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New Iberia, Louisiana

In New Iberia, you can find a proper crawfish boil, take a fanboat and zip past gators, or tour of the nearby McIlhenny Tabasco factory on Avery Island and take home some of the country's most famous hot sauces straight from the source. And don't forget the mansions. "This is the Old South, with some great plantation homes (you can tour the exquisite Rip Van Winkle Gardens), and some lovely little diners where people still speak Cajun," says Andrew Evans, National Geographic Traveler's Digital Nomad. It's hard to resist the pull of real down-home southern Louisiana bayou cooking and culture. Just kick back and enjoy the heat.

Prettiest towns in America 2013

There's something restorative that draws people to small, photogenic towns. So Forbes went looking for towns seemingly custom-designed for soaking in the sights, with charming Main Streets, a variety of activities and beautiful vistas. To designate America's most picturesque towns, Forbes called on travel experts from Frommer's, National Geographic, Fodor's, and Midwest Living magazine, all of whom shared with us selections of what they consider to be among America's prettiest towns.

Of course, "prettiest" is subjective, and there are many other towns around the country that would fit the bill — but Forbes chose 15 that stand out. Yahoo! Homes is publishing 10 of them here, along with some select homes for sale in those towns. | By John Giuffo, Forbes

Click here to see the full list of 15 prettiest towns on Forbes.com.