AUGUSTA, Ky. (FOX 56) — Summer is the perfect time to get out, visit new places, and explore what they have to offer. There’s no better place to do so than the hundreds of “picturesque” small towns across America.

The Bluegrass is lucky enough to have no shortage of picturesque towns from western Kentucky to eastern Kentucky and everywhere in between. But according to the website NC Travel Guides, there are a few that stand out from the rest.

NC Travel Guides conducted a study to find the 120 most picturesque small towns in America that are an “absolute must-see,” and three Kentucky towns made the list, with one even cracking the top 10.

To determine which are the most picturesque, NC Travel Guides said its team looked at search trends, popularity with photographers, and popularity of photography with the general public.

Augusta, Kentucky

(Augusta Ferry)

Augusta, nestled in northern Kentucky right on the Ohio River, was deemed the most picturesque small town in the state by USA Today. NC Travels seems to agree, ranking the small town as the 7th most picturesque in America. The river town offers various boutique shopping stores, dining options, ferry rides, and historical tours to enjoy.

Learn more about Augusta here.

Paducah, Kentucky

(Main Street Paducah)

Paducah is a Western Kentucky river town known as the City of Crafts and Folk Art. The town prides itself on a rich history of art, dining, festivals, and shopping. NC Travel ranked Paducah as the 51st most picturesque small town in America.

See what Paducah is all about here.


Murray, Kentucky

(Murray State University)

Murray is a town located in far southwestern Kentucky, a short distance from Kentucky Lake, and home to Murray State University. Murray offers a wide array of outdoor activities, like spending a day on the lake, as well as family-owned shopping opportunities and historical experiences.

Learn more about what Murray has to offer here.