- By Alex Schechter
- Artisan eateries, revamped warehouse districts, and mixed-use studio spaces are bringing new life to the city’s formerly industrial spaces.
More Revitalized Urban Destinations
- Explore the Newer Side of Milwaukee
Wisconsin’s largest city is shrugging off its Rust Belt reputation by transforming old warehouses and historic buildings into boutique hotels, craft breweries, indie concert halls, and urban farms.
- Discover Urban Renewal in Detroit
A wave of nonprofits and food-focused locals is revitalizing once-abandoned neighborhoods with urban farms, public art projects, and locavore restaurants.
- Skip the Horse Races in Saratoga Springs
The city celebrates the 150th anniversary of its famous racetrack this summer, but its cultural and culinary offerings are best enjoyed before the crowds descend.
- Mellow Out in Montauk
While the South Fork’s most remote beach town has spawned a growing nightlife scene in recent years, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy its natural beauty and quieter pleasures.
- Enjoy the Off-season in Martha’s Vineyard
Take advantage of fall's smaller crowds and lower prices to fully appreciate the island’s small-town charms and natural beauty.
- Soak Up the Art Scene in Philadelphia
World-class museums, cutting-edge galleries, and ubiquitous street murals make this city a trove of creative riches.
- Explore City and Country in Missoula
Head to Big Sky country in western Montana for rugged adventures without giving up the creature comforts of urban life.
- Find Small-Town Style and Charm in Astoria, Oregon
This former industrial town two hours from Portland has transformed into a stylish weekend destination while honoring its maritime history.
- Go Gallery-Hopping in Sarasota
Cutting-edge art spaces, public installations, and even a neo-burlesque troupe have added contemporary flair to this Gulf Coast city of white-sand beaches and old-school cultural institutions.
- Slurp Oysters on Virginia’s Eastern Shore
A wave of sustainable oyster farms have transformed the region, bringing new opportunities to taste the area's increasingly popular bivalves straight from the source.
- Hit the Peninsulas in Traverse City
With farms, vineyards, and foraging chefs, this bucolic retreat in northern Michigan is a rising destination for food lovers.
- Go Beyond Football in Madison
Best known as a college town, Wisconsin’s progressive capital city is also home to notable architecture and art, as well as an emerging culinary scene.
- Go Wild in Wales
The U.K.’s most underrated country is home to a cosmopolitan capital, stunning national parks, rugged coasts, and a burgeoning adventure-sports scene.
- Discover Stunning Wine Country in the Guadalupe Valley
More than a decade into its winemaking revival, the Napa of Mexico now lives up to its nickname with top-tier hotels and dining.
The Travel Planner
- By Air, By Sea, By Ostrich
Unexpected ways of seeing the world, where the mode of transport is as memorable as the trip itself.
Beacon is host to a slew of new independent galleries, art cafés, and design stores.
Skip lobster in favor of the town’s vineyards, farm markets, and cooking schools.
The revitalized waterfront is packed with luxury hotels and great restaurants.
A crush of newly renovated hotels, boutiques, and off-the-beaten-path seafood spots are revitalizing the classic beach town.