Anyone who’s ever been to Asheville will tell you that it’s rad. It’s flanked by the gorgeous Appalachian scenery, it’s super sustainable and progressive, and Rolling Stone once called it the “New Freak Capital of the United States.” And let’s not forget the awesome music scene, from folk punk bands to the annual music fests, like Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit!
2. Fairfield, Iowa
It’s an unassuming town, surrounded by rolling farmland, that has gained fame for both its abundance of startup companies and its abundance of Transcendental Meditation practicers. It’s also full of amazing architecture, notably by George Franklin Barber and Barry Byrne. Don’t forget to stop by the American Gothic House while you’re there — just a mere 20-minute drive away.
It’s the entryway to the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park, so don’t be surprised if elk get all up in your business while you’re passing through. Estes Park is also home to the Stanley Hotel, infamous for inspiring the Overlook Hotel in The Shining.