As a continent-sized country with 50 states America has thousands of beautiful and historic towns, so it was a challenge for 24/7 Tempo to shortlist the 23 most charming. Small towns have a particular advantage by virtue of their size — they’re not crowded, life often moves at a slower pace, traffic is less of a problem, people are usually friendly, and there’s lots of civic pride.
The towns on our list have additional advantages, typically starting with location. Many are on the coast or in the mountains, or have some special feature of their own, such as mineral springs. Nature has been kind to them in other ways, supporting wineries or wildflowers. Many of them have rich histories, too — some are the oldest in their region and have interesting architecture, museums, and other charms.
Our list is particularly timely because Americans have been living with COVID-19 restrictions for a year now and tourism and entertainment have taken a hit. With the vaccination program progressing across the country and the promise of restrictions being eased, people are ready to hit the road again. And where better to go than the most charming towns in America? (But before you take off, check out COVID-19: The Latest Travel Restrictions in each state.)