Best Small Towns In America, According To USA Today Survey

07/23/2012 02:49 pm ET

One month and nearly 30,000 miles after they set off from Washington, D.C., en route to Seattle, five teams competing in the Best of the Road contest — sponsored by Rand McNally in collaboration with USA TODAY — have turned in their maps and car keys, consulted with a panel of judges and come up with the winners: five small American towns full of friendly people, great scenery, terrific food, patriotic fervor and just plain fun.