Some interesting travel destinations do not necessarily require travelers to have a passport or empty their bank accounts. Budget Travel recently announced their top 10 list of “cool small towns” for 2014.
From California to New York, small towns offer a variety of entertainment and dining without the busy hustle and bustle of big cities. Tourists can vacation in unique destinations where traffic jams are rare and the residents are friendly.
Events that are out of the ordinary are the norm for many of the small towns that made the list. In Berlin, Md., tourists can watch or even participate in bathtub races. Traveler’s Rest, S.C. highlights their pioneer history with the occasional tavern or inn. Nevada City, Calif. offers a Sundance-esque festival, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, while Elkin, N.C. highlights the Elkin Fiddlers music and Yadkin Valley Wine Festival.
The small towns listed also boast an abundance of restaurants, bars and locally famous cuisine. Estes Park, Colo. is home to craft breweries and wineries as well as high-class restaurants. While Mathews, Va. offers fresh seafood straight from the coast, Buckhannon, W.V. and Traveler’s Rest make barbecue the entree of choice.
These “secret” gems are scattered throughout the country, so even without a large travel budget, tourists can find a new favorite vacation spot that might even be within a few hours of home.