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Migration Brewing’s Oregon Wild 40th Anniversary Red

Migration Brewing’s Oregon Wild 40th Anniversary Red



Taste The Wilderness, that Wilderness being Migration Brewing’s new Northwest Red Ale brewed in honor of the 40th anniversary of Oregon Wild, a non-profit conservation group dedicated to protecting Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters.

“The Wilderness” Red Ale will only be available at Oregon Wild’s Call of the Wild event this Friday October 17th.

“Healthy, protected forests mean clean water. And clean water is a big reason why Oregon has such great beer,” Migration Brewing co-owner Colin Rath said. “Oregon Wild works to protect our water and forests and that’s allowed Oregon breweries to produce some of the best beer on the planet.”

“The Wilderness” is a tribute to Oregon Wild’s efforts to conserve special areas across the state. It is brewed using three Oregon hop varieties, each representing Wilderness areas that Oregon Wild has helped to permanently protect: Mount Hood hops for the Mount Hood Wilderness, Santiam hops for the Middle Santiam Wilderness, and Cascade hops for the Three Sisters Wilderness.

“Wilderness is the gold standard for public lands protection,” said Oregon Wild Development Director Jonathan Jelen. “So it’s fitting that Migration Brewing has produced a beer that we see as the gold standard for NW red ales.”

Tickets for Call of the Wild are available for purchase online at http://tinyurl.com/CotWTickets or at OregonWild.org

WHAT
Exclusive “The Wilderness” NW Red Ale “Call of the Wild” 40th Anniversary Celebration for
WHEN
October 17, 5:30pm -9:00 pm
WHERE:
Leftbank Annex 101 N Weidler Portland, OR 97227

The post Migration Brewing’s Oregon Wild 40th Anniversary Red appeared first on New School Beer.


5 Unexpectedly Awesome Domestic Cities to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Right about now, you&rsquore probably seeing that pinprick of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and getting amped at the prospect of traveling again. (Check the Centers for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information on how to travel safely.) But instead of flocking with the masses to Los Angeles or New York (or even London), how about a lesser-trafficked city with an abundance of gastronomic, architectural, and cultural appeal?

And here&rsquos a tip to make a trip to one of these under-the-radar spots even better: Sign up for the brand-new United Quest card from Chase, and earn up to 100,000 bonus miles. Plus, get a $125 annual United purchase credit and two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits. That means more traveling to more places for less money&mdasha post-pandemic trend to get behind. Need vacation inspiration? Check out these not-yet-trending (in a good way) picks.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Fun fact: Chattanooga boasts the fastest internet in the world, thanks to its citywide gigabit fiber network. This has caught the attention of remote workers, but there&rsquos lots more to love in Scenic City than its megabits per second. The city strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure. Its East Ridge soccer team, Chattanooga Red Wolves, just kicked off their second season at CHI Memorial Stadium, and a new, 25-mile Riverwalk is nearly complete. Common House, landing this spring in a converted YMCA on the Southside neighborhood, will be its hippest hotel yet noteworthy amenities include an outdoor pool, steam room, bocce court, and podcast studio. The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, a 33-acre landfill turned international sculpture park, has more than 40 large-scale contemporary works made of bronze, chrome, and concrete.

Chattanooga strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure.

After you've worked up an appetite, tuck into the brisket meatball yakamein (noodle soup) or housemade hot sausage po&rsquo boy from Chef Kenyatta Ashford&rsquos Neutral Ground. (It&rsquos a &ldquorestaurant in residence&rdquo at the innovative Proof Bar & Incubator, a testing ground for new dining concepts.) For dessert, waltz your way through a reserve flight at Whiskey Thief, the city&rsquos first rooftop bar. The next day, you can get your thrills by leaping off the side of a mountain. Lookout Mountain Flight Park, just over the Georgia border, is one of the oldest hang gliding schools in the country, drawing daredevils from Chattanooga and beyond.

Tucson, Arizona

Is it possible you&rsquove never visited a place with 350 sunny days a year and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation? The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied: We&rsquore talking Indian fry bread at Cafe Santa Rosa, walnut raspados at Marymar, Bosnian sausages (ćevapi) at Chef Alisah&rsquos, and birria tortas stacked on Azteca bread at the buzzy new Barrio Charro, founded by baking maestro Don Guerra (Barrio Bread) and chef Carlotta Flores (Si Charro!). After touring the single-malt distillery Whiskey del Bac, belly up to the bar at Hotel Congress and order a Sonoran Sazerac (fashioned with del Bac mesquite) from bartender Thomas &ldquoTiger&rdquo Ziegler he&rsquos worked the shaker here since 1959. You can walk it all off at Saguaro National Park, an otherworldly desert where Saguaro cactuses grow as tall as buildings and live for centuries.

The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied.

If you've sweat through your clothes but don&rsquot want to head back to the hotel just yet, drop by Generation Cool. Here, Robert &ldquoSlobby Robby&rdquo Hall, star of Netflix&rsquos Slobby&rsquos World, sells &rsquo80s and &rsquo90s vintage gear: throwback sneakers, collectible jerseys, and retro toys (think Naughty By Nature tees alongside original Air Jordans). But Tucson isn&rsquot only about food, cacti, and vintage clothes it&rsquos rich in mid-century modern architecture too. Book a night at the Ball-Paylore House, designed in the &rsquo50s by legendary architect Arthur T. Brow, if it's available. Otherwise, you&rsquoll never go wrong at the secluded Joshua Tree House, a 38-acre property with five boho-style suites and the best stargazing imaginable.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Alice Cooper said it&rsquos pronounced mill-e-wah-que, which is Algonquin for &ldquothe good land.&rdquo What he failed to explain is what exactly makes Milwaukee so good. Let&rsquos start with shopping: minimalist home decor at Commonplace cool clothing brands like Naked & Famous and Outerknown at Milworks and lines out the door on drop days at sneakerhead emporium Clicks Kicks, owned by Jam Master Jay. Then there&rsquos the food and drink: The small plates menu at Odd Duck is like a round-the-world airline ticket, tempting guests with its lamb shawarma, koji-grilled beets, and Sichuan egg noodles. Strange Town works the vegan beat so well, you&rsquoll be tempted to renounce steak forever, and the varied selection of natural wines is tops too. Bryant&rsquos Cocktail Lounge, founded in 1938, is the oldest cocktail bar in MKE, and one of the swankiest. The bartenders have more than 450 drinks in their arsenal but are happy to tailor a tipple to your exacting taste.

Don&rsquot miss the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, dedicated to showcasing 6,500-plus jumbo-headed pop stars, athletes, and politicians. To stay, reserve a room at Saint Kate, the city&rsquos first immersive arts hotel, with several galleries, a black box theater, and contemporary works by Damian Hirst and Do Ho Suh on display. For an even deeper dive into the art world, carve out a few hours to wander the Milwaukee Art Museum. Its collection encompasses more than 31,000 works, with an emphasis on German Expressionism and Haitian folk art.

Bend, Oregon

Bend may live in the shadows of its westerly neighbor, Portland, but it looms large in the minds of beer drinkers and outdoorsy types. Mountain biking, whitewater rafting, paddle boarding, snowboarding, skiing, fly fishing &mdash if it&rsquos a sport, it&rsquos in Bend. Scaling boulders in Smith Rock State Park and night canoeing on the Cascade Lakes are practically rites of passage so is hiking &ldquothe Butte,&rdquo a.k.a. Pilot Butte, a dormant cinder volcano within Bend city limits, or the 5.5-mile Sun-Lava path at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest.

Pitch your camp at LOGE Bend, a dog-friendly inn with hammocks, grills, a pool and a hot tub, free city cruisers and bike-tuning stations, and a grassy lawn for screening outdoor movies. There&rsquos even a gear rental shop on site, so no need to schlep your own skis or snowshoes. The hotel is a 20-minute drive to Mt. Bachelor and a 15-minute bike ride to the downtown breweries. Your mission: Leave no keg untapped when pedaling the 22-stop Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the West. When you&rsquore not throwing back hazy IPAs at Crux Fermentation Project or admiring the public sculptures on the Roundabout Art Route, pay homage to your Be Kind, Please Rewind days by renting a hot new release from the last Blockbuster on earth.

San Antonio, Texas

With 1.5 million residents and counting, ol&rsquo San Antone is one of America&rsquos fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll understand why. Lock in a room at the Roman and Williams-designed Hotel Emma in the Pearl District, a 23-acre brewery complex turned multi-use development that puts you within hoofing distance of a year-round farmers market, superb shopping, and some of San Antonio&rsquos trendiest restaurants. Topping the list is Mi Roti, a Caribbean street food joint, and the globally inspired Best Quality Daughter from culinary dream team Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson of Tenko Ramen. The duo goes buck-wild blending cuisines, throwing chorizo, egg, and cheese in their potstickers and Thai curry flavors in the baba ghanoush. Other essential eats include the crispy-delicious pork tacos at Alex Paredes&rsquo Carnitas Lonja, carne guisada puffy tacos at Ray&rsquos Drive Inn, and decadently soft brisket at 2M Smokehouse. For drinks, drop by Black-owned brewery Weathered Souls, a leader in last year&rsquos Black is Beautiful beer campaign, or roll up to Amor Eterno, a colorful new cocktail bar in Southtown.

San Antonio is one of America's fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll see why.

If the brutal Texas heat is beating down on you, find respite in one of the city&rsquos stellar (air-conditioned) museums. The San Antonio Museum of Art, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has a fantastic &ldquoMovie Metal&rdquo exhibition, showcasing Hollywood vehicles like Tony Stark&rsquos F-1 Race Car from Iron Man 2 and the 1966 Batmobile. The sprawling Hopscotch gallery, meanwhile, houses more than a dozen immersive exhibitions plus a patio, cocktail lounge, and food truck. And the storied Briscoe Western Art Museum depicts 500 years of Wild West living from the Spanish conquistadors to modern-day cowpokes.

And it's never too soon to start planning for future adventures. like off-the-beaten-path stuff abroad.

Instead of Paris, consider Toulouse. Instead of Tokyo, there's Fukuoka. Because what is travel if it isn&rsquot about the thrill of uncovering new gems?

Toulouse, France

France&rsquos fourth largest metropolis is nicknamed La Ville Rose, or the Pink City, because its buildings are a tangle of brick, coral, and terracotta colors. The medieval-modern locale on the River Garonne, just north of the Pyrenees and less than 100 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, is a hub for Europe&rsquos aerospace industry and home to one of its oldest universities.

Though it&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere, we recommend booking a 3.5-hour Taste of Toulouse tour of Marché Victor Hugo and its surrounding shops. Highlights include breads and breakfast sweets from boulanger Maison Beauhaire, choux pastries made with locally grown violets at Les Choux d&rsquoEléonore, foie gras à la ancien (fatty duck liver cooked in duck fat the old-fashioned way) from Papaix et Fils, rillettes d'oie (goose rillettes) from Maison Garcia, and mountains of cheese at Xavier Fromagerie. If time permits, pop over to Bello & Angeli, one of Taste of Toulouse founder Jessica Hammer&rsquos favorite chocolatiers. (She recommends the single-origin Cote d&rsquoIvoire chocolate sorbet.)

It&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere.

Dedicate another day to exploring Cité de l&rsquoEspace, the finest astronomy and space science center in Europe. The 12-acre campus exhibits full-scale replicas of the Mir space station and the Ariane 5 space rocket and has a new permanent exhibition devoted to the exploration of Mars. Another must-see: La Halle de la Machine, the permanent residence of La Compagnie La Machine the visionary street theater company, founded by Francois Delarozière, is known for staging outrageous public spectacles with giant &ldquoliving machines.&rdquo This 43,280-square-foot exhibition space and laboratory houses 70 machines and 1,000 mechanical objects. Visitors can sign up for machinist-led workshops or hitch a ride on the back of a five-story-tall mechanical minotaur.

Spend your nights at Mama Shelter, a 120-room hotel with luxe bedding, organic toiletries, and fun features like a basketball court and 45-seat cinema screening cult-favorite flicks.

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka is Japan&rsquos sixth largest city, located on Kyushu island and easily reached via a two-hour flight from Tokyo when travel restrictions have been lifted. With impressive buildings and outstanding food (this is the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen, the revered bone broth with pork, after all), it&rsquos the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Fukuoka is the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Drop your bags at With the Style Fukuoka, a Palm Springs-inspired boutique inn with tricked-out suites (skylit soaking tubs, private terraces), and then set off for a D.I.Y. city tour. Fukuoka is a veritable Disneyland for architecture snobs: Top sights include Emilio Ambasz&rsquos ACROS Fukuoka, a cultural building designed to look like a 15-layer hanging garden, and Kiyonori Kikutake&rsquos Kyushu National Museum, notable for its wave-shaped wall of windows that mirrors the surrounding mountains. Explore the five-tier orange pagoda and 30-ton wooden Buddha at Tocho-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple dating to 806 A.D., or browse the galleries at the recently renovated Fukuoka Art Museum.

Hungry yet? Tonkotsu is the main attraction at Mengekijo Genei, a.k.a. Noodle Theater, a semi-circular dining room with tiered stadium-style kitchen seating that turns ramen slurping into a spectacle sport. At Chikae Fukuoka, diners rim the perimeter of sunken aquariums and watch the cooks net live fish for their dinner.

The city is also known for its yatai food stands serving yakitori and hot pot. The open-air stalls, which are concentrated along the northern bank of the Naka River, seat anywhere from six to ten diners. Ordering is done in Japanese, so if you&rsquore not sure what you want, point to the person next to you and ask to have what they&rsquore having. For a memorable nightcap, sidle up to the gleaming wood bar at Dreieck Park, a fourth-floor cocktail lounge next to Triangle Park in Imaizumi. The negronis are made with exacting precision by sharply attired barkeeps and best sipped on the rooftop patio overlooking the twinkling city lights.


5 Unexpectedly Awesome Domestic Cities to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Right about now, you&rsquore probably seeing that pinprick of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and getting amped at the prospect of traveling again. (Check the Centers for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information on how to travel safely.) But instead of flocking with the masses to Los Angeles or New York (or even London), how about a lesser-trafficked city with an abundance of gastronomic, architectural, and cultural appeal?

And here&rsquos a tip to make a trip to one of these under-the-radar spots even better: Sign up for the brand-new United Quest card from Chase, and earn up to 100,000 bonus miles. Plus, get a $125 annual United purchase credit and two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits. That means more traveling to more places for less money&mdasha post-pandemic trend to get behind. Need vacation inspiration? Check out these not-yet-trending (in a good way) picks.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Fun fact: Chattanooga boasts the fastest internet in the world, thanks to its citywide gigabit fiber network. This has caught the attention of remote workers, but there&rsquos lots more to love in Scenic City than its megabits per second. The city strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure. Its East Ridge soccer team, Chattanooga Red Wolves, just kicked off their second season at CHI Memorial Stadium, and a new, 25-mile Riverwalk is nearly complete. Common House, landing this spring in a converted YMCA on the Southside neighborhood, will be its hippest hotel yet noteworthy amenities include an outdoor pool, steam room, bocce court, and podcast studio. The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, a 33-acre landfill turned international sculpture park, has more than 40 large-scale contemporary works made of bronze, chrome, and concrete.

Chattanooga strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure.

