Escape the madness of city life – the traffic, the noise, and the packed sidewalks – with a trip to one of Pennsylvania’s small towns that offer peace and quiet. The following small towns in Pennsylvania, of course, are only a sampling of all the picturesque small towns that promise tranquility in our state.
Embrace tranquility in Lititz, the small Pennsylvania town with less than 10,000 residents that has earned the title of "America's coolest small town." A quaint town, Lititz dates back to 1756 and sits less than 10 miles north of Lancaster. The tiny town sprawls across a mere 2.3 square miles.
Stroll the quaint sidewalks of downtown Ligonier, a small town with a population under 2,000. The tranquil little town of only 321 acres offers eclectic shopping, dining, and a town square with benches on which to sit back, relax, and enjoy your visit.
Enjoy the small town friendliness of Mifflinburg, which stretches across less than two square miles. Less than 4,000 people call Mifflinburg home. Embark on lazy walks through the town or visit Hassenplug Covered Bridge or the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum.
4. Eagles Mere
Explore one of Pennsylvania's tiniest towns, Eagles Mere, with only 120 full-time residents. The historic village dates back to the 1800s and, in some ways, it has maintained a 19th century feel. Visitors can stay at one of the town's three hotels, attend events in the town square, and go shopping or dining at the quaint shops and restaurants.
Join the approximately 1,800 people who call the charming small town of Smethport home. The picturesque town provides peace and quiet but that certainly doesn't mean boring. Visitors can enjoy outdoor activities, such as biking and hiking, or stopping by the nearby Allegheny National Forest.
Drink in the natural beauty of nearby Pine Creek Gorge, the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, any time when you stay in Wellsboro. The small town of less than 3,500 residents features a traditional Main Street, lit at night by Victorian gas lights, that's dotted with shops and restaurants.
Travel back to a simpler time when you visit the small town of Bedford, population less than 2,000. The small town boasts a historic downtown with shops, restaurants, a library, museums, and Pennsylvania's oldest movie theater (continuously operating).
Feed the ducks or picnic on the lawn at Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte, population less than 7,000. The quaint town features Victorian architecture and a charming downtown, where you can wile the day away window shopping or indulge in your artistic side at the Bellefonte Art Museum.
Wake each morning surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains in the small town of Hamburg. With a population of just over 4,200, Hamburg promises a cozy experience in its downtown and plenty of outdoor activities at Kaercher Creek Park.
Experience small town life in the tiny town of Hawley. Only about 1,200 people call this charming town home. Peace and quiet abounds but you'll also have plenty to do: from golfing and visiting the Main Street Farmers' Market to dining and shopping (especially fun if you enjoy antique hunting).
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