Boasting more than 300 years of historical legacy, the town of Beaufort on the Crystal Coast – North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks – has been named “America’s Coolest Small Town” for 2012 by Budget Travel magazine.
First chosen by the publication out of 647 submissions to be a top 10 contender, Beaufort’s charm and history gained a loyal following of fans that voted town co-winner of an intense online poll.
In the end, more than 360,000 votes were cast, with Beaufort and Hammondsport receiving 36.2 and 36.0 percent of the vote respectively. Third place went to Weaverville, Calif., with 13.0 percent. The contest is open to towns with populations under 10,000.