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This is the 3rd annual list of America's Best Small Towns to visit put together by the Smithsonian
Magazine. You will find them in nearly every corner of the country and they've been selected
because they're notably formidable in areas like history, music, theatre and science. The
magazine does not seek out lonely places, but places that are enriched in spite of the growing
urban orientation of American lives. As an example, when you consider museums, Nebraska City
which is number 9 on the list isn't that well known, and yet the location has one museum for each
800 people as well as natural beauty to offer.
One of Steamboat Spring's major claims to fame is the champagne powder snow but the
magazine talks about its music scene. Virtually no other town of this size can include chamber
and symphony orchestras, opera and a world-class festival in summer and offers superior
musicians from around the world to perform in a state-of-the-art concert hall that sits in the middle
of spectacular mountains. The Strings Music Pavilion constructed from exposed timber with
awesome views of the Rocky Mountains has hosted the Strings Music Festival that brings
together bluegrass, jazz and country music on the same stage. The ski area arranges MusicFest,
the week-long winter festival that rocks 40 top bands. http://www.listings.com
Then there is the famed and world-renowned powder snow. This small community has presented
79 athletes in the Winter Olympics since 1932 including some skiers and snow boarders who
participated in Sochi in 2014. Winter sports are an integral part of the traditions and history and in
1913, Capt. Carl Howelsen, with the skills that made him a great circus performer, set up a
wooden ski jump on the hills close to the town where he tutored local kids to jump. Howelsen Hill,
which is now run by the city of Steamboat Springs, is the oldest continuously working ski area in
the state of Colorado and is also a summer music venue.
Unlike various other towns in the West, Steamboat Springs adores and celebrates its cowboy
traditions as an essential portion of community life. Every summer showcases a rodeo and you
can see some of the ranching and homesteading history and tradition at the Tread of Pioneers
Museum. F. M. Light & Sons opened in the town in 1905 to cater to ranchers and now shows how
to wear cowboy boots together with mini-dresses. Furthermore, it recommends various western
movies to check out on its web site.