7 Underrated Cities With Chic Manhattan Vibes, But Better

Portland, Oregon

Known for its foodie scene and scenic areas, Portland offers natural beauty just 30 miles away at the Columbia River Gorge and city attractions like Powell's City of Books and the Japanese Gardens.

Des Moines, Iowa

The fastest-growing metro in the Midwest, Des Moines offers cultural hotspots like the Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the Des Moines Art Center. June to August is ideal for enjoying the city.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Tucked in the Appalachian Mountains along the Tennessee River, Chattanooga combines stunning scenery with modern culture. Visit attractions like the Tennessee Aquarium.

Richmond, Virginia

Located at the head of the James River, Richmond offers outdoor activities like rock climbing and hiking, and a thriving arts scene with over 70 galleries including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Charleston, South Carolina

A city rich in history and modern chic, Charleston offers natural beauty like Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and a vibrant art scene with galleries like Gibbes Museum of Art.

Austin, Texas

Known as the music capital of the world, Austin combines music events like Sips & Sounds Fest with outdoor activities such as bat watching under Congress Avenue Bridge and swimming at Barton Springs.

Boulder, Colorado

Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder offers a blend of mountain views and boutique shopping. Visit Pearl Street Mall for shopping and eateries, and explore art galleries.