12 Great Places You've Never Heard Of

Whether you want to travel or sink in new roots, here are some great places — fun, affordable towns — for you to investigate.

12 great places - US map with town locations
We've done the legwork and found great places all over the country to live or visit.
Illustration by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
Ithaca New York - Ithaca hours local currency
Ithaca Hours, the famous local currency.
Jon Reis Photo & Design
Ithaca New York - farmers market
Ithaca’s renowned farmers market.
Jon Reis Photo & Design
Ithaca New York - swimming hole and waterfall
Summer fun at a waterfall in Ithaca, N.Y.
Jon Reis Photo & Design
great places athens Ohio - country road
There's a calm beauty in the rolling, forested hills of Athens, Ohio.
Baron/The Image Finders
Blue Hill, Maine has many historic buildings and locally owned shops that sell homemade crafts.
Sue Ann Hodges
Wimberley, Texas - Olde Towne Plaza
The Olde Towne Plaza in Wimberley, Texas features several eclectic shops.
William D. Adams
downtown Northfield Minnesota
Visit downtown Northfield, Minnesota. in the summer and you can enjoy fresh popcorn beside a bubbling fountain.
John Elk III
Decatur Georgia - DeKalb farmer's market
The DeKalb County farmers market in Decatur, Georgia offers more than 100,000 square feet of fresh food.
DeKalb Visitors Bureau
Fairfield Iowa - little girl painting
Art is a local passion in Fairfield, Iowa.
Stacey Hurlin
grand junction colorado - dinosaur
If you're ever in Grand Junction, Colo., check out the Main Street Dinosaur Valley Museum.
John Elk III
St George Utah - mountain view of the town
While St. George, Utah is a growing town, locals are working to preserve its scenic beauty.
John Elk III
Le Grande, Oregon - mountain view of town under puffy white clouds
La Grande, Oregon sits in a valley between the Blue Mountains and the Wallowa Mountains.
Randy Green
Sitka Alaska - boats in harbor
Boats fill the tranquil harbor of Sitka, Alaska.
Danita Delimont
Grants Pass Oregon - white water rafting
The Rogue River near Grants Pass, Oregon offers exhilarating outdoor recreation.
Greg Vaughn

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