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See The Small Towns That Made It To The Big Screen

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 03.28.2014 | Entertainment

Hollywood might seem like the perfect vacation destination for a movie-lover, but there's so much more to film than the bright lights and big cities. ...

What Are the Pueblos Mágicos? The Best Reason to Visit Mexico

minube | Posted 03.28.2014 | Travel

Deep in the heart of rural Mexico, you'll find the Pueblos Mágicos, a select group of Mexican villages whose cultural, historical, or natural treasures have been deemed, well, magical.

The 10 Small Towns You Need To Visit This Year, And You Haven't Heard Of Half Of Them

Posted 03.27.2014 | Travel

We know, we know, we've seen this list before (from 2012 and 2013), but this one is different. For their third annual list, Smithsonian Magazine e...

15 of America's Coolest Small Towns

Budget Travel | Posted 02.19.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

This year's 15 contenders -- which stretch from upstate New York to Hawaii -- have a few things in common: populations under 10,000, beautiful locales, thriving downtowns, outstanding community spirit, and a noteworthy food, wine, art, or music scene.

The Clearance Kids

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

These kids are collectibles. Their value has yet to be set. Their stories represent a new American voice -- the voices of those who can never be counted out.

11 Small Towns Around America That Have One Claim To Fame

Posted 02.07.2014 | Travel

There are loads of bizarro places across America, and loads of towns known for being the "capital of" or the "hometown of" something extremely specifi...

Coming Home to Small Town, USA

Chris Clow | Posted 02.09.2014 | HuffPost Home
Chris Clow

As someone who swore never to look back and romanticize my formative years in Small Town, USA, I have fallen into the tired cliché of seeing those days as bright beacons, standing in stark contrast to the dark road of uncertainty lying at my feet now.

America's Best College Towns

Travel + Leisure | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Sure, big cities have their glitz, but it's this kind of understated charm, diversity, and affordability that draws visitors to cool college towns.

The Best Small Towns For Food In America

The Daily Meal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Small towns across the country are now celebrated for their passion for food and their timeless mantra that food brings people together.

America's Favorite Towns

Travel + Leisure | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

As you watch the sun dip below 14,000-foot peaks from Allred's restaurant, toast your craft beers to a vacation well spent in Telluride, CO, a histori...

World's Coolest Surf Towns

Travel + Leisure | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Surfers worth their wax know that the beach on Oahu's north shore near Haleiwa has some of the best reef breaks. But ask a salt-in-the-veins surfer wh...

Renisha McBride: Knocking While Black

Khanh Ho | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Khanh Ho

I'm not black. I'm Asian American. But late at night, in a certain slant of light, I'm just a spook, a boogey man, a creep. I could see how a wary homeowner in hunting country could over-react to a stranger at the door.

America's Best Towns for Halloween

Travel + Leisure | Posted 10.25.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

For some of these towns, the holiday is an excuse to party, with pub crawls, pumpkin beer on tap and late-night shows. Others take a more low-key, kid-friendly approach, hosting costume competitions for pets or autumn festivals with corn mazes and apple-wine tastings.

America's Best Small Towns

Posted 10.14.2013 | Travel

We love our small towns, from the art and culture, the sense of community to the food. There are so many great small towns; each with a special qualit...

Europe's Most Beautiful Villages

Travel + Leisure | Posted 12.03.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

The notion of postcard-perfect villages steeped in old-world charm has inspired centuries of travelers to fan out across Europe, seeking its secluded hamlets.

10 Coolest Small Towns in Europe

Budget Travel | Posted 09.23.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

America hasn't cornered the market on Coolest Small Towns! Sure, we love London and Paris as much as the next traveler. Over the years, some of the most charming, delicious, historic, and cool places in Europe are off-the-beaten-path villages. Good things really do come in small packages.

10 Sleepy Beach Towns Perfect for Fall

SmarterTravel | Posted 09.03.2013 | Travel

A glorious hush falls over the country's favorite beach towns in autumn. Crowds disappear and locals exhale. Here are 10 iconic U.S. beach towns where you can pedal along quiet boardwalks, kayak among fall colors, and score excellent post-Labor Day deals.

The President Will See You Now -- Or Anytime, Really

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Cynthia Huggins

Life on a very small campus, I've often said, is akin to living in Mayberry. If I don't show up for a home soccer game or I go an entire week without eating dinner in Kilburn Commons, students notice -- as they should.

Creative Placemaking Changes The Look and Feel of Cities and Towns Across America

John M. Eger | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) announced 59 new grants this week that will help American communities prepare themselves for the new economy....

NEA and ArtPlace Changing The Face of Cities and Towns Across America

John M. Eger | Posted 09.13.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) just announced 59 new grants that will help American communities prepare themselves for the new economy. Tog...

Presumed Incompetent: A Personal Story

Khanh Ho | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Khanh Ho

My first tenure track gig was in one of those ideal little burgs in the Midwest where suburban kids go to study in splendid isolation. It is a postage stamp of nine thousand souls, voted as one of the "prettiest painted towns."

The Day the Factory Stood Still

Rob White | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

My dad and his friends weren't the only ones spooked by the news; that weekend the tenor of the whole town changed. The fury from the prior night morphed into fear, and fear devolved into panic.

PHOTOS: America's Best Small Towns

Posted 03.22.2013 | Travel

For the second year in a row, Smithsonian Magazine put together its list of the 20 best small towns across America worth visiting. Like last year, it ...

PHOTOS: Great Small Towns For A Weekend Escape

Posted 07.03.2013 | Travel

There's something wonderful about spending 36 hours in a small town. Somehow, even just an hour from home, time slows down, pulses slow, tension me...

Ken Jennings Finds A Nameless Town

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 04.05.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Because the "Name" field on the form had been left blank, the form was stamped "Nameless," and the name stuck.