Vacationing in small towns has become increasingly popular in recent years – it can be a refreshing change of pace from traditional destinations, offering a more relaxed and authentic experience,” an article states from Family Destinations Guide.

As someone who went to college in a small town, I can’t agree more and I am so pleased to see that 3 Minnesota Towns Made Family Destinations Guide’s list of the 150 Best Small Towns in America!

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After 3,000 families across the US answered their poll to identify the best small towns to visit, the results are in! and three Minnesota towns made it on the list.

But first, what are the top small towns to visit in America? Don’t worry I got you so you can plan out your next trip

Top 10 Best Small Towns in America:

#10: Ketchikan, Alaska (population; 8,037)

#9: Sedona, Arizona (population; 9,763)

#8: Sitka, Alaska (population; 8,407)

#7: Chincoteague, Virginia (population; 3,306)

#6: Gatlinburg, Tennessee (population; 3,726)

#5: West Yellowstone, Montana (population; 1,269)

#4: Old Koloa Town, Hawaii (population; 2,231)

#3: Anna Maria Island, Florida (population; 8,500)

#2: Ely, Nevada (population; 4,002)

#1: Holualoa, Hawaii (population; 2,827)

Well, I’m defiantly gonna have to take a trip to Hawaii sometime, or even Alaska, which seems like an underdog here.

But if you want to travel to some great places in Minnesota, here are the top 3 Minnesota towns that made it to the list:

New Ulm, MN (Population; 14,096)

New Ulm one of our southern cities made it at #90 on the list. New Ulm was highlighted by many for its German heritage, outdoor activities like hiking, biking, fishing, and camping, and being home to the famous August Schell Brewing Company.

Walker, MN (Population; 951)

Coming in at #98 was Walker, and it makes sense. With Walker having notable attractions like the Paul Bunyan Trail, the Leech Lake Tribal Museum, and the Northern Lights Casino, it makes sense. I mean you can’t get a full deep dive on Minnesota without going to Walker! There is everything from winter activities to fishing, and even a charming lighthouse picnic area right on the lake.

Medina, MN (Population; 6,749)

Finally, at #107 is Medina. Known for its Medina was chosen for its natural scenery and outdoor activities. In addition, Medina offers residents a sparse suburban feel as it is a suburb outside of the Twin Cities. So you have that small-town vibe with great scenery but if you want to visit the cities, you are not far!

Small Towns from Wisconsin and Iowa That Were Included in the List:

  • Sister Bay Wisconsin (#69)
  • Stockholm, Wisconsin (#106)
  • Pella, Iowa (#141)
  • DECORAH, IOWA (#126)
Credit to Kinsey
Decorah, by Kinsey

I wanted to add this because I went to college in Decorah and it is honestly such an amazing place! Please visit it before you die, okay? I promise it is so worth it for the beautiful scenery hiking, shops, environment, and events.

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