America's coolest small towns in 2019

For 14 years Budget Travel has compiled an annual list of The Coolest Small Towns in America.   The Budget team research affordable destinations that go far beyond the obvious vacation choices.  From Cape Cod to the Monterey Peninsula, from the Rocky Mountains to the Adirondacks, this year's list celebrates gorgeous, welcoming communities.

Commercial Street in Provincetown, MA
1. Provincetown, MA It’s tough to encapsulate all that makes the Massachusetts town so cool—especially because so much of its charm only comes from being there. Provincetown is a world-famous LGBTQ+ destination. The city’s 3,000 friendly residents, of course, make room for everyone intrigued by P town’s history and mellow atmosphere. Image: gregobagel/Getty Images
2. Pacific Grove, California.  Leafy streets are lined by stately Victorian homes and a charming, compact downtown orbits Lighthouse Ave.  Visitors in October should head to the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary to see the thousands of monarch butterflies that descend on the town annually, earning Pacific Grove the nickname Butterfly Town USA.
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2. Pacific Grove, California. Leafy streets are lined by stately Victorian homes and a charming, compact downtown orbits Lighthouse Ave. Visitors in October should head to the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary to see the thousands of monarch butterflies that descend on the town annually, earning Pacific Grove the nickname Butterfly Town USA. Image: Getty
Park City was a small mining town in 1800's.  About half an hour southeast of Salt Lake City, in the middle of northern Utah’s Wasatch Range, the mountain town of Park City is home to one world-famous film festival and two renowned resorts: Sundance, which kicks off in January; Deer Valley, an award-winning luxury property; and Park City Mountain, America’s largest resort, with more lift-accessible, skiable terrain than anywhere else in the country. Image: Getty
Park City was a small mining town in 1800's. About half an hour southeast of Salt Lake City, in the middle of northern Utah’s Wasatch Range, the mountain town of Park City is home to one world-famous film festival and two renowned resorts: Sundance, which kicks off in January; Deer Valley, an award-winning luxury property; and Park City Mountain, America’s largest resort, with more lift-accessible, skiable terrain than anywhere else in the country. Image: Getty
4. Saranac Lake NY
Plenty of American travelers are discovering what New Yorkers have known for generations: Adirondack State Park, the largest state park in the U.S, is an outrageously beautiful—and affordable. Image: Getty
4. Saranac Lake NY Plenty of American travelers are discovering what New Yorkers have known for generations: Adirondack State Park, the largest state park in the U.S, is an outrageously beautiful—and affordable. Image: Getty
5. Milledgeville, Georgia.
Conveniently situated between Atlanta and Savannah, Milledgeville is the former Georgia state capital and a charming southern town that seamlessly balances historical pre-Civil War roots and the modern role of hosting the state’s only designated public liberal arts university. Image: Getty Images
5. Milledgeville, Georgia. Conveniently situated between Atlanta and Savannah, Milledgeville is the former Georgia state capital and a charming southern town that seamlessly balances historical pre-Civil War roots and the modern role of hosting the state’s only designated public liberal arts university. Image: Getty Images
6.Bastrop, Texas.
Located 30 miles southeast of Austin, Bastrop’s slogan is 'Welcome to it all'. Many down town buildings were destroyed in a fire in 1862, so most of the cityscape was built after the Civil War. In 1979, 131 buildings and sites were added to the National Register of Historic Places, making Bastrop the “Most Historic Small Town in Texas. Image: Getty
6.Bastrop, Texas. Located 30 miles southeast of Austin, Bastrop’s slogan is 'Welcome to it all'. Many down town buildings were destroyed in a fire in 1862, so most of the cityscape was built after the Civil War. In 1979, 131 buildings and sites were added to the National Register of Historic Places, making Bastrop the “Most Historic Small Town in Texas. Image: Getty
7. Lanesboro, Minnesota.
A former milling community on the banks of the Root River,  and by the 1970s, its historic downtown was on the verge of collapse.  Agroup of forward-thinking activists took steps to protect and preserve their  century-old heritage, working with the state to turn the abandoned rail line running through town into a bike trail. This early example of the rails-to-trails model is thriving, bringing in thousands of visitors each year.  Image: Getty
7. Lanesboro, Minnesota. A former milling community on the banks of the Root River, and by the 1970s, its historic downtown was on the verge of collapse. Agroup of forward-thinking activists took steps to protect and preserve their century-old heritage, working with the state to turn the abandoned rail line running through town into a bike trail. This early example of the rails-to-trails model is thriving, bringing in thousands of visitors each year. Image: Getty
8. Seward, Alaska. 
The sea-centric activities alone make a visit here special. Seward’s waters are home to halibut, salmon, and rockfish and anglers of all levels can take guided tours with expert fishermen. There’s also the surrounding Kenai Fjords National Park.  Image: Getty
8. Seward, Alaska. The sea-centric activities alone make a visit here special. Seward’s waters are home to halibut, salmon, and rockfish and anglers of all levels can take guided tours with expert fishermen. There’s also the surrounding Kenai Fjords National Park. Image: Getty
9. Fulton, Missouri
Westminster College has seen more than its share of elite action.  Located on campus, beneath a 17th-century church dismantled and moved from London to the midwest, the National Churchill Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, paying homage to the iconic British statesman with deep archives featuring Churchill memorabilia, personal papers, and paintings from the man himself. Image:  National Churchill Museum
9. Fulton, Missouri Westminster College has seen more than its share of elite action. Located on campus, beneath a 17th-century church dismantled and moved from London to the midwest, the National Churchill Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, paying homage to the iconic British statesman with deep archives featuring Churchill memorabilia, personal papers, and paintings from the man himself. Image: National Churchill Museum