Sometimes taking a vacation in a small town can be as much fun as going overseas. Small town have close knot communities that have micro-cultures, which makes them fun to visit and interact with for a change. Moreover, they tend to be far away from big cities, which mean they have maintained their history for most of the time. They also tend to have beautiful and unique scenery, away from the concrete and glass you are used to see in the cities. It's with that in mind that we are going to look at Five Small Towns in the USA that are Great for Vacationing.
The small town of Durango, is in southwest of Colorado, and near the Mesa Verde National Park. It was established as a mining town during the Victorians times, and is considered one of the best places to take an adventure as a family, and enjoy some sports. Some of the sports you can enjoy while there are both road and mountain biking, rafting and kayaking the Animas River, Hiking on the San Juan Mountains, as well as snowboarding and skiing if you visit the Purgatory Resort.
Come nightfall, you are free to enjoy some fine dining as well as local brewpubs in its downtown area, where there are numerous local shops. If you love trains then take a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, on the steam-powered train to remind yourself what it felt like living in this mining town back then. The rail leads to the north where you will be able to enjoy several community events such as Snowdown event happening in January, as well as the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic that happen in May.
If you want to enjoy a variety of Oktoberfests in the US, then Fredericksburg, in Texas is the place to be. The town started when German immigrants settled there in 1846, and its best summer attractions are the orchards and wineries, while you can enjoy the beautiful view of bluebonnets covered fields. History lovers can take time in the National Museum of the Pacific War where they is much to learn about the town's most famous person, Admiral Chester Nimitz.
Don't forget to visit the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, where you will learn about Lyndon B. Johnson, who was the 36th president of the United States. Other activities you can do for fun are taking lessons at the Fischer and Wieser’s Cooking School, a mug of the local beer in the local downtown pubs, a relaxation spa experience at the Fredericksburg Herb Farm's spa, and doing some local shopping at the Fredericksburg’s main street.
The town is named after Buffalo Bill Cody, who was deeply involved in Wild West history. Located about 30 miles from the Yellowstone National Park's eastern entrance, the town's Buffalo Bill Center of the West showcases the town’s past Indian history, western art and firearms, as well as the area's natural history.
There is also the Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center, where you will be able to learn about the interning of the Japanese-Americans after the attack at Pearl Harbor. You can also enjoy watching cowgirls and cowboys test their skills at the Cody Stampede rodeo, and camping at the Buffalo Bill State Park.
It's in Bentonville, Arkansas that Sam Walton opened a small store in 5and10 store in 1950, which turned to be the Walmart Museum that highlights the journey of one of the world's largest companies with humble beginnings. Alice, who is daughter to Walton, funded the Crystal Bridges Museum that showcases works of art, and is open to the public without charge. Some of the treasures you are likely to see include the “George Washington” by Gilvert Stuart. The portrait is the original that is used on the $1 bill. Another famous historical piece of art is the “Rosie the Riveter” by Norman Rockwell. Overall, the beautiful mountain scenery and trail frequented by bikers, museums that include 21C Museum Hotel and Terra Studios, have made this small town to a wide variety of tourists.
This town sits at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's doorstep, making a great place for a family to vocation. While there, you can enjoy homemade taffy and enjoy a 360-degrre view from the Gatlinburg Space Needle, which is 40-storey high. If you enjoy the feeling of downward acceleration, you can zip-line from the mountaintop at Anakeesta theme park, down to the sea at the Aquarium of the Smokies owned by Ripley. If it gets too hot for you, you can cool down at the Dollywood Splash Country, then go on to visit museums such as Titanic Museum and Alcatraz East Crime Museum.
We hope you will have fun at any of the above towns and come back home feeling relaxed and ready to live life to the fullest.
Written by Garrett Parker
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