If the thought of visiting a large city is scary to you, then there are several small towns with beautiful architecture that you will want to visit. Consider these five small-town destinations for your next adventure.

Goderich Ontario

Since Victorian times, The Port of Goderich has been known nationwide as the ‘Prettiest Town in Canada.’ Inspired by Roman Architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, John Galt laid out the town of Goderich, Ontario, Canada, for his employer the Canadian Company before the first road was ever constructed. A rectangular market square lies at the city center where commerce has been constructed since the 1850s. While an art deco courthouse lies at the middle of the city, visitors can see Georgian, Italianate and Second Empire elements in the buildings surrounding it that have been lovingly restored. This town of almost 8,000 people is also home to many beautiful architecturally interesting homes.

Nantucket, Massachusetts

More than 800 homes built before the Civil War still stand in Nantucket with many of them still belonging to the original families who built them. Since this community had a large Quaker presence throughout the 1800s, most homes are constructed with little ornamentation. Since this was the whaling capital of the world during the 1800s, most homes also have a captain’s walk or roof walk looking out into the nearby waters.

El Haddej, Tunisia

While above-ground housing exists, many residents in El Haddej, Tunisia still prefer to live in caves underground. While one of these homes was used as the setting of Luke Skywalker’s home in Star Wars, most residents will never see the film because they prefer to live a simple lifestyle without electricity. They make their living working in the nearby olive orchards. Meals are prepared using produce grown in their gardens and transportation is usually on foot or by donkey. Yet, the homes are beautifully decorated with colorful tapestries.

St. Augustine, Florida

Established in 1565, St. Augustine, Florida, has some of the oldest Spanish colonial architecture in America. Homes in this small community also are constructed in French and English styles as both countries once ruled this city. Many homes are painted with Victorian colors paying tribute to the time that they were constructed.

Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain

The entire town of over 3,000 people in Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain, live in a rock. Most of the homes were constructed from natural caves with a single exterior wall constructed to serve as the front of the home. When you stroll through most of the streets in this small town, you do not see clouds overhead, but the overhanging rock cliff. While you might think the rock is falling, this town is more than 2,000 years.

Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico

The 30 homes sitting high on a mecca in the Acoma Pueblo are accessible only from ladders up the side of these adobe brick homes. In each of the three-story homes, the floor of the next level also serves as the roof of the level below it. There is no entrance to the ground level of these homes in this community where people have lived for at least 2,000 years. The church is the center of the community, and its roof is constructed of long logs carried for miles. Legend records that if a man lets go of the log he was carrying he would die instantly on the spot, but no deaths were reported. Despite having been lived in for more than 2,000 years, the homes have no running water, sewer or electricity.

There are many beautiful small towns in the world. The next time you travel, try getting off the interstate and explore some for yourself. With Foster Green LLC, you too can live in a home with amazingly beautiful architecture. Our services are centered around you, so start your project today!