3. Zionsville, Indiana (population 14,160)
Zionsville is a little piece of Europe in the middle of Midwest. The town is located in the extreme southwest area of Boone County, in Eagle Township. The towns has experienced an unprecedented population boom in the first decade of the 20th century, with a 61% increase in the number of residents in the period between 2000 and 2010.
Many believe that the town’s combination of European charm and rural idyllic are the to “blame” for this increase. Downtown Zionsville and its main business district, called the Village, is all cobblestone streets with manicured tree lines, French awnings and charming picket fences in front of galleries, cafés, wineries and other local businesses.
Zionsville boasts several beautiful, large parks, most notably the 15-acre Elm Street Green, Nancy Burton Memorial Park, the Zion Nature Center, the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center and the historic Maplelawn Farmstead.
Mulbery Fields is another park that used to be farmland and today contains a skate park, an aqua park and a sledding slope. Lincoln Park marks the point where Abraham Lincoln stopped before his inauguration in 1861 in one of his last public appearances.