Here is a brief excerpt from an especially interesting article by Erika Burch that I came upon at the Lifestyle-A2Z website.
To read the complete article, please click here.
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When you think of the different areas of the United States, the regions that come to mind are most likely the nation’s most popular (and populated.) But those who’ve experienced the joy that comes along with small town USA know that it’s these hidden gems that are truly the best of what the country has to offer. There is a town on this list for everyone, from beachside to mountain paradise and everything outside of and between.
There’s no better way to get away from it all and escape the stressors of the world than to lose yourself in the culture and hospitality of one of these small towns. Whether you’re a fan of outdoor sports like swimming and hiking, or you’re more the shop, dine, and lay in the sun type, you’re bound to see a few new places that you’ll want to add to the bucket list. Here are the best small towns in every state throughout the country.
Sitka is a small city located just outside of the Alaskan capital, Juneau. It sits at the base of the mountains and facing the Pacific Ocean. The city boasts a rich history and gorgeous views.
Grab some delicious seafood chowder at family-owned Halibut Point and enjoy waking up to breathtaking views of Mt. Edgecumbe at the Longliner Lodge. If you choose to visit, keep in mind you’ll only be able to access Sitka by boat or plane, as there’s no way to drive in.
Alabama: Magnolia Springs
Although Alabama may not always have the best face in the media lately, there are plenty of beautiful aspects about the state that should be remembered, and that includes the town of Magnolia Springs. This is probably one of the smallest on our entire list, with a population of less than 800 people when the last consensus was taken. The residents even happen to have a river mail delivery service, for those whose mailboxes are on the water.
The area is full of beautiful beaches that offer terrific dolphin viewing, parasailing, and fishing. If you’re more the land-loving type, there’s always just taking a stroll in the sand. Make sure you check out the Wash House restaurant if you’re in town, if you’re a fan of succulent seafood and cold beer.
South Carolina: Beaufort
Located just one state South from Beaufort, North Carolina is another town named Beaufort, known for its historic charm and beautiful beaches. South Carolina’s second-oldest city, downtown is full of antebellum mansions and other reminders of the area’s past.
Like so much of the rest of the coastal Carolinas, being in Beaufort seems to make the chaos of the outside world disappear. If you’re looking for the best hotel in the area, the five-star Anchorage 1770 is it. You’ll get a room in an 18th-century mansion which is just a short walk away from the famous Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.
Near Flagstaff lies a gorgeous area of red-rock buttes and canyons, known as Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is extremely popular with New Age and spiritual personalities. That’s largely in part due to the energy vortexes, which draw visitors from all over the world. In fact, Sedona itself is known as one large vortex, which is explained further on the area’s website, visitsedona.com.
Even if the vortexes don’t interest you, the stunning views and off-road Jeep tours might. There are also plenty of hiking trails and rock climbing, for those who prefer a bit more of a challenge. And, if you’re really looking for the best views in the area, try one of the helicopter tours for your own birds-eye.
Travel back in time to the beginning of life in the American colonies by visiting the place where it all started: Virginia. This is a must-see place for history buffs, and a place that the whole family can enjoy. Williamsburg has some spectacular coastlines and are home to some of the best beaches on the East coast. Jamestown Beach Park is most popular with families with kids, while College Creek is better for adults just looking to stroll and take in the scenery – and those are just two of the many great choices in the area.
Of course, the main attraction in the area is Colonial Williamsburg, where you can witness reenactments and a glimpse into the way things were in America in the 1700’s. But for those who are looking for something more modern, it’s also home to Busch Gardens amusement park.
Nashville, Indiana is located in the heart of Brown County, about 40 miles outside of Indianapolis. Those living in the area know it’s a beautiful spot to visit, especially during the fall when all of the leaves are changing colors. That’s because the Brown County State Park offers some terrific hiking and scenery.
On Van Buren Street sits the Out of the Ordinary restaurant, which offers cozy dining and delicious comfort food, like their famous wild game feast sandwich. There are also plenty of delicious fudge shops, along with other small boutiques. Make sure to stop by the Bear Wallow Distillery after your meal for some moonshine tasting.
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Here is a link to more of Erika Burch ‘s brilliant articles.