Move over, Woodstock. See ya, Sedona. All across the country, picturesque hamlets like Thomas, West Virginia, a former coal town nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, and Tubac, Arizona, a frontier village turned artist colony in the Sonoran Desert, have begun attracting first-time visitors.
When it comes to wanderlust, Pinterest can be both the cause and the cure. It's a great outlet for organizing and prioritizing your travel bucket list, but it's also a place where you can get lost dreaming for hours as you find hundreds more picturesque places to pin. According to the Pinterest 100, the site's fifth-annual end-of-year look at top trends, travelers are looking at off-the-beaten-path destinations for 2019, and that includes previously overlooked small towns.
Searches for small town travel rose 276 percent in 2018, according to Pinterest. Reps for the site say people are "seeking out small towns for their bucolic views, unique BnBs and low-key R&R." If that sounds appealing to you too, where should you go in 2019?
Lists of America's greatest small towns tend to consist of the usual suspects: Ojai, California; Sedona, Arizona; Taos, New Mexico; Ketchum, Idaho; Marfa, Texas; Woodstock and Hudson, New York; Mystic, Connecticut; and so on. The charm and beauty of these places is undeniable, but the secret's been out for decades. But one of the unexpected byproducts of the renaissance of America's midsize cities has been the emergence of a fresh crop of lovely little towns that have undergone appealing makeovers that make them ideal for a weekend excursion. Here are 10 of the best new contenders to American small-town greatness.