Underrated places you’ll want to move to (or at least visit)

Just like parents with their kids, we love all of our cities equally. That being said, we think there are a few that maybe don’t get all the attention that they deserve.

BuzzFeed to the rescue. Check out these completely underrated, totally happening cities that just might make you want to move. 

Burlington, VT

With an extremely vibrant downtown, the Lake Champlain waterfront, and several breweries, there’s always something to do in Burlington.

Portland, ME

This super-hip city in southern Maine is equal parts artsy, nature-y, and all-around cool. Check out the Portland Museum of Art or eat at one of the many amazing seafood restaurants.

Athens, GA

Athens, GAThis small, eccentric college town is home to lots of amazing restaurants and a totally cool music scene.

Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids, MI

Located on the grand river about 25 miles from Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids houses some awesome architecture. It’s a great place to be in the winter for ice skating or the summer for fishing.

Milwaukee, WI

The unsung gem of the Midwest, this little city offers everything from an eclectic music scene to the House of Harley-Davidson.

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The best state fairs in America

It’s that time of year again: when the best of portable attractions, live entertainment and foods on a stick come together for one glorious event, the state fair. Check out some of the best state fairs in America and start planning your trip (not to mention prepping your stomach) today!

The State Fair of Texas
Dallas, Texas Sept. 26-Oct. 19

Because pig and ostrich races need to be seen to be believed.

Ohio State Fair
Columbus, Ohio, July 23-Aug. 3

Because seeing men (and women!) compete to see who has the best facial hair–at The Old Familiar Beard and Moustache Competition–is a can’t-miss experience.

The Great New York State Fair
Syracuse, N.Y., Aug. 21-Sept. 1

The country’s oldest state fair, New York’s celebration of its homegrown agriculture includes 70 different competitions and 63 rides.

Iowa State Fair 
Des Moines, Iowa Aug. 7-17

Home to a 600-pound butter cow and more fried foods than you can shake a stick at. (Pun intended)

Minnesota State Fair 
St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 21-Sept. 1

Fairgoers can head to the CHS Miracle of Birth Center and watch the birthing of 200 calves, lambs, goats, and piglets!

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How to Maximize Your Vacation Happiness

Starting to feel the summer-is-almost-over-and-I-haven’t-taken-a-vacation-yet blues? Don’t worry; there’s still time. And our friends at Happify have unveiled 11 science-backed secrets to a happier vacation. Check out this infographic before your next trip, packed with helpful statistics like:

  • 90% of people say the happiest vacations are planned more than a month in advance.
  • Take more frequent, shorter trips throughout the year, as opposed to one long vacation.
  • 63% of people rate a vacation or weekend getaway as important in sparking romance.
  • 76% of Americans check their email and voicemail on vacation, compared to 46% of people in the U.K.

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Happiness bonus: play Pharrell Williams on repeat.