Tiny Travelogue: 50 Small Towns to Visit Across the U.S.
Big cities are often hyped as the best tourist destinations in the United States, but many of the nation's small towns are gems. From coast to coast and north to south, small towns represent much of what is great about each state or region, just on a smaller scale than larger cities -- and typically at a lower price. With lots of charm, natural beauty, history, and great food, small towns often make the best trips. State by state, here are some of the best ones to visit.
(Editor's note: This story has been revised since publication.)
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, features white sand beaches and several historic spots, including Hulihee Palace, a former summer home for Hawaiian royalty, and Ahuena Heiau, once the residence of King Kamehameha and a sacred religious site. Ahuena sits on a public beach that features calm waters ideal for snorkeling.
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Kentucky is famous for producing bourbon, and the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown has been in operation for more than 130 years. The distillery sits on 196 acres in the heart of bourbon country and features 29 barrel-aging warehouses. Complimentary tours of the facility are available Monday through Saturday. The Bardstown Art Gallery, which showcases works from regional artists, is a must-see for lovers of art and culture, as is Thomas Merton Books.
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