Jackson, Wyoming offers some of the most beautiful landscapes you’ve ever seen in your life. The backdrop of mountains against the water makes it the perfect area for outdoor activities. During the summer, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, rafting, and hot-air balloon riding prevail. And, when it gets cold, it’s the perfect place for skiing or snowboarding. U.S. News has called the area the nation’s second-best small town.
The Rusty Parrot Lodge is a must-stay, and if you’re looking for the best meal in town, head to Gun Barrel Steak & Game House for some mouthwatering prime rib or tenderloin medallions. Waking up in the morning to see the sun rise over the mountains is one of the best reasons to spend a day (or two) in Jackson.
In the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains in Southern Oklahoma, you’ll find a beautiful small town full of happiness and hospitality. The area is home to Turner Falls, the tallest waterfall in the state. The state park where the falls are located offers great hiking and biking, along with swimming, kayaking, and an abundance of other outdoor activities.
Grab a cabin at Turner Falls to stay close to all of the fun. Or, head to Echo Canyon Manor for more luxurious accommodations. And whatever you do, don’t forget to grab a fried pie from Arbuckle Mountain before you head out of town!
Located about 25 minutes away from Lake Tahoe, Genoa is situated at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The city was established by Mormon traders in the 1850s and is known for its historic charm and beauty.
The area is highly sought-after by those who enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, biking, and flying. But, if none of those are your cup of tea, there’s also great antique shopping in town. Be sure to check out the Dancing Deer gift shop, which is highly rated on most travel sites.
Pennsylvania: Jim Thorpe
This gorgeous town on the Northeast Coast constantly makes “best” lists all over the country. Known as the “Switzerland of America,” it boasts beautiful mountain scenery and a quaint, historic town full of culture.
Located just two hours away from New York City, it makes a great place to stop and get away from all of the New England hustle and bustle. The Harry Packer Mansion Inn offers an authentic lodging experience with a wood-paneled bar and murder mystery weekends. Don’t forget to stop by Tony Stella’s Encore for a juicy steak and drinks upstairs in the Speakeasy bar.
Maryland: Ocean City
Ocean City is a resort beach town that just so happens to be Maryland’s only beachfront community. Stroll along the famous three-mile-long boardwalk and stop at the little shops on your way. Ready to stop for a lunch or dinner break? Head to Shenanigans Irish Pub for eats, brews, and live music. Afterward, head to Scoops to grab an ice cream cone to enjoy during the rest of your walk.
If you don’t like the idea of being on camera, this resort town may not be for you. That’s because they’ve got over 50 webcams broadcasting live from the boardwalk and many of the establishments on it. If that doesn’t bother you, give them a wave on your way by and enjoy the trip!