After you've worked up an appetite, tuck into the brisket meatball yakamein (noodle soup) or housemade hot sausage po&rsquo boy from Chef Kenyatta Ashford&rsquos Neutral Ground. (It&rsquos a &ldquorestaurant in residence&rdquo at the innovative Proof Bar & Incubator, a testing ground for new dining concepts.) For dessert, waltz your way through a reserve flight at Whiskey Thief, the city&rsquos first rooftop bar. The next day, you can get your thrills by leaping off the side of a mountain. Lookout Mountain Flight Park, just over the Georgia border, is one of the oldest hang gliding schools in the country, drawing daredevils from Chattanooga and beyond.

Tucson, Arizona

Is it possible you&rsquove never visited a place with 350 sunny days a year and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation? The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied: We&rsquore talking Indian fry bread at Cafe Santa Rosa, walnut raspados at Marymar, Bosnian sausages (ćevapi) at Chef Alisah&rsquos, and birria tortas stacked on Azteca bread at the buzzy new Barrio Charro, founded by baking maestro Don Guerra (Barrio Bread) and chef Carlotta Flores (Si Charro!). After touring the single-malt distillery Whiskey del Bac, belly up to the bar at Hotel Congress and order a Sonoran Sazerac (fashioned with del Bac mesquite) from bartender Thomas &ldquoTiger&rdquo Ziegler he&rsquos worked the shaker here since 1959. You can walk it all off at Saguaro National Park, an otherworldly desert where Saguaro cactuses grow as tall as buildings and live for centuries.

The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied.

If you've sweat through your clothes but don&rsquot want to head back to the hotel just yet, drop by Generation Cool. Here, Robert &ldquoSlobby Robby&rdquo Hall, star of Netflix&rsquos Slobby&rsquos World, sells &rsquo80s and &rsquo90s vintage gear: throwback sneakers, collectible jerseys, and retro toys (think Naughty By Nature tees alongside original Air Jordans). But Tucson isn&rsquot only about food, cacti, and vintage clothes it&rsquos rich in mid-century modern architecture too. Book a night at the Ball-Paylore House, designed in the &rsquo50s by legendary architect Arthur T. Brow, if it's available. Otherwise, you&rsquoll never go wrong at the secluded Joshua Tree House, a 38-acre property with five boho-style suites and the best stargazing imaginable.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Alice Cooper said it&rsquos pronounced mill-e-wah-que, which is Algonquin for &ldquothe good land.&rdquo What he failed to explain is what exactly makes Milwaukee so good. Let&rsquos start with shopping: minimalist home decor at Commonplace cool clothing brands like Naked & Famous and Outerknown at Milworks and lines out the door on drop days at sneakerhead emporium Clicks Kicks, owned by Jam Master Jay. Then there&rsquos the food and drink: The small plates menu at Odd Duck is like a round-the-world airline ticket, tempting guests with its lamb shawarma, koji-grilled beets, and Sichuan egg noodles. Strange Town works the vegan beat so well, you&rsquoll be tempted to renounce steak forever, and the varied selection of natural wines is tops too. Bryant&rsquos Cocktail Lounge, founded in 1938, is the oldest cocktail bar in MKE, and one of the swankiest. The bartenders have more than 450 drinks in their arsenal but are happy to tailor a tipple to your exacting taste.

Don&rsquot miss the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, dedicated to showcasing 6,500-plus jumbo-headed pop stars, athletes, and politicians. To stay, reserve a room at Saint Kate, the city&rsquos first immersive arts hotel, with several galleries, a black box theater, and contemporary works by Damian Hirst and Do Ho Suh on display. For an even deeper dive into the art world, carve out a few hours to wander the Milwaukee Art Museum. Its collection encompasses more than 31,000 works, with an emphasis on German Expressionism and Haitian folk art.

Bend, Oregon

Bend may live in the shadows of its westerly neighbor, Portland, but it looms large in the minds of beer drinkers and outdoorsy types. Mountain biking, whitewater rafting, paddle boarding, snowboarding, skiing, fly fishing &mdash if it&rsquos a sport, it&rsquos in Bend. Scaling boulders in Smith Rock State Park and night canoeing on the Cascade Lakes are practically rites of passage so is hiking &ldquothe Butte,&rdquo a.k.a. Pilot Butte, a dormant cinder volcano within Bend city limits, or the 5.5-mile Sun-Lava path at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest.

Pitch your camp at LOGE Bend, a dog-friendly inn with hammocks, grills, a pool and a hot tub, free city cruisers and bike-tuning stations, and a grassy lawn for screening outdoor movies. There&rsquos even a gear rental shop on site, so no need to schlep your own skis or snowshoes. The hotel is a 20-minute drive to Mt. Bachelor and a 15-minute bike ride to the downtown breweries. Your mission: Leave no keg untapped when pedaling the 22-stop Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the West. When you&rsquore not throwing back hazy IPAs at Crux Fermentation Project or admiring the public sculptures on the Roundabout Art Route, pay homage to your Be Kind, Please Rewind days by renting a hot new release from the last Blockbuster on earth.

San Antonio, Texas

With 1.5 million residents and counting, ol&rsquo San Antone is one of America&rsquos fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll understand why. Lock in a room at the Roman and Williams-designed Hotel Emma in the Pearl District, a 23-acre brewery complex turned multi-use development that puts you within hoofing distance of a year-round farmers market, superb shopping, and some of San Antonio&rsquos trendiest restaurants. Topping the list is Mi Roti, a Caribbean street food joint, and the globally inspired Best Quality Daughter from culinary dream team Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson of Tenko Ramen. The duo goes buck-wild blending cuisines, throwing chorizo, egg, and cheese in their potstickers and Thai curry flavors in the baba ghanoush. Other essential eats include the crispy-delicious pork tacos at Alex Paredes&rsquo Carnitas Lonja, carne guisada puffy tacos at Ray&rsquos Drive Inn, and decadently soft brisket at 2M Smokehouse. For drinks, drop by Black-owned brewery Weathered Souls, a leader in last year&rsquos Black is Beautiful beer campaign, or roll up to Amor Eterno, a colorful new cocktail bar in Southtown.

San Antonio is one of America's fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll see why.

If the brutal Texas heat is beating down on you, find respite in one of the city&rsquos stellar (air-conditioned) museums. The San Antonio Museum of Art, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has a fantastic &ldquoMovie Metal&rdquo exhibition, showcasing Hollywood vehicles like Tony Stark&rsquos F-1 Race Car from Iron Man 2 and the 1966 Batmobile. The sprawling Hopscotch gallery, meanwhile, houses more than a dozen immersive exhibitions plus a patio, cocktail lounge, and food truck. And the storied Briscoe Western Art Museum depicts 500 years of Wild West living from the Spanish conquistadors to modern-day cowpokes.

And it's never too soon to start planning for future adventures. like off-the-beaten-path stuff abroad.

Instead of Paris, consider Toulouse. Instead of Tokyo, there's Fukuoka. Because what is travel if it isn&rsquot about the thrill of uncovering new gems?

Toulouse, France

France&rsquos fourth largest metropolis is nicknamed La Ville Rose, or the Pink City, because its buildings are a tangle of brick, coral, and terracotta colors. The medieval-modern locale on the River Garonne, just north of the Pyrenees and less than 100 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, is a hub for Europe&rsquos aerospace industry and home to one of its oldest universities.

Though it&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere, we recommend booking a 3.5-hour Taste of Toulouse tour of Marché Victor Hugo and its surrounding shops. Highlights include breads and breakfast sweets from boulanger Maison Beauhaire, choux pastries made with locally grown violets at Les Choux d&rsquoEléonore, foie gras à la ancien (fatty duck liver cooked in duck fat the old-fashioned way) from Papaix et Fils, rillettes d'oie (goose rillettes) from Maison Garcia, and mountains of cheese at Xavier Fromagerie. If time permits, pop over to Bello & Angeli, one of Taste of Toulouse founder Jessica Hammer&rsquos favorite chocolatiers. (She recommends the single-origin Cote d&rsquoIvoire chocolate sorbet.)

It&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere.

Dedicate another day to exploring Cité de l&rsquoEspace, the finest astronomy and space science center in Europe. The 12-acre campus exhibits full-scale replicas of the Mir space station and the Ariane 5 space rocket and has a new permanent exhibition devoted to the exploration of Mars. Another must-see: La Halle de la Machine, the permanent residence of La Compagnie La Machine the visionary street theater company, founded by Francois Delarozière, is known for staging outrageous public spectacles with giant &ldquoliving machines.&rdquo This 43,280-square-foot exhibition space and laboratory houses 70 machines and 1,000 mechanical objects. Visitors can sign up for machinist-led workshops or hitch a ride on the back of a five-story-tall mechanical minotaur.

Spend your nights at Mama Shelter, a 120-room hotel with luxe bedding, organic toiletries, and fun features like a basketball court and 45-seat cinema screening cult-favorite flicks.

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka is Japan&rsquos sixth largest city, located on Kyushu island and easily reached via a two-hour flight from Tokyo when travel restrictions have been lifted. With impressive buildings and outstanding food (this is the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen, the revered bone broth with pork, after all), it&rsquos the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Fukuoka is the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Drop your bags at With the Style Fukuoka, a Palm Springs-inspired boutique inn with tricked-out suites (skylit soaking tubs, private terraces), and then set off for a D.I.Y. city tour. Fukuoka is a veritable Disneyland for architecture snobs: Top sights include Emilio Ambasz&rsquos ACROS Fukuoka, a cultural building designed to look like a 15-layer hanging garden, and Kiyonori Kikutake&rsquos Kyushu National Museum, notable for its wave-shaped wall of windows that mirrors the surrounding mountains. Explore the five-tier orange pagoda and 30-ton wooden Buddha at Tocho-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple dating to 806 A.D., or browse the galleries at the recently renovated Fukuoka Art Museum.

Hungry yet? Tonkotsu is the main attraction at Mengekijo Genei, a.k.a. Noodle Theater, a semi-circular dining room with tiered stadium-style kitchen seating that turns ramen slurping into a spectacle sport. At Chikae Fukuoka, diners rim the perimeter of sunken aquariums and watch the cooks net live fish for their dinner.

The city is also known for its yatai food stands serving yakitori and hot pot. The open-air stalls, which are concentrated along the northern bank of the Naka River, seat anywhere from six to ten diners. Ordering is done in Japanese, so if you&rsquore not sure what you want, point to the person next to you and ask to have what they&rsquore having. For a memorable nightcap, sidle up to the gleaming wood bar at Dreieck Park, a fourth-floor cocktail lounge next to Triangle Park in Imaizumi. The negronis are made with exacting precision by sharply attired barkeeps and best sipped on the rooftop patio overlooking the twinkling city lights.


5 Unexpectedly Awesome Domestic Cities to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Right about now, you&rsquore probably seeing that pinprick of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and getting amped at the prospect of traveling again. (Check the Centers for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information on how to travel safely.) But instead of flocking with the masses to Los Angeles or New York (or even London), how about a lesser-trafficked city with an abundance of gastronomic, architectural, and cultural appeal?

And here&rsquos a tip to make a trip to one of these under-the-radar spots even better: Sign up for the brand-new United Quest card from Chase, and earn up to 100,000 bonus miles. Plus, get a $125 annual United purchase credit and two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits. That means more traveling to more places for less money&mdasha post-pandemic trend to get behind. Need vacation inspiration? Check out these not-yet-trending (in a good way) picks.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Fun fact: Chattanooga boasts the fastest internet in the world, thanks to its citywide gigabit fiber network. This has caught the attention of remote workers, but there&rsquos lots more to love in Scenic City than its megabits per second. The city strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure. Its East Ridge soccer team, Chattanooga Red Wolves, just kicked off their second season at CHI Memorial Stadium, and a new, 25-mile Riverwalk is nearly complete. Common House, landing this spring in a converted YMCA on the Southside neighborhood, will be its hippest hotel yet noteworthy amenities include an outdoor pool, steam room, bocce court, and podcast studio. The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, a 33-acre landfill turned international sculpture park, has more than 40 large-scale contemporary works made of bronze, chrome, and concrete.

Chattanooga strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure.

After you've worked up an appetite, tuck into the brisket meatball yakamein (noodle soup) or housemade hot sausage po&rsquo boy from Chef Kenyatta Ashford&rsquos Neutral Ground. (It&rsquos a &ldquorestaurant in residence&rdquo at the innovative Proof Bar & Incubator, a testing ground for new dining concepts.) For dessert, waltz your way through a reserve flight at Whiskey Thief, the city&rsquos first rooftop bar. The next day, you can get your thrills by leaping off the side of a mountain. Lookout Mountain Flight Park, just over the Georgia border, is one of the oldest hang gliding schools in the country, drawing daredevils from Chattanooga and beyond.

Tucson, Arizona

Is it possible you&rsquove never visited a place with 350 sunny days a year and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation? The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied: We&rsquore talking Indian fry bread at Cafe Santa Rosa, walnut raspados at Marymar, Bosnian sausages (ćevapi) at Chef Alisah&rsquos, and birria tortas stacked on Azteca bread at the buzzy new Barrio Charro, founded by baking maestro Don Guerra (Barrio Bread) and chef Carlotta Flores (Si Charro!). After touring the single-malt distillery Whiskey del Bac, belly up to the bar at Hotel Congress and order a Sonoran Sazerac (fashioned with del Bac mesquite) from bartender Thomas &ldquoTiger&rdquo Ziegler he&rsquos worked the shaker here since 1959. You can walk it all off at Saguaro National Park, an otherworldly desert where Saguaro cactuses grow as tall as buildings and live for centuries.

The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied.

If you've sweat through your clothes but don&rsquot want to head back to the hotel just yet, drop by Generation Cool. Here, Robert &ldquoSlobby Robby&rdquo Hall, star of Netflix&rsquos Slobby&rsquos World, sells &rsquo80s and &rsquo90s vintage gear: throwback sneakers, collectible jerseys, and retro toys (think Naughty By Nature tees alongside original Air Jordans). But Tucson isn&rsquot only about food, cacti, and vintage clothes it&rsquos rich in mid-century modern architecture too. Book a night at the Ball-Paylore House, designed in the &rsquo50s by legendary architect Arthur T. Brow, if it's available. Otherwise, you&rsquoll never go wrong at the secluded Joshua Tree House, a 38-acre property with five boho-style suites and the best stargazing imaginable.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Alice Cooper said it&rsquos pronounced mill-e-wah-que, which is Algonquin for &ldquothe good land.&rdquo What he failed to explain is what exactly makes Milwaukee so good. Let&rsquos start with shopping: minimalist home decor at Commonplace cool clothing brands like Naked & Famous and Outerknown at Milworks and lines out the door on drop days at sneakerhead emporium Clicks Kicks, owned by Jam Master Jay. Then there&rsquos the food and drink: The small plates menu at Odd Duck is like a round-the-world airline ticket, tempting guests with its lamb shawarma, koji-grilled beets, and Sichuan egg noodles. Strange Town works the vegan beat so well, you&rsquoll be tempted to renounce steak forever, and the varied selection of natural wines is tops too. Bryant&rsquos Cocktail Lounge, founded in 1938, is the oldest cocktail bar in MKE, and one of the swankiest. The bartenders have more than 450 drinks in their arsenal but are happy to tailor a tipple to your exacting taste.

