6) Montpelier, Vermont
It’s the largest urban historic district in the state of Vermont and the state capital. Montpelier has all the charm of a small New England town, with all the culture of a big city. It’s ranked in the top 100 small arts towns in the U.S. There is also an abundance of theater and music performances six months out of the year. Outdoor concert performances in the summer months are on Wednesday nights. There’s also a noontime music series called Brown Bag. Saturday mornings draw locals and visitors to the spectacular downtown farmer’s market. Being located where two rivers meet, there are also ample recreational choices. North Country Branch Park is the place for mountain biking, or just taking a relaxing stroll on the many walking paths. Hubbard Park, the city’s premier forest, offers stunning views from its stone tower.