Travel & Leisure magazine recently announced its best small towns in America, based on reader surveys ranking a list of 755 small towns in the country.
Though some of these are — population-wise — not exactly small, all have that small-time vibe of community spirit.
Check out the Top 5 best small towns in America below.
Historic homes, horsedrawn carriage rides, and small-town simplicity mark this town’s southern charm. The town boasts a colonial flair with miles of coastline just waiting to be explored.
Before the Outer Banks, this charming coastal town beckons with its history. Visit the museums dedicated to Blackbeard’s famed romps through the region. And get a taste of the Carolinas with its homegrown fruits and vegetables at its festive farmers’ market.
#3: Simons, Georgia
This resort town — an island off the Georgian coast — is one place that you’d love to retire to. With sprawling coastline and great golf, this town earns high marks for its residents’ activity level.
Bed and breakfasts and charming old hotels abound here — the famed Stanley Hotel was even the inspiration for The Shining — with great skiing and dining. This town is more luxe than some others, but still manages to retain that small-town feeling.
#1: Aspen, Colorado
Nearly more city than town nowadays, Aspen is one spot that visitors love returning to. With fine dining, luxe hotels, grand shopping, and outdoor activities galore, Aspen is a delight for those looking to wander its beautiful streets and meet its always friendly residents.
Check out Travel and Leisure’s full list of best small towns here.