New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago have for many years been considered the coolest cities in the US leaving smaller towns with equally bustling nightlife, strong art scene and breathtaking landscapes out of travelers’ radar. Now, these underrated places are in the spotlight, proving that America is a country filled with diversity and worth-a visit spots.

#1 of the coolest cities in the US
St. Petersburg, Florida

Coolest cities in the US - St.Petersburg, Florida
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Located on the west coast of Florida, St. Petersburg, the second largest city in the Tampa Bay Area is surrounded by spectacular beaches, some of which have ranked among the best in the United States. Clearwater Beach, St.Pete Beach and Fort De Soto Park are by far the most popular destinations and have more than once occupied a place at Tripadvisor’s ‘America’s Top 25 Beaches’ list. However, the area’s beaches and warm weather isn’t the only reason St. Petersburg, should be in your bucket list. The beautiful sunny city is home to Salvador Dali Museum, which displays the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside Europe.

#2 of the coolest cities in the US
New Orleans, Louisiana

Coolest cities in the US - New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans is a city full of colors, flavors, music and a rich cultural heritage that visitors can feel on every corner. Live concerts and music events take place all year round proving that the birthplace of jazz still keeps its vibrant spirit alive while the city’s diverse culinary scene makes it a top destination for foodies. Join one of the numerous cultural tours or draw your own walking path and discover history in one of America’s coolest cities.

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#3 of the coolest cities in the US
Savannah, Georgia

The coolest cities in the US - Savannah, Georgia
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When taking a look at Savannah’s picturesque streets comes as no surprise that according to Lonely Planet, the ‘Hostess City of the South’ is one of the most Instagrammable cities. The 19th-century fountain in the middle of the Forsyth Park, the oak-lined avenues at the Wormsloe Historic Site and the Victorian style Bonaventure cemetery are only some of the places that will make you take your camera out for your bag and capture some captivating shots. Foodies will find plenty of choices to fill their hunger as well as satisfy their curiosity for the local cuisine. From juicy steaks and gourmet seafood to the local tutti-frutti ice cream, Savannah’s culinary scene can surprise even the more demanding food connoisseur.

#4 of the coolest cities in the US
San Francisco, California

Coolest cities in the US - San Francisco, California
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Seeing San Francisco in a list with the coolest cities in the US doesn’t come as a surprise. With its modern-architecture skyscrapers, buzzing streets and underground

neighborhoods filled with vintage shops and galleries, the diverse city offers a unique feeling to its visitors. The Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Alcatraz island are the most popular attractions. But if you want to get a real taste of San Francisco’s vibe, roam the streets of Chinatown, which is the oldest Chinatown in North America, take a walk at Haight-Ashbury, the district that in the 60s was a meeting point for hippies and grab a bite at one of the local restaurants in Mid-Market area.

#5 of the coolest cities in the US
Portland, Oregon

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Over the past few years, Portland, Oregon’s largest city, has become a quite popular destination and more and more travelers add it to their personal lists with the coolest cities in the US. The city’s emerging street food scene and the numerous award-winning breweries have put the ‘City of Roses’ on the culinary map. Forest Park, one of the largest urban forests in the United States and The Washington Park are the main attractions of the city. Don’t miss out on the Japanese Garden, which is known as the most authentic Japanese garden in the world outside Japan.

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#6 of the coolest cities in the US
Hoboken, New Jersey

The coolest cities in the US - Hoboken, New Jersey
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Despite its small size, Hoboken town in New Jersey has all the required characteristics to be named one of the hippest and coolest cities in the US. Cozy cafés, more than 100 vibrant bars, stylish restaurants and the sight of Hudson River make the one-square-mile city, the perfect destination for a city escape. In the last few years, the birth town of Frank Sinatra has grown in popularity becoming known as the ‘new most hipster town in the US’ removing Brooklyn from the first place.

#7 of the coolest cities in the US
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

The coolest cities in the US - Carmel by the Sea, California
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With its wide sandy beach, the historic garden cottages and cute little alleys, Carmel-by-the-Sea looks like a city straight out of a fairytale. The small coastal town in Monterey county that once was an artists’ colony has now become a luxury resort with high-end restaurants, elegant boutiques, and five-stars hotels. The nearly 100 art galleries showcasing the works of renowned artists prove the place’s past as an artistic hub while visitors can take a tour at Tor House the family residence of poet John Robinson Jeffers. Carmel-by-the-Sea was ranked third at Travel & Leisure’s list with the “The World’s Most Romantic Cities 2016”.

#8 of the coolest cities in the US
Asheville, North Carolina

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Asheville has always been a favorite destination but in 2017, the USA’s ‘Beer City’ was on the spotlight more than ever. Lonely Planet ranked it first in the list with “Best in the U.S Destination for 2017”, TripAdvisor named it as one of “America’s 15 Most Romantic

Cities for Winter Travel” and Forbes listed it as one of the “15 Coolest Places to Go in 2018”. Biltmore Estate is still the ‘star’ of the city but is only one of the reasons to add Asheville to your bucket list. The city has a vibrant artistic community that tourists can discover with a stroll down the River Arts District while the Blue Ridge Mountains create a unique landscape for a short escape in nature.

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#9 of the coolest cities in the US
Lincoln, Nebraska

The coolest cities in the US - Lincoln, Nebraska
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Lincoln is a city where modern art, classic architecture and bustling nightlife meet creating a unique atmosphere for locals and tourists. Home to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln attracts a young crowd of students and millennials. Explore the various shopping places and indulge into a meal in one of the of the stylish restaurants at the historic Haymarket District which has now been transformed into the city’s most vibrant square.

#10 of the coolest cities in the US
Denver, Colorado

The coolest cities in the US - Denver, Colorado
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With a spectacular landscape filled with trails and parks, hip neighborhoods such as RiNo (River North Art District ) brimming with street food stalls and underground concert venues, and a vibrant shopping district (Cherry Creek), what’s not to like about Denver? With so many things changed over the past decade, the capital of Colorado has been transformed from a stop-over city to a destination on its own.


Hiya, I’m Maud. I’m an English girl who's moved to Berlin - because who wouldn’t fall in love with a country which has words like ‘Kummerspeck’ hidden around every corner... I love traveling and finding out the quirks of each country - and what better way to remember them than on a postcard?

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