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12 American towns you need to visit in 2016

Published January 6th, 2016

The pleasure of food comas. The adrenaline of mountain climbing. The euphoria of unexpected discovery. The experiences you've been craving are waiting for you where you least expect them.

Make 2016 the year you explore the vast and varied United States of America. Start with these 12 outstanding American towns.

1. Rhinebeck, New York

Why: Old Stone Farm, a hotel filled with wonderful old barns, a yoga studio, lofty spaces for quiet contemplation, and cozy bedrooms. Other reasons include the local food, art scene, and Hudson Valley hiking.

2. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Why: Spicy South Indian dosas, a modern spin on the traditional general store, cut-to-order artisan cheese, and more in the oldest capital in the United States.

3. Oxford, Mississippi

Why: You'll eat every three hours in Oxford. It's a serious food town, where options range from classic fried soul food to sophisticated, award-winning cuisine. Your food coma will last from day one until a week after you get home. And you'll love it.

4. Black Hills, South Dakota

Why: Hiking trails, high points, and uniquely American pastimes. It's the frontier at its greatest, where cowboys herd buffalo and personal fulfillment lies in experiences, not objects.

5. Sullivan County, New York

Why: It's the perfect country escape. Fly fishing, ice fishing, foraging, farm visits, boating, swimming, hiking, and all the farm-fresh food you can imagine are only two hours from New York City.

6. Charleston, South Carolina

Why: While your society granny may not be brunching on the other side of the Crosstown yet, there's no denying it — the Holy City's creative centre of gravity is shifting. In other words, new restaurants and damn-good shopping.


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7. Charlottesville, Virginia

Why: The hiking, day drinking, and farm-to-table dining. Not to mention the history and the school spirit.

8. Boise, Idaho

Why: It's full of surprises. And after an action-packed few days, you might just want to move there.

9. Point Reyes, California

Why: Most people head to Point Reyes, just a 90-minute drive north of San Francisco, for a day trip. Those people are missing out. You'll need at least a night or two.

10. Narrowsburg, New York

Why: Small groceries with beer, farmers' markets, antiques galore, and the best dive bar ever — with a manual bowling alley.

11. Princeton, New Jersey

Why: Delis are serious about their breakfast sandwiches. The university is sitting on a world-class art collection. And the state's bullshit liquor laws allow you to bring your own amazing wines to many dry restaurants. Yeah, we cussed. It's still New Jersey.

12. Big Sky Country, Montana

Why: The Americana experience at Paws Up, a family-friendly ranch resort where vintage views and orchestrated activities in the great outdoors are all yours. That includes cattle herding and snowshoeing.


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