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With lots and lots of lobbying and voting by towns, BT's annual list of top small towns in the U.S. is the "American Idol" of travel top ten lists.

What’s your idea of cool? How about a place where the local dump doubles as an art gallery. Or a town that’s helped spawn a major foodie movement. A Gold Rush outpost with an unsung history of ethnic tolerance would certainly qualify, right? So, too, would a New York village where they make wine served at the White House — yet tastings at the winery are still free. 

How about two towns that wanted to win Budget Travel’s seventh annual Coolest Small Towns contest so badly, they launched a last-minute voting frenzy that crashed its website. That wasn’t so cool at the time, but now Budget Travel loves it — so much so that it declared those two towns co-coolest. You know what else we love? All those places out there that are already clamoring to enter next year’s contest.


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