Don&rsquot miss the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, dedicated to showcasing 6,500-plus jumbo-headed pop stars, athletes, and politicians. To stay, reserve a room at Saint Kate, the city&rsquos first immersive arts hotel, with several galleries, a black box theater, and contemporary works by Damian Hirst and Do Ho Suh on display. For an even deeper dive into the art world, carve out a few hours to wander the Milwaukee Art Museum. Its collection encompasses more than 31,000 works, with an emphasis on German Expressionism and Haitian folk art.

Bend, Oregon

Bend may live in the shadows of its westerly neighbor, Portland, but it looms large in the minds of beer drinkers and outdoorsy types. Mountain biking, whitewater rafting, paddle boarding, snowboarding, skiing, fly fishing &mdash if it&rsquos a sport, it&rsquos in Bend. Scaling boulders in Smith Rock State Park and night canoeing on the Cascade Lakes are practically rites of passage so is hiking &ldquothe Butte,&rdquo a.k.a. Pilot Butte, a dormant cinder volcano within Bend city limits, or the 5.5-mile Sun-Lava path at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest.

Pitch your camp at LOGE Bend, a dog-friendly inn with hammocks, grills, a pool and a hot tub, free city cruisers and bike-tuning stations, and a grassy lawn for screening outdoor movies. There&rsquos even a gear rental shop on site, so no need to schlep your own skis or snowshoes. The hotel is a 20-minute drive to Mt. Bachelor and a 15-minute bike ride to the downtown breweries. Your mission: Leave no keg untapped when pedaling the 22-stop Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the West. When you&rsquore not throwing back hazy IPAs at Crux Fermentation Project or admiring the public sculptures on the Roundabout Art Route, pay homage to your Be Kind, Please Rewind days by renting a hot new release from the last Blockbuster on earth.

San Antonio, Texas

With 1.5 million residents and counting, ol&rsquo San Antone is one of America&rsquos fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll understand why. Lock in a room at the Roman and Williams-designed Hotel Emma in the Pearl District, a 23-acre brewery complex turned multi-use development that puts you within hoofing distance of a year-round farmers market, superb shopping, and some of San Antonio&rsquos trendiest restaurants. Topping the list is Mi Roti, a Caribbean street food joint, and the globally inspired Best Quality Daughter from culinary dream team Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson of Tenko Ramen. The duo goes buck-wild blending cuisines, throwing chorizo, egg, and cheese in their potstickers and Thai curry flavors in the baba ghanoush. Other essential eats include the crispy-delicious pork tacos at Alex Paredes&rsquo Carnitas Lonja, carne guisada puffy tacos at Ray&rsquos Drive Inn, and decadently soft brisket at 2M Smokehouse. For drinks, drop by Black-owned brewery Weathered Souls, a leader in last year&rsquos Black is Beautiful beer campaign, or roll up to Amor Eterno, a colorful new cocktail bar in Southtown.

San Antonio is one of America's fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll see why.

If the brutal Texas heat is beating down on you, find respite in one of the city&rsquos stellar (air-conditioned) museums. The San Antonio Museum of Art, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has a fantastic &ldquoMovie Metal&rdquo exhibition, showcasing Hollywood vehicles like Tony Stark&rsquos F-1 Race Car from Iron Man 2 and the 1966 Batmobile. The sprawling Hopscotch gallery, meanwhile, houses more than a dozen immersive exhibitions plus a patio, cocktail lounge, and food truck. And the storied Briscoe Western Art Museum depicts 500 years of Wild West living from the Spanish conquistadors to modern-day cowpokes.

And it's never too soon to start planning for future adventures. like off-the-beaten-path stuff abroad.

Instead of Paris, consider Toulouse. Instead of Tokyo, there's Fukuoka. Because what is travel if it isn&rsquot about the thrill of uncovering new gems?

Toulouse, France

France&rsquos fourth largest metropolis is nicknamed La Ville Rose, or the Pink City, because its buildings are a tangle of brick, coral, and terracotta colors. The medieval-modern locale on the River Garonne, just north of the Pyrenees and less than 100 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, is a hub for Europe&rsquos aerospace industry and home to one of its oldest universities.

Though it&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere, we recommend booking a 3.5-hour Taste of Toulouse tour of Marché Victor Hugo and its surrounding shops. Highlights include breads and breakfast sweets from boulanger Maison Beauhaire, choux pastries made with locally grown violets at Les Choux d&rsquoEléonore, foie gras à la ancien (fatty duck liver cooked in duck fat the old-fashioned way) from Papaix et Fils, rillettes d'oie (goose rillettes) from Maison Garcia, and mountains of cheese at Xavier Fromagerie. If time permits, pop over to Bello & Angeli, one of Taste of Toulouse founder Jessica Hammer&rsquos favorite chocolatiers. (She recommends the single-origin Cote d&rsquoIvoire chocolate sorbet.)

It&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere.

Dedicate another day to exploring Cité de l&rsquoEspace, the finest astronomy and space science center in Europe. The 12-acre campus exhibits full-scale replicas of the Mir space station and the Ariane 5 space rocket and has a new permanent exhibition devoted to the exploration of Mars. Another must-see: La Halle de la Machine, the permanent residence of La Compagnie La Machine the visionary street theater company, founded by Francois Delarozière, is known for staging outrageous public spectacles with giant &ldquoliving machines.&rdquo This 43,280-square-foot exhibition space and laboratory houses 70 machines and 1,000 mechanical objects. Visitors can sign up for machinist-led workshops or hitch a ride on the back of a five-story-tall mechanical minotaur.

Spend your nights at Mama Shelter, a 120-room hotel with luxe bedding, organic toiletries, and fun features like a basketball court and 45-seat cinema screening cult-favorite flicks.

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka is Japan&rsquos sixth largest city, located on Kyushu island and easily reached via a two-hour flight from Tokyo when travel restrictions have been lifted. With impressive buildings and outstanding food (this is the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen, the revered bone broth with pork, after all), it&rsquos the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Fukuoka is the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Drop your bags at With the Style Fukuoka, a Palm Springs-inspired boutique inn with tricked-out suites (skylit soaking tubs, private terraces), and then set off for a D.I.Y. city tour. Fukuoka is a veritable Disneyland for architecture snobs: Top sights include Emilio Ambasz&rsquos ACROS Fukuoka, a cultural building designed to look like a 15-layer hanging garden, and Kiyonori Kikutake&rsquos Kyushu National Museum, notable for its wave-shaped wall of windows that mirrors the surrounding mountains. Explore the five-tier orange pagoda and 30-ton wooden Buddha at Tocho-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple dating to 806 A.D., or browse the galleries at the recently renovated Fukuoka Art Museum.

Hungry yet? Tonkotsu is the main attraction at Mengekijo Genei, a.k.a. Noodle Theater, a semi-circular dining room with tiered stadium-style kitchen seating that turns ramen slurping into a spectacle sport. At Chikae Fukuoka, diners rim the perimeter of sunken aquariums and watch the cooks net live fish for their dinner.

The city is also known for its yatai food stands serving yakitori and hot pot. The open-air stalls, which are concentrated along the northern bank of the Naka River, seat anywhere from six to ten diners. Ordering is done in Japanese, so if you&rsquore not sure what you want, point to the person next to you and ask to have what they&rsquore having. For a memorable nightcap, sidle up to the gleaming wood bar at Dreieck Park, a fourth-floor cocktail lounge next to Triangle Park in Imaizumi. The negronis are made with exacting precision by sharply attired barkeeps and best sipped on the rooftop patio overlooking the twinkling city lights.


5 Unexpectedly Awesome Domestic Cities to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Right about now, you&rsquore probably seeing that pinprick of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and getting amped at the prospect of traveling again. (Check the Centers for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information on how to travel safely.) But instead of flocking with the masses to Los Angeles or New York (or even London), how about a lesser-trafficked city with an abundance of gastronomic, architectural, and cultural appeal?

And here&rsquos a tip to make a trip to one of these under-the-radar spots even better: Sign up for the brand-new United Quest card from Chase, and earn up to 100,000 bonus miles. Plus, get a $125 annual United purchase credit and two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits. That means more traveling to more places for less money&mdasha post-pandemic trend to get behind. Need vacation inspiration? Check out these not-yet-trending (in a good way) picks.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Fun fact: Chattanooga boasts the fastest internet in the world, thanks to its citywide gigabit fiber network. This has caught the attention of remote workers, but there&rsquos lots more to love in Scenic City than its megabits per second. The city strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure. Its East Ridge soccer team, Chattanooga Red Wolves, just kicked off their second season at CHI Memorial Stadium, and a new, 25-mile Riverwalk is nearly complete. Common House, landing this spring in a converted YMCA on the Southside neighborhood, will be its hippest hotel yet noteworthy amenities include an outdoor pool, steam room, bocce court, and podcast studio. The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, a 33-acre landfill turned international sculpture park, has more than 40 large-scale contemporary works made of bronze, chrome, and concrete.

Chattanooga strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure.

After you've worked up an appetite, tuck into the brisket meatball yakamein (noodle soup) or housemade hot sausage po&rsquo boy from Chef Kenyatta Ashford&rsquos Neutral Ground. (It&rsquos a &ldquorestaurant in residence&rdquo at the innovative Proof Bar & Incubator, a testing ground for new dining concepts.) For dessert, waltz your way through a reserve flight at Whiskey Thief, the city&rsquos first rooftop bar. The next day, you can get your thrills by leaping off the side of a mountain. Lookout Mountain Flight Park, just over the Georgia border, is one of the oldest hang gliding schools in the country, drawing daredevils from Chattanooga and beyond.

Tucson, Arizona

Is it possible you&rsquove never visited a place with 350 sunny days a year and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation? The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied: We&rsquore talking Indian fry bread at Cafe Santa Rosa, walnut raspados at Marymar, Bosnian sausages (ćevapi) at Chef Alisah&rsquos, and birria tortas stacked on Azteca bread at the buzzy new Barrio Charro, founded by baking maestro Don Guerra (Barrio Bread) and chef Carlotta Flores (Si Charro!). After touring the single-malt distillery Whiskey del Bac, belly up to the bar at Hotel Congress and order a Sonoran Sazerac (fashioned with del Bac mesquite) from bartender Thomas &ldquoTiger&rdquo Ziegler he&rsquos worked the shaker here since 1959. You can walk it all off at Saguaro National Park, an otherworldly desert where Saguaro cactuses grow as tall as buildings and live for centuries.

The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied.

If you've sweat through your clothes but don&rsquot want to head back to the hotel just yet, drop by Generation Cool. Here, Robert &ldquoSlobby Robby&rdquo Hall, star of Netflix&rsquos Slobby&rsquos World, sells &rsquo80s and &rsquo90s vintage gear: throwback sneakers, collectible jerseys, and retro toys (think Naughty By Nature tees alongside original Air Jordans). But Tucson isn&rsquot only about food, cacti, and vintage clothes it&rsquos rich in mid-century modern architecture too. Book a night at the Ball-Paylore House, designed in the &rsquo50s by legendary architect Arthur T. Brow, if it's available. Otherwise, you&rsquoll never go wrong at the secluded Joshua Tree House, a 38-acre property with five boho-style suites and the best stargazing imaginable.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Alice Cooper said it&rsquos pronounced mill-e-wah-que, which is Algonquin for &ldquothe good land.&rdquo What he failed to explain is what exactly makes Milwaukee so good. Let&rsquos start with shopping: minimalist home decor at Commonplace cool clothing brands like Naked & Famous and Outerknown at Milworks and lines out the door on drop days at sneakerhead emporium Clicks Kicks, owned by Jam Master Jay. Then there&rsquos the food and drink: The small plates menu at Odd Duck is like a round-the-world airline ticket, tempting guests with its lamb shawarma, koji-grilled beets, and Sichuan egg noodles. Strange Town works the vegan beat so well, you&rsquoll be tempted to renounce steak forever, and the varied selection of natural wines is tops too. Bryant&rsquos Cocktail Lounge, founded in 1938, is the oldest cocktail bar in MKE, and one of the swankiest. The bartenders have more than 450 drinks in their arsenal but are happy to tailor a tipple to your exacting taste.

Don&rsquot miss the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, dedicated to showcasing 6,500-plus jumbo-headed pop stars, athletes, and politicians. To stay, reserve a room at Saint Kate, the city&rsquos first immersive arts hotel, with several galleries, a black box theater, and contemporary works by Damian Hirst and Do Ho Suh on display. For an even deeper dive into the art world, carve out a few hours to wander the Milwaukee Art Museum. Its collection encompasses more than 31,000 works, with an emphasis on German Expressionism and Haitian folk art.

Bend, Oregon

Bend may live in the shadows of its westerly neighbor, Portland, but it looms large in the minds of beer drinkers and outdoorsy types. Mountain biking, whitewater rafting, paddle boarding, snowboarding, skiing, fly fishing &mdash if it&rsquos a sport, it&rsquos in Bend. Scaling boulders in Smith Rock State Park and night canoeing on the Cascade Lakes are practically rites of passage so is hiking &ldquothe Butte,&rdquo a.k.a. Pilot Butte, a dormant cinder volcano within Bend city limits, or the 5.5-mile Sun-Lava path at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest.

Pitch your camp at LOGE Bend, a dog-friendly inn with hammocks, grills, a pool and a hot tub, free city cruisers and bike-tuning stations, and a grassy lawn for screening outdoor movies. There&rsquos even a gear rental shop on site, so no need to schlep your own skis or snowshoes. The hotel is a 20-minute drive to Mt. Bachelor and a 15-minute bike ride to the downtown breweries. Your mission: Leave no keg untapped when pedaling the 22-stop Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the West. When you&rsquore not throwing back hazy IPAs at Crux Fermentation Project or admiring the public sculptures on the Roundabout Art Route, pay homage to your Be Kind, Please Rewind days by renting a hot new release from the last Blockbuster on earth.

San Antonio, Texas

With 1.5 million residents and counting, ol&rsquo San Antone is one of America&rsquos fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll understand why. Lock in a room at the Roman and Williams-designed Hotel Emma in the Pearl District, a 23-acre brewery complex turned multi-use development that puts you within hoofing distance of a year-round farmers market, superb shopping, and some of San Antonio&rsquos trendiest restaurants. Topping the list is Mi Roti, a Caribbean street food joint, and the globally inspired Best Quality Daughter from culinary dream team Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson of Tenko Ramen. The duo goes buck-wild blending cuisines, throwing chorizo, egg, and cheese in their potstickers and Thai curry flavors in the baba ghanoush. Other essential eats include the crispy-delicious pork tacos at Alex Paredes&rsquo Carnitas Lonja, carne guisada puffy tacos at Ray&rsquos Drive Inn, and decadently soft brisket at 2M Smokehouse. For drinks, drop by Black-owned brewery Weathered Souls, a leader in last year&rsquos Black is Beautiful beer campaign, or roll up to Amor Eterno, a colorful new cocktail bar in Southtown.

San Antonio is one of America's fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll see why.

If the brutal Texas heat is beating down on you, find respite in one of the city&rsquos stellar (air-conditioned) museums. The San Antonio Museum of Art, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has a fantastic &ldquoMovie Metal&rdquo exhibition, showcasing Hollywood vehicles like Tony Stark&rsquos F-1 Race Car from Iron Man 2 and the 1966 Batmobile. The sprawling Hopscotch gallery, meanwhile, houses more than a dozen immersive exhibitions plus a patio, cocktail lounge, and food truck. And the storied Briscoe Western Art Museum depicts 500 years of Wild West living from the Spanish conquistadors to modern-day cowpokes.

