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Old 05-18-2021, 07:09 AM
 
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Perhaps a list of dumpy small towns would be shorter?
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Old 05-18-2021, 12:24 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Years ago I rejected a job offer in Milwaukee because of my image of it as a tired, rust-belt industrial city. When I got no other offers I eventually moved there & was surprised at the lively culture with museums, music, parks, pro sports & interesting ethnic mix sitting astride what is essentially a large inland sea. They had small local breweries all over the state decades before "microbreweries" became a national thing.

I really enjoyed it, it was somewhat of a "mini-me" of Chicago which is a good thing. I haven't been there since the '80's though.
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Old 05-18-2021, 04:22 PM
 
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania is one of my favorites. It's Amish country, and you can drive through the little Amish towns of Intercourse, Bird-in-Hand, and so on. There are shops and things to look through and you can see the gorgeous Amish farms.
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Old 05-19-2021, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Corona del Mar, CA
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Off the beaten path doesn't mean smaller I guess since the OP mentioned Krakow and Budapest and since they didn't mention Memphis, I'll start there. Memphis and Nashville are both wonderful, in their own way. Then Savannah GA, Charleston SC, Durango CO, Eureka Springs AR, New Braunfels TX, Montpelier VT, Glenwood Springs CO, Flagstaff AZ, Waterloo IA, Laramie WY, Spokane WA.

I could literally go on for pages. There are so many wonderful spots, with great people I've met over decades of travel. I am always touched by the kindness and goodness of so many people in America.
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Old 05-22-2021, 03:23 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Perhaps a list of dumpy small towns would be shorter?
I don't think so!
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Old 05-24-2021, 09:45 AM
 
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Doylestown, PA, New Hope, PA, and Lambertville, NJ. New Hope is only ten miles from Doylestown, and Lambertville is just across the Delaware River from New Hope. All three are destinations.
This area is wonderful.

It is also very convenient for day trips to New York, Philadelphia, and the Jersey Shore.
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Old 05-28-2021, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Charming towns I’ve found that exceeded my expectations, and some locals here:

Georgetown, CO
Beaufort, SC
Annapolis, MD
Newport, RI
Nantucket, MA
Edgartown, MA
Rockport, MA
Boothbay Harbor, ME
Rockport, ME
Portland, ME
Camden, ME
Carmel, CA
Dover, VT
Stowe, VT
Burlington, VT
North Conway, NH
Kent, CT
Essex, CT
Chester, CT
Guilford, CT
Rowayton, CT
Litchfield, CT
Stonington Borough, CT
New Haven, CT
Milford, CT (my town! Shameless plug)
Southport, CT
Mystic, CT
Stony Creek, CT
Block Island, RI
Cold Spring, NY
Watkins Glen, NY
Ann Arbor, MI

Also been impressed with smaller cities like Savannah, Charleston, Boulder, even Quebec City to our neighbors to the north.
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Old 05-31-2021, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Panama City Beach, FL
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I just spent 5 years living in a motorhome, traveling across the country. Many of the places that I would recommend have already been mentioned. Some people showed some displeasure at a few of the places I would recommend. That's why these lists are highly personal. There are billions of not me, but only 1 me.

Anyway here's my list in no particular order:

Oatman, AZ
Hot Springs, AR
Hope, AK
Williamsburg, VA
Mt Dora, FL
Sedona, AZ
Mesilla, NM
Gatlinburg, TN
Branson, MO
New Braunfels, TX
Cody, WY
New Hope, PA
Rapid City, SD
Lake Placid, NY
Bar Harbor, ME
St. Michaels, MD
Marlinton, WV
Marblehead, MA
Smithville, NJ
St. Augustine, FL
Homer, AK
Lake Havasu, AZ
Seward, AK
Williams, AZ
Jackson, WY
South Padre Island, TX
Mobile, AL
Lafayette, LA
Lake of the Ozarks, MO
Lincoln, NE
Savannah, GA
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Old 05-31-2021, 06:56 PM
 
Location: NYC
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My brother has a summer place in a small town in PA named Honesdale. I've been there a couple times & have to say for a small town it has a lot going for it, it's not typical with a very lively & well kept-up downtown & near many lakes & the Poconos.

I was watching a Youtube channel this past winter that does "list" videos: the best of this or the worst that, etc.. One of his videos was the "10 Best Small Towns" but what caught my eye was one he did sometime after that exclusively on Honesdale, saying that he had never been there previously and after spending a few days there he not only now considered it one of "The Best" towns but that he was seriously considering moving there, since it so impressed him.

I'm more of a city mouse but I did like my time spent there.
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Old 06-02-2021, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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My brother has a summer place in a small town in PA named Honesdale. I've been there a couple times & have to say for a small town it has a lot going for it, it's not typical with a very lively & well kept-up downtown & near many lakes & the Poconos.

I was watching a Youtube channel this past winter that does "list" videos: the best of this or the worst that, etc.. One of his videos was the "10 Best Small Towns" but what caught my eye was one he did sometime after that exclusively on Honesdale, saying that he had never been there previously and after spending a few days there he not only now considered it one of "The Best" towns but that he was seriously considering moving there, since it so impressed him.

I'm more of a city mouse but I did like my time spent there.
I haven't been there in years, decades. I liked it more than Hawley.

I'm a suburban mouse. I like to live near a city but not in it.
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