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The 14 most underrated cities in America

By The Hub team

You've already been to New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Where to next? Let us introduce you to the most underrated cities across the U.S. These 14 spots are pioneers in everything from urban development and job creation to culture and cuisine. Head there quickly before everyone else finds out.

City view of Providence, Rhode Island from the river

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1. Providence, Rhode Island

Once gritty and impoverished, Providence, just south of Boston, is now a creative hub for arts and culture. Take bustling Westminster Street, full of design shops, craft stores and galleries, as well as the nationally-recognized food scene. (Did you know top culinary school Johnson & Wales University is located right downtown?)

view of the St. Louis Arc at sunset.

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2. St. Louis, Missouri

Think of St. Louis as several attractive neighborhoods, each with their own distinct personality. We love Soulard, the French-influenced neighborhood where you'll find bistros, farmers' markets and photogenic streets. But there's also Central West End, known for its quaint sidewalk cafés, and Cherokee Street, home to the hottest restaurants in town.

View of downtown area in Portland, Maine

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3. Portland, Maine

Portland is possibly the most exciting food city in the country…and we're talking more than just lobster rolls (although it has that, too). One of the pioneers of the eat-local movement, Portland boasts everything from inventive Asian fusion at places like Miyake and The Honey Paw to creative takes on Italian. (Don't miss the epic Sicilian-style pizza at Slab.)

City view overlooking the water.

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4. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What's not to love about a city that's incredibly cheap (a three-bedroom house in the hip neighborhood of Bay View will cost you about $200k) and prides itself on beer and cheese? Milwaukee is increasingly becoming sophisticated and cosmopolitan, but it holds on to its old-school German roots. (Read: So. Much. Beer.)

Busy restaurant in Burlington, Vermont.

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5. Burlington, Vermont

You'll find no shortage of granola, Birkenstocks and Bernie Sanders bumper stickers in this hippie locale, but there's also way more sophistication than you might expect in Burlington. For example, you can hike along the Robert Frost Trail, marked with excerpts of his poems, or enjoy a locally sourced meal at foodie hot spot Hen of the Wood. Oh, and it's the home of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Colorful umbrellas decorate a restaurant along the canal in San Antonio, Texas

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6. San Antonio, Texas

It seems like Austin gets all the spotlight these days, but San Antonio deserves some attention, too. Despite being the country's seventh-largest city, it's got a peaceful, slow-paced vibe. Take a stroll along the canals of the San Antonio River, then hit up Market Square, an enormous open-air Mexican market serving some of the best huevos rancheros on this side of the border.

Pathway in a park in Baltimore, Maryland

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7. Baltimore, Maryland

You might never guess that Baltimore, a mid-Atlantic city, is home to one of the country's most up-and-coming art scenes. Head to the funky neighborhood of Station North for stellar urban street art, or visit the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), which is completely dedicated to the work of self-taught artists.

Busy nightlife on a street in Detroit, Michigan.

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8. Detroit, Michigan

Detroit is a story of revival: An industrial powerhouse in the 1950s, it took a downturn in the '70s but has reinvented itself in the past ten years as a hipster hot spot replete with industry (take watch company Shinola); remarkably beautiful, affordable real estate; and and cutting-edge culture. In fact, Detroit's theaters make up the second-largest theater district in the U.S. after New York.

Annual balloon festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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9. Albuquerque, New Mexico

New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment, and a visit to Albuquerque will show you why. Often overshadowed by Santa Fe, this desert city boasts a unique arts-and-crafts scene, farm-to-table Southwestern cuisine and an annual balloon festival, when colorful hot-air balloons take flight across the horizon.

Skyline view of Louisville, Kentucky at sunset.

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10. Louisville, Kentucky

Love your liquor? Well, Louisville just might be the cocktail bar capital of the country. Head to Main Street (you might mistake the row of cast-iron buildings for New York's Soho) and you'll find tons of bars serving up creative concoctions, like the "El Guapo" at Proof on Main, made with beet-infused tequila, and the blackberry julep at 8Up.

Spoonbridge and cherry sculpture in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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11. Minneapolis, Minnesota

From the North Loop—where old industrial warehouses have been converted into bustling restaurants, lofts and shopping spaces—to the verdant urban parks and sprawling bike trails, Minneapolis is a hip and happenin' plains city. The winters may be grueling, but it's all worth it for the chance to hit the beach or sail on Lake Calhoun come summer.

The downtown village in Park City, Utah

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12. Park City, Utah

Home to famed Deer Valley ski resort, Park City is a year-round destination for outdoorsy types. The downtown village is a quaint stretch of shops and après-ski bars and prides itself on excellent restaurants. Don't miss a five-course meal paired with house-made whiskeys at The Nelson Cottage, a spin-off of the ever popular High West Distillery and Saloon.

locals walking the streets in Boulder, Colorado

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13. Boulder, Colorado

They say Boulder is 25 square miles surrounded by reality…what's not to like about that? This easygoing college town is a total mecca for hiking stoner types—and we say that with affection. When ski season ends, there's always mountain biking on Flagstaff Mountain or rafting down Boulder River.

Aerial view of Asheville, North Carolina

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14. Asheville, North Carolina

A huge craft-beer scene and farm-fresh restaurants, like the newly opened Buxton, make Asheville an exciting food city, but we also love it for its proximity to the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. During the summer, take a half-day trip to hike through nearby Pisgah National Forest, and in fall, head to Navitat Canopy Adventures to zip-line above the changing leaves.

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The sweepstakes was in support of the Biden administration's ongoing national effort to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination and encouraged United's MileagePlus® loyalty members to upload their vaccine records to United. In less than a month, more than one million MileagePlus members uploaded their vaccine cards to the United app and website for a shot to win one of the grand prizes. In June the airline awarded 30 first prize winners with a pair of roundtrip tickets anywhere United flies.

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New pre-order option builds on the airline's contactless payment technology and is another example of the customer experience transformation underway at United
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

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In August, United is adding a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. to London
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- With today's announcement of England reopening to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. beginning Aug 2, United Airlines is making it easier for business and leisure customers to jet across the pond with the addition of flights to London. In August, United will have six daily flights between the U.S. and London, including a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. and increasing service from Houston to daily. United looks forward to resuming additional London service in the coming months as well as launching new nonstop service between Boston and London. Customers traveling to England must be fully vaccinated in the U.S. with vaccines that have been approved by the FDA and must take a test before departure as well as a PCR test within the first two days of arrival. Passengers vaccinated in the U.S. will also need to complete a passenger locator form prior to traveling to England and provide proof of U.S. residency.

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