Mini City Guides On the Way—Want to Help?

City Guides

Greetings, everyone. I hope you’ve been enjoying the all-new blog!

In addition to the other new features we’ve already debuted—interviews with your fellow travelers, giveaways, and airline lounge tours, we’ll be publishing a number of “mini city guides” featuring photos and short narratives from readers.

Many people in our community are active travelers, and many others are reading from interesting hometowns far and wide. Want to participate? Let us know!

Post a comment with the city you’d like to nominate (it can be your hometown or somewhere you’ve visited), then fill out this form with more info.

(Hint: we’re looking for places that are a bit unusual or less frequently discussed. The phrase we’re using is accessibly obscure.)


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  • Kiernan says:

    Pittsburgh! Dirty steel city turned into a hub for craft beers and sustainable design. Plus, who can resist the lure of the three rivers?

  • sarah says:

    Love this! I want to contribute:) Ok so I don’t know if these are obscure but here goes: Seattle (or neighborhoods like green lake, greenwood)

    Or Old Town or leucadia in San Diego

  • Katie Parise Neves says:

    I’d love to nominate Providence, Rhode Island for a mini city guide. It’s such a beautiful, fun, quirky, cultural, and historically-rich city.

  • Jonathan Ytreberg says:

    I would like to nominate Rochester, NY for a mini city guide. It’s a great city to live in but with plenty of cultural landmarks, festivals, and museums to explore along with some great history.

  • Misty Pittman says:

    Lexington, Kentucky because we are more than just horses, bluegrass, and bourbon (though those things are pretty amazing here).

  • Nancy says:

    Would love to contribute on Paestum and surrounding area in Italy. I am not including the Amalfi Coast, as that is well covered.

    As much as I would like to keep this area a big secret, it really deserves and needs a share of the tourism income.

  • Penny says:

    Christchurch, New Zealand. Home of a massive post-earthquake rebuild initiative that includes a mall made of shipping containers, mini golf on a series of empty lots around the city, brand new bars and restaurants, and, as always, the third-largest inner city park in the world. Right? Right?!

  • Audrey Camp says:

    Oslo, Norway. I’ve lived here for three years. An incredible, underrated city. I write about it for my personal blog, as well as in a column for The Foreigner, an English-language news site in Norway. Would love to plug it further for you!

  • Kimber Lee Falkinburg says:

    Marfa, Texas!
    The last American frontier with artists, dancing twinkle stars and tee-pee’s!

  • Claudia Gonella says:

    San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. A place best suited to the curious and those who can channel the easygoing, unhurried parts of their travel personality.

    “Bright green hills never looked so welcome, so enchanting, so altogether lovely,” proclaimed 19th Century explorer Mark Twain as he sailed into San Juan del Sur’s picturesque bay.

    147 years later, he’s still right.

  • Bex says:

    Definitely Oaxaca, Mexico or one of the beach towns in that state like Mazunte or Zipolite.

  • Andrea says:

    Denver. Full of obscure and interesting places.

  • Susan says:

    Happy to input on Bangkok from my perspective of living here for over 10 years. It is such a diverse city, and everyone I know has a different take on it.

  • Sam says:

    Brighton, England. It is easily my favourite city in the country and is my current home town. From my experience of travelling it isn’t always a place people consider when coming to the UK, but it really should be!

  • Lisa says:

    Grand Rapids, MI

    I’m not sure we qualify as accessibly obscure, but we have been dubbed Beer City (and er are home to Founders Brewing and many, many other tiny local breweries).

  • Ann says:

    I want to add Aachen, Germany to this list.

  • Mónica says:

    I’m going to propose the whole island of Puerto Rico. There are many different places that you can go besides the city. Plus you can go from one end to another in 3- 31/2 hours.

  • Aprille Byam says:

    I second @Jonathan for Rochester, NY! People don’t always give our city the credit it deserves. We have a lot of awesome here.

  • Malgosia says:

    Edinburgh, UK. I’ve lived here 7 years and absolutely love this city. It’s changed a lot over the past number of years, and now has a brand new coffee scene, secret dinning clubs and of course its famous festivals.

  • Payal Patel says:

    I would like to nominate Prague, Czech Republic! When most people travel to Europe, they typically go to Western Europe. I’d like to try to share my travel experiences in Prague – the food, architecture, history, and culture…

  • Jackie says:

    I travel for work and live in places up to 3 months at a time so I get the inside tips on where to go from friends that I make. I would love to make a city guide for Fairbanks, Alaska because i would have loved to have one for me while I was living there. Another guide that I would love to make is for the seacoast in New Hampshire. It’s often an overlooked part of New England since it is so close to Boston, but it is a definite gem that people should know more about!!

  • Nussaibah says:

    I’d go for Ankara, Turkey, where I’m currently living!

  • Claire Pelletreau says:

    I nominate my adopted home city, Buenos Aires, Argentina. There’s so much more to this place than tango, steak and wine! Between the fascinating idiosyncrasies of its people, neighborhood characters that spin on a dime, insane inflation and political maneuvering, Buenos Aires still hasn’t gotten boring after 7+ years.

  • Terri says:

    St. John’s NL! We’ve got whales, icebergs, beer, music, food, history…the best of city living and remote beauty. Did I mention the icebergs?

  • Dominick Dalsanto says:

    Buenos Aires, Argentina! I am from Chicago, but I have been married and living here in BA for the last 5 years. I would love to write about the city from the perspective of a foreign-local. I have the knowledge of a local, with the views and insight of a visitor.

    Nearly everything you read about BA is so misguided and all about the tourist traps. Most people have no clue what real BA living is like unless you have lived, worked, and bled with the city.

  • Judah says:

    I would also like to nominate Oslo, Norway! Charm and quirks abound here and it’s about time the word got out.

  • Jeff says:

    I’d like to nominate Omaha – been living here five years, and I find that it has a lot to offer.

  • Ange says:

    Chicago! There are a ton of awesome places to explore. And even the tourist spots are pretty awesome (from a homesick former resident)

  • Marie-Françoise says:

    I would love to nominate *spiritual* LA. Aside from the ubiquitous yoga centre on every corner there are plenty of places in the city to gain respite from the daily grind. Also there are some cool neighborhoods that are flourishing and navigating a successful mix of gentrification and maintaining locals.

  • Lise says:

    Nuuk, the capital of Greenland with only 16.000 inhabitants. I’ve lived here for four years now and would like to contribute to a city guide. We have whales, greenlandic coffee, a local brewery, boat trips, hiking, fishing, art, museums, a shopping mall and cool people…

  • Erika says:

    I’m currently living in Mexico City and would love to contribute something!

  • Gabriela Hernandez says:

    How about Valencia, Spain. It is not as famous as its sisters Barcelona and Madrid, but is just as beautiful and culturally interesting. Plus it is right in the Mediterranean and it is where Seafood Paella takes its name: “paella valenciana”. I’ve been living here for a year and I think this city deserves it!

  • Sherrie Petersen says:

    Am I too late to participate? I live in Solvang, California, the land of Danish, windmills, and central coast wineries. We’ve also got a burgeoning beer community, slow food devotees, bike racers, celebrities, and easy access to the ocean. There’s so much going on in this beautiful area — I’d love to share it with the world!

  • Julie Artz says:

    Helsinki, Finland – A small city with a rich history in design and a growing number of restaurants focused on bringing the historically-stodgy Finnish cuisine into the new century.

  • Brewster in Boston says:

    Boston would be great. The Freedom Trail, The USS Constitution, Faneuil Hall – tons of fun stuff to do. However, once you get through those, what else is there? Maybe a trip to Fenway Park? Perhaps some breweries?

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