And it's never too soon to start planning for future adventures. like off-the-beaten-path stuff abroad.

Instead of Paris, consider Toulouse. Instead of Tokyo, there's Fukuoka. Because what is travel if it isn&rsquot about the thrill of uncovering new gems?

Toulouse, France

France&rsquos fourth largest metropolis is nicknamed La Ville Rose, or the Pink City, because its buildings are a tangle of brick, coral, and terracotta colors. The medieval-modern locale on the River Garonne, just north of the Pyrenees and less than 100 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, is a hub for Europe&rsquos aerospace industry and home to one of its oldest universities.

Though it&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere, we recommend booking a 3.5-hour Taste of Toulouse tour of Marché Victor Hugo and its surrounding shops. Highlights include breads and breakfast sweets from boulanger Maison Beauhaire, choux pastries made with locally grown violets at Les Choux d&rsquoEléonore, foie gras à la ancien (fatty duck liver cooked in duck fat the old-fashioned way) from Papaix et Fils, rillettes d'oie (goose rillettes) from Maison Garcia, and mountains of cheese at Xavier Fromagerie. If time permits, pop over to Bello & Angeli, one of Taste of Toulouse founder Jessica Hammer&rsquos favorite chocolatiers. (She recommends the single-origin Cote d&rsquoIvoire chocolate sorbet.)

It&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere.

Dedicate another day to exploring Cité de l&rsquoEspace, the finest astronomy and space science center in Europe. The 12-acre campus exhibits full-scale replicas of the Mir space station and the Ariane 5 space rocket and has a new permanent exhibition devoted to the exploration of Mars. Another must-see: La Halle de la Machine, the permanent residence of La Compagnie La Machine the visionary street theater company, founded by Francois Delarozière, is known for staging outrageous public spectacles with giant &ldquoliving machines.&rdquo This 43,280-square-foot exhibition space and laboratory houses 70 machines and 1,000 mechanical objects. Visitors can sign up for machinist-led workshops or hitch a ride on the back of a five-story-tall mechanical minotaur.

Spend your nights at Mama Shelter, a 120-room hotel with luxe bedding, organic toiletries, and fun features like a basketball court and 45-seat cinema screening cult-favorite flicks.

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka is Japan&rsquos sixth largest city, located on Kyushu island and easily reached via a two-hour flight from Tokyo when travel restrictions have been lifted. With impressive buildings and outstanding food (this is the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen, the revered bone broth with pork, after all), it&rsquos the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Fukuoka is the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Drop your bags at With the Style Fukuoka, a Palm Springs-inspired boutique inn with tricked-out suites (skylit soaking tubs, private terraces), and then set off for a D.I.Y. city tour. Fukuoka is a veritable Disneyland for architecture snobs: Top sights include Emilio Ambasz&rsquos ACROS Fukuoka, a cultural building designed to look like a 15-layer hanging garden, and Kiyonori Kikutake&rsquos Kyushu National Museum, notable for its wave-shaped wall of windows that mirrors the surrounding mountains. Explore the five-tier orange pagoda and 30-ton wooden Buddha at Tocho-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple dating to 806 A.D., or browse the galleries at the recently renovated Fukuoka Art Museum.

Hungry yet? Tonkotsu is the main attraction at Mengekijo Genei, a.k.a. Noodle Theater, a semi-circular dining room with tiered stadium-style kitchen seating that turns ramen slurping into a spectacle sport. At Chikae Fukuoka, diners rim the perimeter of sunken aquariums and watch the cooks net live fish for their dinner.

The city is also known for its yatai food stands serving yakitori and hot pot. The open-air stalls, which are concentrated along the northern bank of the Naka River, seat anywhere from six to ten diners. Ordering is done in Japanese, so if you&rsquore not sure what you want, point to the person next to you and ask to have what they&rsquore having. For a memorable nightcap, sidle up to the gleaming wood bar at Dreieck Park, a fourth-floor cocktail lounge next to Triangle Park in Imaizumi. The negronis are made with exacting precision by sharply attired barkeeps and best sipped on the rooftop patio overlooking the twinkling city lights.


5 Unexpectedly Awesome Domestic Cities to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Right about now, you&rsquore probably seeing that pinprick of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and getting amped at the prospect of traveling again. (Check the Centers for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information on how to travel safely.) But instead of flocking with the masses to Los Angeles or New York (or even London), how about a lesser-trafficked city with an abundance of gastronomic, architectural, and cultural appeal?

And here&rsquos a tip to make a trip to one of these under-the-radar spots even better: Sign up for the brand-new United Quest card from Chase, and earn up to 100,000 bonus miles. Plus, get a $125 annual United purchase credit and two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits. That means more traveling to more places for less money&mdasha post-pandemic trend to get behind. Need vacation inspiration? Check out these not-yet-trending (in a good way) picks.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Fun fact: Chattanooga boasts the fastest internet in the world, thanks to its citywide gigabit fiber network. This has caught the attention of remote workers, but there&rsquos lots more to love in Scenic City than its megabits per second. The city strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure. Its East Ridge soccer team, Chattanooga Red Wolves, just kicked off their second season at CHI Memorial Stadium, and a new, 25-mile Riverwalk is nearly complete. Common House, landing this spring in a converted YMCA on the Southside neighborhood, will be its hippest hotel yet noteworthy amenities include an outdoor pool, steam room, bocce court, and podcast studio. The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, a 33-acre landfill turned international sculpture park, has more than 40 large-scale contemporary works made of bronze, chrome, and concrete.

Chattanooga strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure.

After you've worked up an appetite, tuck into the brisket meatball yakamein (noodle soup) or housemade hot sausage po&rsquo boy from Chef Kenyatta Ashford&rsquos Neutral Ground. (It&rsquos a &ldquorestaurant in residence&rdquo at the innovative Proof Bar & Incubator, a testing ground for new dining concepts.) For dessert, waltz your way through a reserve flight at Whiskey Thief, the city&rsquos first rooftop bar. The next day, you can get your thrills by leaping off the side of a mountain. Lookout Mountain Flight Park, just over the Georgia border, is one of the oldest hang gliding schools in the country, drawing daredevils from Chattanooga and beyond.

Tucson, Arizona

Is it possible you&rsquove never visited a place with 350 sunny days a year and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation? The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied: We&rsquore talking Indian fry bread at Cafe Santa Rosa, walnut raspados at Marymar, Bosnian sausages (ćevapi) at Chef Alisah&rsquos, and birria tortas stacked on Azteca bread at the buzzy new Barrio Charro, founded by baking maestro Don Guerra (Barrio Bread) and chef Carlotta Flores (Si Charro!). After touring the single-malt distillery Whiskey del Bac, belly up to the bar at Hotel Congress and order a Sonoran Sazerac (fashioned with del Bac mesquite) from bartender Thomas &ldquoTiger&rdquo Ziegler he&rsquos worked the shaker here since 1959. You can walk it all off at Saguaro National Park, an otherworldly desert where Saguaro cactuses grow as tall as buildings and live for centuries.

The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied.

If you've sweat through your clothes but don&rsquot want to head back to the hotel just yet, drop by Generation Cool. Here, Robert &ldquoSlobby Robby&rdquo Hall, star of Netflix&rsquos Slobby&rsquos World, sells &rsquo80s and &rsquo90s vintage gear: throwback sneakers, collectible jerseys, and retro toys (think Naughty By Nature tees alongside original Air Jordans). But Tucson isn&rsquot only about food, cacti, and vintage clothes it&rsquos rich in mid-century modern architecture too. Book a night at the Ball-Paylore House, designed in the &rsquo50s by legendary architect Arthur T. Brow, if it's available. Otherwise, you&rsquoll never go wrong at the secluded Joshua Tree House, a 38-acre property with five boho-style suites and the best stargazing imaginable.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Alice Cooper said it&rsquos pronounced mill-e-wah-que, which is Algonquin for &ldquothe good land.&rdquo What he failed to explain is what exactly makes Milwaukee so good. Let&rsquos start with shopping: minimalist home decor at Commonplace cool clothing brands like Naked & Famous and Outerknown at Milworks and lines out the door on drop days at sneakerhead emporium Clicks Kicks, owned by Jam Master Jay. Then there&rsquos the food and drink: The small plates menu at Odd Duck is like a round-the-world airline ticket, tempting guests with its lamb shawarma, koji-grilled beets, and Sichuan egg noodles. Strange Town works the vegan beat so well, you&rsquoll be tempted to renounce steak forever, and the varied selection of natural wines is tops too. Bryant&rsquos Cocktail Lounge, founded in 1938, is the oldest cocktail bar in MKE, and one of the swankiest. The bartenders have more than 450 drinks in their arsenal but are happy to tailor a tipple to your exacting taste.

Don&rsquot miss the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, dedicated to showcasing 6,500-plus jumbo-headed pop stars, athletes, and politicians. To stay, reserve a room at Saint Kate, the city&rsquos first immersive arts hotel, with several galleries, a black box theater, and contemporary works by Damian Hirst and Do Ho Suh on display. For an even deeper dive into the art world, carve out a few hours to wander the Milwaukee Art Museum. Its collection encompasses more than 31,000 works, with an emphasis on German Expressionism and Haitian folk art.

Bend, Oregon

Bend may live in the shadows of its westerly neighbor, Portland, but it looms large in the minds of beer drinkers and outdoorsy types. Mountain biking, whitewater rafting, paddle boarding, snowboarding, skiing, fly fishing &mdash if it&rsquos a sport, it&rsquos in Bend. Scaling boulders in Smith Rock State Park and night canoeing on the Cascade Lakes are practically rites of passage so is hiking &ldquothe Butte,&rdquo a.k.a. Pilot Butte, a dormant cinder volcano within Bend city limits, or the 5.5-mile Sun-Lava path at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest.

Pitch your camp at LOGE Bend, a dog-friendly inn with hammocks, grills, a pool and a hot tub, free city cruisers and bike-tuning stations, and a grassy lawn for screening outdoor movies. There&rsquos even a gear rental shop on site, so no need to schlep your own skis or snowshoes. The hotel is a 20-minute drive to Mt. Bachelor and a 15-minute bike ride to the downtown breweries. Your mission: Leave no keg untapped when pedaling the 22-stop Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the West. When you&rsquore not throwing back hazy IPAs at Crux Fermentation Project or admiring the public sculptures on the Roundabout Art Route, pay homage to your Be Kind, Please Rewind days by renting a hot new release from the last Blockbuster on earth.

San Antonio, Texas

With 1.5 million residents and counting, ol&rsquo San Antone is one of America&rsquos fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll understand why. Lock in a room at the Roman and Williams-designed Hotel Emma in the Pearl District, a 23-acre brewery complex turned multi-use development that puts you within hoofing distance of a year-round farmers market, superb shopping, and some of San Antonio&rsquos trendiest restaurants. Topping the list is Mi Roti, a Caribbean street food joint, and the globally inspired Best Quality Daughter from culinary dream team Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson of Tenko Ramen. The duo goes buck-wild blending cuisines, throwing chorizo, egg, and cheese in their potstickers and Thai curry flavors in the baba ghanoush. Other essential eats include the crispy-delicious pork tacos at Alex Paredes&rsquo Carnitas Lonja, carne guisada puffy tacos at Ray&rsquos Drive Inn, and decadently soft brisket at 2M Smokehouse. For drinks, drop by Black-owned brewery Weathered Souls, a leader in last year&rsquos Black is Beautiful beer campaign, or roll up to Amor Eterno, a colorful new cocktail bar in Southtown.

San Antonio is one of America's fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll see why.

If the brutal Texas heat is beating down on you, find respite in one of the city&rsquos stellar (air-conditioned) museums. The San Antonio Museum of Art, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has a fantastic &ldquoMovie Metal&rdquo exhibition, showcasing Hollywood vehicles like Tony Stark&rsquos F-1 Race Car from Iron Man 2 and the 1966 Batmobile. The sprawling Hopscotch gallery, meanwhile, houses more than a dozen immersive exhibitions plus a patio, cocktail lounge, and food truck. And the storied Briscoe Western Art Museum depicts 500 years of Wild West living from the Spanish conquistadors to modern-day cowpokes.

And it's never too soon to start planning for future adventures. like off-the-beaten-path stuff abroad.

Instead of Paris, consider Toulouse. Instead of Tokyo, there's Fukuoka. Because what is travel if it isn&rsquot about the thrill of uncovering new gems?

Toulouse, France

France&rsquos fourth largest metropolis is nicknamed La Ville Rose, or the Pink City, because its buildings are a tangle of brick, coral, and terracotta colors. The medieval-modern locale on the River Garonne, just north of the Pyrenees and less than 100 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, is a hub for Europe&rsquos aerospace industry and home to one of its oldest universities.

Though it&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere, we recommend booking a 3.5-hour Taste of Toulouse tour of Marché Victor Hugo and its surrounding shops. Highlights include breads and breakfast sweets from boulanger Maison Beauhaire, choux pastries made with locally grown violets at Les Choux d&rsquoEléonore, foie gras à la ancien (fatty duck liver cooked in duck fat the old-fashioned way) from Papaix et Fils, rillettes d'oie (goose rillettes) from Maison Garcia, and mountains of cheese at Xavier Fromagerie. If time permits, pop over to Bello & Angeli, one of Taste of Toulouse founder Jessica Hammer&rsquos favorite chocolatiers. (She recommends the single-origin Cote d&rsquoIvoire chocolate sorbet.)

It&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere.

Dedicate another day to exploring Cité de l&rsquoEspace, the finest astronomy and space science center in Europe. The 12-acre campus exhibits full-scale replicas of the Mir space station and the Ariane 5 space rocket and has a new permanent exhibition devoted to the exploration of Mars. Another must-see: La Halle de la Machine, the permanent residence of La Compagnie La Machine the visionary street theater company, founded by Francois Delarozière, is known for staging outrageous public spectacles with giant &ldquoliving machines.&rdquo This 43,280-square-foot exhibition space and laboratory houses 70 machines and 1,000 mechanical objects. Visitors can sign up for machinist-led workshops or hitch a ride on the back of a five-story-tall mechanical minotaur.

Spend your nights at Mama Shelter, a 120-room hotel with luxe bedding, organic toiletries, and fun features like a basketball court and 45-seat cinema screening cult-favorite flicks.

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka is Japan&rsquos sixth largest city, located on Kyushu island and easily reached via a two-hour flight from Tokyo when travel restrictions have been lifted. With impressive buildings and outstanding food (this is the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen, the revered bone broth with pork, after all), it&rsquos the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Fukuoka is the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Drop your bags at With the Style Fukuoka, a Palm Springs-inspired boutique inn with tricked-out suites (skylit soaking tubs, private terraces), and then set off for a D.I.Y. city tour. Fukuoka is a veritable Disneyland for architecture snobs: Top sights include Emilio Ambasz&rsquos ACROS Fukuoka, a cultural building designed to look like a 15-layer hanging garden, and Kiyonori Kikutake&rsquos Kyushu National Museum, notable for its wave-shaped wall of windows that mirrors the surrounding mountains. Explore the five-tier orange pagoda and 30-ton wooden Buddha at Tocho-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple dating to 806 A.D., or browse the galleries at the recently renovated Fukuoka Art Museum.

