21 Small Towns You Should Visit on Your Next American Road Trip

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Eureka Springs, AR

The quaint town of Eureka Springs, AR, is boasting with activities: zipline down Ozark Mountain; paddleboard on Beaver Lake; take a hotel ghost tour; taste local wine at Keel’s Creek Winery; cross the Pivot Rock Natural Bridge. Amazing!

Reader’s Digest 21 Nicest Small Towns in America Everyone Should Visit Before They’re 50

Reader’s Digest

21 Nicest Small Towns in America Everyone Should Visit Before They’re 50

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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Arkansas isn’t on many people’s radar when it comes to vacation destinations, but Eureka Springs is a small town that shouldn’t be missed. Nicknamed “The Little Switzerland of America” and “The Stairstep Town,” Eureka Springs is a tiny Victorian town nestled in the Ozark Mountains. While the entire city is less than seven square miles, there’s plenty to do and see, like browsing the more than 100 local shops and galleries, visiting historical buildings such as the Thorncrown Chapel, or exploring the underground onyx cave parks. After a busy day, try out one of the town’s multiple award-winning restaurants that serve everything from Indian to Czech-German to Mediterranean fare. A new study suggest mismatching your cuisine leads to a more enjoyable meal, so consider heading to the Indian restaurant for dinner and the Czech-German for dessert!

USA Today 10Best: Vote for Eureka Springs for the best Southern Small Town

Eureka Springs was nominated by USA Today’s 10 Best as one of the Best Southern Small Towns.   You can vote every day between now and April 24, 2017.

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Population: 2,095

The 1879 town looks as if it’s been frozen in time: It’s still filled with perfectly preserved Victorian architecture, and it even has a trolley system and horse-drawn carriages. Travel & Leisure voted it one of the seven best small towns to visit and it’s also become a popular wedding destination.