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Sometimes you want that city feel, but in a smaller town. Florida has lots of these hidden gems, which offer the amenities of a city but with a smaller town vibe. Now, one Florida town has been named the best “city-like town” in America.

The study comes from In it, they explain, “Living in a big city means having access to all the luxuries, but it also means having to deal with a hectic lifestyle and constant bustle. Everyone in metro cities seeks a quiet town retreat to escape the grind of modern life, and the United States is brimming with these small towns.” They add that, “While some small towns exhibit a rustic charm, many have amenities comparable to those available in larger cities but offer a tranquil atmosphere and recreation.”

If you’re wondering about the No. 2 pick, that goes to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Gatlinburg, according to the story, is a “a popular entryway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and offers travelers the chance to take advantage of hiking trails and endurance-testing adventure activities.”

So, what’s the Florida town that made the cut for one of the best city-like towns in America? St. Augustine. Of the city, says, “St. Augustine, the oldest town in the U.S., is brimming with Spanish colonial landmarks, like Castillo de San Marcos, and pristine beaches, such as Vilano Beach. While strolling the streets allows visitors to admire the town’s Moorish Revival-style architecture, heritage buildings such as the Alcazar Hotel and Casa Monica Resort & Spa offer luxurious staycations paired with fine, decorative art.” They add that the best time to visit is from March to May. Find the full list of the best city-like towns in America, go here.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio. She started on the airwaves shortly after graduating from MSU. Anne has a passion for rock and metal, and she also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson! Anne covers the Detroit, Philadelphia and Las Vegas markets and beyond.

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