From fishing villages to Old West mining towns, the Northwestern United States – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming – are dotted with small towns, each with its own unique appeal.
10Best editors teamed up with a panel of local travel experts to find the best small towns with populations less than 10,000 (according to the latest census date) in the region. We considered nearly 50 options, narrowing it down to just 20 representing each of the six states in the region. Then we turned it over to you, our readers, who have been voting for the past four weeks.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Northwestern Small Town are as follows:
- Sequim, Wash.
- Florence, Ore.
- Buffalo, Wyo.
- Port Townsend, Wash.
- Sitka, Alaska
- Friday Harbor, Wash.
- Winthrop, Wash.
- Wallace, Idaho
- Cooke City, Mont.
- Talkeetna, Alaska
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Expert Anna Hider (Roadtrippers) and our team of 10Best Local Experts were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of Northwestern travel.
Other towns in the Northwest nominated in this category include Astoria, Ore.; Cannon Beach, Ore.; Cody, Wyo.; Homer, Alaska; Hood River, Ore.; Jacksonville, Ore.; La Conner, Wash.; Livingston, Mont.; Seward, Alaska and Whitefish, Mont.
Congratulations to all these winning small towns!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo