America has a wide variety of small towns to visit with your family, from majestic mountainside towns to fun beach towns.
The fun is in the exploring. Let your family discover what they enjoy. Kids museums or water parks.
Check out some of these top small town vacation destinations, and maybe visit a few with YOUR family…
1) Carbondale, Colorado
Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the picturesque town of Carbondale offers breathtaking scenery, a blossoming gourmet food scene and diverse outdoor adventures, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, climbing and Nordic skiing. Visit the Rio Grande Trail where you can bike, hike and skate through the beautiful countryside.
2) Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Nestled in the West Virginia Mountains just a short drive from Washington D.C., Berkeley Springs is a warm and welcoming historic town, home to natural mineral springs, full-service spas, elegant restaurants and boutique stores. Berkeley Springs’ beautiful natural surroundings of forested mountain slopes, rocky ridges, winding rivers and tranquil lakes make it an ideal outdoor playground for hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing and horseback riding.
3) Helena, Montana
Montana’s capital city and once the center of the Gold Rush, Helena is brimming with culture, history, and interesting attractions. While the famous Last Chance Creek has long dried up, the town’s golden heritage is evident in the beautifully preserved buildings and churches dotted about town that are well worth a visit. However, it’s not only history and heritage that the capital city offers – there is a wealth of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Helena’s Great Northern Center has a few fantastic experiences for everyone. The Exploration Works Science Center offers hands-on learning with rotating exhibits and a magical music garden; the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Trail follows in the footsteps of intrepid adventurers Lewis & Clark; and the Great Northern Carousel is a wonderland of fun, from which your kids will never want to leave.
4) Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
Surrounded by spectacular wild beaches with water on three sides, Ocracoke is a quaint and tranquil fishing village on the coast of North Carolina. Clapboard homes dating back to the 1880s line sun-dappled streets, while whimsical stores and cozy restaurants add a wonderful charm to this tiny village. Just over one square mile, the town can easily be explored by walking or biking, where the residents’ love of the ocean is evident in yards dotted with old skiffs, crab pots hanging off porches and pieces of decorative driftwood adding a maritime touch. Ocracoke is all about the ocean and there are plenty of activities to try. Rent kayaks and explore Pamlico Sound, sail to Blackbeard’s hideout, or learn to kitesurf on the beach.
5) Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Resting at the mouth of the Connecticut River and watched over by two beautiful lighthouses, Old Saybrook is a picturesque coastal town with a rich history. Dating back to 1635, the town was founded as an independent colony that was known then as the Saybrook Plantation. Today, it is the perfect place to escape from the big city and unwind in tranquility. Ideally located on Long Island Sound, much of the town’s summertime activities revolve around the coastline. Rent kayaks in town and venture out onto the water in the protected North Cove or South Cove on the eastern side of town, or play a game of mini golf at Saybrook Point, which offers wonderful ocean views.
6) Naples, Florida
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s beautiful coastline, white sandy beaches backed by narrow dunes and serene half-hidden mansions make Naples one of Florida’s prettiest cities. While cultured, stylish and sophisticated, it is also warm and welcoming with many fun family attractions and activities. The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’MON) is a wonderful, pint-sized introduction to the culture of Naples where 12 different galleries and exhibits offer interactive and hands-on learning experiences with winding boardwalks, virtual ponds and mangrove mazes filled with toys. Next to C’MON is the Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park with water slides, lap pools, and sandy beaches.
7) Santa Fe, New Mexico
Resting at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, Santa Fe is a vibrant town in New Mexico that offers a diverse choice of things to see and do. Families will delight in the array of adventures for children in and around town, including hiking, mountain biking and architecture. Kids can inspect dinosaur bones, feed live tarantulas at the Harroll House of Natural Oddities and Bug Museum, and participate in interactive experiences at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.