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10 Best Small Towns in America | Travel News from Fodor’s Travel Guides

Bozeman, Montana is in the top ten of yet another list of best towns in America.  This time by Fodors.  I love living here – you can, too!

10 Best Small Towns in America

Posted by Sandra Ramani on March 19, 2013

America’s big cities may get all the splashy buzz, but for savvy travelers, our small towns are our best-kept secrets. In a time when “authentic” is a travel buzzword, these hamlets are attracting visitors with an often unexpected—and surprisingly sophisticated—array of independent and locally-minded cultural, outdoor, and culinary offerings, all minus the urban price tags.

The only downside to all this small town regeneration? Narrowing down this list to just 10 favorites. Our editors pored over the possibilities, ultimately picking the winners based on criteria like population (all are under 50,000 people), and draws like great local eats, interesting museums and cultural points, and noteworthy natural attractions or outdoor adventures. The result is a list that should inspire travelers of all walks to fill up the gas tank and hit the road.

Bozeman, Montana


What it’s Like: This Big Sky Country college town is a nature-lover’s paradise, no matter the season.

Founded in the late-1800’s to service travelers along a mining trail, Bozeman today is home to 37,280 permanent residents, as well as the fluctuating student population of Montana State University. The college presence lends the place an arty vibe; popular activities include the year-round Bozeman Symphony Society and summertime Shakespeare in the Parks. The mix of faculty, students, cowboys, outdoor enthusiasts, and the odd celebrity has also elevated the dining scene; The rotating menu at John Bozeman’s Cafe in the historic downtown might feature Jamaican jerk chicken, while the bison burgers and Kobe beef at Montana Ale Works pair perfectly with the 40 beers on tap. Hotels like the Gallain River Lodge, set on a 350-acre working ranch, and the Lehrkind Mansion, a former brewer’s residence-turned-B&B, make ideal bases for fly fishing, skiing, rafting, and exploring Yellowstone National Park.

Other Cities Nationwide that made the list

Healdsburg, California

Sedona, Arizona

St. Augustine, Florida

Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Brattleboro, Vermont

Traverse City, Michigan

Door County, Wisconsin

Galena, Illinois

Walla Walla, Washington

via 10 Best Small Towns in America | Travel News from Fodor’s Travel Guides.