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National Geographic Traveler unveiled its 30 rising small cities based on metrics and picks from its editors.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, home of the International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, gets top nods for its abundance of craft brewpubs.
Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is nicknamed “Tree Town” and lives up to its name with a plan to plant more than 1,000 trees every year and train volunteers to help maintain them.
The dog-friendly streets of Annapolis, Maryland, yield colonial charm. The domed statehouse, which dates to 1772, is the country’s oldest in continuous use.
More than three dozen craft breweries and brewpubs (the most per capita of any U.S. city) work hoppy magic in Asheville, North Carolina.
Black-and-red linoleum floors and vintage swivel chairs summon up the 1920s founding of the historically African-American Webb’s Barber Shop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital city, one of an unusually high number of hair salons and grooming spots.
Boulder, Colorado, boldly leads with music venues, vintage clothing boutiques and craft breweries. And there seem to be as many coffee shops as cyclists.
Instagrammers love the abundance of art in Charleston, South Carolina. The city's booming arts scene ranks high because of a large number of schools and galleries.
In the sunny library at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, it’s easy to imagine the third U.S. president poring over books. Jefferson put his ideas to work down the hill in Charlottesville, where the University of Virginia’s Academical Village includes a domed rotunda and dorms surrounding a bucolic lawn.
With BBQ an essential menu item for South Carolinians, Columbia tops the list for meatiest city per capita in its population group.
Known for its start-up spirit and urbane downtown, Greenville, South Carolina, makes the hot list for its number of butchers, delis and steakhouses.
Located along the C&O Canal National Historical Park trail, Hagerstown, Maryland, surprises bikers and hikers with its rich Civil War and African-American history. The sculpture-dotted Hagerstown Cultural Trail connects the city’s arts district to the Museum of Fine Arts at City Park.
Though wildfires devastated acres of Sonoma County, the vineyards of Healdsburg, California, were mostly spared thanks to ample irrigation and spaced out grape plantings.
A thriving 20th-century manufacturing hub for furniture and textiles, Hickory, North Carolina, finds itself heading the list for hipster-friendly offerings from tattoo parlors to vintage clothing boutiques. Craft-beer enthusiasts gather at the popular annual Hickory Hops festival.
Depression-era painter Thomas Hart Benton called Kansas City home, perhaps igniting this midsize Missouri city’s artistic fervor.
Frank Lloyd Wright fans flock to Lakeland, Florida, to experience more than 10 of his buildings gathered at Florida South College, the world’s largest single site of the architect’s work. The city also has a high number of pet stores and dog-friendly restaurants per capita.
The Hot Brown, an open-faced turkey and bacon sandwich with Mornay sauce, is as synonymous with Louisville as bluegrass and bourbon. You can bite into one where it was invented: the restored 1923 Brown Hotel.
The compact downtown and imposing statehouse of Madison, Wisconsin’s capital city, crown a strip of land between lakes Mendota and Monona. This means its many parks and trails come with stellar water views — and a bike-friendly culture. You can walk or pedal to green spots such as the University of Wisconsin Arboretum.
Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its founding by the French in 1718, New Orleans still brims with authentic charm but is especially of-the-moment in the Warehouse District around Lafayette Square. One-time grain and coffee storehouses have been converted into trendy bars, music clubs and restaurants.
In Newport, Rhode Island, antique carriages, fine horses and dandily dressed carriage attendants in top hats bring a rakish, raffish charm to the Weekend of Coaching in August. The coaches, some dating to the early 19th century, roll through the city and stop at mansion museums, including the Vanderbilts’ lavish, cliff-top The Breakers.
Washington’s state capital boasts an eye-opening number of coffee shops per capita. Once suitably caffeinated, head out to one of Olympia’s green spaces, including 314-acre waterfront Priest Point Park.
Indie rock bands thrive in the Midwestern hub of Omaha, Nebraska, due in part to homegrown label Saddle Creek. Old Market, Omaha’s cobblestoned historic district, is vibrant with restaurants, boutiques and coffee shops.
Paw prints show up on greater Pensacola’s white-sand beaches thanks to two dedicated dog parks on the Gulf of Mexico. Pooches are also welcome on the redbrick sidewalks in the historic downtown, where 18th- to early 20th-century buildings embellished with ironwork balconies house galleries, shops and restaurants, some with dog-friendly outdoor cafes.
Though Pittsburgh’s iconic Iron City Ale is now produced an hour away in Latrobe, the Burgh is home to more than 30 craft breweries. Many of the suds are made and poured in rehabbed historic buildings, such as a decommissioned 1902 Catholic Church (Church Brew Works) and a 19th-century school (11th Hour Brewing Co.).
Red lobsters on the plate, painted fishing boats in the harbor and salty lighthouses on rugged shores put Maine’s photogenic biggest city atop the list in number of Instagram hashtags.
Rapid City, South Dakota, has a busy downtown and bronze statues of U.S. presidents, including John Adams, near the central square. The public art/history project called City of Presidents has been erecting likenesses of each commander in chief on downtown corners since 2000.
A large total of butchers, delis and steak restaurants per capita helps make Reno, Nevada, among the meatiest in the U.S. Take Harrah’s Steak House, which has been serving filets and T-bones since 1937. While the red-meat palace (in Harrah’s casino) has had modern renovations, tuxedoed waiters and retro dishes (baked Alaska, oysters Rockefeller) keep the place feeling decidedly nostalgic.
Thanks to a clutch of music and record stores and live music venues, the beach town of Santa Cruz, California, rates grooviest for rock and folk fans.
Spokane, Washington, boasts a high count of record stores, tattoo parlors, vintage clothing boutiques and coffee shops per capita. Summertime outdoor music festivals bring bands and local brews to Riverfront Park, a 100-acre playground along the Spokane River.
Not just for winter weather and polar bears, Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city (and cruise ship port), percolates with 5.98 coffee shops for every 10,000 residents.
Honolulu, Hawaii, the Aloha State’s largest city, also goes big when it comes to music venues, Instagrammable moments and art galleries and art stores.
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