Our Top Stories of 2014

From weird red waterfalls to the pleasures of small-town America, these were the most read articles on Smithsonian.com this year

Small town travel, the Monuments Men, Chernobyl and Stonehenge were all among reader favorites in 2014 (Clockwise from top left: Silver City Arts & Cultural District/Thomas Carr Howe papers, Archives of American Art/T.A.Mousseau & A.P. Møller/Henrik Knudsen, with thanks to English Heritage)

1. The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014

Shining a light on the charm of small-town America has become a tradition here. For the third year in a row, we selected the top 20 small towns (those with fewer than 15,000 residents) in the United States based on local history, music, arts, science and other attractions. From the colonial ambiance of Williamsburg, Virginia, to the pinnacles and buttes of Sedona, Arizona, this year’s list took readers on a virtual road trip across America.

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Helen Thompson

Helen Thompson writes about science and culture for Smithsonian. She's previously written for NPR, National Geographic News, Nature and others.

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