U.S. News & World Report ranking also puts Steamboat Springs and Breckenridge in the Top 15.
This just in: Colorado is awesome. Although that's hardly news to us, towns across the state have killed it in yet another ranking. U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of the 25 Best Small Towns to Visit in America, which evaluated the best places to visit based on activities available, food, and personality.
"Filled with charm and plenty of friendly locals, small towns are synonymous with American life. To help you decide which towns are worthy of a vacation, U.S. News evaluated places with a population of less than 50,000 people that offer plenty of restaurants and attractions, plus have a unique character all their own," the list says.
Telluride was named the best small town to visit in the U.S. for the second year in a row. The snow, sun, and scenery were among the selling points of the southern Colorado mountain mecca.
"This Colorado town woos visitors with its captivating scenery and delightful Mountain Village. Skiers flock to Telluride's slopes for more than 2,000 acres of terrain, plus ample après-ski spots and an impressive 300 inches of snow and more than 200 days of sun annually. Year-round, the town hosts numerous festivals and cultural events, and travelers can hike, bike and golf when the weather warms. Plan to set aside a day to hop in the car for a road trip along the San Juan Skyway, too," relates the ranking.
But wait, there's more! Steamboat Springs ranked No. 8 on the list thanks to the endless outdoor activities year-round. While Steamboat fell a few spots from its last-year rank of No. 3, the town holds strong in the top 10.
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"Named for its famous hot springs, Steamboat Springs is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure junkies. This Colorado city is surrounded by working ranches, but its plethora of outdoor pursuits is what entice visitors," says the report.
Breckenridge also made the list this year at No. 15. Not ranked last year, it burst onto the scene for its history, skiing, and craft brews.
"Sure, you'll find plenty of fellow powder hounds on the slopes of nearby ski resorts along with stunning mountain vistas year-round, but this Colorado town also packs a historic punch thanks to its 19th-century gold rush roots. Other outdoor pursuits like hiking and biking are popular when the weather warms up, and plenty of breweries and distilleries around town occupy travelers off the trails," the list says.
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Overall, the rankings were based on analysis of expert and user opinions on each location's sights, culture, food, nightlife, adventure, romance, value, accessibility, and more.
According to the list, the Top 15 small towns to visit are:
1) Telluride, 2) Jackson Hole, 3) Lake Tahoe, 4) Sedona, 5) Bar Harbor, 6) Gatlinburg, 7) Monterey, 8) Steamboat Springs, 9) Williamsburg, 10) Moab, 11) Stowe, VT, 12) Juneau, 13) Laguna Beach, 14) Sonoma, and 15) Breckenridge. You can see the full list on the U.S. News & World Report website.
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