How To Find Small Towns For Low-Key R&R

How To Find Small Towns For Low-Key R&R

Here’s To Unsung Small Towns

I’m a sucker for unassuming places. Maybe it was because growing up my parents preferred road trips as our way of travel, even when this meant spending more than twenty hours in the car with four children—and a dog.

My siblings and I were privileged enough to see a lot of the western United States during our younger years. Not the big cities and tourist attractions, but the in-between places, the bygone towns situated smack dab in the middle of nowhere. It was almost as if they magically appeared, revealing themselves only to travelers with wide enough eyes.

We were also a family who camped. We drove the Pacific coastline in search of spots to park our RV—secluded beaches and no-name towns. In the mountains, we pitched our tent for six wherever the dirt would have us.

“I was raised on the principle that magic happens in the small towns, and it’s made me an advocate for uncharted adventures.”

My father, the social character of the bunch, loved to befriend the locals. He’d chat with the gas station attendant for an hour and converse with our waiter at the roadside diner. Always eager to listen, Dad treasured their recommendations—what to see, where to stay, what road to turn down next. Never once did he use a smartphone for directions.

This is how I came to love the unsung places, the ones lost in between marked destinations. I was raised on the principle that magic happens in the small towns, and it’s made me an advocate for uncharted adventures. Even in the age of geotags and Siri, it’s still possible to find secluded gems for a few days of rest and relaxation, and it’s with this spirit that I’m thrilled to share a few tips for discovering them.

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