Road Trip 101: Coolest Small Towns in America

Sometimes when you travel, it’s not about the glitz and glamor, but more about the true grit of the destination itself which can be found in small towns across the USA.

And now that summer is upon us, there's no better time to start planning your road trip to one of the Coolest Small Towns in America.

Last fall, Budget Travel went in search of “America’s coolest small towns that had it all, albeit in small doses.” Some of the new found wonders they discovered across the USA included:

  • Breaux Bridge, LA (population 8,200) - the “crawfish capital of the world,” with non-stop Cajun food and music; be sure to endulge at Cafe des Amis, visit Lucullus for antiques, and stay at the 1860’s Maison des Amis
  • Wallace, ID (population 1,000) – this silver mining town preserved it’s early history through its many 100 year old buildings; visit the Oasis Bordello Museum (National Register of Historic Places), grab a huckleberry shake at Red Light Garage, and stay at the Hercules Inn
  • Rockland, ME (population 7,680) –this trendy historic small town has a big city feel on a much smaller scale; visit boutiques like Four Twelve and art galleries galore, eat at Suzuki’s Sushi Bar or any of the other 24 restaurants in town
  • Cayucos, CA (population 3,000) – midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco is this laid back beach town; grab a coffee at the Rogue Wave Cafe, a bite to eat at Brown Butter Cookie Company, and stay at Cass House Inn
  • Tubac, AZ (population 1,900) – in the high desert, only miles away from Mexico, is this beautiful nature lovers paradise; visit Pancho’s and Tubac Center of the Arts, and stay at the Tubac Country Inn
The Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America lists continues on with: Photo Credits:
Pier-at-Cayucos-Beach by MikeBaird
The Lake by JumpyJodes

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