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11 Under-The-Radar Tourist Towns (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 11/10/10 08:15 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

We all know about places like Orlando and Las Vegas. These world-famous vacation hotspots draw countless crowds year after year from around the world. However, peppered across the United States are countless regional tourist towns visited mostly by people who live nearby. These smaller, unique places offer something that Orlando never can--a more personal, intimate experience of classic Americana. If your plans call for something beyond the standard tourist destinations, here are ten of America's best tourist towns that you may not know about

Text, captions and some photos courtesy of Tourist Town Guide's Dirk Vanderwilt.

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Where does Hollywood go when it needs a picturesque small-town setting? On the border of Washington State and surrounded by Oregon’s scenic, natural beauty, Astoria has been a filming location for many mainstream films, including "The Goonies," "Free Willy," "The Ring," "Kindergarten Cop," and even "Short Circuit."
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