Here are the 20 Best Small Towns in America, According to the Smithsonian

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Smithsonian Magazine recently released its fourth annual list of the . The following presents their selections, which were based on factors like the number of historical attractions, as well as events or exhibits that might make it particularly worthwhile to visit in 2015. The magazine encouraged readers to think of their choices not so much as a "ranking" so much as a "menu" of some of the magic that America's small towns have to offer.
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Perfect for: Those seeking a taste of Europe on the East Coast. Main attractions: The , which features 2,500 acres of lush forest foliage and a traditional Austrian brewery.
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Homer, Alaska
Perfect for: Those chasing the elusive Northern Lights. Main attractions: The aurora borealis, which can best be viewed in the spring and the fall in this little island lost in the sea.
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Perfect for: Those dreaming of the Wild West. Main attractions: Every September, thousands of buffalo that still run free in are rounded up in a glorious display of old cowboy life. Afterwards, you can pick up a few fur pelts and dig into some home-cooked BBQ in town.
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Thibodaux, Louisiana
Perfect for: Those seeking a rustic Southern town. Main attractions: The shacks that line what was once a sugar cane plantation complex, the wetlands filled with wild alligators and turtles, and the local distillery that makes its own rum and sugarshine.
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Vernal, Utah
Perfect for: Dinosaur lovers. Main attractions: The town is literally a treasure trove of dinosaurs, as the is made up of thousands of dinosaur bones and opportunities to bone up on one's knowledge of our prehistoric friends.
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Perfect for: Romantic mountaineers. Main attractions: The nearby is filled to the brim with hundreds of pristine lakes, mysterious trails, awe-inspiring glaciers and rare wildlife (like the bald eagle or peregrine falcon).
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Put-in-Bay, Ohio
Perfect for: Ship enthusiasts seeking a tiny, picturesque island. Main attractions: The U.S. brig Niagara, a historical replica of a 19th century ship that offers old-school sailing trips. Every September, the town celebrates the important role it played in the War of 1812 with historical reenactments and other fun activities.
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Perfect for: Country music fans seeking a truly old-fashioned little town. Main attractions: Those who want all of the country music fun of its doppleganger in Tennessee without any of the muss and fuss will love the in June. Nashville is also famous for its art, and is home to the , one of the oldest galleries in the USA.
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Perfect for: Adventurous nature lovers. Main attractions: The enchanted ice caves of the . After a breathtaking day exploring all of the historic lighthouses, forests, and cliffs of the Lake Superior area, the town offers a wide range of ways to unwind, including an old creamery, an organic restaurant, and plenty of wineries.
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Perfect for: Those seeking a quaint, colonial town. Main attractions: Beautiful nineteenth-century architecture, like the that peacefully stands on stilts above the bay.
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Perfect for: Those seeking a laid-back, family-friendly place. Main attractions: The , which features the longest swinging bridge in the U.S. As the birthplace of Dolly Parton, it's also got some great country music, and the draws countless visitors every May.
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Perfect for: People seeking a tranquil Southern town. Main attractions: Vast salt marshes and golf courses, , and one of the oldest churches in America: .
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Boonville, Missouri
Perfect for: American history buffs. Main attractions: Ancient Native American burial grounds, the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, and a old-running theater that was once a hospital during the Civil War.
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Perfect for: People looking for a perfectly picturesque seaport town where ships still rock gently in the water. Main attractions: The , a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a lush landscape for all nature lovers.
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Calistoga, California
Perfect for: Thermal spring water enthusiasts. Main attractions: The Indian Springs, California's oldest continuously operated spa, as well as the plentiful wine options and cozy Victorian cottages.
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Cooperstown, New York
Perfect for: People seeking a village brimming with old-fashioned Americana. Main attractions: There's a legend that baseball was invented here, and as such it's really kept up all the innocent charm of playing ball on quiet streets in a simpler time.
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Perfect for: Those seeking a little lakeside romance. Main attractions: Since it's one of the top regions for wines in the Midwest, the cup really runneth over when it comes to wineries. It's also the largest producer of tart cherries in the U.S., which is why thousands of visitors flock to its annual in July.
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Perfect for: Marine life lovers. Main attractions: The sea turtles at the and the stingrays at the .
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Perfect for: Nautical explorers who also love to unwind by the fire. Main attractions: The , held in former nineteenth-century candle factory, is opening a two-year exhibit this summer on the sperm whale who inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and Ron Howard's upcoming film In the Heart of the Sea.
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Perfect for: Those who love cozy, mountain towns. Main attractions: The , famed for being the site of Stephen King's The Shining, which will be adding a giant hedge maze this April in homage to the cult classic.
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