Three Small, Unique Cities That Are Perfect for a Getaway

Need a little getaway from your day-to-day? Check out these three lowkey, hidden gems of the United States that are waiting for you to visit.

We could all use a little space from time to time, and there are some amazing U.S. cities where you can travel in relative peace and quiet. Check out these three locations that offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of big-city life.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

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Wyoming is the least populous state in the nation, making it the perfect place to get some space. You won’t be completely alone, though, as Cheyenne is the most populous city you’ll find there. 

Around 65,000 residents people in this beautiful city, which is nestled in the southeast corner of the state, right at the northern tip of Colorado. Wyoming as a whole has an estimated total population of about 576,851. The state sits underneath Montana, with South Dakota and Nebraska to the east, Utah to the south, and Idaho to the west.

Summer in Cheyenne

Summers in Wyoming are beautifully warm, but not nearly as warm as other regions in the U.S. A summer trip to Cheyenne promises a semi-arid and cool climate. In August, Cheyenne averaged highs of 81º and lows of 53º. This makes the city a great place to visit if you want to enjoy some sun without getting unbearably hot.

Cheyenne is not exactly a destination for November through February, as they have long, cold, and dry winter seasons there. Typically, winter in Cheyenne means highs of about 28º F, and lows of about 0º F. The Rocky Mountains will occasionally warm up the region from December to February, however, bringing highs above 50º F.

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You can also visit in the fall and the spring if you want to, but keep in mind that as with many places throughout the country, those seasons don’t last long in Cheyenne. You will have a small window of time to enjoy the beauty and the weather, but it’s definitely worth it.

An extra special part of Cheyenne is that it’s a historic city. U.S. history buffs will absolutely love that Cheyenne is home to over fifty establishments that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Atlas Theatre
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral
  • Cheyenne High School
  • High Plains Horticulture Research Station / High Plains Arboretum
  • Storey Gymnasium
  • The Historic Plains Hotel
  • Union Pacific Depot / Cheyenne Depot Museum
  • Botanic Gardens Rotary Century Plaza and Steam Locomotive
  • Governor’s Mansion
  • Nagle-Warren Mansion
  • Big Boy Steam Engine
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Park Addition School

Anchorage, Alaska

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If Cheyenne seems a bit too hot, you’ll love the cool weather and sunny skies you’ll find in this gorgeous Alaskan city. There are many more folks living here, too: About 287,095 residents make up Anchorage’s population, to be exact!

Alaska is so far north of the lower 48, that those of us in the contiguous United States can’t imagine how different their days there look from ours. During the summer, the sun is out in Alaska for almost 24 hours a day.

For instance, on August 31 of this year, the sun will rise in Anchorage at 6:49 AM, and it won’t set until 9:06 PM. This is reversed in the winter; it is dark nearly all day long during the colder months.

The Iditarod

Anchorage, Alaska is also known as the iconic location of the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The race takes place on the first Saturday of March each year, and the dogs and their mushers have been participating in the ceremonial start in Anchorage since 1983.

The city of Anchorage sections off five blocks of the street on Fourth Avenue in the downtown area in preparation for the race. Snow is shipped in by truck to make sure the route is covered properly.

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Visiting Anchorage to see this event is very exciting, as mushers and dogs aren’t used to having an audience. The enthusiasm of the spectators gets the dogs even more pumped up to run, which is fun for many mushers. However, others think the crowds make their dogs too jumpy.

In any case, what’s cuter than watching dozens of happy doggies run through the Anchorage streets and into the Alaskan wilderness?

Oostburg, Wisconsin

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If you want a real getaway, Oostburg, WI, is perhaps one of the best hidden gems you can discover in the country. It’s not even technically a city; it’s a village. It’s included in the Sheboygan, WI, Metropolitan Statistical area, but it has a culture all its own.

The population of Oostburg itself sits at only about 3,027. In fact, the village’s total area only makes up about 1.95 square miles.

The weather situation here is a bit more intense than with the previous locations on this list. Oostburg gets very hot in the summer, and in typical Wisconsin fashion, it’s incredibly cold in the winter.

However, consider how close Oostburg is to the shores of Lake Michigan. The sandy beaches and crystal-blue waters are not more than ten minutes away!

Anyone who has affection for farm homes will love Oostburg–but if you’re not used to farm smells, try Cheyenne or Anchorage instead! Let’s just say there are quite a few cows around these parts. That’s nothing a trip to downtown Sheboygan or the beach can’t fix, though.

This is also the best place to try a famous “Oostburger,”which consists of a patty and a couple bratwursts inside a delicious bun. Try one at the Oostburg Bakery, where you can also get homemade donuts. Yum!

Ready for a getaway at one of these lowkey destinations? I know I am!

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