50 Charming American Towns You Haven't Heard of But Should Visit ASAP

Hit the roads less traveled.

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When you plan a vacation, most people tend to go to more popular places, right? It's usually cities they've read about or towns and attractions that have been recommended by friends and family. But that's about to change, because there are plenty of small towns in America that are worth traveling to, even if you didn't even know they existed. These 50 unheard-of towns across the U.S. might not have made it onto your bucket list yet, but they absolutely deserve a spot.

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St. Simons Island, Georgia

History buffs and beach lovers alike will love off the Georgia coast. There, you can golf, fish, and visit plenty of historical monuments, and you can't miss climbing to the top of the St. Simons lighthouse to see the view of the entire island.

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Bisbee, Arizona

Back in the day, , but now it's a quaint small town home to artists and retirees. With houses on cliffs' edges and a mine cavern that you can still explore, it's pretty picturesque.

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Perdido Key, Florida

, you can skip the touristy parts of the state and relax by the (much less crowded) beach. With fishing, boating, snorkeling, multiple golf courses, and more, there's a little something for everyone.

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Bardstown, Kentucky

If you like whiskey, — you might not be familiar with it, but it is the bourbon capital of the world, after all. It's home to several distilleries, including Jim Beam and Maker's Mark.

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Frenchtown, New Jersey

Spend a few minutes in , and you'll forget you're even in New Jersey. It's a great spot for biking and hiking, and if you visit in July, be sure to check out their Bastille Day festival.

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Trinidad, California

With a population of less than 400 people, calling this town small is an understatement. That said, and picturesque offshore rocks, and it has a rich Native American historic heritage.

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Put-In-Bay, Ohio

You'll need to take a ferry to make it to , but once you get there, you'll be instantly charmed. Relax at the beach, go sailing, or head to one of its many attractions, like the Antique Car Museum or Butterfly House.

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Astoria, Oregon

west of the Rocky Mountains, so if you love history, you'll love exploring this interesting town and its many museums, like the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

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Dorset, Vermont

For a peaceful visit, head to and enjoy beautiful walking trails and an abundance of maple trees. Take a wildlife tour, head to a local music festival, or even check out a museum, like the American Museum of Fly Fishing.

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas

In the heart of the Ozark Mountains is , known for both its Historic District and its natural springs. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, which is home to big cats, is also in Eureka Springs.

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Damariscotta, Maine

located on the salty Damariscotta River will have you wondering why river towns aren't more popular. The shores are lined with oyster shells that historians say are from Native American gatherings 2,500 years ago. Cool, no?

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Galena, Illinois

The historic charm of six-block Main Street will make you feel like you took a time machine to a different decade. After you conquer downtown, must-see attractions include the Old Market House and the Historical Society and Museum.

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Pella, Iowa

Even though is quaint and quiet during the majority of the year, it totally transforms in May for the annual Tulip Time Festival. To honor their dutch culture, they transform the streets into the Netherlands and host an epic parade.

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Welch, West Virginia

used to be all about coal mining, but today it's rich in history thanks to the Kimball War Memorial. We recommend grabbing a bite and sitting next to the Elkhorn Creek that flows through the town and into the Tug Fort.

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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

motto is "The Oldest Summer Resort in America," and its prime location on Lake Winnipesaukee proves why. People from all over New Hampshire, Boston and even Hollywood (Drew Barrymore once visited!) vacation here during warm summer months.

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Corning, New York

Wineries and breweries: check. Panoramic views of a gorgeous lake: check. Restaurants filled with top-notch food: check. offers something for everyone and has become a favorite for destination weddings.

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Keene, New Hampshire

Even though is a must-visit destination, the countryside and lakes are the real treasures in this town. Make sure you take a tour of the covered bridges and hike up Mount Monadnock during your stay.

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Ferndale, California

It makes sense why population of 1,372 people all live within one square mile when you see how lovely it is downtown. It's known as the "Cream City" for its well-preserved Victorian storefronts and homes and will let you escape the daily grind.

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Franklin, Tennessee

About 21 miles south of Nashville is a much quieter that still offers tons of culture. Wind your way through antique shops and restaurants, then catch a live show at one of their award-winning venues, like The Franklin Theatre.

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Healdsburg, California

town is a lesser-known destination for wine tasting, but no less gorgeous. If you've had your fill of pinot, there's still plenty to do, including hiking, biking and even canoeing.

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Lanesboro, Minnesota

Known as the bed and breakfast capital of Minnesota, (the population is just 754!) offers relaxation for couples and outdoor adventures for families in the bluffs of the Root River Valley.

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Little Compton, Rhode Island

originally belonged to the Sakonnet tribe, but today it's known as Rhode Island's secret coast. It's a favorite place for locals to escape to the beach, take in local artwork or grab a lobster roll.

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Woods Hole, Massachusetts

On Cape Cod is that was once a pass-through destination for Martha's Vineyard ferry travelers. Now it holds its own thanks to a waterfront filled with restaurants and shopping.

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Marietta, Ohio

Back in the 1700s, when was settled, it was named in honor of Marie Antoinette. Today, it's a historic riverboat town that's ideal for families who seek out vacations full of outdoor adventures.

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Cedar Key, Florida

is less about the hustle and bustle and more about small town living. Proof: The restaurant- and buffet-filled streets of the mile-long historic district are filled with bicycles instead of cars.

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Grand Haven, Michigan

Located on the Eastern shore of Lake Michigan and the mouth of the Grand River is , which offers wine tasting, sand dune riding and an annual Coast Guard Festival at the end of every summer.

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Frederick, Maryland

Less than one hour from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore is that's surrounded by mountains, wineries and orchards. Downtown has even been designated as the Arts & Entertainment District, where you can find live music, dancing, you name it.

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Shelburne Farms, Vermont
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Shelburne, Vermont

Along the shores of Lake Champlain is that's most famous for Shelburne Farms, a series of barns where people can milk cows and watch cheesemakers make cheddars.

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Damascus, Virginia

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia is (we're talking a population of 814 people) that is known as "Trail Town." Hikers and bikers seek it out since it's at the cross roads of some of the most beautiful trails in the state.

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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Fredericksburg, Texas

has surprising German roots and old-time residents even refer to it as Fritztown. But the Magic Mile (a shopping scene with more than 150 stores) and some of the best wine tasting in Texas are what keeps the tourists coming back.

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