Every U.S. state has its own story and its own history, as well as different opportunities in terms of entertainment, leisure, and gastronomy. With nearly 20,000 incorporated municipalities in 50 states, it’s hard to know where you should go when you’re planning a trip to any particular one. Luckily for you, The Daily Meal knows just which places are popping with up-and-coming culinary scenes, bustling nightlife, and impressive venues for arts and music.
You may be surprised to find that the “hippest city” in California isn’t actually Los Angeles, nor is Massachusetts’ best scene in Boston. When determining what’s “hip,” or seriously cool and up-and-coming, we took a look at which cities show an active and innovative lifestyle in terms of food, art, music, and other forms of recreation that may be unique to the area. Basically, where is it that the young’uns go? So if you’re looking for a road trip that will take you to the hottest destinations across all 50, check out our guide to the hippest city in every state.