America's Favorite Towns
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America's Favorite Towns

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Courtesy of Crystal Coast Tourism Authority

What makes a town magnetic? Travel + Leisure readers voted for their favorite small towns—with beaches, mountains, vineyards, and personality to spare.

No. 1 Beaufort, NC

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With its quaint, tree-lined downtown and colorful history—populated with plenty of fishermen and even a fair share of pirates—this Inner Banks town won the survey thanks to its heavyweight small-town charm. Readers gave Beaufort high marks as both a relaxing and a romantic destination. You might time your visit to Beaufort’s quirky version of Mardi Gras or just sit by the waterfront and watch for the wild ponies that live on Carrot Island, across Taylor’s Creek. For good water views, have dinner or drinks at the Dockhouse or stay at the 36-room Inlet Inn.

America's Favorite Towns

No. 1 Beaufort, NC

With its quaint, tree-lined downtown and colorful history—populated with plenty of fishermen and even a fair share of pirates—this Inner Banks town won the survey thanks to its heavyweight small-town charm. Readers gave Beaufort high marks as both a relaxing and a romantic destination. You might time your visit to Beaufort’s quirky version of Mardi Gras or just sit by the waterfront and watch for the wild ponies that live on Carrot Island, across Taylor’s Creek. For good water views, have dinner or drinks at the Dockhouse or stay at the 36-room Inlet Inn.

Courtesy of Crystal Coast Tourism Authority
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