Maybe I'm biased, but I definitely think we have some beautiful towns in Minnesota. I'm a sucker for all of the beautiful natural areas we have to offer but the city skylines are also amazing.

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Eastman Childs, Unsplash

But only one Minnesota town was selected as one of the most picturesque small towns in the entire country! So yes, places like St. Paul and Duluth were out of the running but I'm still a little surprised only one town made the cut.

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Most Picturesque Small Towns in the US

This study was done by a team at North Carolina Travel Guides. They looked at 500 small towns across the country and "looked at the following categories: search trends, popularity with photographers, and popularity for photography with the general public."

From there, they narrowed it down to the 120 most picturesque small towns in the US.

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According to their rankings, Texas has to most picturesque small towns, with 15 making the list. The next state most represented is New York, with 10 small towns on the list. And the third most represented state is Georgia with 7 towns on the list.

But which towns are the most picturesque? The most beautiful? The must-see for our Instagram?

Here are the top 10:

10. Westfield, New Jersey

9. Beacon, New York

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Dominique Stueben, Unsplash (Beacon, NY)

8. Westport, Connecticut

7. Augusta, Kentucky

6. Isle of Palms, South Carolina

5. Madison, Georgia

4. Portsmouth, New Hampshire

3. Orange Beach, Alabama

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Aaron Burden, Unsplash (Orange Beach, AL)

2. Cedarburg, Wisconsin

1. Fredericksburg, Texas

I feel a little jipped that the one Minnesota town on the list didn't make it in the top 10 but whatever. Let's take a look at which of our towns made it!

Most Picturesque Town in Minnesota

Coming in as the 41st most picturesque small town in America is Stillwater, Minnesota!

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Holly Landkammer, Unsplash

I absolutely agree. If only one Minnesota is to make the list, Stillwater is the perfect one. My husband and I try to make a little day trip out to Stillwater at least once a year. Usually, it's around the holidays, so maybe we should try and get there during the warmer months this year.

Stillwater is beautiful, though, with their super cute downtown and the awesome views of the St. Croix River.

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Google Maps

Stillwater is, obviously, not one of our smallest towns in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, though. Keep scrolling to check those out!

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