Have you ever stumbled on a neighborhood that felt like home. Everything — the houses and apartment buildings, the restaurants and bars — they all say home. Here are cities that many consider calling home after just one visit — they’re that enchanting.
1. Boulder, Colorado
Boulder is known for its “new-agey” feel, as well as the mountains that it hugs. With many outdoor attractions like rock climbing, river rafting, mountain biking and hiking in the Rocky Mountains, this town is perfect for outdoor lovers. A rich artistic community and small-town feel make this a city you won’t want to leave.
2. Phoenix, Arizona
Residents complain about it during the summer when it’s 115 degrees, and visitors stay away come July. But 10 months of the year, Phoenix touts gorgeous weather. With beautiful, temperate climate comes an outdoorsy crowd. Hiking trails, bike paths and golf courses abound on varying terrains and attract athletes and amateurs alike. It’s not all desert in Arizona. Drive just an hour north to Payson or Prescott and you’ll find pine trees,mountains and even snow in the winter months. Phoenix is also no stranger to culture and food. Roosevelt Row, located downtown, boasts a strong art presence and is surrounded by a slew of restaurants; there’s something for every palate.
3. Missoula, Montana
Montana is an often-overlooked state, but its rugged beauty extends right to the edge of Missoula. The old town is home to tons of breweries, quaint coffee shops and small event venues. Missoula’s claim to fame: Big Sky Brewing Co., maker of the popular Moose Drool Brown Ale, now available nationally.
The surrounding mountains and three nearby rivers make Missoula a city that inspires nature and wildlife lovers. Yellowstone is just a few hours away, positing for a beautiful long weekend trip. See Ol’ Faithful and the vast plains of the park right up close.
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
If the Philly cheesesteak calls it home, couldn’t you? Philadelphia might actually have the best food in the country. With fish houses, and a long history of dingy taverns, this city is a great place for sports lovers. It is rich in American history, too. From the Liberty Bell to the famed Philadelphia Art Museum, this city has something for everyone. The old architecture and streets constantly remind you that you’re stepping in the same place as the those who made the USA great. Scope out apartments on Apartmentguide.com for an idea of what it might take to call Philly home.
5. Portland, Maine
If you love to eat out, Portland might be the place for you. More than 230 restaurants can be found in the city. Try Duckfat, a casual sandwich and salad place you can dip into for lunch. For a more formal dinner experience, visit Portland Lobster Company, a right-on-the-water seafood experience.
With an art district that flourishes, college campuses and large financial institutions, as well as a Portland-to-Montreal crude oil pipeline that helps the economy, Portland is a city that is worth a look.