Top 10 U.S. Small-Town Getaways

Yes, big cities are dynamic centers of art, commerce and everything in between, but they lack that small-town charm so characteristic of __ small towns! And what, you ask, would comprise a top-10 list of the most-visited such towns in the U.S.? Fortunately for you, the folks at Infogroup (specializers in "high-value data and multichannel marketing solutions") did the legwork in a study that evaluated small towns by the number/concentration of hotels per 10,000 residents, plus various economic factors. Chances are wherever your next meeting takes place, you're not too far from a exit ramp leading to a wonderfully intimate experience in a town like one of these (with main attractions included):

1. Sevierville, Tenn. Great Smokey Mountains National Park
2. Branson, Mo. Route 76 ("The Live Music Show Capital of the World")
3. Astoria, Ore. The quaint setting for a number of Hollywood movies, such as The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop and The Guardian
4. Newport, Ore. Another beautiful coastal city in Oregon, home of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's research vessels
5. Jackson, Wyo.-Idaho Tourist gateway for Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and the National Elk Refuge
6. Key West, Fla. Ernest Hemingway House, Tennessee Williams House, night life
7. Kill Devil Hills, N.C. Home of the Wright Brothers' first flights and National Memorial
8. Spearfish, S.D. Near the Black Hills National Forest, known for outdoor adventures like hiking, biking and rock climbing
9. Bennington, Vt. A quick getaway for many Boston and NYC residents looking to enjoy the Green Mountain National Forest, especially popular in the winter as it neighbors many ski spots
10. Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard, Mass. A summer destination, when population goes from 17,000 to around 100,000. Beautiful beaches and nice weather

Source: Infogroup