The 10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America

Tree-lined paths, overgrown ivy-covered buildings, and cobblestone streets paved with history and heritage....welcome to small-town America.

Some of America's most beautiful towns can be found in the most unexpected places, and typically, in our opinion, those places tend to be smaller and more tucked away than most!

Coast to coast, cubby hole to cubby hole, here are our top 10 choices for the most beautiful small towns in America!


  1. Beaufort SC
    English: Old Beaufort (SC) Public Library Date 27 July 2017, 19:04:23 Source Own work Author 2cooljohn

    English: Old Beaufort (SC) Public Library Date 27 July 2017, 19:04:23 Source Own work Author 2cooljohn

    Between the gorgeous Beaufort River and the charming downtown historic district, this stunning small town represents all that is quintessential America.

    Population: 13,445
    Draw: Antebellum Mansions and Port Royal Island
    Attraction to Visit: John Mark Verdier House Museum - 1800's Federal Style Home


  2. Mooresville AL

    Carol M. Highsmith: This post office is the oldest in the state of Alabama and features call boxes built prior to the American Civil War.


    Taking up a whole 0.1 miles and 6 streets, Mooresville is one of the smallest spots on our list, this super small town listed on the National Register of Historic Places list and playing home to picturesque picket fences and peaceful homes!

    Population: 56
    Draw: History
    Attraction to Visit: Post Office (pictured) or 1839 Brick Church


  3. St. Augustine FL
    St. Augustine, Florida Group Tours

    St. Augustine, Florida Group Tours


    A Northeast Coastal city in Florida that is full of Spanish colonial architecture, peaceful beaches, and essential US history.

    Population: 14,280
    Draw: Oldest City in the US
    Attraction to Visit: Castillo de San Marcos - 17th Century Mansion and Fort


  4. Carmel by the Sea CA
    Carmel By the Sea Group Tours

    Carmel By the Sea Group Tours

    A quaint beach city located on the Monterey Peninsula in California, surrounded by water and filled with history.

    Population: 3,891
    Draw: Museums and Library of Historic Carmel Mission
    Attraction to Visit: Point Lobos State Nature Reserve 


  5. Galena IL
    Galena IL Group Tours

    Galena IL Group Tours

    A well-preserved 19th-century town in Northwest Illinois with great views of surrounding states and great history as well!

    Population: 3,255
    Draw: Tri-State Views and Presidential History
    Attraction to Visit: Ulysses S. Grant Home or Horshoe Mound


  6. Jackson WY
    Jackson Wyoming Group Tours

    Jackson Wyoming Group Tours


    A gorgeous little location within the Jackson Hole Valley area that holds excellent wildlife and historic attributes, as well as convenient proximity to Grand Teton and 3 ski areas.

    Population: 10,529
    Draw: Wildlife Watching 
    Attraction to Visit: National Museum of Wildlife Art


  7. Mystic CT
    Juliancolton Mystic CT Marina

    Juliancolton Mystic CT Marina

    Technically considered to be a 'village' in New London County, this charming little cubby hole boasts proud heritage and exquisite cuisine.

    Population: 4,205
    Draw: Seaport  
    Attraction to Visit: Mystic Seaport - America's largest maritime museum. 


  8. Wallace ID
    Wallace, ID train station Author Ron Reiring

    Wallace, ID train station Author Ron Reiring

    A small historic city within the Panhandle Region of Idaho, a beautiful spot considered to be a part of the Silver Valley Mining District.

    Population: 759
    Draw: Mining History and the Views
    Attraction to Visit: Wallace District Mining Museum


  9. Telluride CO
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    Telluride CO Group Tours

    Another truly breathtaking mining town located deep within the forested peaks of the Rockies. There is also a highly popular ski resort in this area.

    Population: 2,444
    Draw: Mining History and Rocky Mountain Views
    Attraction to Visit:  Sheridan Opera House - A 1913 era performing arts venue.


  10.  Homer AK
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    Homer AK Group Tours

    One of the most beautiful spots on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, a Kachemak Bay small town shining gem full of art, seafood, and history.

    Population: 5,631
    Draw: Harbor and Art
    Attraction to Visit:  Pratt Museum or Islands and Oceans Visitor Center