LeClaire, Iowa and Mt. Carroll, Illinois are among 15 finalist cities nominated to be the “Coolest Small Town in America.”
This is the eighth year Budget Travel is hosting voting to choose the winning town on its website.
LeClaire was nominated for its proximity to the Mississippi River and opportunities to attend events, cruise and view wildlife along the river. Local shopping, crafts and businesses as well as the historical connection to Buffalo Bill Cody were also highlighted.
Mt. Carroll, Illinois got attention for “something gleefully, well, off about the place,” according to the post on Budget Travel’s website. Attractions like the miniature horse farm just outside of town, the Victorian Mad Hatter-themed tea room at the local antiques store and the town’s year-round haunted house got attention.