The Badger State capital is the quintessential college town — packed with trendy restaurants, bars and shops — and is likely to satisfy all tastes.

  • Kate Silver
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The Land of Enchantment’s largest city is rich in Native American and Mexican cultures, though there are plenty of reminders that it remains Walter White’s territoryFamous line from BBhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61pqMZr1ps0.

Vermont’s Queen City is ecologically responsible and a playground for the physically active. Just save a little room for some Ben & Jerry’s.

  • Melanie D.G. Kaplan
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It might be smaller and less popular than its sibling to the west, but Minnesota’s capital city has a spirited side that is unrivaled by its twin.

  • Melanie D.G. Kaplan
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Iowa’s capital city, in the land of corn and caucuses, is on the move with an emerging food and cocktail scene.

  • Melanie D.G. Kaplan
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In a small-town state capital in Wyoming, the Wild West hasn’t been totally tamed. Yet.

  • Dina Mishev
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The “Biggest Little City in the World” has gambled on art, culture and outdoor adventure. It’s winning big.

  • Erin E. Williams
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The smart and urbane college town in Rhode Island is wonderfully weird in variety of ways.

This Rust Belt city is known for its potholes and an obsession with the Steelers, but it also features world-class art museums and colorful neighborhoods.

  • Melanie D.G. Kaplan
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Lincoln still looms large in Illinois’ capital city, but there are other draws — including the relics from Route 66 and only-in-Springfield fare like the horseshoe.

  • Kate Silver
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In ‘Happy Valley,’ two influences are impossible to miss — mountains and Mormons. It wouldn’t exist without the first, and its culture and cuisine wouldn’t be remotely the same without the second.

This progressive point on the Research Triangle is brimming with public spaces full of art and a subtle sense of coolness.

  • Melanie D.G. Kaplan
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Yes, it gets some snow. Okay, a lot of it. But the newly hot city in Upstate New York — full of sports enthusiasts, restaurateurs and makers — knows exactly what to do with itself in any kind of weather.

  • Lynn Freehill-Maye
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This Panhandle town buzzes with creativity, whimsy and high spirits.

The bucolic city is fiercely proud of its omnipresent horses and bourbon, but modernity is creeping in.

In the Pacific Northwest, a capital city that long has marched to the beat of its own drum manages to maintain its groove amid plenty of changes.

A Scandinavian sense ties together a community and a city with a lot more to see than snow — and that woodchipper.

  • Melanie D.G. Kaplan
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The concise Colorado city certainly does things its own way. But it’s hard not to like a perpetually sunny place with open spaces for athleisure and a month dedicated to beer.

  • Melanie D.G. Kaplan
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With quirky food creations, sprawling green parks, a City Museum unlike any other — and, of course, that Arch — the Gateway City is a fun place to play.

  • Kate Silver
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The influence of Mexico is impossible to miss, but its own quirks and charms in cuisine and culture set this border town apart.

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