Hungry yet? Tonkotsu is the main attraction at Mengekijo Genei, a.k.a. Noodle Theater, a semi-circular dining room with tiered stadium-style kitchen seating that turns ramen slurping into a spectacle sport. At Chikae Fukuoka, diners rim the perimeter of sunken aquariums and watch the cooks net live fish for their dinner.

The city is also known for its yatai food stands serving yakitori and hot pot. The open-air stalls, which are concentrated along the northern bank of the Naka River, seat anywhere from six to ten diners. Ordering is done in Japanese, so if you&rsquore not sure what you want, point to the person next to you and ask to have what they&rsquore having. For a memorable nightcap, sidle up to the gleaming wood bar at Dreieck Park, a fourth-floor cocktail lounge next to Triangle Park in Imaizumi. The negronis are made with exacting precision by sharply attired barkeeps and best sipped on the rooftop patio overlooking the twinkling city lights.


5 Unexpectedly Awesome Domestic Cities to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Right about now, you&rsquore probably seeing that pinprick of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and getting amped at the prospect of traveling again. (Check the Centers for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information on how to travel safely.) But instead of flocking with the masses to Los Angeles or New York (or even London), how about a lesser-trafficked city with an abundance of gastronomic, architectural, and cultural appeal?

And here&rsquos a tip to make a trip to one of these under-the-radar spots even better: Sign up for the brand-new United Quest card from Chase, and earn up to 100,000 bonus miles. Plus, get a $125 annual United purchase credit and two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits. That means more traveling to more places for less money&mdasha post-pandemic trend to get behind. Need vacation inspiration? Check out these not-yet-trending (in a good way) picks.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Fun fact: Chattanooga boasts the fastest internet in the world, thanks to its citywide gigabit fiber network. This has caught the attention of remote workers, but there&rsquos lots more to love in Scenic City than its megabits per second. The city strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure. Its East Ridge soccer team, Chattanooga Red Wolves, just kicked off their second season at CHI Memorial Stadium, and a new, 25-mile Riverwalk is nearly complete. Common House, landing this spring in a converted YMCA on the Southside neighborhood, will be its hippest hotel yet noteworthy amenities include an outdoor pool, steam room, bocce court, and podcast studio. The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, a 33-acre landfill turned international sculpture park, has more than 40 large-scale contemporary works made of bronze, chrome, and concrete.

Chattanooga strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure.

After you've worked up an appetite, tuck into the brisket meatball yakamein (noodle soup) or housemade hot sausage po&rsquo boy from Chef Kenyatta Ashford&rsquos Neutral Ground. (It&rsquos a &ldquorestaurant in residence&rdquo at the innovative Proof Bar & Incubator, a testing ground for new dining concepts.) For dessert, waltz your way through a reserve flight at Whiskey Thief, the city&rsquos first rooftop bar. The next day, you can get your thrills by leaping off the side of a mountain. Lookout Mountain Flight Park, just over the Georgia border, is one of the oldest hang gliding schools in the country, drawing daredevils from Chattanooga and beyond.

Tucson, Arizona

Is it possible you&rsquove never visited a place with 350 sunny days a year and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation? The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied: We&rsquore talking Indian fry bread at Cafe Santa Rosa, walnut raspados at Marymar, Bosnian sausages (ćevapi) at Chef Alisah&rsquos, and birria tortas stacked on Azteca bread at the buzzy new Barrio Charro, founded by baking maestro Don Guerra (Barrio Bread) and chef Carlotta Flores (Si Charro!). After touring the single-malt distillery Whiskey del Bac, belly up to the bar at Hotel Congress and order a Sonoran Sazerac (fashioned with del Bac mesquite) from bartender Thomas &ldquoTiger&rdquo Ziegler he&rsquos worked the shaker here since 1959. You can walk it all off at Saguaro National Park, an otherworldly desert where Saguaro cactuses grow as tall as buildings and live for centuries.

The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied.

If you've sweat through your clothes but don&rsquot want to head back to the hotel just yet, drop by Generation Cool. Here, Robert &ldquoSlobby Robby&rdquo Hall, star of Netflix&rsquos Slobby&rsquos World, sells &rsquo80s and &rsquo90s vintage gear: throwback sneakers, collectible jerseys, and retro toys (think Naughty By Nature tees alongside original Air Jordans). But Tucson isn&rsquot only about food, cacti, and vintage clothes it&rsquos rich in mid-century modern architecture too. Book a night at the Ball-Paylore House, designed in the &rsquo50s by legendary architect Arthur T. Brow, if it's available. Otherwise, you&rsquoll never go wrong at the secluded Joshua Tree House, a 38-acre property with five boho-style suites and the best stargazing imaginable.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Alice Cooper said it&rsquos pronounced mill-e-wah-que, which is Algonquin for &ldquothe good land.&rdquo What he failed to explain is what exactly makes Milwaukee so good. Let&rsquos start with shopping: minimalist home decor at Commonplace cool clothing brands like Naked & Famous and Outerknown at Milworks and lines out the door on drop days at sneakerhead emporium Clicks Kicks, owned by Jam Master Jay. Then there&rsquos the food and drink: The small plates menu at Odd Duck is like a round-the-world airline ticket, tempting guests with its lamb shawarma, koji-grilled beets, and Sichuan egg noodles. Strange Town works the vegan beat so well, you&rsquoll be tempted to renounce steak forever, and the varied selection of natural wines is tops too. Bryant&rsquos Cocktail Lounge, founded in 1938, is the oldest cocktail bar in MKE, and one of the swankiest. The bartenders have more than 450 drinks in their arsenal but are happy to tailor a tipple to your exacting taste.

Don&rsquot miss the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, dedicated to showcasing 6,500-plus jumbo-headed pop stars, athletes, and politicians. To stay, reserve a room at Saint Kate, the city&rsquos first immersive arts hotel, with several galleries, a black box theater, and contemporary works by Damian Hirst and Do Ho Suh on display. For an even deeper dive into the art world, carve out a few hours to wander the Milwaukee Art Museum. Its collection encompasses more than 31,000 works, with an emphasis on German Expressionism and Haitian folk art.

Bend, Oregon

Bend may live in the shadows of its westerly neighbor, Portland, but it looms large in the minds of beer drinkers and outdoorsy types. Mountain biking, whitewater rafting, paddle boarding, snowboarding, skiing, fly fishing &mdash if it&rsquos a sport, it&rsquos in Bend. Scaling boulders in Smith Rock State Park and night canoeing on the Cascade Lakes are practically rites of passage so is hiking &ldquothe Butte,&rdquo a.k.a. Pilot Butte, a dormant cinder volcano within Bend city limits, or the 5.5-mile Sun-Lava path at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest.

Pitch your camp at LOGE Bend, a dog-friendly inn with hammocks, grills, a pool and a hot tub, free city cruisers and bike-tuning stations, and a grassy lawn for screening outdoor movies. There&rsquos even a gear rental shop on site, so no need to schlep your own skis or snowshoes. The hotel is a 20-minute drive to Mt. Bachelor and a 15-minute bike ride to the downtown breweries. Your mission: Leave no keg untapped when pedaling the 22-stop Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the West. When you&rsquore not throwing back hazy IPAs at Crux Fermentation Project or admiring the public sculptures on the Roundabout Art Route, pay homage to your Be Kind, Please Rewind days by renting a hot new release from the last Blockbuster on earth.

San Antonio, Texas

With 1.5 million residents and counting, ol&rsquo San Antone is one of America&rsquos fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll understand why. Lock in a room at the Roman and Williams-designed Hotel Emma in the Pearl District, a 23-acre brewery complex turned multi-use development that puts you within hoofing distance of a year-round farmers market, superb shopping, and some of San Antonio&rsquos trendiest restaurants. Topping the list is Mi Roti, a Caribbean street food joint, and the globally inspired Best Quality Daughter from culinary dream team Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson of Tenko Ramen. The duo goes buck-wild blending cuisines, throwing chorizo, egg, and cheese in their potstickers and Thai curry flavors in the baba ghanoush. Other essential eats include the crispy-delicious pork tacos at Alex Paredes&rsquo Carnitas Lonja, carne guisada puffy tacos at Ray&rsquos Drive Inn, and decadently soft brisket at 2M Smokehouse. For drinks, drop by Black-owned brewery Weathered Souls, a leader in last year&rsquos Black is Beautiful beer campaign, or roll up to Amor Eterno, a colorful new cocktail bar in Southtown.

San Antonio is one of America's fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll see why.

If the brutal Texas heat is beating down on you, find respite in one of the city&rsquos stellar (air-conditioned) museums. The San Antonio Museum of Art, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has a fantastic &ldquoMovie Metal&rdquo exhibition, showcasing Hollywood vehicles like Tony Stark&rsquos F-1 Race Car from Iron Man 2 and the 1966 Batmobile. The sprawling Hopscotch gallery, meanwhile, houses more than a dozen immersive exhibitions plus a patio, cocktail lounge, and food truck. And the storied Briscoe Western Art Museum depicts 500 years of Wild West living from the Spanish conquistadors to modern-day cowpokes.

And it's never too soon to start planning for future adventures. like off-the-beaten-path stuff abroad.

Instead of Paris, consider Toulouse. Instead of Tokyo, there's Fukuoka. Because what is travel if it isn&rsquot about the thrill of uncovering new gems?

Toulouse, France

France&rsquos fourth largest metropolis is nicknamed La Ville Rose, or the Pink City, because its buildings are a tangle of brick, coral, and terracotta colors. The medieval-modern locale on the River Garonne, just north of the Pyrenees and less than 100 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, is a hub for Europe&rsquos aerospace industry and home to one of its oldest universities.

Though it&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere, we recommend booking a 3.5-hour Taste of Toulouse tour of Marché Victor Hugo and its surrounding shops. Highlights include breads and breakfast sweets from boulanger Maison Beauhaire, choux pastries made with locally grown violets at Les Choux d&rsquoEléonore, foie gras à la ancien (fatty duck liver cooked in duck fat the old-fashioned way) from Papaix et Fils, rillettes d'oie (goose rillettes) from Maison Garcia, and mountains of cheese at Xavier Fromagerie. If time permits, pop over to Bello & Angeli, one of Taste of Toulouse founder Jessica Hammer&rsquos favorite chocolatiers. (She recommends the single-origin Cote d&rsquoIvoire chocolate sorbet.)

It&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere.

Dedicate another day to exploring Cité de l&rsquoEspace, the finest astronomy and space science center in Europe. The 12-acre campus exhibits full-scale replicas of the Mir space station and the Ariane 5 space rocket and has a new permanent exhibition devoted to the exploration of Mars. Another must-see: La Halle de la Machine, the permanent residence of La Compagnie La Machine the visionary street theater company, founded by Francois Delarozière, is known for staging outrageous public spectacles with giant &ldquoliving machines.&rdquo This 43,280-square-foot exhibition space and laboratory houses 70 machines and 1,000 mechanical objects. Visitors can sign up for machinist-led workshops or hitch a ride on the back of a five-story-tall mechanical minotaur.

Spend your nights at Mama Shelter, a 120-room hotel with luxe bedding, organic toiletries, and fun features like a basketball court and 45-seat cinema screening cult-favorite flicks.

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka is Japan&rsquos sixth largest city, located on Kyushu island and easily reached via a two-hour flight from Tokyo when travel restrictions have been lifted. With impressive buildings and outstanding food (this is the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen, the revered bone broth with pork, after all), it&rsquos the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Fukuoka is the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Drop your bags at With the Style Fukuoka, a Palm Springs-inspired boutique inn with tricked-out suites (skylit soaking tubs, private terraces), and then set off for a D.I.Y. city tour. Fukuoka is a veritable Disneyland for architecture snobs: Top sights include Emilio Ambasz&rsquos ACROS Fukuoka, a cultural building designed to look like a 15-layer hanging garden, and Kiyonori Kikutake&rsquos Kyushu National Museum, notable for its wave-shaped wall of windows that mirrors the surrounding mountains. Explore the five-tier orange pagoda and 30-ton wooden Buddha at Tocho-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple dating to 806 A.D., or browse the galleries at the recently renovated Fukuoka Art Museum.

Hungry yet? Tonkotsu is the main attraction at Mengekijo Genei, a.k.a. Noodle Theater, a semi-circular dining room with tiered stadium-style kitchen seating that turns ramen slurping into a spectacle sport. At Chikae Fukuoka, diners rim the perimeter of sunken aquariums and watch the cooks net live fish for their dinner.

The city is also known for its yatai food stands serving yakitori and hot pot. The open-air stalls, which are concentrated along the northern bank of the Naka River, seat anywhere from six to ten diners. Ordering is done in Japanese, so if you&rsquore not sure what you want, point to the person next to you and ask to have what they&rsquore having. For a memorable nightcap, sidle up to the gleaming wood bar at Dreieck Park, a fourth-floor cocktail lounge next to Triangle Park in Imaizumi. The negronis are made with exacting precision by sharply attired barkeeps and best sipped on the rooftop patio overlooking the twinkling city lights.


5 Unexpectedly Awesome Domestic Cities to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Right about now, you&rsquore probably seeing that pinprick of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and getting amped at the prospect of traveling again. (Check the Centers for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information on how to travel safely.) But instead of flocking with the masses to Los Angeles or New York (or even London), how about a lesser-trafficked city with an abundance of gastronomic, architectural, and cultural appeal?

And here&rsquos a tip to make a trip to one of these under-the-radar spots even better: Sign up for the brand-new United Quest card from Chase, and earn up to 100,000 bonus miles. Plus, get a $125 annual United purchase credit and two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits. That means more traveling to more places for less money&mdasha post-pandemic trend to get behind. Need vacation inspiration? Check out these not-yet-trending (in a good way) picks.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Fun fact: Chattanooga boasts the fastest internet in the world, thanks to its citywide gigabit fiber network. This has caught the attention of remote workers, but there&rsquos lots more to love in Scenic City than its megabits per second. The city strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure. Its East Ridge soccer team, Chattanooga Red Wolves, just kicked off their second season at CHI Memorial Stadium, and a new, 25-mile Riverwalk is nearly complete. Common House, landing this spring in a converted YMCA on the Southside neighborhood, will be its hippest hotel yet noteworthy amenities include an outdoor pool, steam room, bocce court, and podcast studio. The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, a 33-acre landfill turned international sculpture park, has more than 40 large-scale contemporary works made of bronze, chrome, and concrete.

Chattanooga strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure.

After you've worked up an appetite, tuck into the brisket meatball yakamein (noodle soup) or housemade hot sausage po&rsquo boy from Chef Kenyatta Ashford&rsquos Neutral Ground. (It&rsquos a &ldquorestaurant in residence&rdquo at the innovative Proof Bar & Incubator, a testing ground for new dining concepts.) For dessert, waltz your way through a reserve flight at Whiskey Thief, the city&rsquos first rooftop bar. The next day, you can get your thrills by leaping off the side of a mountain. Lookout Mountain Flight Park, just over the Georgia border, is one of the oldest hang gliding schools in the country, drawing daredevils from Chattanooga and beyond.

Tucson, Arizona

Is it possible you&rsquove never visited a place with 350 sunny days a year and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation? The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied: We&rsquore talking Indian fry bread at Cafe Santa Rosa, walnut raspados at Marymar, Bosnian sausages (ćevapi) at Chef Alisah&rsquos, and birria tortas stacked on Azteca bread at the buzzy new Barrio Charro, founded by baking maestro Don Guerra (Barrio Bread) and chef Carlotta Flores (Si Charro!). After touring the single-malt distillery Whiskey del Bac, belly up to the bar at Hotel Congress and order a Sonoran Sazerac (fashioned with del Bac mesquite) from bartender Thomas &ldquoTiger&rdquo Ziegler he&rsquos worked the shaker here since 1959. You can walk it all off at Saguaro National Park, an otherworldly desert where Saguaro cactuses grow as tall as buildings and live for centuries.

