We all know the American south is full of charm. And if you’re looking for the most charm, seek out the tinier towns ― the ones with history, culture and some pretty phenomenal food. To kick-start your search, here are (in our humble opinion) the 4 most picture-perfect towns down south.
The second oldest town in South Carolina is just as sweet as you’d expect. Think: a tranquil waterfront, a historic downtown clad with art galleries and low-country restaurants and streets lined with live-oak trees and antebellum-style mansions.
Also a second-oldest city (but in Kentucky), Bardstown has another claim to fame: as the “Bourbon Capital of the World” and home to the Maker’s Mark and the Jim Beam distilleries. It’s a popular starting point for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. But booze aside, the town has plenty of allure with its picturesque and quaint courthouse square.
This vacation spot on the Gulf of Mexico is a quintessential beach town with white-sand shores, teal waters, sprawling golf courses and some of the best fishing in the country. Just make sure to take a break from the beach and pop into one of Destin’s many funky seafood shacks serving fresh grouper and mahi mahi.
Located smack-dab in the middle of Hill Country (think: fields of bluebonnets and local wineries), Fredericksburg is a German-influenced town that has maintained its roots. Visit on any given summer afternoon and you’ll find a lively scene of barbecues and beer, singing and dancing.