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Sandpoint, Idaho is the most beautiful small town in the USA: USA Today

July 22nd, 2011

Just a jaunt across the border from Nelson, Sandpoint, Idaho has been named the Most Beautiful Small Town in the USA by Rand McNally and USA Today.

This honor comes to Sandpoint after weeks of travel by a lucky couple, Dan and JoAnne Schaub, who won the chance to go on the Best of the Road Rally.

Last week they arrived in Los Angeles for the finale and celebration of the rally and on Thursday, July 21, the winning towns were announced at the Destination Marketing Association International’s Annual Convention being held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

There, the Shaub’s displayed their “traveler’s journal” to a group of judges and discussed each town’s individual beauty.

It is tough to say how much the Schaub’s influenced the judges but, based on the tears that were exchanged on their departure of Sandpoint, it is easy to believe they were in Sandpoint’s corner.

However, it was up to the judges and the competition was stiff with Baker City, Oregon, Coral Gables, Florida, Franklin, Tennessee, Marcos Island, Florida, and Pacifica, California all being contenders for the title.

Sandpoint was by far the smallest of the towns in the Most Beautiful category.

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