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Just like many travel-lovers, the team at Love Home Swap are ecstatic about the recent news that the United States is opening its doors once again – particularly as the USA is one of our many favourite places to go on holiday! We know holiday-makers will be flocking to the usual major hotspots, so we’ve hand-picked a few of our favourite homes in smalltown USA destinations that are away from the hustle and bustle of city life. So whether you’re looking to stay a week, a month, or even more, here’s some of our top rural homes for your next US home swap.  

Best small towns to visit in the United States


Nantucket, Massachusetts  

Nantucket, Massachusetts
Nantucket seafront


Lighthouse tours, whale watching and fishing are just a handful of the activities that this small town is known for. As a popular destination for wealthy socialites, Nantucket is also home to some fantastically luxurious restaurants and bars. We’d recommend exploring the island by bike, travelling from downtown Nantucket to Siasconset. From here, park up and grab some lunch from Siasconset Market, and enjoy the picturesque Bluff Walk along the sand dunes where you’ll be able to spot quaint seaside homes and the many lighthouses.     

Where to home swap: Located in the desirable Polpis region of the island, this home is close to all that the area has to offer, and it boasts a prime viewing location for the majestic Nantucket sunsets.  

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Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina

Keen to experience the true taste of small-town USA? Then this notable foodie town is for you. With iconic farmer’s markets, masses of incredible restaurants and a vibrant bar scene, Asheville is a food lover's dream! Beyond just great eats you’ll have access to the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina Arboretum, Biltmore Estate and more. We’d also recommend paying a visit to DuPont State Forest, which gained fame from being a key filming site for The Hunger Games. With over 10,000 acres of forest and 86 miles of trails to explore, there's something for all fitness levels here. Make sure you pack your sturdiest walking shoes as you’ll want to take some time to spot all three of the area’s epic waterfalls: Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High Falls.

Where to home swap: A mile from downtown, this stunning home is centrally located, but in a quiet neighbourhood.

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Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Regardless of whether you’re a beach person or you’d rather be exploring the mountains, Santa Barbara is the perfect spot to enjoy the best of both worlds. And with temperatures ranging from 15 to 25 degrees all year round, there’s never a bad time to visit. We’d recommend going wine tasting, hiking to Inspiration Point or paying a visit to the nearby towns of San Luis Obispo, Monterey Bay and Ventura.

Where to home swap: Quintessential California coastal living awaits in this airy Santa Barbara home. Located between the mountains and the beach, you'll be just minutes away from trails and parks, and a stone's throw from Santa Barbara's restaurants and dynamic cultural scene. 

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Salida, Colorado

Salida, Colorado

Nicknamed ‘The Heart of the Rockies’, this mountainous town boasts a contagious spirit that is driven by friendly, outdoor enthusiasts. Nestled in the Sawatch Range, the pretty rustic setting offers easy access to Monarch Mountain, while the dramatic Arkansas River runs through the downtown region. With great skiing, rafting and shopping to enjoy, there’s plenty to do in the area for both sporty types and those who prefer a gentler pace of life.

Regardless of your preferences, make sure you pay a visit to the historic centre that was a stagecoach stop in the 1800s, and is still home to some of the most beautiful historic buildings in Colorado. Feeling active? You’re in luck, because the Cheffee County boasts the most 14ers (to the uninitiated, that’s mountains with over a 14,000ft elevation) in a single range in the state, with a host of hikes available - and the many hot springs in the area are the perfect way to soothe your aches!

Where to home swap: This home is the perfect place for adventure seekers. Ultra-modern with a contemporary style, guests can enjoy the great outdoors whilst remaining close to the town’s centre.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Carmel by the Sea, California

This quaint town is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the best of the West Coast. With miles of white sand beaches, scenic runs and hikes, and walking wine tours there’s no shortage of things to do. Whilst you’re in the area, we’d recommend paying a day trip to the picturesque town of Monterey, home to the famous Cannery Row which rose to fame after Steinbeck’s book by the same name. Here you can explore the once old canneries (which were central to the canned fish industry) which are now filled with boutique stores and eateries.

Where to home swap: Experience classic California in this beautiful zen-like home that's only a five-minute walk to Carmel's enchanting village centre. Connect with nature as you sit in the glass sunroom that’s surrounded by the trees, or relax by the wood-burning fireplace.

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Newtown, Connecticut

Newton, Connecticut

From farmers market to live events, Newtown offers the perfect backdrop for an indulgent, small-town stay - while being on the doorstep of the hustle and bustle of nearby New Haven, Hartford and Stamford. If you’re feeling active, we’d recommend heading to the countryside to hike the Lillinonah Trail which runs alongside Lake Lillinonah and the Housatonic River. After all that exercise, you’re bound to be hungry, so make sure you pay a visit to the family-run Ferris Acres Creamery which serves the most astounding selection of ice creams, or consider picking your own apples at Blue Jay Orchards (then whip up an apple pie in your home swap kitchen!)

Where to home swap: Boasting one of the largest private natural swimming pools in the whole of America, this recently renovated, award-winning five-bedroom, four-bathroom estate is the ideal luxury getaway for a large family or group of friends.

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This is just a small selection of the incredible small-towns you can visit in the US of A – it's a little something to whet your appetite for the wonderful world of home swapping in America! We’d love to hear your thoughts on whether these are the best holiday destinations for a rural break in the States. If you think there’s a small town that we should add to our hall of fame, or if you’d like to suggest some of the best things to see and do while you’re visiting these towns, then don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in our Facebook groups – or better yet, send us your recommendations and we’ll add them to our fun local recommendations map!

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