8 of America's best small towns and cities

Gloucester, Massachusetts

Historic seaport on Cape Ann, renowned for "Wicked Tuna" fleet and scenic backdrops in films like "The Perfect Storm." Explore Rocky Neck art colony, Western Harbor, and Stage Fort Park.

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Saranac Lake, New York

An Upstate New York village steeped in history with Victorian mansions, Adirondack Carousel, and Saranac Laboratory Museum. Offers outdoor challenges like paddling on five lakes.

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New Bern, North Carolina

A hip coastal city with Tryon Palace tours, birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, and nearby attractions like Croatan National Forest, Atlantic Beach, and Emerald Isle for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Beaufort, South Carolina

Charming town founded in 1711 with historic mansions, dining along Bay Street, and festivals like the Oyster Festival and Gullah Festival. Nearby barrier islands and Hunting Island State Park.

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Metropolis, Illinois

Home to Superman's statue and Super Museum, with historic Fort Massac and a riverside setting rich in American history.

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Mackinac Island Village, Michigan

Car-free island community with Fort Mackinac and historic buildings turned into shops and hotels, a premier summer vacation spot in Michigan.

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Victorian-era healing waters and artsy community vibe, featuring festivals like Mardi Gras and outdoor activities in the Ozark countryside.

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Marfa, Texas

Artistic hub in West Texas with avant-garde art, a youthful scene, and mysteries like the Marfa Lights. Offers a blend of hip culture and Wild West heritage.

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