6 Small Towns Worth a Visit
With so many major destinations to see across the country, it’s easy for small towns to take a back seat—but many are more than meets the eye. As you plan your next trip, be sure to incorporate some small town stops along the way. They don’t call it small town charm for nothing and a luxury coach is your chance to experience the adventure of a lifetime.
Mammoth Lakes, California
Just 40 miles from Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes is the perfect sanctuary as you make your way to or from the park, but also serves as a great destination of its own. If you are venturing to Mammoth during the winter months, be sure to dust off your skis for what is arguably the best snow in California. During the spring and summer, enjoy fishing for trout, trekking along wildflower-filled trails, or taking a gondola ride up Mammoth mountain overlooking the Sierra mountain range. Mammoth Lake’s alpine village provides an abundance of food options, but you can also find some delicious bites off the beaten path.
Exploring Alaska by road is a true rite of passage. Picturesque views along the coastal highway will take you to the seaside town of Seward, known as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Wildlife sightings are abound here, with opportunities to explore the area by kayak, boat, or on foot. Whether you go exploring by kayak, venture out on a glacier hike, or stay close to town, the opportunity to take in the scenic views are endless. When in downtown Seward, be on the lookout for local artwork - it’s designation as “Mural Capital of Alaska” speaks for itself.
Mancos sits just 10 minutes from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park, where you can view archaeological sites and cliff dwellings of Ancestral Pueblo inhabitants from over 700 years ago. In the summertime, take a ride down the Mancos River to cool off and enjoy the scenery by kayak, raft, boat or inner-tube. In town, you will find Western charm at its finest with a thriving artisan community offering handcrafted goods, unique shops, local breweries and wineries—and even a traditional saloon-style bar.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Eureka Springs sits tucked amidst the stunning Ozark Mountains offering you a pick of a plethora of outdoor activities—from biking and hiking to bird-watching and golfing; there is undoubtedly something for everyone. In town, you can admire the beautiful Victorian architecture, famously winding streets, and charming shops and restaurants.
Harbor Country, Michigan (New Buffalo, Sawyer, Three Oaks, Union Pier, Lakeside, Michiana, Grand Beach, Harbert)
Harbor Country is a collection of cozy towns along the coast of Southwestern Michigan. Each town is quainter than the next with a variety of cheery storefronts and cafés. Harbor Country also provides easy access to nature, including Lake Michigan’s renowned beaches, forested hiking and biking trails. Additionally, you can explore the hilly sanded terrain of Warren Dunes State Park. Harbor Country is also home to many award-winning wineries, breweries and distilleries.
Bar Harbor, Maine
A stone’s throw from Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor is known widely for its stunning coastal beauty and its fresh lobsters. The beautiful waterfront town is adorned with unique local shops, eateries, taverns and galleries—perfect for a nice stroll. Locals love to live in harmony with the land, making it easy for visitors to follow suit and soak in all the surroundings that Bar Harbor has to offer.
There is so much ground to cover in your RV—and so many small towns along the way. Be sure to pen in a few small towns to your itinerary the next time you hit the road—it may just make your adventure that much sweeter.