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Travel Segment: Best North American Small Towns

Still looking for a weekend getaway during the summer months? Here are some of the best places to visit for when you just want to get away from city life.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

If you're travelling along the Oregon Coast, Cannon Beach is a must-stop on your itinerary. Wander along the long stretch of sandy beach, explore endless forms of marine life and, when you get hungry, pop into the scores of small restaurants in the town's centre.

St. Helena, California

Right in the heart of Napa Valley, St. Helena is a prime spot for those who are looking to spend some time in wine country. Literature fans will also want to pay this small town a visit, as it is also home to the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum.

Sedona, Arizona

What's not to love about Sedona? Come here for the breathtaking red rock and canyon views, endless bike and hiking trails, and some of the best spa resorts in the country.

Walla Walla, Washington

Aside from the mandatory tour of Southern California, wine lovers should also schedule a visit to the town "so nice they named it twice" for vineyard tours as well as a growing arts and music scene.

Nelson, British Columbia

Nestled in the heart of the Kootenay Mountains, Nelson is a must-see for nature, history and food lovers alike.

Durango, Colorado

If you're planning to do a tour of the Rocky Mountains, Durango is the place to come to for a slice of history (an abundance of 19th century-style hotels, trains and saloons all hearkens back to the town's early mining days) and mountainous scenery that will leave you speechless.

Naples, Florida

Sandy beaches? Check. World-class nightlife, resort, and shopping scene? Check. If you're heading to Florida and want to stay away from some of the more touristy destinations, Naples is definitely the spots for you.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

What started out as a small fishing harbour in Nova Scotia has now turned into a prime spot for tourists looking to spend some time by the water, explore more of Canada's maritime history and see some of the best dock sunsets in the world.

Oxford, Mississippi

Once having been the hometown of authors such as John Grisham, Stark Young, and, perhaps most notably, William Faulkner, Oxford is another must-visit for the book lovers.

Park City, Utah

Park City has been long known for its top-notch slopes, but the city's hiking trails, festivals and food and shopping scene also make it a popular summer destination.