100-Proof Americana

Drop in for a day, stay a week, or put down roots for a lifetime. In these soulful, just-under-the-radar hideouts, distilled small-town pleasures still go down smoothly.

Downtime along the Syllame Mountain Bike Trail in Mountain View, Arkansas.     Photo: Ryan Donnell

Welcome to Funville

Which small hip town is the best for enjoying the great outdoors?

Seeking an underpopulated—and undiscovered—slice of paradise? Drop in to any of our 20 adventure towns, from burly Haines, Alaska, to serene Cedar Key, Florida, where you'll find cush, affordable base camps for spontaneous long weekends or a lifetime of wild fun. By Mike Grudowski PLUS: If you're moving to that rustic retreat, you'd better mind your manners—author and small-town guy Michael Perry shares his secrets for fitting in; our troubleshooting guide to home buying in dreamland; living on the edge in America's best border towns; and more.

Our Town: An Introduction

Lanesboro, Minnesota
Root River Revival

Enta, California
The Golden State's Last Best Place

Cashiers, North Carolina
It's One Huge Rush After Another

Hood River, Oregon
The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowing in the Wind

Haines, Alaska
The Big Outside on the Inside Passage

Lander, Wyoming
Rodeo Hearts and Adventure Souls

Sandpoint, Idaho
The Cool Northwest's Hot Property

Mountain View, Arkansas
Ozarks Unplugged: Pick, Paddle, and Roll

Silver City, New Mexico
You, Too, Can Hide Out in This Outlaw Town

Cedar Key, Florida
Even the Fish Here Are on Island Time

Lincolnville, Maine
The Upside of the Good Life Down East

Salida, Colorado
Where the Rockies Get Real

Georgetown, South Carolina
Hey Y'all, It's a Southern Thing

Brattleboro, Vermont
Classic New England in Every Shade of Green

Land Safety
How to Buy

Fringe Benefits
Border-Town Bliss

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