“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” -Saint Augustine
Your bucket list destinations don’t have to require you flying across the world. Some of the world’s most beautiful destinations are right here in our own backyard. If you’re looking to book a trip this year, consider one of the towns below — they all made Country Living’s list of Top Small Towns of 2018.
#5: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Ski-lovers, this small town is the perfect getaway for you. With 500 annual inches of snow and 2,500 acres of skiable terrain, mixed with the picturesque scenery and Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole is bound to be your next yearly vacation spot.
#4: Fredericksburg, Texas
Enjoy Texas hospitality with some German traditions at Fredericksburg, Texas. There are more than two dozen wineries, a historic main street with galleries, music, shops, and over 80 delicious restaurants.
#3: Sackets Harbor, New York
Sackets Harbor is New York’s best kept secret of Upstate. This port town is filled with history — it once served as headquarters of American naval operations in the war of 1812. Beyond the majority of water activities, there’s also a brewing company, winerys, a beach, festivals, and a cute, quaint main street to shop at.
#2: St. Michaels, Maryland
Located on the eastern shore, the combination of popular marinas, inns, shops, and restaurants make this town a favorite for boaters (you can also visit by car!). St. Michaels is also near other popular destinations such as Easton and Oxford.
#1: Carmel-by-The-Sea, California
For years, this beautiful village has inspired artists (any John Steinbeck fans out there?), sparked romances, and attracted world travelers. This year, it’s finally getting the recognition it deserves, featured on travel lists everywhere. You can enjoy everything within walking distance — from the white-sand beaches, local shops, and restaurants, you can stay busy by doing everything (or nothing) all day long.