Last year BudgetTravel readers voted Lititz, Pennsylvania the Coolest Small Town in America for 2013. Kim and I checked out Lititz while visiting Pennsylvania Dutch Country, home to the Amish and filled with farms. We enjoyed our visit but I don’t remember it standing out any more than the other small towns in the area. Lititz is the only top small town from the list that we’ve visited.
The other towns that made the top 5 are:
- 2- Watkins Glen, New York
- 3- Bay St Louis, Mississippi
- 4- Greenville, Kentucky
- 5- Gulf Shores, Alabama
To qualify to be Budget Travel’s America’s Coolest Small Town, towns must have a population under 10,000 people. Budget Travel is also looking for a certain something that no place else: has great shops, food, a unique history, a breathtaking location, peerless music scene, art galleries, or maybe something cool we haven’t even thought of yet!
Budget Travel is taking nominations for the 2014 America’s Coolest Small Town until the end of the year. They will then review the votes and narrow it down to 15 finalists. After the finalists are selected, Budget Travel readers will get to select the top 10.
Here are the current top 5 nominees:
- Buckhannon, WV
- Weston, WV
- Estes Park, CO
- Abingdon, VA
- Travelers Rest, SC
I skimmed over the nominees for the Coolest Small Towns in 2014 and Cooperstown, NY got my vote. Cooperstown is known for being home to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and has a two block long Main Street filled with small shops (mostly related to baseball memorabilia) & restaurants. The area is also home to a bunch of breweries including one of our favorites, Brewery Ommegang.
Click HERE to vote for the Coolest Small Town in America or nominate your own now!