Travelling around the world has never been easy, especially when it comes to picking a worthy destination. Below are our top 5 destination picks of the world’s most amazing small towns to visit this year.
#1. Yangshou, China
Yangshuo, a county and resort town in southern China’s Guangxi region, is known for its dramatic karst mountain landscape and outdoor recreation. The town is set amid pinnacles like Bilian Feng (Green Lotus Peak), which has a hiking trail to the top. Tour boats offer cruises on the Li River past picturesque countryside from the town of Guilin to the north.
#2. Slavske, Ukraine
#3. Stalheim, Norway
#4. Sedona, Arizona
Sedona is believed to be a site of a mysterious energy field. The combination of clear blue sky, surreal red cliffs and deep green forest make this valley an enigmatic and magic place for most travelers and tourists. The town is near Flagstaff is noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. Uptown Sedona is dense with New Age shops, spas and art galleries. On the town’s outskirts, numerous trailheads access Red Rock State Park, which offers bird-watching, hiking and picnicking spots.
#5. Lagos, Portugal
Lagos is a town in southern Portugal’s Algarve region. It’s known for its walled old town, cliffs and Atlantic beaches. Steep wooden steps lead to the sandy cove of Praia do Camilo. The nearby cliffs of Ponta de Piedade offer sweeping headland views and a lighthouse. Igreja de Santo António, an ornate 18th-century church, sits across from the Castelo dos Governadores, a castle with a baroque facade and watchtowers.