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Top Five American Small Towns - Your Getaway From the City

Travelers Today       By    Patricia Sim

Updated: Oct 12, 2016 08:12 AM EDT

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Most of the world's population live in big, crowded cities, because they have all the necessary offices, infrastructure and services. However, for those who prefer to take it slow and breathe the air, these are the Top 5 Small Towns in America.

1. Stowe, Vermont - Outdoor Lover's Paradise

With Vermont's highest mountain looming in the background, skiing is the most popular sport in this town. (Here are some budget hacks for your next ski trip). However, a lot of outdoor activities are also possible in this quaint New England-style town, such as zip-lining and rock climbing.

In addition, Architectural Digest recommends you watch out for the Trapp Family Lodge, the resort owned by the von Trapp family made famous in The Sound of Music.

2. Sitka, Alaska - Wildlife Haven

With a population of only 9,020 people, and only being accessible via plane or ferry, much of this town is unexposed to outside influence, especially its wildlife. Among its glacier-carved mountains, sightings of rare animals such as bald eagles, brown bears, humpback whales, and sea otters are a common occurrence.

3. Beaufort, South Carolina - Southern Charm

Being the setting of the movie "Forrest Gump", the town is the second-oldest city in South Carolina. With its Antebellum style homes, and loads of art, culture, and historical sites, this town's old Southern charm is truly undeniable.

Common country activities such as fishing, boating, and other water sports are available in the town, with it being located on Port Royal Island.

4. Breckenridge, Colorado - Gold Rush Town

According to Architectural Digest, during the Gold Rush, Breckenridge mines produced approximately one million troy ounces of gold (about 68,500 pounds).

Despite the closure of these mines, the history of the town is very much well-preserved in its current arts scene, which is flourishing, along with its well-preserved houses and shops.

5. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California - Quirky California Beach Town

Known for its landmarks such as the beach, its historical shops, and its grandiose stone-built Basilica Church, Carmel-by-the-Sea also boasts cottages that look like they came out of a children's storybook.

This town is not without its quirks, as Country Living claims that the town has a ban on wearing high heels without a permit. So, be sure to secure your permits before strolling down this town's beautiful tree-lined sidewalks.

See Now: The U.S. had the highest number of Most Wanted properties, dominating the Hotels.com Loved By Guests Awards 2018

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