Detroit
Photo Courtesy of Ryan Lowry
While many people still associate Detroit with cars and crime, the Motor City today is undergoing a long-awaited renaissance. The metropolis is filled with innovative restaurants, cool bars, and hip enclaves, and the influx of creative types from cities like New York and San Francisco shows no signs of abating. Detroit is still some way from its post-war glory days—it was once called the Paris of the Midwest—but everywhere you go you'll be welcomed by resilient locals who love their hometown and are participating in its revival. And when you need to escape and relax in nature, the Great Lakes are at your doorstep.