3 Must-See Small Towns In the United States.

Many small towns in the United States offer a friendly atmosphere, great accommodations, and exciting activities in a beautiful setting. Travelers can find these qualities in the following three locations, which provide a great vacation experience and the best of each region’s unique culture.

The charming lakeside town of Saugatuck, in southwestern Michigan, attracts many visitors with its beaches, boutiques, art galleries and fine restaurants. This resort has been a popular vacation spot since the early 1900s for boaters and travelers seeking a relaxing change of pace. Examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture are still preserved and much of the town is within walking distance, an added convenience. Also nearby is Oval Beach, chosen as one of the best beaches in the country, with pristine stretches of sand, dunes, and the blue waters of Lake Michigan.

Bed and breakfasts are an important part of Saugatuck, and a wonderful opportunity for tranquility and stress relief. One of the loveliest, the Beechwood Manor Inn and Cottage, at 736 Pleasant St, is close to downtown, yet offers the quiet of a country home with its wide lawns and white picket fence. Each room has a private bath, fireplace, cable, and DVD player. Guests receive a sumptuous gourmet breakfast in the morning.

Located within the dramatic rolling vineyards of Napa Valley is St. Helena, California, 65 miles North of San Francisco. The town was established in 1876, and offers many activities including wine tours, wine tasting, hiking, bike riding, and enjoying the idyllic, sunny countryside. Award winning restaurants and famous vineyards are a feast for the senses. Local vineyards include Beringer, Franciscan Oakville Estate, and Sutter Home/Trinchero Winery.

One of St. Helena’s premiere hotels is the Harvest Inn, at One Main Street surrounded by redwood groves. Amenities include fireplaces, terraces, swimming pools, and Internet. Near the Leonardini vineyard and the Mayacamas Mountains, there are many opportunities for outdoor activities.

The vibrant community of Asheville is located in western North Carolina, surrounded by the famous Blue Ridge Mountains. Tourist destinations include the Biltmore Estates and Vanderbilt Mansion—two examples of Asheville’s great architecture. The town is an ideal location for experiencing scenic beauty and finding outdoor activities. Smoky Mountains National Park is within a two-hour drive and offers trails of spectacular terrain; towering forests; waterfalls; and a variety of wildlife such as black bear and elk. For another unforgettable vista, visitors can drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, which connects the Smoky Mountains to Shenandoah National Park.

For luxurious accommodations in Asheville, vacationers can try the Inn on Biltmore Estate, at 1 Antler Hill Road. This four-star lodging offers traditional elegance and superb mountain views. Amenities include plasma TV, turn down service, Internet, fitness center, pool, shuttle service and concierge. With ticket purchase, visitors can also tour Biltmore’s magnificent gardens.