One of the great things about the United States is the breathe of diversity in its cities and towns. There are sprawling metropolises such as New York and little, quaint towns nestled in the rural areas. If you live in or near a big city, it can be relaxing to visit one of these smaller cities or towns. You get a chance to experience small-town life and who knows, you might decide that that lifestyle is much better than the high-energy pace of the big city.
If you’re looking for a small town with all the big cities amenities, then head to Breckenridge, Colorado. This ski town has quaint coffee shops, high-end restaurants, a Lululemon store, and easy access to some of the best ski mountains in the Rockies. But when you go home, you’ll be in the middle of the woods, with moose and other wild animals walking about in your backyard. This little town is about 2 hours from Denver, so if you’re missing city life, you can always go for a drive.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Does the image of fog, damp Atlantic winds, and gray skies over oceans sound romantic to you? If so, you’ll love Bar Harbor, Maine. This little coastal town has all the misty New England feel you’ll want, along with delicious lobster and seafood restaurants. You’ll also have easy access to hiking trails in National Forests for those early morning walks in the woods.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole is the new Aspen. This little ski town is where the upper crust of Manhattan jet off to in the winter. The powder here is comparable to what you’d find in Colorado, but it’s less crowded. If skiing isn’t for you, you can always do other winter sports or go for a tour of the Grand Teton National Park. Just north of that national park is Yellowstone National Park, so if being in the wilderness is the goal, Jackson Hole has all the wilderness you can handle.
Lake Tahoe, California
Those beautiful pictures of Lake Tahoe that you see online are not Photoshopped. This lake sits on the border of California and Nevada, tucked into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There are plenty of winter sports available, but summers in this lake/ski town are equally fun. Go paddleboarding or kayaking on the lake or spend your mornings surrounded by water so still that it looks like a mirror. If you go in the fall, the surrounding mountains turn a beautiful shade of orange and yellow.
Though Juneau is the second-largest city in Alaska, but it’s still Alaska. You won’t find streets crowded with people, yet you can easily go off into the Alaskan wilderness. It’s easy to explore glaciers, go on hikes in the national parks or simply sit outside and enjoy the peace and quiet. At night, if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. There are no skyscrapers or neon signs around either, so the stars shine much brighter.