Two Florida locations among the best small cities in the country

Photo by Lannis Waters/ Palm Beach Post
Photo by Lannis Waters/ Palm Beach Post

Looking for a weekend getaway? These two Florida small cities were listed among the best in the country in a recent ranking.

Thrillist compiled a list of the 25 best small cities in the United States with St. Augustine (5) and Key West (7) making the top ten. The rest of the top ten included: Portland, Maine; Carmel, Calif.; Bozeman, Mont.; Traverse City, Mich.; South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Burlington, Vt.; Bend, Ore.; and Charlottesville, Va.

According to the site, St. Augustine “might be the one coastal city in Florida that’s best enjoyed away from the beach” with historical visit highlights including the Castillo de San Marcos and Huguenot cemetery. They also applaud the 19th century buildings and say that the city is “cleaner (and) nicer” than Key West.

Speaking of that place, Key West was referred to as “Florida’s Las Vegas. But dirtier.” According to the site, “the bars along Duval Street are a factory of regret,” but the real fun of the city happens by walking down the streets filled with 100-year-old homes and seeing attractions such as the Mel Fisher buried-treasure museum and Hemingway House. One food item that they highly recommend is the Key Lime Pie at the Blond Giraffe.

The Seven Miles Bridge in the Keys was named one of the best all-American vacations last year and the Post created a list of some of the best dive bars in the area. As for St. Augustine, this handy guide helps plan out the perfect vacation.

Read more at Thrillist.

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