Great Towns of America

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Discover the Great Towns of America

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America's getaways are truly diverse!

Discover memorable towns throughout the United States featured in our unique travel guidebooks. We spent years criss-crossing the country, seeking independent towns far from America's big cities in the best scenic locales where recreation is abundant, people are friendly, and visitor-serving facilities are special.

Whether you're seeking a sylvan mountain setting, pounding ocean waves, or a deep-blue lake that never ends, there is a great town that can delight you. The cultural diversity of America's great towns will astonish you, as most of these communities foster independent, one-of-a-kind businesses reflective of each town's unique personality. Distinctive food types and entertainment venues showcase the diverse civic personalities that collectively celebrate America.

While the 100 great towns were selected and personally visited for the second national guidebook revision (2009), we continually revisit towns and update our recommendations of attractions, restaurants, and lodgings on a town-by-town basis to get our latest information to our readers in a more timely manner. Our most recent paperback books and eBooks cover Carmel, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California; Mendocino, California; Branson, Missouri; New Braunfels, Texas; Ashland, Oregon; and Durango, Colorado.

Think you are good at identifying our great towns from photos? Try your luck at our Name That Great Town Game.

Mendocino, California

Mendocino, California

Mendocino is the most romantic seaside village in America. It celebrates a dreamy appeal located on an isolated verdant promontory overlooking a wildly beautiful coastline. The whole village seems to be of weathered whitewashed wooden buildings and tidy manicured gardens associated with unique shops, galleries and gourmet restaurants. Charming bed-and-breakfast inns romance guests here to browse artistic keepsakes throughout the village; to explore headlands and redwood forests by canoe, bicycle, foot or car; or to seek tranquility in secluded coves and inspiring overlooks. Learn more >


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