One Illinois Town Makes America’s Most Beautiful Small Towns List
According to a new study, there is a list of the “55 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America". A handful of towns in the Midwest made it onto this list, and one Illinois town is also found itself on said list.
The United States is full of beautiful small towns. Though large metropolises like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Washington, DC, are often thought of as culture and beauty capitals, this doesn’t mean other locales can’t be beacons of these qualities too.
How They Got These Numbers
A few different things were used to make these judgments. A few things Architectural Digest looked at include,
- The history
- Natural Beauty
We looked at easy access to nature, the presence of historic or design districts, and topography that’s appealing in its own right—whether it’s beaches or mountains, or maybe a riverside perch.
Other Midwest Spots On This List
Some other beautiful spots that made it onto the list that you may want to visit are as follows:
- Rocheport, Missouri - Two hours from both Kansas City and St. Louis.
- Decorah, Iowa - It’s also a college town, thanks to Luther College.
- Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin - Near the top of the Door County peninsula, and along Lake Michigan.
- Yellow Springs, Ohio - See a 78-mile-long Little Miami Scenic Trail that connects to the 752-acre John Bryan State Park. Also, many residents are artists.
- Grand Marais, Minnesota - There is a vast wilderness that spans Minnesota’s Superior National Forest and Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.
- Holland, Michigan - The area was settled by the Dutch in 1846, and this heritage remains a big part of the city’s current culture.
Illinois' Most Beautiful Town In America
Some of you may agree with Architectural Digests' listing of this town, others might roll their eyes. As a history buff and nature lover, I'm happy to see this spot on the list. I'm also sure many of us have at least taken a day trip here.
With goat walks, nature walks, antique stores, unique town design, and the connection to Uylesss S Grant, this town has it all when it came to what Architectural Digest was looking for.
My two personal favorite things were the goat walks, and looking at former President Grant's house.
Congrats to Galena, Illinois!
Chicagoans like to book romantic weekends in this town along the Mississippi River where the state’s flatlands are replaced by river bluffs. Between April and November, a popular attraction is the funicular, affording a bird’s-eye view of the town.