The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied.

If you've sweat through your clothes but don&rsquot want to head back to the hotel just yet, drop by Generation Cool. Here, Robert &ldquoSlobby Robby&rdquo Hall, star of Netflix&rsquos Slobby&rsquos World, sells &rsquo80s and &rsquo90s vintage gear: throwback sneakers, collectible jerseys, and retro toys (think Naughty By Nature tees alongside original Air Jordans). But Tucson isn&rsquot only about food, cacti, and vintage clothes it&rsquos rich in mid-century modern architecture too. Book a night at the Ball-Paylore House, designed in the &rsquo50s by legendary architect Arthur T. Brow, if it's available. Otherwise, you&rsquoll never go wrong at the secluded Joshua Tree House, a 38-acre property with five boho-style suites and the best stargazing imaginable.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Alice Cooper said it&rsquos pronounced mill-e-wah-que, which is Algonquin for &ldquothe good land.&rdquo What he failed to explain is what exactly makes Milwaukee so good. Let&rsquos start with shopping: minimalist home decor at Commonplace cool clothing brands like Naked & Famous and Outerknown at Milworks and lines out the door on drop days at sneakerhead emporium Clicks Kicks, owned by Jam Master Jay. Then there&rsquos the food and drink: The small plates menu at Odd Duck is like a round-the-world airline ticket, tempting guests with its lamb shawarma, koji-grilled beets, and Sichuan egg noodles. Strange Town works the vegan beat so well, you&rsquoll be tempted to renounce steak forever, and the varied selection of natural wines is tops too. Bryant&rsquos Cocktail Lounge, founded in 1938, is the oldest cocktail bar in MKE, and one of the swankiest. The bartenders have more than 450 drinks in their arsenal but are happy to tailor a tipple to your exacting taste.

Don&rsquot miss the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, dedicated to showcasing 6,500-plus jumbo-headed pop stars, athletes, and politicians. To stay, reserve a room at Saint Kate, the city&rsquos first immersive arts hotel, with several galleries, a black box theater, and contemporary works by Damian Hirst and Do Ho Suh on display. For an even deeper dive into the art world, carve out a few hours to wander the Milwaukee Art Museum. Its collection encompasses more than 31,000 works, with an emphasis on German Expressionism and Haitian folk art.

Bend, Oregon

Bend may live in the shadows of its westerly neighbor, Portland, but it looms large in the minds of beer drinkers and outdoorsy types. Mountain biking, whitewater rafting, paddle boarding, snowboarding, skiing, fly fishing &mdash if it&rsquos a sport, it&rsquos in Bend. Scaling boulders in Smith Rock State Park and night canoeing on the Cascade Lakes are practically rites of passage so is hiking &ldquothe Butte,&rdquo a.k.a. Pilot Butte, a dormant cinder volcano within Bend city limits, or the 5.5-mile Sun-Lava path at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest.

Pitch your camp at LOGE Bend, a dog-friendly inn with hammocks, grills, a pool and a hot tub, free city cruisers and bike-tuning stations, and a grassy lawn for screening outdoor movies. There&rsquos even a gear rental shop on site, so no need to schlep your own skis or snowshoes. The hotel is a 20-minute drive to Mt. Bachelor and a 15-minute bike ride to the downtown breweries. Your mission: Leave no keg untapped when pedaling the 22-stop Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the West. When you&rsquore not throwing back hazy IPAs at Crux Fermentation Project or admiring the public sculptures on the Roundabout Art Route, pay homage to your Be Kind, Please Rewind days by renting a hot new release from the last Blockbuster on earth.

San Antonio, Texas

With 1.5 million residents and counting, ol&rsquo San Antone is one of America&rsquos fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll understand why. Lock in a room at the Roman and Williams-designed Hotel Emma in the Pearl District, a 23-acre brewery complex turned multi-use development that puts you within hoofing distance of a year-round farmers market, superb shopping, and some of San Antonio&rsquos trendiest restaurants. Topping the list is Mi Roti, a Caribbean street food joint, and the globally inspired Best Quality Daughter from culinary dream team Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson of Tenko Ramen. The duo goes buck-wild blending cuisines, throwing chorizo, egg, and cheese in their potstickers and Thai curry flavors in the baba ghanoush. Other essential eats include the crispy-delicious pork tacos at Alex Paredes&rsquo Carnitas Lonja, carne guisada puffy tacos at Ray&rsquos Drive Inn, and decadently soft brisket at 2M Smokehouse. For drinks, drop by Black-owned brewery Weathered Souls, a leader in last year&rsquos Black is Beautiful beer campaign, or roll up to Amor Eterno, a colorful new cocktail bar in Southtown.

San Antonio is one of America's fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll see why.

If the brutal Texas heat is beating down on you, find respite in one of the city&rsquos stellar (air-conditioned) museums. The San Antonio Museum of Art, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has a fantastic &ldquoMovie Metal&rdquo exhibition, showcasing Hollywood vehicles like Tony Stark&rsquos F-1 Race Car from Iron Man 2 and the 1966 Batmobile. The sprawling Hopscotch gallery, meanwhile, houses more than a dozen immersive exhibitions plus a patio, cocktail lounge, and food truck. And the storied Briscoe Western Art Museum depicts 500 years of Wild West living from the Spanish conquistadors to modern-day cowpokes.

And it's never too soon to start planning for future adventures. like off-the-beaten-path stuff abroad.

Instead of Paris, consider Toulouse. Instead of Tokyo, there's Fukuoka. Because what is travel if it isn&rsquot about the thrill of uncovering new gems?

Toulouse, France

France&rsquos fourth largest metropolis is nicknamed La Ville Rose, or the Pink City, because its buildings are a tangle of brick, coral, and terracotta colors. The medieval-modern locale on the River Garonne, just north of the Pyrenees and less than 100 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, is a hub for Europe&rsquos aerospace industry and home to one of its oldest universities.

Though it&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere, we recommend booking a 3.5-hour Taste of Toulouse tour of Marché Victor Hugo and its surrounding shops. Highlights include breads and breakfast sweets from boulanger Maison Beauhaire, choux pastries made with locally grown violets at Les Choux d&rsquoEléonore, foie gras à la ancien (fatty duck liver cooked in duck fat the old-fashioned way) from Papaix et Fils, rillettes d'oie (goose rillettes) from Maison Garcia, and mountains of cheese at Xavier Fromagerie. If time permits, pop over to Bello & Angeli, one of Taste of Toulouse founder Jessica Hammer&rsquos favorite chocolatiers. (She recommends the single-origin Cote d&rsquoIvoire chocolate sorbet.)

It&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere.

Dedicate another day to exploring Cité de l&rsquoEspace, the finest astronomy and space science center in Europe. The 12-acre campus exhibits full-scale replicas of the Mir space station and the Ariane 5 space rocket and has a new permanent exhibition devoted to the exploration of Mars. Another must-see: La Halle de la Machine, the permanent residence of La Compagnie La Machine the visionary street theater company, founded by Francois Delarozière, is known for staging outrageous public spectacles with giant &ldquoliving machines.&rdquo This 43,280-square-foot exhibition space and laboratory houses 70 machines and 1,000 mechanical objects. Visitors can sign up for machinist-led workshops or hitch a ride on the back of a five-story-tall mechanical minotaur.

Spend your nights at Mama Shelter, a 120-room hotel with luxe bedding, organic toiletries, and fun features like a basketball court and 45-seat cinema screening cult-favorite flicks.

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka is Japan&rsquos sixth largest city, located on Kyushu island and easily reached via a two-hour flight from Tokyo when travel restrictions have been lifted. With impressive buildings and outstanding food (this is the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen, the revered bone broth with pork, after all), it&rsquos the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Fukuoka is the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Drop your bags at With the Style Fukuoka, a Palm Springs-inspired boutique inn with tricked-out suites (skylit soaking tubs, private terraces), and then set off for a D.I.Y. city tour. Fukuoka is a veritable Disneyland for architecture snobs: Top sights include Emilio Ambasz&rsquos ACROS Fukuoka, a cultural building designed to look like a 15-layer hanging garden, and Kiyonori Kikutake&rsquos Kyushu National Museum, notable for its wave-shaped wall of windows that mirrors the surrounding mountains. Explore the five-tier orange pagoda and 30-ton wooden Buddha at Tocho-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple dating to 806 A.D., or browse the galleries at the recently renovated Fukuoka Art Museum.

Hungry yet? Tonkotsu is the main attraction at Mengekijo Genei, a.k.a. Noodle Theater, a semi-circular dining room with tiered stadium-style kitchen seating that turns ramen slurping into a spectacle sport. At Chikae Fukuoka, diners rim the perimeter of sunken aquariums and watch the cooks net live fish for their dinner.

The city is also known for its yatai food stands serving yakitori and hot pot. The open-air stalls, which are concentrated along the northern bank of the Naka River, seat anywhere from six to ten diners. Ordering is done in Japanese, so if you&rsquore not sure what you want, point to the person next to you and ask to have what they&rsquore having. For a memorable nightcap, sidle up to the gleaming wood bar at Dreieck Park, a fourth-floor cocktail lounge next to Triangle Park in Imaizumi. The negronis are made with exacting precision by sharply attired barkeeps and best sipped on the rooftop patio overlooking the twinkling city lights.


5 Unexpectedly Awesome Domestic Cities to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Right about now, you&rsquore probably seeing that pinprick of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and getting amped at the prospect of traveling again. (Check the Centers for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information on how to travel safely.) But instead of flocking with the masses to Los Angeles or New York (or even London), how about a lesser-trafficked city with an abundance of gastronomic, architectural, and cultural appeal?

And here&rsquos a tip to make a trip to one of these under-the-radar spots even better: Sign up for the brand-new United Quest card from Chase, and earn up to 100,000 bonus miles. Plus, get a $125 annual United purchase credit and two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits. That means more traveling to more places for less money&mdasha post-pandemic trend to get behind. Need vacation inspiration? Check out these not-yet-trending (in a good way) picks.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Fun fact: Chattanooga boasts the fastest internet in the world, thanks to its citywide gigabit fiber network. This has caught the attention of remote workers, but there&rsquos lots more to love in Scenic City than its megabits per second. The city strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure. Its East Ridge soccer team, Chattanooga Red Wolves, just kicked off their second season at CHI Memorial Stadium, and a new, 25-mile Riverwalk is nearly complete. Common House, landing this spring in a converted YMCA on the Southside neighborhood, will be its hippest hotel yet noteworthy amenities include an outdoor pool, steam room, bocce court, and podcast studio. The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, a 33-acre landfill turned international sculpture park, has more than 40 large-scale contemporary works made of bronze, chrome, and concrete.

Chattanooga strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure.

After you've worked up an appetite, tuck into the brisket meatball yakamein (noodle soup) or housemade hot sausage po&rsquo boy from Chef Kenyatta Ashford&rsquos Neutral Ground. (It&rsquos a &ldquorestaurant in residence&rdquo at the innovative Proof Bar & Incubator, a testing ground for new dining concepts.) For dessert, waltz your way through a reserve flight at Whiskey Thief, the city&rsquos first rooftop bar. The next day, you can get your thrills by leaping off the side of a mountain. Lookout Mountain Flight Park, just over the Georgia border, is one of the oldest hang gliding schools in the country, drawing daredevils from Chattanooga and beyond.

Tucson, Arizona

Is it possible you&rsquove never visited a place with 350 sunny days a year and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation? The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied: We&rsquore talking Indian fry bread at Cafe Santa Rosa, walnut raspados at Marymar, Bosnian sausages (ćevapi) at Chef Alisah&rsquos, and birria tortas stacked on Azteca bread at the buzzy new Barrio Charro, founded by baking maestro Don Guerra (Barrio Bread) and chef Carlotta Flores (Si Charro!). After touring the single-malt distillery Whiskey del Bac, belly up to the bar at Hotel Congress and order a Sonoran Sazerac (fashioned with del Bac mesquite) from bartender Thomas &ldquoTiger&rdquo Ziegler he&rsquos worked the shaker here since 1959. You can walk it all off at Saguaro National Park, an otherworldly desert where Saguaro cactuses grow as tall as buildings and live for centuries.

The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied.

If you've sweat through your clothes but don&rsquot want to head back to the hotel just yet, drop by Generation Cool. Here, Robert &ldquoSlobby Robby&rdquo Hall, star of Netflix&rsquos Slobby&rsquos World, sells &rsquo80s and &rsquo90s vintage gear: throwback sneakers, collectible jerseys, and retro toys (think Naughty By Nature tees alongside original Air Jordans). But Tucson isn&rsquot only about food, cacti, and vintage clothes it&rsquos rich in mid-century modern architecture too. Book a night at the Ball-Paylore House, designed in the &rsquo50s by legendary architect Arthur T. Brow, if it's available. Otherwise, you&rsquoll never go wrong at the secluded Joshua Tree House, a 38-acre property with five boho-style suites and the best stargazing imaginable.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Alice Cooper said it&rsquos pronounced mill-e-wah-que, which is Algonquin for &ldquothe good land.&rdquo What he failed to explain is what exactly makes Milwaukee so good. Let&rsquos start with shopping: minimalist home decor at Commonplace cool clothing brands like Naked & Famous and Outerknown at Milworks and lines out the door on drop days at sneakerhead emporium Clicks Kicks, owned by Jam Master Jay. Then there&rsquos the food and drink: The small plates menu at Odd Duck is like a round-the-world airline ticket, tempting guests with its lamb shawarma, koji-grilled beets, and Sichuan egg noodles. Strange Town works the vegan beat so well, you&rsquoll be tempted to renounce steak forever, and the varied selection of natural wines is tops too. Bryant&rsquos Cocktail Lounge, founded in 1938, is the oldest cocktail bar in MKE, and one of the swankiest. The bartenders have more than 450 drinks in their arsenal but are happy to tailor a tipple to your exacting taste.

Don&rsquot miss the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, dedicated to showcasing 6,500-plus jumbo-headed pop stars, athletes, and politicians. To stay, reserve a room at Saint Kate, the city&rsquos first immersive arts hotel, with several galleries, a black box theater, and contemporary works by Damian Hirst and Do Ho Suh on display. For an even deeper dive into the art world, carve out a few hours to wander the Milwaukee Art Museum. Its collection encompasses more than 31,000 works, with an emphasis on German Expressionism and Haitian folk art.

Bend, Oregon

Bend may live in the shadows of its westerly neighbor, Portland, but it looms large in the minds of beer drinkers and outdoorsy types. Mountain biking, whitewater rafting, paddle boarding, snowboarding, skiing, fly fishing &mdash if it&rsquos a sport, it&rsquos in Bend. Scaling boulders in Smith Rock State Park and night canoeing on the Cascade Lakes are practically rites of passage so is hiking &ldquothe Butte,&rdquo a.k.a. Pilot Butte, a dormant cinder volcano within Bend city limits, or the 5.5-mile Sun-Lava path at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest.

