Noting towns, around the world, of 100,000 population or less. Remarkably, each town has something unique to see or do.
Ladysmith, British Columbia CANADA -- FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS -- is known for its annual Festival of Lights in which the entire commercial sector and many homes are decorated with strings of colourful lights for six weeks in celebration of Christmas. It is also known for its local Summer Celebrations, called Ladysmith Days, which was once one of the premiere logging sports venues in North America before the decline of the logging industry.
Boiling Springs, South Carolina It is known as Boiling Springs because of a small spring in its heart that, up until the land was commercially developed, actually appeared as if it were boiling and would sometimes shoot water into the air. When and the shopping center was built, the springs ceased to boil. After the spring was cleaned up and dug out, a small park was built around it with benches, flags, and a memorial to a citizen of Boiling Springs. The spring has begun to boil again.
Sedona, ARIZONA -- RED SANDSTONE FORMATIONS -- Sedona's main attraction is its stunning array of red sandstone formations, the Red Rocks of Sedona. The formations appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. The Red Rocks form a breathtaking backdrop for everything from spiritual pursuits to the hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails.
Harker Heights, TEXAS -- STILLHOUSE HOLLOW LAKE -- is a US Army Corps of Engineers maintained lake that contains some of the cleanest waters in the State of Texas. Stillhouse provides an excellent resource for activities such as fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting, camping and swimming. The Corps maintains two excellent parks on the lake: Dana Peak Park and Union Grove.
Las Cruces, New Mexico in southern New Mexico, has a rich in history, culture and hospitality. Perfect for a weekend getaway or an extended stay, visit attractions like the Historic Mesilla Plaza, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum or White Sands National Monument. Outdoor recreation is a way of life with nearly 350 days of sunshine a year. Spend an afternoon on the golf course or touring the many vineyards and wine tasting rooms
CESENATICO, ITALY A small seaside town on the Adriatic coast of Italy, Cesenatico hosts quite a unique museum. In 1502 Leonardo da Vinci designed the harbor. As was his style, neither form nor function followed the other; the two came together perfectly. Cesenatico is home to the floating portion of the Museo della Marineria (Seafaring Museum).
Cynthiana, KENTUCKY -- 3M POST-IT PLANT 3M established a factory in Cynthiana in 1969. Post-It notes were developed in 1972 by Arthur Fry. Until patents expired in the late 1990s, the 3M factory in Cynthiana was the only production site of Post-It Notes worldwide. Today, it still accounts for nearly all of the world's production.
San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA -- BICYCLE FRIENDLY CITY -- The Bill Roalman Bicycle Boulevard gives priority to bicycle traffic while a special bicycle traffic signal (one of only a handful in the US) allows bicyclists their own phase in traffic flow. The SLO County Bicycle Coalition offers a free bicycle valet service during the weekly Farmers' Market. In 2007, the city was designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.
Locust Valley, NEW YORK -- UNIQUE CEMETARY -- has a private, non-denominational memorial that began with a unique plan more than 100 years ago. Rather than the usual rows of marble and granite, the cemetery's founders conceived of a sanctuary akin to a woodland garden. They commissioned the Olmsted Brothers to design its grounds. They were the sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, renowned architect of Central Park. A perpetual care fund was established to preserve its natural beauty.
Lewisville, Texas Lewisville Lake Park comprises 662 acres The park includes various amenities, including athletic fields and designated campgrounds. The Lewisville Fishing Barge, an indoor–outdoor fishing facility that opened in 1958, is located on the lake The park also hosts the Rick Neil Invitational, a cross country running meet organized each year by the Lewisville High School track and field team. LEWISVILLE LAKE PARK