Top 10 Best Small Towns In America

Top 10 Best Small Towns In America by BradSimmons

Top 10 Best Small Towns In America #2 Danville, Kentucky

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Population: 16,218

Closest major highway: U.S. 150 and Kentucky 33

Although Danville came in second overall, it was ranked the most beautiful town in all of America in 2012.

But Danville is home to a rich history too — it’s where the state’s constitution was signed, where the first state-funded School for the Deaf was founded is home to the first black home school in the county.

Kentucky’s birthplace, Danville is a city full of firsts. The town has preserved Constitution Square where the state’s constitution was signed and re-built replica buildings from the time that visitors can tour. Stop by the historic Ephraim McDowell House and The Old Jail to step back in time.

Danville’s rich history includes several educational firsts from the first college and law schools in the West to the first state-funded School for the Deaf and first black home school in the county. Today the town’s the home of Centre College, a leading liberal arts school and host to the previous and upcoming vice presidential debates.

The small town is proud of its locally-owned restaurants, micro-breweries and shops. Start your day at The Hub Coffee Shop and end it at Mermaid’s, with stops at staples like Beer Engine, Red Rooster Café, Burke’s Bakery, Bluegrass Pizza and Pub or Pioneer Playhouse throughout your stay.

Visit in May to attend the annual Lawn Chair Film Festival, September for Eat Drink Danville and Oktoberfest, or September for the Kentucky BBQ Festival. For more of what’s going on in Danville, check out its reviews.

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