9 of the Most Charming Small Towns in USA

Rocheport, Missouri

Two Hours from Both Kansas City and St. Louis; This tiny town along the Katy Trail, whose name means “rocky port” in French, was once a trading post for Native Americans. It boasts many B and Bs for a weekend getaway

Decorah, Iowa

Rooted in Norwegian Culture; This town is home to the country’s largest museum about an immigrant group (Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum) and flaunts many beautiful spots in nature, including Dunning’s Springs Park.

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Surrounded by Gorgeous Scenery; This small town offers plenty of eye candy, from an 1861 Italianate museum (Asa Packer Mansion Museum) to hiking Glen Onoko Falls.

Cape May, New Jersey

Known for Well-Restored Victorian Gingerbread Homes; Cape May hugs the Atlantic Ocean where it meets the Delaware Bay, balancing beach-town nostalgia (such as a boardwalk) with cutting-edge entertainment.

Yellow Springs, Ohio

Stunning Even in Winter; Home to Antioch College, this town features natural splendor, including the 78-mile-long Little Miami Scenic Trail that connects to the 752-acre John Bryan State Park. Many residents are artists.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

A Celebrated Summer Destination; This town along the Atlantic Ocean balloons with tourists during summer. It’s home to one of America’s most celebrated craft brewers, Dogfish Head, which recently opened an adorable

Pawleys Island, South Carolina

Historical Barrier Island; Travel 70 miles north of Charleston and across a causeway to find this island with around 100 residents, tracing its roots back to the 1700s through historic buildings, including antebellum homes.

Houghton, Michigan

Natural Gems in the Upper Peninsula; Among this town’s natural attractions is Isle Royale National Park, accessible through Rock Harbor on Lake Superior. Home to Michigan Technological University, Houghton’s downtown

St. Francisville, Louisiana

Part of the Baton Rouge Region; On the banks of the Mississippi River, St. Francisville has many plantations (including Rosedown Plantation) from the town’s founding in the early 1800s that still stand today.

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