Brendan Spiegel

  1. Go Wild in WalesThe U.K.’s most underrated country is home to a cosmopolitan capital, stunning national parks, rugged coasts, and a burgeoning adventure-sports scene.
  2. See Contemporary Culture in BerkeleyThe city may not have shaken its hippie legacy just yet, but today its individualistic spirit is more evident in unique hotels, innovative resta […]
  3. Party With the Culturati in AarhusHome to a stunning, rainbow-roofed museum and a rapidly rising arts scene, Denmark’s second-largest city is stealing more than a bit of Copenhag […]
  4. Escape SoCal Sprawl on Catalina IslandLong considered a day-trip destination, this largely undeveloped isle 22 miles from Long Beach has come into its own with a variety of new ecoto […]
  5. Pretend Politics Don’t Exist in D.C.Skip Congress and the national monuments to discover Washington’s nascent hipster scene at mini-museums and creative restaurants and bars.
  6. Eat Hyperlocal in OaklandMicro-seasonal restaurants, urban wineries, and artisanal cocktail lounges have transformed San Francisco’s sister city into a culinary hub.
  7. Admire Graffiti, Woodcut, and Textile Art in BeaconAnchored by the Dia:Beacon museum, this Hudson Valley town is host to a slew of new independent galleries, art cafés, and design stores.
  8. Find Off-Season Deals in SeattlePack a raincoat and enjoy steals on hip hotels, gourmet grub, and a thriving art scene.
  9. Find Beach Bargains in DelawareFour hours from Manhattan, the first state’s overlooked beachfront has the same pristine sand as the Jersey Shore—minus the crowds, noise, and prices.