Breckenridge is the second-best town with a population under 100,000 to visit in the country, according to a new ranking from U.S. News and World Report.
To help people decide which towns are worthy of a vacation, U.S. News narrowed its list down to the top 15 small towns with populations under 100,000. For the rankings, they looked at restaurants and attractions and town character, and decided that Breckenridge, settled in 1859, "retains the same Victorian-era charm it did during the height of the gold rush. Its down-to-earth and friendly atmosphere has also endured its transformation from a silver- and gold-mining town to one of the country's most beloved skiing destinations."
The large number of local distilleries and breweries were highlighted in the report, and whether it's snowboarding and skiing in the winter or hiking and cycling in the summer, "no matter the season, the majesty of a Breckenridge sunset and star-studded night sky is a wonder to behold — and worth coming back to year after year."
Ranked No. 1 was Sonoma in Northern Califorinia. Breckenridge was followed by Asheville, North Carolina; Park City, Utah; Lake Tahoe along the California-Nevada border; Monterey, California; Steamboat Springs; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Juneau, Alaska; Aspen; Miami Beach, Florida; Sedona, Arizona; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Vail; and St. Augustine, Florida.