A Local's Guide To America: 71 Small Towns To See In 2018

Across America Patch 
By: Rosie Purdy
Photo: Courtesy of Pixabay
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If you love to travel, you know just as well as we do that the best places to visit aren't generally listed in a guide book. They are often out of the way and not so easy to find — most times on purpose. Why? Because the most memorable parts of any place are generally kept hidden by the people who love them most: the locals.

Sure, it sounds unfair to all of us craving new, unique experiences. But those with true wanderlust don't give up that easily. To create a true local's guide to traveling in the United States, we turned to our experts — you.

We asked Patch readers in more than 1,200 communities across the country: What's the one thing that will bring visitors to your town in 2018?

We figured if we could get the answer to that question, we were guaranteed to find a few destinations that were pretty special. Needless to say, we did — and we found more than just a few.

From historic landmarks and beautiful landscapes to epic bars and even a farm full of human-loving alpacas, we received hundreds of spectacular submissions. In our opinion, these are the places that deserve a spot on your 2018 travel itinerary.

North Grafton, Massachusetts

"Grafton has an alpaca farm! Visitors are always welcome to Angel Hair Alpacas and they have some well trained and friendly alpacas that greet even shy visitors. The alpacas are often around town at events and are a fun part of the great Grafton community. The farm has a store and sells alpaca fiber products that are as wonderful as the animals." — Jay Cohen

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