50 small towns to visit around the world in 2018

Explore enchanting towns across the globe.

If you’re looking for an escape from the thick crowds, bustling blocks and frenetic sights and sounds of city life, fortunately there are plenty of scenic idylls — filled with personality, charm, storybook settings and a slower pace — worth exploring.

And as you tackle the slopes in an inviting ski town, soak up history in a centuries-old village or wander along cobblestone streets to vibrant coffee shops, green spaces and local boutiques and bistros, you can immerse yourself in diverse enclaves and lovely landscapes.

With that in mind, these classic and up-and-coming small towns merit a visit in 2018, whether you’re plotting a quick weekend ski break, a coastal retreat or a history-fueled journey.

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