Cool Cities & Towns You Still Haven't Visited

  • Greenville, SC

    Greenville, a recently revitalized Southern gem, has become a contemporary, cool and lively destination in recent years. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a plethora of restaurants, festivals and green spaces, Greenville makes a perfect base for exploring the lesser-known portions of South Carolina in the upstate and midlands regions.

    Photo courtesy of D.J. Henson

  • Court Square, Charlottesville, VA

    Charlottesville, VA

    Tucked in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia, the town of Charlottesville is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites (Monticello and the University of Virginia), nearly two dozen nearby vineyards, a lovely walkable downtown mall and enough historic attractions to keep you busy no matter how long your stay.

    Photo courtesy of Bob Mical

  • Bayfield, WI

    The gateway to Wisconsin's Apostle Islands, Bayfield is a dreamy small town with excellent accommodations, beautiful views, charming Victorian architecture and a quiet harbor town atmosphere. Savor the harvest bounty in some of the surrounding orchards, do some lake shore leaf peeping, kayak through eroded sea caves or take an Apostle Island lighthouse cruise during your stay.

    Photo courtesy of Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau

  • Church in Taos Pueblo

    Taos, NM

    Santa Fe may be New Mexico's artistic hub, but Taos comes in at a close second. Besides, it enjoys spectacular natural surroundings and an easy eccentricity that make it an appealing place to unplug and relax for a weekend (or more). Come in autumn for some of the state's best leaf peeping, or in winter, enjoy the slopes and bowls of Taos Ski Valley.

    Photo courtesy of micky mb

  • Lexington, KY

    With the Kentucky Derby and a range of sports museums, Louisville gets all the glory in Kentucky, but what about Lexington? Located in the heart of Kentucky Bluegrass Country, this well-cultured city is in fact the center of the thoroughbred racing industry. You'll find a walkable downtown filled with lovely Victorian buildings, a lively university culture and plenty of natural beauty.

    Photo courtesy of Navin75

  • Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

    Mendocino, CA

    You've seen LA, San Francisco and perhaps even wine country, but what about the Mendocino Coast? This largely undeveloped stretch of Pacific Coast includes miles of empty beaches, even in the heart of summer. The town of Mendocino would feel right at home in New England, and when you're not on the beach, you'll have a downtown dominated by charming shops and restaurants to enjoy.

    Photo courtesy of California Travel and Tourism Commission/Andreas Hub

  • Gruene, TX

    If you want a taste of small town Texas in the heart of beautiful Hill Country, spend a day or a week in Gruene. This charming small town is full of Southern nostalgia, from its iconic water tower to Gruene Hall where boot-wearing visitors have been two-stepping to live country tunes since 1878.

    Photo courtesy of anja_johnson

  • Cincinnati as seen from the riverboat.

    Cincinnati, OH

    Cincinnati is a fascinating city with amazing architecture, an historic downtown, beautiful neighborhoods, great museums, an inviting riverfront, world-class culture and dining  . . . yet it somehow remains under the radar for most Americans.  What are you waiting for?   

    Photo courtesy of Sean Biehle

  • Moab, UT

    The southwest Utah town of Moab is friendly and has plenty of cool spots to check out.  But let's face it, you don't come to Moab to hang out in town. The real beauty of this town is its proximity to Utah's most stunning natural scenery and all the outdoor adventures available there. Moab serves as a gateway to two of the nation's best national parks, Canyonlands and Arches.

    Photo courtesy of D.J. Henson

  • Crescent Harbor, Sitka

    Sitka, AK

    As the only community in Alaska's Inside Passage to front the Pacific Ocean, Sitka is considered one of the state's most beautiful towns and also a major cultural hub. The community holds tight to its blend of indigenous Tlingit, Russian and American roots which still permeate the culture of this underrated Alaskan town.

    Photo courtesy of Eric Heath

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