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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

5 Underrated U.S. Cities to Put on Your Travel List Now

Tourists are always flocking to the big cities of New York, New Orleans, Orlando and Los Angeles, but there are lots of other cities out there that get passed over because they just don’t sound exciting. If you don’t have these next five cities on your travel list, you could totally be missing out. Aside from being cool destinations, they may just be a lot more affordable.

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Won’t you take me to “Funkytown”?
Fort Worth, Texas, often gets overshadowed by its big brother Dallas. It has Wild West charm mashed with big city fun. Twice a day you can see longhorn cattle herded through the streets of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. You can also take in an opera, sit down to an upscale meal, and stay in swanky hotels like The Ashton and The Worthington Renaissance Forth Worth. Between the boutique hotels and shops, lively night spots, and genuine cowboy touches, it’s nearly impossible to have a typical vacation in Fort Worth.

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Visiting the “Jazz Capital of the World”
Besides amazing musical venues, Kansas City, Missouri, dishes up world-famous barbecue. You can also visit the museum commemorating the Negro Leagues baseball, as Kansas City was the home of the first professional league for black players. Tailgating outside Royals and Chiefs games is where sports enthusiasts to really showcase their best barbecue. See a bit of Europe at the Country Club Plaza, a large shopping district built using Spanish architecture and featuring European art.

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What “a Great Place on a Great Lake”
If you’re looking for a festival, look no further than Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It plays host to the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Throughout the year, visitors can join locals in celebrating at other festivals, such as PrideFest, Polish Fest, Bastille Days, Festa Italiana, and Harvest Fair. Besides having an excuse to let down your hair and eat and drink until you burst, Milwaukee also has a thriving cultural side, five-star restaurants and fantastic shopping.

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Welcome to “The Mini Apple”
Most people know that Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the home of Mall of America, but not much else. Visitors can take advantage of a long list of cool and even free attractions. Tour a brewery and sample some of the local beers. First Thursdays are for art lovers at the Northrup King Building. Explore nature in the city. There are three rivers, bordered by lovely hiking trails, Como Park has a year-round tropical flower conservatory, city parks teach people how to make maple syrup in the spring and snowshoeing in the winter.

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We are “the City of Champions”
With no more dominating steel mills to mar the city’s skyline, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a beautifully transformed town with bridges as far as the eye can see, traversing the three rivers that surround downtown. Sports lovers can enjoy a game of professional football (Steelers), baseball (Pirates) or hockey (Penguins), while art lovers have many museums to discover, including the Andy Warhol Museum. Kids will love the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium and can get hands-on at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Look outside the box when planning your next vacation and let Hipmunk help you find a hotel that will meet your needs and be the perfect home base for your trip.

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