Pitch your camp at LOGE Bend, a dog-friendly inn with hammocks, grills, a pool and a hot tub, free city cruisers and bike-tuning stations, and a grassy lawn for screening outdoor movies. There&rsquos even a gear rental shop on site, so no need to schlep your own skis or snowshoes. The hotel is a 20-minute drive to Mt. Bachelor and a 15-minute bike ride to the downtown breweries. Your mission: Leave no keg untapped when pedaling the 22-stop Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the West. When you&rsquore not throwing back hazy IPAs at Crux Fermentation Project or admiring the public sculptures on the Roundabout Art Route, pay homage to your Be Kind, Please Rewind days by renting a hot new release from the last Blockbuster on earth.

San Antonio, Texas

With 1.5 million residents and counting, ol&rsquo San Antone is one of America&rsquos fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll understand why. Lock in a room at the Roman and Williams-designed Hotel Emma in the Pearl District, a 23-acre brewery complex turned multi-use development that puts you within hoofing distance of a year-round farmers market, superb shopping, and some of San Antonio&rsquos trendiest restaurants. Topping the list is Mi Roti, a Caribbean street food joint, and the globally inspired Best Quality Daughter from culinary dream team Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson of Tenko Ramen. The duo goes buck-wild blending cuisines, throwing chorizo, egg, and cheese in their potstickers and Thai curry flavors in the baba ghanoush. Other essential eats include the crispy-delicious pork tacos at Alex Paredes&rsquo Carnitas Lonja, carne guisada puffy tacos at Ray&rsquos Drive Inn, and decadently soft brisket at 2M Smokehouse. For drinks, drop by Black-owned brewery Weathered Souls, a leader in last year&rsquos Black is Beautiful beer campaign, or roll up to Amor Eterno, a colorful new cocktail bar in Southtown.

San Antonio is one of America's fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll see why.

If the brutal Texas heat is beating down on you, find respite in one of the city&rsquos stellar (air-conditioned) museums. The San Antonio Museum of Art, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has a fantastic &ldquoMovie Metal&rdquo exhibition, showcasing Hollywood vehicles like Tony Stark&rsquos F-1 Race Car from Iron Man 2 and the 1966 Batmobile. The sprawling Hopscotch gallery, meanwhile, houses more than a dozen immersive exhibitions plus a patio, cocktail lounge, and food truck. And the storied Briscoe Western Art Museum depicts 500 years of Wild West living from the Spanish conquistadors to modern-day cowpokes.

And it's never too soon to start planning for future adventures. like off-the-beaten-path stuff abroad.

Instead of Paris, consider Toulouse. Instead of Tokyo, there's Fukuoka. Because what is travel if it isn&rsquot about the thrill of uncovering new gems?

Toulouse, France

France&rsquos fourth largest metropolis is nicknamed La Ville Rose, or the Pink City, because its buildings are a tangle of brick, coral, and terracotta colors. The medieval-modern locale on the River Garonne, just north of the Pyrenees and less than 100 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, is a hub for Europe&rsquos aerospace industry and home to one of its oldest universities.

Though it&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere, we recommend booking a 3.5-hour Taste of Toulouse tour of Marché Victor Hugo and its surrounding shops. Highlights include breads and breakfast sweets from boulanger Maison Beauhaire, choux pastries made with locally grown violets at Les Choux d&rsquoEléonore, foie gras à la ancien (fatty duck liver cooked in duck fat the old-fashioned way) from Papaix et Fils, rillettes d'oie (goose rillettes) from Maison Garcia, and mountains of cheese at Xavier Fromagerie. If time permits, pop over to Bello & Angeli, one of Taste of Toulouse founder Jessica Hammer&rsquos favorite chocolatiers. (She recommends the single-origin Cote d&rsquoIvoire chocolate sorbet.)

It&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere.

Dedicate another day to exploring Cité de l&rsquoEspace, the finest astronomy and space science center in Europe. The 12-acre campus exhibits full-scale replicas of the Mir space station and the Ariane 5 space rocket and has a new permanent exhibition devoted to the exploration of Mars. Another must-see: La Halle de la Machine, the permanent residence of La Compagnie La Machine the visionary street theater company, founded by Francois Delarozière, is known for staging outrageous public spectacles with giant &ldquoliving machines.&rdquo This 43,280-square-foot exhibition space and laboratory houses 70 machines and 1,000 mechanical objects. Visitors can sign up for machinist-led workshops or hitch a ride on the back of a five-story-tall mechanical minotaur.

Spend your nights at Mama Shelter, a 120-room hotel with luxe bedding, organic toiletries, and fun features like a basketball court and 45-seat cinema screening cult-favorite flicks.

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka is Japan&rsquos sixth largest city, located on Kyushu island and easily reached via a two-hour flight from Tokyo when travel restrictions have been lifted. With impressive buildings and outstanding food (this is the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen, the revered bone broth with pork, after all), it&rsquos the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Fukuoka is the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Drop your bags at With the Style Fukuoka, a Palm Springs-inspired boutique inn with tricked-out suites (skylit soaking tubs, private terraces), and then set off for a D.I.Y. city tour. Fukuoka is a veritable Disneyland for architecture snobs: Top sights include Emilio Ambasz&rsquos ACROS Fukuoka, a cultural building designed to look like a 15-layer hanging garden, and Kiyonori Kikutake&rsquos Kyushu National Museum, notable for its wave-shaped wall of windows that mirrors the surrounding mountains. Explore the five-tier orange pagoda and 30-ton wooden Buddha at Tocho-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple dating to 806 A.D., or browse the galleries at the recently renovated Fukuoka Art Museum.

Hungry yet? Tonkotsu is the main attraction at Mengekijo Genei, a.k.a. Noodle Theater, a semi-circular dining room with tiered stadium-style kitchen seating that turns ramen slurping into a spectacle sport. At Chikae Fukuoka, diners rim the perimeter of sunken aquariums and watch the cooks net live fish for their dinner.

The city is also known for its yatai food stands serving yakitori and hot pot. The open-air stalls, which are concentrated along the northern bank of the Naka River, seat anywhere from six to ten diners. Ordering is done in Japanese, so if you&rsquore not sure what you want, point to the person next to you and ask to have what they&rsquore having. For a memorable nightcap, sidle up to the gleaming wood bar at Dreieck Park, a fourth-floor cocktail lounge next to Triangle Park in Imaizumi. The negronis are made with exacting precision by sharply attired barkeeps and best sipped on the rooftop patio overlooking the twinkling city lights.


5 Unexpectedly Awesome Domestic Cities to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Right about now, you&rsquore probably seeing that pinprick of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and getting amped at the prospect of traveling again. (Check the Centers for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information on how to travel safely.) But instead of flocking with the masses to Los Angeles or New York (or even London), how about a lesser-trafficked city with an abundance of gastronomic, architectural, and cultural appeal?

And here&rsquos a tip to make a trip to one of these under-the-radar spots even better: Sign up for the brand-new United Quest card from Chase, and earn up to 100,000 bonus miles. Plus, get a $125 annual United purchase credit and two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits. That means more traveling to more places for less money&mdasha post-pandemic trend to get behind. Need vacation inspiration? Check out these not-yet-trending (in a good way) picks.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Fun fact: Chattanooga boasts the fastest internet in the world, thanks to its citywide gigabit fiber network. This has caught the attention of remote workers, but there&rsquos lots more to love in Scenic City than its megabits per second. The city strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure. Its East Ridge soccer team, Chattanooga Red Wolves, just kicked off their second season at CHI Memorial Stadium, and a new, 25-mile Riverwalk is nearly complete. Common House, landing this spring in a converted YMCA on the Southside neighborhood, will be its hippest hotel yet noteworthy amenities include an outdoor pool, steam room, bocce court, and podcast studio. The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, a 33-acre landfill turned international sculpture park, has more than 40 large-scale contemporary works made of bronze, chrome, and concrete.

Chattanooga strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure.

After you've worked up an appetite, tuck into the brisket meatball yakamein (noodle soup) or housemade hot sausage po&rsquo boy from Chef Kenyatta Ashford&rsquos Neutral Ground. (It&rsquos a &ldquorestaurant in residence&rdquo at the innovative Proof Bar & Incubator, a testing ground for new dining concepts.) For dessert, waltz your way through a reserve flight at Whiskey Thief, the city&rsquos first rooftop bar. The next day, you can get your thrills by leaping off the side of a mountain. Lookout Mountain Flight Park, just over the Georgia border, is one of the oldest hang gliding schools in the country, drawing daredevils from Chattanooga and beyond.

Tucson, Arizona

Is it possible you&rsquove never visited a place with 350 sunny days a year and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation? The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied: We&rsquore talking Indian fry bread at Cafe Santa Rosa, walnut raspados at Marymar, Bosnian sausages (ćevapi) at Chef Alisah&rsquos, and birria tortas stacked on Azteca bread at the buzzy new Barrio Charro, founded by baking maestro Don Guerra (Barrio Bread) and chef Carlotta Flores (Si Charro!). After touring the single-malt distillery Whiskey del Bac, belly up to the bar at Hotel Congress and order a Sonoran Sazerac (fashioned with del Bac mesquite) from bartender Thomas &ldquoTiger&rdquo Ziegler he&rsquos worked the shaker here since 1959. You can walk it all off at Saguaro National Park, an otherworldly desert where Saguaro cactuses grow as tall as buildings and live for centuries.

The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied.

If you've sweat through your clothes but don&rsquot want to head back to the hotel just yet, drop by Generation Cool. Here, Robert &ldquoSlobby Robby&rdquo Hall, star of Netflix&rsquos Slobby&rsquos World, sells &rsquo80s and &rsquo90s vintage gear: throwback sneakers, collectible jerseys, and retro toys (think Naughty By Nature tees alongside original Air Jordans). But Tucson isn&rsquot only about food, cacti, and vintage clothes it&rsquos rich in mid-century modern architecture too. Book a night at the Ball-Paylore House, designed in the &rsquo50s by legendary architect Arthur T. Brow, if it's available. Otherwise, you&rsquoll never go wrong at the secluded Joshua Tree House, a 38-acre property with five boho-style suites and the best stargazing imaginable.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Alice Cooper said it&rsquos pronounced mill-e-wah-que, which is Algonquin for &ldquothe good land.&rdquo What he failed to explain is what exactly makes Milwaukee so good. Let&rsquos start with shopping: minimalist home decor at Commonplace cool clothing brands like Naked & Famous and Outerknown at Milworks and lines out the door on drop days at sneakerhead emporium Clicks Kicks, owned by Jam Master Jay. Then there&rsquos the food and drink: The small plates menu at Odd Duck is like a round-the-world airline ticket, tempting guests with its lamb shawarma, koji-grilled beets, and Sichuan egg noodles. Strange Town works the vegan beat so well, you&rsquoll be tempted to renounce steak forever, and the varied selection of natural wines is tops too. Bryant&rsquos Cocktail Lounge, founded in 1938, is the oldest cocktail bar in MKE, and one of the swankiest. The bartenders have more than 450 drinks in their arsenal but are happy to tailor a tipple to your exacting taste.

Don&rsquot miss the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, dedicated to showcasing 6,500-plus jumbo-headed pop stars, athletes, and politicians. To stay, reserve a room at Saint Kate, the city&rsquos first immersive arts hotel, with several galleries, a black box theater, and contemporary works by Damian Hirst and Do Ho Suh on display. For an even deeper dive into the art world, carve out a few hours to wander the Milwaukee Art Museum. Its collection encompasses more than 31,000 works, with an emphasis on German Expressionism and Haitian folk art.

Bend, Oregon

Bend may live in the shadows of its westerly neighbor, Portland, but it looms large in the minds of beer drinkers and outdoorsy types. Mountain biking, whitewater rafting, paddle boarding, snowboarding, skiing, fly fishing &mdash if it&rsquos a sport, it&rsquos in Bend. Scaling boulders in Smith Rock State Park and night canoeing on the Cascade Lakes are practically rites of passage so is hiking &ldquothe Butte,&rdquo a.k.a. Pilot Butte, a dormant cinder volcano within Bend city limits, or the 5.5-mile Sun-Lava path at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest.

Pitch your camp at LOGE Bend, a dog-friendly inn with hammocks, grills, a pool and a hot tub, free city cruisers and bike-tuning stations, and a grassy lawn for screening outdoor movies. There&rsquos even a gear rental shop on site, so no need to schlep your own skis or snowshoes. The hotel is a 20-minute drive to Mt. Bachelor and a 15-minute bike ride to the downtown breweries. Your mission: Leave no keg untapped when pedaling the 22-stop Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the West. When you&rsquore not throwing back hazy IPAs at Crux Fermentation Project or admiring the public sculptures on the Roundabout Art Route, pay homage to your Be Kind, Please Rewind days by renting a hot new release from the last Blockbuster on earth.

San Antonio, Texas

With 1.5 million residents and counting, ol&rsquo San Antone is one of America&rsquos fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll understand why. Lock in a room at the Roman and Williams-designed Hotel Emma in the Pearl District, a 23-acre brewery complex turned multi-use development that puts you within hoofing distance of a year-round farmers market, superb shopping, and some of San Antonio&rsquos trendiest restaurants. Topping the list is Mi Roti, a Caribbean street food joint, and the globally inspired Best Quality Daughter from culinary dream team Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson of Tenko Ramen. The duo goes buck-wild blending cuisines, throwing chorizo, egg, and cheese in their potstickers and Thai curry flavors in the baba ghanoush. Other essential eats include the crispy-delicious pork tacos at Alex Paredes&rsquo Carnitas Lonja, carne guisada puffy tacos at Ray&rsquos Drive Inn, and decadently soft brisket at 2M Smokehouse. For drinks, drop by Black-owned brewery Weathered Souls, a leader in last year&rsquos Black is Beautiful beer campaign, or roll up to Amor Eterno, a colorful new cocktail bar in Southtown.

San Antonio is one of America's fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll see why.

If the brutal Texas heat is beating down on you, find respite in one of the city&rsquos stellar (air-conditioned) museums. The San Antonio Museum of Art, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has a fantastic &ldquoMovie Metal&rdquo exhibition, showcasing Hollywood vehicles like Tony Stark&rsquos F-1 Race Car from Iron Man 2 and the 1966 Batmobile. The sprawling Hopscotch gallery, meanwhile, houses more than a dozen immersive exhibitions plus a patio, cocktail lounge, and food truck. And the storied Briscoe Western Art Museum depicts 500 years of Wild West living from the Spanish conquistadors to modern-day cowpokes.

And it's never too soon to start planning for future adventures. like off-the-beaten-path stuff abroad.

Instead of Paris, consider Toulouse. Instead of Tokyo, there's Fukuoka. Because what is travel if it isn&rsquot about the thrill of uncovering new gems?

Toulouse, France

France&rsquos fourth largest metropolis is nicknamed La Ville Rose, or the Pink City, because its buildings are a tangle of brick, coral, and terracotta colors. The medieval-modern locale on the River Garonne, just north of the Pyrenees and less than 100 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, is a hub for Europe&rsquos aerospace industry and home to one of its oldest universities.

Though it&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere, we recommend booking a 3.5-hour Taste of Toulouse tour of Marché Victor Hugo and its surrounding shops. Highlights include breads and breakfast sweets from boulanger Maison Beauhaire, choux pastries made with locally grown violets at Les Choux d&rsquoEléonore, foie gras à la ancien (fatty duck liver cooked in duck fat the old-fashioned way) from Papaix et Fils, rillettes d'oie (goose rillettes) from Maison Garcia, and mountains of cheese at Xavier Fromagerie. If time permits, pop over to Bello & Angeli, one of Taste of Toulouse founder Jessica Hammer&rsquos favorite chocolatiers. (She recommends the single-origin Cote d&rsquoIvoire chocolate sorbet.)

