, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    Lovely places all!

    May I add to the list?

    Sedona, AZ
    Santa Fe, NM
    Taos, NM
    Ogden, UT
    St George, UT

    • anshula.varma
      December 20, 2018 at 4:44 PM

      Of course, love! The more the merrier! Santa Fe is such a great suggestion (I’m actually wondering why I didn’t put it on the list now – it’s one of my favorite cities on the planet)! ? xx – Anshula

  • Celyn
    February 25, 2019 at 12:28 AM

    Aaaah these towns all look and sound beautiful! So many places to see in the States!

    Nofilter Travel

  • Jenna
    November 28, 2019 at 1:11 PM

    Love this list! Lots of good stops. If you love Aspen you should check out Park City, UT and Lava Hot Springs, ID. and I also love Greenville, SC. Greenville is a little big but still such a great place.

    • Anshula Varma
      November 29, 2019 at 11:38 AM

      Thank you and double thanks for the recs, Jenna! I’m actually headed to Greenville next year so this comment makes me even more excited for the upcoming trip! I just searched up Park City, Utah. It’s so pretty! I’m definitely adding it to my bucket list. Hope you have a wonderful day! xx – Anshula

  • Keith
    March 21, 2020 at 10:12 AM

    Loved the suggestions. We moved to Colorado from Collierville in 2018 and haven’t visited Manitou Springs or Aspen yet. Georgetown, CO is beautiful old mining town off I 70 that is nice, we want to go to Telluride this summer. We loved living in Collierville.

    • Anshula Varma
      March 22, 2020 at 12:10 PM

      Hi Keith! Thank you so much! I haven’t been to Georgetown yet but I’ll add it to my travel bucket list! It sounds really interesting. Stay safe! xx – Anshula


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