best American towns Mountain View, Arkansas
Downtime along the Syllame Mountain Bike Trail in Mountain View, Arkansas. (Ryan Donnell)

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.

best American towns Mountain View, Arkansas

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.

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From Outside Magazine, Aug 2004 Lead Photo: Ryan Donnell
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