Best Towns to Visit 2024

Tired of fighting the crowds at destinations like the Empire State Building and the National Mall in Washington, D.C.? Sure, big cities have a lot of attractions, but they also bring in huge numbers of people, so if you’d like to go somewhere a little less busy, CNN Travel has some ideas where to go.

  • They’ve just come out with their first-ever list of America’s Best Towns to Visit.
  • CNN narrowed down their contenders by looking at each smaller city’s attractions, nightlife, cultural scene, food and beverage offerings, proximity to other interesting spots and “wow factor.”
  • They also considered travel essentials like ease of getting there and around, and lodging options.
  • Their top pick for 2024 is Richmond, Virginia, the state’s capital city. The southern town gets high scores for its museums, “dynamic” neighborhoods, and chef-driven food scene.
  • Richmond also has more than 30 breweries and access to surrounding wine country, as well as a year-round lineup of festivals.
  • Number two is Providence, Rhode Island, known for its beautiful downtown riverfront, public art and culinary scene.

The Best U.S. Towns to Visit in 2024

  1. Richmond, Virginia
  2. Providence, Rhode Island
  3. Tacoma, Washington
  4. Portland, Maine
  5. San Luis Obispo, California
  6. Flagstaff, Arizona
  7. Macon, Georgia
  8. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  9. Knoxville, Tennessee
  10. Duluth, Minnesota

Source: CNN

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