Escapes: America’s 10 Coolest Small Towns

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Whenever we watch TV shows that are set in charming, fictional places like Stars Hollow or Knights Ridge, we find ourselves wondering if we could be happy living in a small town. We usually come to the realization that in reality, things might not be so idyllic, but maybe a small town would make a fine road trip destination.

Budget Travel and Newsweek recently released their list of “America’s 10 Coolest Small Towns,” and we were surprised that California wasn’t represented at all. But, Washington and Oregon both had towns that made the list:

Waitsburg, Wash.
Population: 1,212
Nearest City: Walla Walla, 21 miles

Yachats, Ore. (pronounced YAH-hots)
Population: 617
Nearest City: Eugene, 86 miles

Anyone out there ever been to Waitsburg or Yachats? Is there a small town in California that should have made the list? (Last year, Murphys, Calif., made the cut.)