The 10 Prettiest Small Towns in the U.S.

John Deck

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1. Mt. Shasta, California

Head over to the West Coast and you'll find a true hidden gem, Sherry Arkfeld, travel blogger and author of Digital Nomad and a Dog, tells Best Life.

"Mt. Shasta city is a town of around 3,500 people that sits at the base of Mount Shasta itself," Arkfeld, who grew up in Northern California, explains. "The views of the mountain are a big reason why this town is so beautiful, but [the city of] Mt. Shasta is also pretty in its own right."

2. Cape May, New Jersey

Don't overlook this cozy little beach town, nestled as far south as you can go on the Jersey Shore. "Cape May is known for its Victorian architecture and charming downtown district," Joshua Haley, founder of Moving Astute, tells Best Life. "There are also several beaches and parks located in the town, making it a popular destination for visitors looking to enjoy the outdoors."

You'll be able to soak up the sun in Cape May during the summer months, but there's plenty to do, even during the "off season." This includes the famed Cape May County Park & Zoo, which is open all year and free to visit.

3. Rosemary Beach, Florida

Yearning for warm weather and to unwind on beautiful beaches? The small town of Rosemary, Florida, is waiting for you. According to the town's website, it combines the New Urbanism architectural style with West Indies style, which you can take in while strolling along cobblestone streets. According to Ashley Y,  the travel blogger behind Yumeology, Rosemary Beach "is a feast for the eyes."

"From the stately homes on the beachfront to the charming fairytale-like cottages in the heart of town, every building here makes it one of the 'prettiest' towns in the U.S.," she says.

4. Helen, Georgia

An ideal outdoor adventure should be scheduled in the alpine village of Helen, Georgia. Here, you'll take in the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and tour cobblestone streets similar to those in Bamberg or Lindau, Germany, the town's websites says. "The architecture in downtown Helen will make you feel like you've stepped into a Bavarian Alpine Village," Ashley Y says. "Visitors can also enjoy plenty of outdoor activities in the surrounding mountains, including hiking along the Dukes Creek Falls Trail or watching the beautiful waterfalls at Anna Ruby Falls."

Booking a trip from May to September will ensure that you can explore in warmer weather, but you can also visit in the fall for the town's annual Oktoberfest, or in the winter, when this quaint spot is lit up for the holidays.

5. Cannon Beach, Oregon

With just over 1,500 residents, Cannon Beach is not only a gorgeous seaside settlement, it's also got that small-town feel. "[The town] is full of clapboard beach shacks, a charming main street, and a spectacular beach," Jessica Schmit, the blogger behind Uprooted Traveler, tells Best Life. "While the coastal architecture in town is undeniably charming, the main attraction here is the eponymous beach, with the iconic Haystack Rock towering 235 feet out of the Pacific Ocean."

If you choose to take a stroll on the beach, you'll also be in for a treat, as wildlife like puffins and gray whales might make an appearance, Schmit says.

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