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Smithsonian magazine has named the Town of Chautauqua, best known for its namesake lake and summer-long institution, No. 1 on its latest list of the best small towns in America to visit.

Chautauqua beat out Williamsburg, Va.; Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Sedona, Ariz. and other popular destinations for top honors in the magazine’s third annual list, which emphasized places that offer “enrichment” to travelers.

In its write-up, Smithsonian raved about the experiences of visitors to the Chautauqua Institution, which dates to 1874.

The magazine reported that its editors worked with a company called Esri to dig through reams of data to find towns with 15,000 or fewer residents that promise access to history, music, visual arts and other cultural aspects.

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