Usually you can rely on hipster millennials to tell you what's gonna be cool before it's cool. Like, drinking uncomfortably hoppy beer, or eating Spam, or which neighborhood will be the next hip neighborhood. But for whatever reason, you rarely hear talk of the next up-and-coming travel destination (except, like, Mexico City. "I was going to Mexico City waaay before everyone else was going to Mexico City.”)
Channeling my inner cool kid, I went searching for under-the-radar cities across the US that are poised to become the new Nashvilles and Portlands -- polling travel experts around the country and looking at data trends like increased hotel construction and tourism infrastructure. And, you know, cities with the cool, calm, collected demeanor of someone who knows something you don’t yet. Here are eight cities you should go visit before they get too popular.
If you want to see Seattle, Portland, or Denver before $14-a-drink bars discovered them, check out Boise. The creative center of Idaho is filling the beer-and-outdoors gaps these cities left when they fell to the mass popularity. Firstly, it boasts 190 miles of single-track trails that start practically in the middle of Downtown and a 30-mile Greenbelt trail that traverses the city. Second, Boise opens brewpubs like Florida builds condos, with four new ones planned for this year, including Bozeman’s White Dog. The X-Games will be hosting a qualifier at the city’s spanking-new skate park, and Bogus Basin just pumped $4 million into summer-activity improvements. Combine all of this with the walkability and affordability bigger cities lack, and you’ve got a strong case for Boise as “the new Portland.”