Nov 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Most Beautiful Town Finalists

Rand McNally’s Best of the Road Rally recently revealed what the best small towns in America have to offer. If you’re looking for a scenic getaway or an all-American road trip, consider one of the Most Beautiful town finalists.

Coral Gables, Florida’s source of beauty lies in the local nature, architecture, and culture. The town is home to the renowned University of Miami, the historic Biltmore Hotel, and the world-class Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. Visitors can savor time golfing at the country club, boating through waterways, relaxing at the Venetian Pool, or shopping at Merrick Park.

Marco Island, FL is celebrated for the Ten Thousand Islands off its coast and incredible sunset views. The town boasts an immense diversity of wildlife from dolphins to manatees to birds and offers jet ski, catamaran, and boat tours through the environment. This Gulf coast area features plenty of water recreation and great local seafood right on the beach.

Franklin, TN is a small, friendly town outside of Nashville full of Civil War history. The Main Street flows through small boutiques and eateries, a setting which provides a quaint, slow-paced feel. Franklin is known for The Factory, a complex of 10 depression-era buildings that once accommodated four factories and now house antique and art shops, event venues, and restaurants.

West Coast Finalists Inviting to Seniors

Sandpoint, ID has a notoriously overwhelming view from the Long Bridge into town with Schweitzer Mountains creating the backdrop and Lake Pend O’Reille perfectly supplementing the setting. Visitors can take a ski lift up 6800 feet for the majestic view or try a boat cruise down below.

Pacifica, CA hosts parks and beaches with coastal, mountainous views and noteworthy sunsets. Only 15 minutes outside of San Francisco, the city cherishes its smaller town feel. Visitors love Rockaway Beach, the Pacifica Pier, Pedro Point, and Skyline Blvd.

Check out the rest of our finalists in the Friendliest, Most Fun, and Best for Food categories. Why not pick out two or three to visit this year?  jeb

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