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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
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    Best little Tourist Towns!

    We talked about under rated little cities, but what about little tourist towns?

    Mine would be: (yes they are all links)

    South Haven MI
    Grand Haven MI
    Escanaba MI
    Curtis MI
    Mackinac Island
    St. Ignace MI
    Traverse City MI
    Sturgeon Bay WI
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    Jackson Hole, WY
    Park City, UT
    a number of socal beach communities
    Hanalei, HI

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    My favorite is Minocqua - which I have been visiting every year since I was born and now visit about 5 times a year
    Bayfield, WI
    Galena, Il
    Sister Bay, WI
    New Glarus, WI
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    Gettysburg, PA
    Mystic, CT
    Newport, RI
    Provincetown, MA
    Plymouth, MA
    Kennebunkport, ME

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    Quote Originally posted by NHPlanner
    Wolfeboro, NH
    Ever go on that 1920's speedboat there? That thing is great.

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    Quote Originally posted by Seabishop
    Ever go on that 1920's speedboat there? That thing is great.
    Not in many years....but yeah, I've been on it.

    My favorite spot in Wolfeboro is Wolfe's Tavern :
    "Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how." -- Edward T. McMahon, The Conservation Fund

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    Bisbee, AZ - great little old mining town. You can still go into the old mine, eat at great little restaurants downtown, and stay at a bed & breakfast that is a converted old school building from 1900. Lots of great old buildings too.

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    Some well-known and some out-of-the-way places:

    Illinois: Galena, Utica/Starved Rock area, Carbondale/Giant City/Shawnee NF area, Quincy

    Iowa: Amana Colonies, Spirit Lake/Okoboji area, Villages of Van Buren, Dubuque

    Minnesota: Lanesboro, Park Rapids and Lake Itasca area

    Wisconsin: Mineral Point, Baraboo/Wisconsin Dells area, Door County

    Missouri: Ste. Genevieve

    Michigan: in addition to the Lake Michigan shore towns listed above, I would add St. Joseph and New Buffalo. Also: Chesaning, the Irish Hills area.

    Also: just about anywhere on Prince Edward or Cape Breton islands.
    SOME say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice.
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    To know that for destruction ice
    Is also great
    And would suffice.

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    Some of my favourites:

    Avalon, CA (Catalina Island)
    Carmel, CA
    Cambria, CA
    St. Helena/Calistoga/etc., CA
    Ashland, OR
    Astoria, OR
    Orcas, WA
    Friday Harbor, WA
    Taos, NM
    Jasper, AB
    Banff, AB
    Lunenberg, NB
    Carcassone, France
    Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
    San Gimignano, Italy
    Elvas, Portugal (although, I'm not sure exactly how touristy it is... I just happened to see it as a tourist)
    Toledo, Spain
    Granada, Spain
    A hundred other little towns in Spain...

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    Places that I have lived in or spent some time

    Long Beach Township, NJ
    Tupper Lake, NY
    Ketchum, ID
    Breckenridge, CO
    Cumberland, MD
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    Steinhatchee, FL

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    Byron Bay, and Hallidays Point both in NSW, Australia.

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    Gaylord Michigan!

    Home of America's most hilarious and pathetic kitsch.



    Now that's what I call a cool city!

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    My fave tourist town: Port Victoria, South Australia

    Although I haven't been back for five years, my family used to own a holiday shack and hobby farm at this place. It had a population of ninety people in the early 1980s, which usually quadrupled in the summer. It had a jetty, a boat ramp, a pub, course and miles of rugged unspoilt coastline. The swimming, snorkelling and fishing was great. Life was simpler then......
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    A few more to add to the list:

    Ellicottville, New York - "The Aspen of Buffalo"
    Mesilla, New Mexico - historic Spaish-era village outside of Las Cruces
    Cloudcroft, New Mexico - small alpine village in southern New Mexico
    Durango, Colorado - unpretentious but very fun and liveable ski town
    Mount Dora, Florida - quaint village northwest of Orlando
    Taos, New Mexico - a smaller version of Santa Fe, without the snobbery.
    Fredericksburg, Texas - that state's version of Gaylord, Michigan
    Canadaigua, New York -quaint Finger Lakes town
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario - textbook small town Main Street
    Chagrin Falls, Ohio - Extremely quaint village in Cleveland suburban with lots of B&Bs; Bill Watterson lives there

    When I was a kid, my family spent summers at a beachfront cottage on Lake Erie in Wainfleet, Ontario.
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    Souris Manitoba

    Souris Manitoba was nice and remote...

    Info from the web:
    The Swinging Bridge

    Probably the most known attraction in this small town is the swinging footbridge that crosses the Souris river. Originally the only way to cross the river, now it is used more for enjoyment than utility. Longest rope suspension bridge in Canada?

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    In agreement with Nerudite, San Gimingnano, Italy is such a great little town to see when you're in Italy. I also recommend the little towns in County Galway, Ireland.

    Stateside (northeastern US)...

    Rockport, MA
    Cooperstown, NY
    Manchester, VT
    Stockbridge, MA

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
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    My favorite Adirondacks-region poster is a map captioned "New York City will never
    amount to anything. It's too far from Tupper Lake."
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    Quote Originally posted by Elisabeth
    In agreement with Nerudite, San Gimingnano, Italy is such a great little town to see when you're in Italy. I also recommend the little towns in County Galway, Ireland.
    I second, triplicate, quadriplicate that recommendation of Galway, Ireland! When you get tired of being there, you can always do a side-trip to see Connemara in the NW, the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin (all in the SW), and the Aran Islands, which is only a short ferry ride in the West.

    I still say that Galway is a great small touristy town!

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    Port Dalhousie, ON, Canada

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    Bar Harbor, ME
    Camden, ME
    Boothbay Harbor, ME
    Rockport, MA
    Stowe, VT

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    Quote Originally posted by Greenescapist
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    No thanks.....awful traffic year round!
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    Hah, you call those tourist traps! I have only this to say:
    www.frankenmuth.org
    www.swisstown.com

    Suffice it say, that when Mrs. M & I go 'touristing' we know how to do it right... I always make sure I am attired in a Hawaiian shirt, bermuda shorts, wingtip shoes, black nylon socks. Mrs. M is wearing her floral print dress, large plastic framed sunglasses and has a thick layer of white sunblock slathered on her nose. We try to stop at most statues and monuments and pose for pictures with one of us standing in front of it.
    Don't hesitate to ask me for tips - you want to know which motel to stay in? (the Ramada Inn not only has a pool outside but they got color tv in the rooms too!) Sites to see? I know where all the good ones are!

    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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