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11 Of America's Best Small Towns, Perfect For A Long Weekend Trip

07/02/2015 01:45pm ET | Updated December 6, 2017

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Whether you've got an extra vacation day to spare or not, summer is ALWAYS a good excuse for a long weekend trip. Life moves a little slower, food tastes a little sweeter and everything is just a bit simpler than in the place you left behind.

Luckily enough, America is chock-full of cool small towns that make for perfect long weekend trips. There's a very good chance that you're currently within a reasonable distance to at least one of them. Pick a spot that fits your style, and recharge on a three-day getaway.

Fredericksburg, Texas
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Not far from buzzy Austin, this small town with German roots boasts charming B&Bs, dozens of adorable shops and proximity to some of the best wine tasting in Texas.
Healdsburg, CA
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Smart visitors to Northern California will skip Napa and head to Healdsburg, a foodie capital with outdoor concerts and shady sidewalks to charm you between courses.
Gallup, New Mexico
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When you consider its museums, charming Spanish Colonial theater and historic hotel, you'll see why Rand McNally named Gallup the Most Patriotic Small Town in America in 2014.
Beaufort, South Carolina
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Stroll streets of antebellum mansions and moss-covered trees before hitting the beach in this little Southern oasis.
Deadwood, South Dakota
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Visit the graves of real-live Wild West characters, like Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok, at Deadwood's local cemetery. A number of walking and sightseeing tours will show you the lighter side of things, too.
Traverse City, Michigan
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This lovely lake town was made for lovers of the outdoors: There's no shortage of boating and beaches, with larger-than-life sand dunes nearby. Visit a charming craft brewery once you're back on land.
Port Townsend, Washington
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Art galleries, boutiques, festivals and great food draw locals out to this lovable seaport on the picturesque Olympic Peninsula.
Corning, New York
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The "Crystal City" in New York's charming Finger Lakes region is famous for its collection of glass artworks. You can even make your own in the studio!
Estes Park, Colorado
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Estes Park is perfect for lovers of both small-town life and nature explorations, as it's a gateway village to Rocky Mountain National Park. A romantic, haunted old hotel adds a bit of thrill to the mix.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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If you've always wanted to try Cape Cod, then make Woods Hole your first stop. This nautical village has an awesome Science Aquarium and a collection of charming sailboats to boot.
Everglades City, Florida
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This tiny town houses a visitors center for Everglades National Park. Oh, and they serve some tasty crab dishes too.
Bisbee, Arizona
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The former mining town now has a thriving arts scene.
Birmingham, Alabama
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The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is worth a visit to the city alone.
Rapid City, South Dakota
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Yes, it's near Mt. Rushmore, but it's also home to massively-entertaining Dinosaur Park.
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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One word: Corvette.
Buffalo, New York
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The town is booming; and there's enough Frank Lloyd Wright architecture to go around.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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It's home to the Mother Mosque of America, our country's longest-standing Islamic house of worship
Toledo, Ohio
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Because nothing is more American thanTony Packo's hot dogs and fried pickles.
Roanoke, Virginia
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The city, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, was once a prominent train town, so there's tons of interesting history to learn here.
Marshall, Texas
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The town, which was established in 1841, is home to loads of fun festivals all year long.
Santa Cruz, California
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A classic oceanfront town with an historic amusement pier. Doesn't get much more American than that.
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