Top Ten Wilderness Towns in the United States

Adventure Magazine by National Geographic ranked its nine favorite wilderness towns and cites. America's Best and Top Ten added its favorite wilderness town in order to come up the Top Ten Wilderness Towns in the United States.

1. Homer, Alaska - Population: 5,438 - Chamber of Commerce 
Few places match the diverse beauty of Homer, having so many ways to experience and view the variety of abundant wildlife. One day you can be kayaking on beautiful Kachemak Bay with its rising cliffs, calm coves, seals, sea otters and whales. The next day you could be standing on the rugged coast of the Alaska Peninsula, or in Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park on your first bear viewing trip watching as these majestic monarchs’ feast on salmon.


While in Homer, you can enjoy the wildlife whether it’s hiking on a local trail, exploring a tide pool, horseback riding or flight seeing over the surrounding glaciers. Bald eagles, sandhill cranes, moose and shorebirds are just a few of the varieties of local watchable wildlife available to see.


2. St. George, Utah - Population: 67,614 - Chamber of Commerce 
From as low as 2,000 feet above sea level at the bottom of the Virgin Gorge, to well over 10,000 feet at the peak of Pine Valley Mountain, you will discover within a short radius of the cities of St. George, Hurricane, Springdale, Ivins and Santa Clara, some of the most beautiful scenes found anywhere. The crown jewel of it all is Zion National Park. Add to that, the state parks, ghost towns, canyons, coves, deserts, streams, golf courses, mineral pools, tennis courts, swimming holes, pioneer building, horse back riding, bicycling, hiking and you have discovered the unique vacation that awaits you in Utah's Washington County.
3. Cody, Wyoming - Population: 9,217 -
Chamber of Commerce 
Cody, Wyoming represents the Eastern Gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Named after "Buffalo Bill Cody", our town has long been a symbol of the old American West. A visit to the Buffalo Bill Museum & Historical Center tells the whole story. With plenty of lodging options available, blue ribbon fly fishing, whitewater rafting, and a nightly rodeo, we are a great launching point for summer family vacations to Yellowstone!


4. Flagstaff, Arizona - Population: 61,030 - Chamber of Commerce
Just 81 miles (130 Km) from the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff also offers many other no less remarkable sights and experiences. Among them are the red rocks of Sedona, Meteor Crater, the San Francisco Peaks, Wupatki National Monument, Sunset Crater, and numerous Native American communities including those of the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation.


Enjoyed for its cool summer weather, our mountain town is an exciting regional center that abounds with dining, shopping and nightlife opportunities, a unique arts and crafts scene, and a wide selection of quality hotels and inns. Make Flagstaff your home base for exploring northern Arizona's many spectacular natural and cultural attractions!

5. Talkeetna, Alaska
- Population: 772(America's Best Favorite) -
Chamber of Commerce
The historic village of Talkeetna is nestled at the base of Mount McKinley (Denali), North America's tallest peak. Talkeetna has an outstanding panoramic view of the Alaska Range that can be enjoyed and photographed from several places as you wander through this town and discover what this unique location has to offer. Flightseeing, fishing, riverboat tours, hiking, nordic skiing, mushing, mountain climbers, great lodging, great people.



6. Valdosta, Georgia - Population: 43,363 - Chamber of Commerce
7. Medora, North Dakota - Population: 100 -
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8. Rochester, Minnesota - Population: 97,191 -
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9. Alexandria, Louisiana - Population: 46,342 -
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10. Valentine, Nebraska - Population: 2,820 -
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