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Hot U.S. Cities to Visit
Tourists flock to cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. But Conde Nast Traveler suggests some cities that are hitting their strides in 2017:
Baltimore. The city (shown in photo) has long celebrated the Inner Harbor, with its hotels and eateries, as well as attractions including the National Aquarium and nearby Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles. But there is much more to Charm City. Fell’s Point is a neighborhood that dates to the 1760s, and its Recreation Pier has been remade to a stately new hotel. Visit Little Italy for delicious food. And in the fall, you will be able to check out the new Guinness Brewery being built in nearby Relay.
Milwaukee. This Wisconsin city has often been overshadowed by Chicago, about 90 miles south. But visitors are starting to appreciate Milwaukee’s location on the shores of Lake Michigan. New trendy restaurants and hotels are popping up, many in the historic Third Ward district. The Milwaukee Art Museum is home to 25,000 works, making it one of the largest art museums in the country. And all summer long, Milwaukee is a feast of festivals, from the blow-out Summerfest to smaller street and neighborhood celebrations.
Indianapolis. The new draw here is food, with a variety of cuisines and dining experiences represented. From Fletcher Place to Fountain Square, foodies can enjoy several award-winning restaurants ranging from high-end to street food.
St. Louis. The food scene here begins with barbecue, but it expands to include ramen, po' boys, pasta and more. If you feel the need for a stroll after all that eating, head to Forest Park, which is 500 acres larger than New York's Central Park and includes the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis Science Center. Admission to all three is free, although there could be a charge for some attractions or exhibits.