Expedia includes Oakland as one of their 21 super cool US cities.

By Lily Rogers
February 21, 2017

Ranking the hippest spots to visit in the states

When it comes to cool, we already know that the major cities have it on lock. NYC, LA, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco—we recognize your cool cred. America’s small and mid-size cities are stepping up, giving the big metropolises a run for their trend-setting money. The cities on this list landed on our radar for interesting festivals, thriving art scenes, young and fresh demographics, and a hunger for the hipper things in life—from foodie districts to contemporary galleries . . .

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15. Oakland, California

The city across the bay shouldn’t get all the glory. When it comes to the forefront of trendsetting food, art, music, and culture, Oakland often has San Francisco beat. It is truly one of the great cities to visit.


    • More hip and delicious eateries are popping up every day in this foodie city. Must try: Homeroom.
    • There are more markets than you can see in one trip. Sample the goods at Old Oakland Farmers Market or Temescal Market.
    • Festivals span the seasons here. Don’t miss: Art + Soul Oakland, Mini Maker Faire, and Oakland Art Murmur.

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