1. Seattle, Washington
If you love the idea of coffee, culture and a scenic city where snow-capped mountains and water views dominate the skyline, consider Seattle. Its historical downtown is a gem, and cultural and sporting venues are easy to walk to.
2. Tucson, Arizona
Desert rats, unite! Southern Arizona’s premier city offers perhaps more culture and outdoor activities than any other city of its size. Its multitude of golf courses attract winter snowbirds and locals alike. Sunsets? The best anywhere.
3. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Small in size but big in culture. Bethlehem is one of three cities that make up Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley — the other two being Allentown and Easton. Bethlehem is famous for its annual Christmas events.
Musikfest brings in an amazing array of musical acts each August.
4. Miami, Florida
Big city. Big on cultural diversity. Miami is the city of choice for those who love the Latin beat and a near-tropical climate but who prefer to stay within the contiguous forty-eight states.
And who can resist South Beach?
5. Austin, Texas
The state capital, Austin attracts those in the technology sector. It is home to the top-notch University of Texas, and its musical scene is universally well regarded.
Some refer to Austin as the “live music capital of the world.”