It is not exactly a secret that the United States has undergone economic fluctuations since the recession of 2007-2008 struck. The state of the U.S. economy has caused the reputation of certain American cities to suffer. Cities that were once at the top of vacationers’ lists have been relegated to the proverbial traveler’s dustbin. Let’s rekindle the old flame and enjoy reminiscing about six of the most overlooked and perhaps underappreciated U.S. cities.
Detroit Michigan Is Making a Comeback
Detroit, Michigan, ladies and gentlemen; no city with the exceptions of Chicago and Cleveland has been as mischaracterized as much as Detroit. Certainly, some neighborhoods in the city had been temporarily abandoned, but many are now under massive redevelopment. The city boasts a plethora of world class sports teams, international restaurants and a healthy diversity among its residents. Detroit is making a comeback and should never be counted out.
Seattle, Washington, Is More than a Football City
Seattle, Washington, is certainly one of the most recognized major U.S. Cities in the Northwest, but for those living along the East coast it seems more remote and exotic than accessible. Seattle enjoys a wealth of socio-cultural diversity among its denizens. The climate is distinctive and causes visitors to feel a more intimate connection to the city. Besides, with the recent hubbub about the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, is it any wonder Seattle is rapidly becoming less and less overlooked with each passing day?
West Palm Beach Is Every Bit as Alluring as Miami
West Palm Beach, Florida is situated in the long shadow of the omni-touted Miami. Miami may be synonymous with exotic vacations but West Palm Beach offers some of the most picturesque and tranquil beaches in the entire world. WPB is replete with high-end shopping and the city’s night life is more than a little appealing. The city is clean, welcoming, and beautiful, making it a premiere travel destination that should not be overlooked.
Fort Myers, Florida, Is a Best Kept Secret
Fort Myers, Florida, shares a predicament similar to that of West Palm Beach because of its proximity to fellow popular Gulf Coast destination, Tampa. More than anything else, Fort Myers beaches dazzle the eye and startle the mind. Their coastal goings-on are perfect for vacationers. Local college students from schools such as Edison State College will be the first to elaborate on the majesty of their scenery.
Technology Town: San Jose, California
Despite being the de facto capital of California’s technology capital, Silicon Valley, and the third largest city in California, San Jose is not often at the top of any vacationer’s list. Along the East Coast, places such as Los Angeles and San Diego are often discussed as more premier destinations. San Jose is a glorious city possessing technological and culinary excellence that is often unnoticed by non Californians. Perhaps the most interesting neighborhood within the city is the famous Japantown that should be frequented by all. Do not neglect this gem on an American city.
Kansas City, Kansas, Is Rich in Tradition
Kansas City, Kansas, is a massive interior American city that prides itself on a rich African American cultural tradition. Situated almost smack-dab in the middle of America, Kansas City surges ever-forward with a literal smorgasbord of premier museum and theater attractions. The city is brimming with culture. Instead of being an afterthought for travelers, Kansas City should become an even more sought after destination. We could all use rich American heritage and culture in our lives.