It&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere.

Dedicate another day to exploring Cité de l&rsquoEspace, the finest astronomy and space science center in Europe. The 12-acre campus exhibits full-scale replicas of the Mir space station and the Ariane 5 space rocket and has a new permanent exhibition devoted to the exploration of Mars. Another must-see: La Halle de la Machine, the permanent residence of La Compagnie La Machine the visionary street theater company, founded by Francois Delarozière, is known for staging outrageous public spectacles with giant &ldquoliving machines.&rdquo This 43,280-square-foot exhibition space and laboratory houses 70 machines and 1,000 mechanical objects. Visitors can sign up for machinist-led workshops or hitch a ride on the back of a five-story-tall mechanical minotaur.

Spend your nights at Mama Shelter, a 120-room hotel with luxe bedding, organic toiletries, and fun features like a basketball court and 45-seat cinema screening cult-favorite flicks.

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka is Japan&rsquos sixth largest city, located on Kyushu island and easily reached via a two-hour flight from Tokyo when travel restrictions have been lifted. With impressive buildings and outstanding food (this is the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen, the revered bone broth with pork, after all), it&rsquos the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Fukuoka is the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Drop your bags at With the Style Fukuoka, a Palm Springs-inspired boutique inn with tricked-out suites (skylit soaking tubs, private terraces), and then set off for a D.I.Y. city tour. Fukuoka is a veritable Disneyland for architecture snobs: Top sights include Emilio Ambasz&rsquos ACROS Fukuoka, a cultural building designed to look like a 15-layer hanging garden, and Kiyonori Kikutake&rsquos Kyushu National Museum, notable for its wave-shaped wall of windows that mirrors the surrounding mountains. Explore the five-tier orange pagoda and 30-ton wooden Buddha at Tocho-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple dating to 806 A.D., or browse the galleries at the recently renovated Fukuoka Art Museum.

Hungry yet? Tonkotsu is the main attraction at Mengekijo Genei, a.k.a. Noodle Theater, a semi-circular dining room with tiered stadium-style kitchen seating that turns ramen slurping into a spectacle sport. At Chikae Fukuoka, diners rim the perimeter of sunken aquariums and watch the cooks net live fish for their dinner.

The city is also known for its yatai food stands serving yakitori and hot pot. The open-air stalls, which are concentrated along the northern bank of the Naka River, seat anywhere from six to ten diners. Ordering is done in Japanese, so if you&rsquore not sure what you want, point to the person next to you and ask to have what they&rsquore having. For a memorable nightcap, sidle up to the gleaming wood bar at Dreieck Park, a fourth-floor cocktail lounge next to Triangle Park in Imaizumi. The negronis are made with exacting precision by sharply attired barkeeps and best sipped on the rooftop patio overlooking the twinkling city lights.


5 Unexpectedly Awesome Domestic Cities to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Right about now, you&rsquore probably seeing that pinprick of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and getting amped at the prospect of traveling again. (Check the Centers for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information on how to travel safely.) But instead of flocking with the masses to Los Angeles or New York (or even London), how about a lesser-trafficked city with an abundance of gastronomic, architectural, and cultural appeal?

And here&rsquos a tip to make a trip to one of these under-the-radar spots even better: Sign up for the brand-new United Quest card from Chase, and earn up to 100,000 bonus miles. Plus, get a $125 annual United purchase credit and two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits. That means more traveling to more places for less money&mdasha post-pandemic trend to get behind. Need vacation inspiration? Check out these not-yet-trending (in a good way) picks.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Fun fact: Chattanooga boasts the fastest internet in the world, thanks to its citywide gigabit fiber network. This has caught the attention of remote workers, but there&rsquos lots more to love in Scenic City than its megabits per second. The city strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure. Its East Ridge soccer team, Chattanooga Red Wolves, just kicked off their second season at CHI Memorial Stadium, and a new, 25-mile Riverwalk is nearly complete. Common House, landing this spring in a converted YMCA on the Southside neighborhood, will be its hippest hotel yet noteworthy amenities include an outdoor pool, steam room, bocce court, and podcast studio. The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, a 33-acre landfill turned international sculpture park, has more than 40 large-scale contemporary works made of bronze, chrome, and concrete.

Chattanooga strikes a delicate balance of downtown cool and adrenaline-pumping adventure.

After you've worked up an appetite, tuck into the brisket meatball yakamein (noodle soup) or housemade hot sausage po&rsquo boy from Chef Kenyatta Ashford&rsquos Neutral Ground. (It&rsquos a &ldquorestaurant in residence&rdquo at the innovative Proof Bar & Incubator, a testing ground for new dining concepts.) For dessert, waltz your way through a reserve flight at Whiskey Thief, the city&rsquos first rooftop bar. The next day, you can get your thrills by leaping off the side of a mountain. Lookout Mountain Flight Park, just over the Georgia border, is one of the oldest hang gliding schools in the country, drawing daredevils from Chattanooga and beyond.

Tucson, Arizona

Is it possible you&rsquove never visited a place with 350 sunny days a year and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation? The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied: We&rsquore talking Indian fry bread at Cafe Santa Rosa, walnut raspados at Marymar, Bosnian sausages (ćevapi) at Chef Alisah&rsquos, and birria tortas stacked on Azteca bread at the buzzy new Barrio Charro, founded by baking maestro Don Guerra (Barrio Bread) and chef Carlotta Flores (Si Charro!). After touring the single-malt distillery Whiskey del Bac, belly up to the bar at Hotel Congress and order a Sonoran Sazerac (fashioned with del Bac mesquite) from bartender Thomas &ldquoTiger&rdquo Ziegler he&rsquos worked the shaker here since 1959. You can walk it all off at Saguaro National Park, an otherworldly desert where Saguaro cactuses grow as tall as buildings and live for centuries.

The grub in this desert town is as delicious as it is varied.

If you've sweat through your clothes but don&rsquot want to head back to the hotel just yet, drop by Generation Cool. Here, Robert &ldquoSlobby Robby&rdquo Hall, star of Netflix&rsquos Slobby&rsquos World, sells &rsquo80s and &rsquo90s vintage gear: throwback sneakers, collectible jerseys, and retro toys (think Naughty By Nature tees alongside original Air Jordans). But Tucson isn&rsquot only about food, cacti, and vintage clothes it&rsquos rich in mid-century modern architecture too. Book a night at the Ball-Paylore House, designed in the &rsquo50s by legendary architect Arthur T. Brow, if it's available. Otherwise, you&rsquoll never go wrong at the secluded Joshua Tree House, a 38-acre property with five boho-style suites and the best stargazing imaginable.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Alice Cooper said it&rsquos pronounced mill-e-wah-que, which is Algonquin for &ldquothe good land.&rdquo What he failed to explain is what exactly makes Milwaukee so good. Let&rsquos start with shopping: minimalist home decor at Commonplace cool clothing brands like Naked & Famous and Outerknown at Milworks and lines out the door on drop days at sneakerhead emporium Clicks Kicks, owned by Jam Master Jay. Then there&rsquos the food and drink: The small plates menu at Odd Duck is like a round-the-world airline ticket, tempting guests with its lamb shawarma, koji-grilled beets, and Sichuan egg noodles. Strange Town works the vegan beat so well, you&rsquoll be tempted to renounce steak forever, and the varied selection of natural wines is tops too. Bryant&rsquos Cocktail Lounge, founded in 1938, is the oldest cocktail bar in MKE, and one of the swankiest. The bartenders have more than 450 drinks in their arsenal but are happy to tailor a tipple to your exacting taste.

Don&rsquot miss the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, dedicated to showcasing 6,500-plus jumbo-headed pop stars, athletes, and politicians. To stay, reserve a room at Saint Kate, the city&rsquos first immersive arts hotel, with several galleries, a black box theater, and contemporary works by Damian Hirst and Do Ho Suh on display. For an even deeper dive into the art world, carve out a few hours to wander the Milwaukee Art Museum. Its collection encompasses more than 31,000 works, with an emphasis on German Expressionism and Haitian folk art.

Bend, Oregon

Bend may live in the shadows of its westerly neighbor, Portland, but it looms large in the minds of beer drinkers and outdoorsy types. Mountain biking, whitewater rafting, paddle boarding, snowboarding, skiing, fly fishing &mdash if it&rsquos a sport, it&rsquos in Bend. Scaling boulders in Smith Rock State Park and night canoeing on the Cascade Lakes are practically rites of passage so is hiking &ldquothe Butte,&rdquo a.k.a. Pilot Butte, a dormant cinder volcano within Bend city limits, or the 5.5-mile Sun-Lava path at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest.

Pitch your camp at LOGE Bend, a dog-friendly inn with hammocks, grills, a pool and a hot tub, free city cruisers and bike-tuning stations, and a grassy lawn for screening outdoor movies. There&rsquos even a gear rental shop on site, so no need to schlep your own skis or snowshoes. The hotel is a 20-minute drive to Mt. Bachelor and a 15-minute bike ride to the downtown breweries. Your mission: Leave no keg untapped when pedaling the 22-stop Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the West. When you&rsquore not throwing back hazy IPAs at Crux Fermentation Project or admiring the public sculptures on the Roundabout Art Route, pay homage to your Be Kind, Please Rewind days by renting a hot new release from the last Blockbuster on earth.

San Antonio, Texas

With 1.5 million residents and counting, ol&rsquo San Antone is one of America&rsquos fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll understand why. Lock in a room at the Roman and Williams-designed Hotel Emma in the Pearl District, a 23-acre brewery complex turned multi-use development that puts you within hoofing distance of a year-round farmers market, superb shopping, and some of San Antonio&rsquos trendiest restaurants. Topping the list is Mi Roti, a Caribbean street food joint, and the globally inspired Best Quality Daughter from culinary dream team Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson of Tenko Ramen. The duo goes buck-wild blending cuisines, throwing chorizo, egg, and cheese in their potstickers and Thai curry flavors in the baba ghanoush. Other essential eats include the crispy-delicious pork tacos at Alex Paredes&rsquo Carnitas Lonja, carne guisada puffy tacos at Ray&rsquos Drive Inn, and decadently soft brisket at 2M Smokehouse. For drinks, drop by Black-owned brewery Weathered Souls, a leader in last year&rsquos Black is Beautiful beer campaign, or roll up to Amor Eterno, a colorful new cocktail bar in Southtown.

San Antonio is one of America's fastest growing cities. Spend a few days there and you&rsquoll see why.

If the brutal Texas heat is beating down on you, find respite in one of the city&rsquos stellar (air-conditioned) museums. The San Antonio Museum of Art, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has a fantastic &ldquoMovie Metal&rdquo exhibition, showcasing Hollywood vehicles like Tony Stark&rsquos F-1 Race Car from Iron Man 2 and the 1966 Batmobile. The sprawling Hopscotch gallery, meanwhile, houses more than a dozen immersive exhibitions plus a patio, cocktail lounge, and food truck. And the storied Briscoe Western Art Museum depicts 500 years of Wild West living from the Spanish conquistadors to modern-day cowpokes.

And it's never too soon to start planning for future adventures. like off-the-beaten-path stuff abroad.

Instead of Paris, consider Toulouse. Instead of Tokyo, there's Fukuoka. Because what is travel if it isn&rsquot about the thrill of uncovering new gems?

Toulouse, France

France&rsquos fourth largest metropolis is nicknamed La Ville Rose, or the Pink City, because its buildings are a tangle of brick, coral, and terracotta colors. The medieval-modern locale on the River Garonne, just north of the Pyrenees and less than 100 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, is a hub for Europe&rsquos aerospace industry and home to one of its oldest universities.

Though it&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere, we recommend booking a 3.5-hour Taste of Toulouse tour of Marché Victor Hugo and its surrounding shops. Highlights include breads and breakfast sweets from boulanger Maison Beauhaire, choux pastries made with locally grown violets at Les Choux d&rsquoEléonore, foie gras à la ancien (fatty duck liver cooked in duck fat the old-fashioned way) from Papaix et Fils, rillettes d'oie (goose rillettes) from Maison Garcia, and mountains of cheese at Xavier Fromagerie. If time permits, pop over to Bello & Angeli, one of Taste of Toulouse founder Jessica Hammer&rsquos favorite chocolatiers. (She recommends the single-origin Cote d&rsquoIvoire chocolate sorbet.)

It&rsquos tempting to make every meal here a leisurely one just to soak up the old-world atmosphere.

Dedicate another day to exploring Cité de l&rsquoEspace, the finest astronomy and space science center in Europe. The 12-acre campus exhibits full-scale replicas of the Mir space station and the Ariane 5 space rocket and has a new permanent exhibition devoted to the exploration of Mars. Another must-see: La Halle de la Machine, the permanent residence of La Compagnie La Machine the visionary street theater company, founded by Francois Delarozière, is known for staging outrageous public spectacles with giant &ldquoliving machines.&rdquo This 43,280-square-foot exhibition space and laboratory houses 70 machines and 1,000 mechanical objects. Visitors can sign up for machinist-led workshops or hitch a ride on the back of a five-story-tall mechanical minotaur.

Spend your nights at Mama Shelter, a 120-room hotel with luxe bedding, organic toiletries, and fun features like a basketball court and 45-seat cinema screening cult-favorite flicks.

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka is Japan&rsquos sixth largest city, located on Kyushu island and easily reached via a two-hour flight from Tokyo when travel restrictions have been lifted. With impressive buildings and outstanding food (this is the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen, the revered bone broth with pork, after all), it&rsquos the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Fukuoka is the perfect high-brow, low-key alternative to bigger Japanese cities.

Drop your bags at With the Style Fukuoka, a Palm Springs-inspired boutique inn with tricked-out suites (skylit soaking tubs, private terraces), and then set off for a D.I.Y. city tour. Fukuoka is a veritable Disneyland for architecture snobs: Top sights include Emilio Ambasz&rsquos ACROS Fukuoka, a cultural building designed to look like a 15-layer hanging garden, and Kiyonori Kikutake&rsquos Kyushu National Museum, notable for its wave-shaped wall of windows that mirrors the surrounding mountains. Explore the five-tier orange pagoda and 30-ton wooden Buddha at Tocho-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple dating to 806 A.D., or browse the galleries at the recently renovated Fukuoka Art Museum.

Hungry yet? Tonkotsu is the main attraction at Mengekijo Genei, a.k.a. Noodle Theater, a semi-circular dining room with tiered stadium-style kitchen seating that turns ramen slurping into a spectacle sport. At Chikae Fukuoka, diners rim the perimeter of sunken aquariums and watch the cooks net live fish for their dinner.

The city is also known for its yatai food stands serving yakitori and hot pot. The open-air stalls, which are concentrated along the northern bank of the Naka River, seat anywhere from six to ten diners. Ordering is done in Japanese, so if you&rsquore not sure what you want, point to the person next to you and ask to have what they&rsquore having. For a memorable nightcap, sidle up to the gleaming wood bar at Dreieck Park, a fourth-floor cocktail lounge next to Triangle Park in Imaizumi. The negronis are made with exacting precision by sharply attired barkeeps and best sipped on the rooftop patio overlooking the twinkling city lights.


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