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15 Small Cities in the U.S. You Must Visit

America is a diverse country with many cultural and geographical facets. The United States of America, or the U.S., includes 50 states that are divided into 5 regions. It has beautiful beaches in California, mountains in Colorado, deserts in Arizona, forests in Maine and so much more to offer visitors who come from all over the world.

The following list includes 15 cities you should visit while visiting this great nation called America:

Franklin, Tennessee

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There are some beautiful small towns in Tennessee. Franklin is one of them. A lovely town located in Williamson County, Tennessee. Visit Franklin’s downtown shops for unique finds and enjoy dining at trendy restaurants. The historic downtown area has plenty of accommodations for you to spend the night. 

Franklin is located less than an hour south of Nashville, so you can also visit the city for a day trip.

Springfield, Missouri

The birthplace of Route 66, Springfield is the third-largest city in Missouri and has plenty of attractions to explore. Missouri Baseball Hall of Fame is one place that makes visiting Springfield worthwhile. The Natural State Zoo is also a great place for kids to learn about animals from around the world.

In addition, you can visit Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium.

Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, which is located in Massachusetts, has a lengthy and interesting history. Known for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, the city has turned that dark chapter of its past into a tourist attraction. Today, visitors can learn about the witch trials at the Salem Witch Museum and see where they took place at the Gallows Hill Memorial Park.

You can also visit The House of the Seven Gables and Pickering Wharf for some maritime history.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg is a city in south-central Pennsylvania that is best known for the Battle of Gettysburg, fought during the American Civil War. Today, the city is home to the Gettysburg National Military Park, which preserves the battlefield and other important sites from the war.

In addition to its history, Gettysburg is a picturesque town with plenty of shops and restaurants.

Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette is located in south-central Louisiana and is the fourth-largest city in the state. The city has a rich history and culture that can be seen in its architecture and cuisine. Some of the attractions you’ll want to visit while in Lafayette include the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Vermilionville and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.

There are also a handful of locally-owned restaurants that serve up some of the best Cajun food in the country.

Burlington, Vermont

Located on the Eastern shores of Lake Champlain, Burlington is a city that offers a little bit of everything. In the summer, visitors can enjoy swimming and boating on Lake Champlain. In the fall, the leaves change color to create an autumnal wonderland. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes at Sugarbush Resort.

Burlington has a number of great restaurants that serve up local ingredients from Vermont farms.

Frankfort, Kentucky

The capital city of Kentucky, Frankfort has much to offer visitors and residents alike. You’ll want to make sure you visit Frankfort Distillery to learn about the history of bourbon and taste some of the best whiskey in the country. The Kentucky Horse Park is also a must-see attraction, as it is one of the largest equestrian parks in the world.

Frankfort is also home to some of the best restaurants in the state, serving up everything from barbecue to Italian food.

Ammon, Idaho

Ammon is a city located in Eastern Idaho, near the city of Idaho Falls. Ammon is part of Bonneville County and has a population of approximately 11,000 people. The city was founded in 1904 and was originally named Ammon Center. Ammon is home to a number of parks and recreation areas, as well as businesses and restaurants. The city is also home to Idaho State University – Idaho Falls, which is a four-year public university. Ammon is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. There are many things to do in Ammon, and the community is friendly and welcoming. If you are looking for a place to call home, Ammon may be the perfect fit for you.

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen is a ski town located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The city is home to three ski resorts: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk, which offers varied terrain for people of all skill levels. In the summer, you can drive up to the mountains and hike or mountain bike in some of the best scenery in the country.

There’s also a number of shops and restaurants that line the city’s main street, making it one of Colorado’s more popular tourist destinations.

Providence, Rhode Island

Providence is the capital of Rhode Island and has plenty to offer anyone who visits. The city’s main attraction is the Providence Athenæum, which contains thousands of rare books and manuscripts dating back hundreds of years. You can also visit the Roger Williams National Memorial or College Hill for some history in addition to the numerous coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques in the area.

Nashville, Tennessee

Home to some of country music’s biggest stars, Nashville is a must-see city for Americans who enjoy the genre. The historic Ryman Auditorium which has a 2362 auditorium seating capacity is where almost all of country music’s biggest concerts take place. There are also plenty of great bars and restaurants where you can enjoy authentic ‘country’ cuisine.

Nashville is also home to the Johnny Cash Museum, which celebrates some of country music’s all-time greats and their legendary career.

Portland, Maine

Portland is a charming port city located in the state of Maine. The city is known for its beautiful architecture, which can be seen in its many Victorians and mansions. There are also a large number of art galleries and museums, as well as a vibrant music scene.

In terms of food, Portland is known for its lobster rolls, but it also has plenty of other dining options to choose from.

Boulder, Colorado

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a popular tourist destination for people who love the outdoors. The city has more than 300 miles of hiking trails and is also home to the University of Colorado. You can visit the campus’ Museum of Natural History, which contains a number of exhibits on archaeology, anthropology and paleontology.

Boulder is also home to a number of restaurants, coffee shops and microbreweries that make it a great place to spend an afternoon or evening.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico and is well known for its art and culture. The city is home to a large number of art galleries, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

The city is also home to the oldest public building in the country, the Palace of the Governors. The building has been used by numerous governors and was where Native American leaders were brought for negotiations with Spain.

Huntington Beach, California

For those who love surfing or simply want to spend the day at the beach, Huntington Beach is a must-visit destination. The city has more than six miles of beaches and some great nightlife where you can dance the night away after catching some rays during the day.

There are also plenty of restaurants in Huntington Beach that serve up delicious meals throughout the week at affordable prices.

The U.S. is filled with amazing small cities that you won’t want to miss out on visiting! Whether you’re into art and culture or beaching, we’ve got a list of 15 must-visit destinations for anyone looking to explore the country’s smaller towns this summer.