Top Five Offbeat Towns for 2008

Since 2000 has been seeking out offbeat towns and underknown places to visit. Now this acclaimed travel information website has named its Top Five Offbeat Travel Towns for 2008.

Explore Offbeat New Mexico

"This is our inaugural offering of the top five offbeat places to visit over the next 12 months," said Neala McCarten, publisher of the respected website

"We thought it was time -- we had all these interesting, unusual, quirky towns and wanted to let travelers know about them" said McCarten. "We like the small gems, the places fewer people have experienced, but many would enjoy," said McCarten.

The first list highlights some of the most interesting and quirky towns in the country. In the future, there may be more lists, or even books highlight underknown parts of the country.

The towns for 2008 (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Dahlonega, Georgia -- This historic gold rush town offers a charming downtown, great range of lodging, an excellent community theater, and family friendly activities from panning for gold and gold mine tours to kangaroos visits.

  • Fort Collins, Colorado -- A town with five breweries including the award-winning New Belgium Brewery, and the quirky found metal sculptures of Bill Swets, situated in the foothills of the Rockies appeals to visitors on several levels. Beer, folk art, and natural beauty make this town a winning combination.

  • Hanalei, Kauai -- In addition to the friendly, hippie feel of this north coast Kauai town, there is the breath-taking beauty of Hanalei Bay. Add to this luxury accommodations, fun shopping, and soft adventure activities. It's off the beaten path... for now. We expect this to change. Read more about

  • Moline, Illinois -- The city of Moline is John Deere central complete with Deere family homes, the world headquarters for Deere & Company, John Deere Pavilion, and the Collectors Center, even the John Deere Plaza in the center of town. It's all unexpectedly good fun, especially climbing up the metal behemoth farm equipment.

  • Taos, New Mexico -- When people hear Taos, they think of high-priced ski resorts, but down the mountain is the actual town of Taos. This is a small walkable town with some of the most innovative art in New Mexico and some of the spiciest history. The Taos pueblo is one of the oldest and is open to public for visits.
For More Information on these and other offbeat towns across the USA visit Offbeat Travel in the USA

Have a comment to share? Like us on Facebook - OffbeatTravelCom and post your comment.

Published: 2008
Modified 2016

© 2016