Humans are social animals, but some of us prefer our time to be spent not in the company of others, but in solitude. If you are an introvert who lives in a bustling city, you may find yourself yearning for a change of pace for your sanity.
Moving to a remote part of the country can allow us to spend quality time with ourselves without feeling constant pressure from swarms of people. Living in a small, removed town can allow you more time to focus on your work flow and creative outlet.
Some may find bliss by going full on Henry David Thoreau and immersing themselves in nature and focusing on the simple necessities of life. Others could feel content living in a slow paced town surrounded by trees and hills. Whatever your reason is for looking outside popular metro areas for a place to reside, here is a list of some of the best remote places to live in the United States.
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Have you ever found yourself watching The Goonies and thinking to yourself, “Gee, this sleepy coastal town seems like the perfect place to live”?
We have great news for you: The Goonies was filmed in Astoria—Oregon’s oldest city. This seaside town lies at the convergence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. Bonus: Southwestern Washington state is a short drive away via the Astoria-Megler bridge.
You won’t have a shortage of nature to explore living in Astoria; nearby parks include Fort Stevens State Park, Tillamook State Forest, and Ecola State Park. The moist and temperate climate in this part of the country makes it an ideal location for mycologists and mushroom hobbyists alike.
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Surrounded by the Mule Mountains at an elevation of 5,538 feet, you can find the former copper mining town of Brisbee. This town in the Arizona high desert has a preserved historic downtown area with a celebrated mix of architecture.
Located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee offers a cooler climate than surrounding areas. The town stays loyal to its historic past, offering ghost tours and underground tours of decommissioned mines.
Cooperstown, New York
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Cooperstown is the home to The National Baseball Hall of Fame, but there is much more to be found in this upstate New York village. The cozy village is home to a formidable collection of craft breweries including Ommegang—a classic Belgian farmstead brewery that was established 1996.
Cooperstown is located at the southern tip of Otsego Lake where the Susquehanna River’s headwaters are formed. Water sports are popular in the summer, and snowmobiling and cross country skiing are popular in the winter.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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Eureka Springs is the gem of Northwestern Arkansas. This village in the Ozark Mountains is known for its healing natural springs and bath houses. The Eureka Springs area is home to numerous caves that are great for spelunking. Mountain bikers have countless trails to explore.
The historic downtown area contains charming Victorian-style buildings scattered along steep and winding stone roads. For those seeking a little fright in their lives, Eureka’s Crescent Hotel is said to be one of the most haunted hotels in the nation.
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Have you ever longed to live in the wine country, but thought you couldn’t afford it? Jacksonville, Oregon might be the town you’ve been looking for. The Southern Oregon wine region has been receiving a lot of recent praise, and Jacksonville is a small historic town smack-dab in the middle of it.
Grab a few bottles of local wine and have a lovely picnic in the trees in one of the parks near Jacksonville. Locals can frequent Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Crater Lake National Park; both are close to Jacksonville and guaranteed to take your breath away.
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
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Jim Thorpe was formerly named Mauch Chunk, which means Bear Place in the language of the indigenous Delaware Peoples. Also known as “The Switzerland of American”, Jim Thorpe is located in the Lehigh Gorge. Nature encircles this picturesque town and the stylish Victorian buildings contrast against rolling hills.
You can find live music and enticing food and drink on any given night in Jim Thorpe. But if you are feeling like you need some reclusive mountain time, the Poconos Mountains are nearby.
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You can find the hip town of Marfa deep in the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas. This oasis in the middle of nowhere is known for its slow tempo, western aesthetic, and abundance of art.
Acclaimed minimalist artist Donald Judd was an admirer of Marfa and decided to make it a permanent home for a collection of his work. You can see Judd’s work alongside work from a select group of artists at the Chinati Foundation, a contemporary art museum that Judd founded in 1978.
Marfa is home to an impressive collection of chic restaurants, trendy bars, and rustic saloons. In April, the town hosts Marfa Myths, a festival that focuses on music, visual art and film. Marfa’s close proximity to Balmorhea, Davis Mountains State Park, The McDonald Observatory, and Big Bend National Park makes this town a naturalist’s desert dream.
Taos, New Mexico
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Located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at an altitude of 6,969 feet is the ancient and mystical village of Taos. Taos is home to the Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years.
Taos and the surrounding areas are a popular muse amongst artists who visit. Inspired by the landscape and solitude of Northern New Mexico, Georgia O’Keefe bought an adobe home in the nearby village of Abiquiú.
Outdoor enthusiasts will be content exploring the high desert forests of nearby Carson National Forest. Skiers and snowboarders can get their fix at Taos Ski Valley and Angel Fire Resort. Alleviate sore muscles at the healing hot springs of Ojo Caliente—less than an hour away from Taos.
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Hailed as the “Ski Capital of the East”, Stowe, Vermont is the perfect remote location for ski aficionados. Stowe’s towering neighbor Mount Mansfield has a summit that reaches 4,395 feet and is home to Stowe Mountain Resort. If you don’t ski, or if you prefer the company of man’s best friend, check out these dogsled adventures.
Stowe’s fun isn’t limited just to winter sports. Summer time is prime time for swimmers and kayakers. Stowe is also home to a great collection of craft breweries and spas that can help take the edge off.
lupine season in Vinalhaven, Maine pic.twitter.com/R2fk79cako
— Nick Young (@NTYoung) July 7, 2019
Take a ferry from Rockdale and stay forever on this island located in the Gulf of Maine in Penobscot Bay. The island has a thriving lobster industry and cottage season in the summer. Vinalhaven is a bird watcher’s dream—with only 23.46 square miles of land, there is a wide variety of birds on the small island. Guided bird tours are offered on the island, and there is no shortage of hiking trails to be explored.