Posts tagged "cities that surprise"

Cities That Surprise: Detroit, Michigan

You can take the girl out of Michigan, but I’m not so sure you can ever take the Michigan out of the girl. I never thought this would be the case when I first left home, but the deeper I delve into building a life here on the East Coast, the harder I stubbornly cling to my…

By: Claire Hannum / May 20, 2015

Cities That Surprise: St. Augustine, Florida

As the oldest continually occupied city in the United States (settled in 1565!), St. Augustine, Florida is full of stories to tell. It has all the benefits of a close-knit small town with the added benefits of surreal scenery, rich history and creative inspiration. St. Augustine boasts residents whose families have lived in the area…

By: Claire Hannum / March 10, 2015

Cities That Surprise: Lyon, France

Lyon, France is often referred to as “Little Paris,” but after spending a few days there last month, I would like to propose some other potential nicknames that more accurately capture the character of this city, and its relationship to Paris:

“Kinder, gentler, cheaper Paris”
“Paris for beginners”
“Paris without the…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 13, 2014

Cities That Surprise: Las Cruces, New Mexico

“Cities That Surprise” highlights places across America that defied or exceeded our expectations, for whatever reason. Today, Carrie Murphy explains why Las Cruces, New Mexico, should be on your radar!

The southern New Mexico city of Las Cruces is usually a quick stopover for people traveling east or west on I-10.

By: Carrie Murphy / July 31, 2014

Cities That Surprise: Madison, Wisconsin

“Cities That Surprise” highlights places across America that defied or exceeded our expectations, for whatever reason. Today, Rebecca Vipond Brink tells us why Madison, Wisconsin, is not to be missed!

For a lot of people from Chicago, the place to go for a quick, chill weekend vacation either is Galena (home of fudge…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 16, 2014

Cities That Surprise: Astoria, Oregon

Astoria, Oregon, sits at the mouth of the Columbia River, smack dab between Oregon and Washington, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. Judging by location alone, you’d think Astoria would fit the mold of a classic beach town, but if you go there expecting a plethora of pastel ice cream shops and “Life…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / February 19, 2014

Cities That Surprise: Sedona, Arizona

Disclaimer: if you’re averse to anything considered “New Age,” Sedona may not be the right vacation spot for you. Strike that, everyone should go there.

I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, which is about a 2 hour drive to Sedona. Scottsdale is about as artificial as you can get when it comes to…

By: Ami Angelowicz / January 7, 2014

Cities That Surprise: Rochester, New York

“Cities That Surprise” highlights places across America that defied or exceeded our expectations, for whatever reason. Today, Allison Sass tells us why under all that snow, Rochester, New York is a hidden gem!

After graduating college, I spent two years living and working in Rochester, NY, a city best known for its now-bankrupt…

By: Allison Sass / November 25, 2013

Cities That Surprise: Hilo, Hawaii

Here’s the thing about Hilo. If you’re looking for a Waikiki-postcard-style Hawaiian vacation, don’t go to Hilo. I know this firsthand because I moved to Hilo in 2006 to spend a semester at the University of Hawaii campus there, and I did no research beforehand. I was just like, “Woohooo Hawaii! Surfing and sunbathing o…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 25, 2013

Cities That Surprise: Columbus, Ohio

Welcome to a semi-regular new travel feature on The Frisky! “Cities That Surprise” highlights places across America (and maybe around the globe?!) that defied or exceeded our expectations, for whatever reason. For our second installment, Ohio native Ashley Knierim returns to her hometown and gives us the lowdown on why Columbus is seriously underrated.

By: Ashley Knierim / August 15, 2013

Cities That Surprise: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Welcome to a semi-regular new travel feature on The Frisky! “Cities That Surprise” will highlight places across America (and maybe around the globe?!) that defied or exceeded our expectations, for whatever reason. Have you ever been somewhere that was unexpectedly awesome, or completely different than what you thought it was going to be? Do you

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 1, 2013