America’s small towns have much to offer travelers. You’ll find sweeping vistas, historic architecture, and quaint downtowns to explore in the United States’ hidden small-town gems.
Manitou Springs, CO
Manitou Springs is a Colorado town unlike any other. It combines natural beauty and outdoor activities with a thriving art scene. It’s positioned right at the base of Pikes Peak and in close proximity to the Garden of the Gods Park. There are stunning views of snow-capped mountains, towering red-rock formations, and wildlife. When you’re done zip-lining over canyons, take a drink from one of Manitou’s eight naturally carbonated mineral springs.
Fayetteville, West Virginia is every outdoor adventure enthusiast’s dream. It’s right next to New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, the newest national park in the United States. With its rivers, waterfalls, and miles of forest, it’s the perfect spot for rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and mountain biking. Once your outdoor excursions are done for the day, explore the quaint downtown area’s shops, restaurants, and pubs.
Wallace, Idaho is a hidden gem tucked in the Northwest. At the base of the Bitterroot Mountains and the Coeur d’Alene River, it’s surrounded by a pine forest — making it perfect for the person who loves the great outdoors. It possesses the world’s largest trail system so that you can explore nature by bike, ATV, or on foot. The nearby Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation area offers prime skiing. The entire downtown Wallace area is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its mines remain the largest silver producer in the United States.
New York’s Goshen is one of Hudson Valley’s scenic highlights. Its gently rolling hills and wide, peaceful pastures are a stark contrast to New York City, which is just a quick trip away. There are wineries and breweries to visit. Families can enjoy museums, the Bear Mountain Merry-Go-Round, and a drive-in movie theater. There are festivals year-round. The Goshen Historic Track — established in 1838 — is still active. 2021 brought one major new attraction: LEGOLAND New York. Stay at the LEGO hotel while you explore the seven themed areas of the theme park.