Top Small Towns to Visit

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Looking for a road trip destination? Big cities can make for exciting weekends, but small towns that are big on charm have a lot to offer, too. Here are five delightful destinations from Smithsonian.com’s The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013 you might consider:

Gettysburg, Pa.

Who doesn’t love a ghost story—especially when it’s based on fact? The most famous Civil War battlefield has many, and this July is the 150th anniversary of America’s bloodiest battle. (Smithsonian suggests you might wait until the less busy fall season to visit.)

Baraboo, Wis.

“Kids didn’t bat an eye when they saw elephants bathing in the Baraboo River.” (Smithsonian) That line alone warrants a visit of the original hometown headquarters for the Ringling Bros and the current hometown of the Circus World Museum.

Galena, Ill.

Although it’s this town’s connection to Ulysses S. Grant that brings out Civil War and history lovers, the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum has an Old Blacksmith Shop with blacksmiths on duty from May to October that anyone will enjoy.

Oberlin, Ohio

Rich with music and art, the Oberlin College of Arts & Sciences and Conservatory of Music offers delights for the senses all year round, including concerts and lectures that are open to the public.

Lexington, Va.

A rich history and beautiful setting, which includes the campus of Washington and Lee University, make Lexington a perfect weekend getaway. From history to art to music to architecture, Lexington has something for everyone.

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