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Coolest Downtowns

Ripon's revitalized historic district and downtown is the heart of the community – an attractive place for local residents to live, work and play, as well as a popular tourist destination. Distinctive Italianate structures serve as the backdrop to a downtown alive with energy, culture and gatherings.

No wonder Ripon's downtown is a three-time semifinalist for the Great American Main Street Award, recognizing exceptional accomplishments in downtown revitalization. Did you know Budget Travel magazine recently named Ripon one of the “Coolest Small Towns in America?”

Downtown Ripon's Main Street program has made steady progress since its inception in 1989. The hard work is beginning to pay off as is evident by the recent local and national attention the program is receiving. In 2011, Budget Travel magazine recognized Ripon as one of the “Coolest Small Towns in America.”

Discover for yourself how cool it is to visit, work and play in Ripon! We look forward to greeting you!