Need to get away? We asked 10Best and USA TODAY readers to vote for their favorite small towns weekend escapes – towns with populations of under 25,000 that are all within 150 miles of major metros, making them easily reachable whether you fly and rent a car or live nearby. After four weeks of voting, the results are in!
The top 10 winners in the category Best Small Town Weekend Escape are as follows:
- Saugatuck, Mich.
- Granbury, Texas
- Sedona, Ariz.
- Lauderdale-by-the Sea, Fla.
- Estes Park, Colo.
- Dahlonega, Ga.
- Hudson, N.Y.
- Middleburg, Va.
- Friday Harbor, Wash.
- Leiper’s Fork, Tenn.
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Larry Bleiberg (LarryBleiberg.com), Deborah Fallows (American Futures), Anna Hider (Roadtrippers), Libby McMillan and the 10Best team of Local Experts were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of American travel.
Other towns nominated for the title Best Small Town Weekend Escape included Beaufort, S.C.; Dundee, Ore.; Fernandina Beach, Fla.; Fredericksburg, Texas; Healdsburg, Calif.; Julian, Calif.; Key Largo, Fla.; Lambertville-New Hope, Penn./N.J.; Ojai, Calif. and St. Michaels, Md.
Congratulations to all our winning small towns!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo