5 American Cities You Should Visit In 2015

02/08/2015 07:00 am ET | Updated Mar 02, 2015

In 2014, Minneapolis, Kansas City and Richmond were the coolest place to be. But with a new year brings a new set of cities to add to your bucket list. Luckily, we've found some surprising spots Americans are trekking to most, courtesy of Hotels.com's Hotel Price Index.

Whether it's a small-ish town in North Carolina or the next Texas hot spot, scroll below to see the newest, coolest places Americans are visiting:

1. Portland, Oregon is foodie heaven.
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We can think of a million reasons to go to Portland, but if you come away without trying the salted ganache ice cream from Salt & Straw, hanging out in Cathedral Park, finding some 5k to run or trying a world-famous Voodoo Doughnut -- you're doing it wrong.

2. San Antonio is the new Austin.
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Escape the crowds of Austin, Texas and head to San Antonio for incredible art exhibits, delicious Tex-Mex and an American history lesson. After checking out The Alamo, take time to tour La Villita, an historic arts village, then make your way down to the tree-lined paths of the River Walk -- located close to the "heart of the city."

3. Raleigh is a true Southern treasure.
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Home of North Carolina State and right down the road from Duke and UNC, Raleigh epitomizes the best of a small, metropolitan Southern town. Head to 42nd St. Oyster Bar for dinner, stop in for a drink at Cornerstone Tavern, and don't miss Beasley's Chicken + Honey for some damn good fried chicken and waffles.

4. Albuquerque is where it's at.
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If you're a "Breaking Bad" fan then you've probably already been to Albuquerque or planned a trip to check out all the shoot locations. Go for the insanely good chicken-fried steak fingers at Mac's Steak in the Rough, stay for the sopapillas, and don't forget to get in a round or two at one of the many nationally-acclaimed golf courses.

5. And Denver, Colorado is just plain awesome.
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Anyone who's anyone performs at nearby Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, which is basically the coolest, most magical place to see a concert. Grab a drink at Old Major after, head to Root Down for awesome eats, and make sure to lounge in Washington Park and stop by the Denver Art Museum.

  • 1. Washington, D.C.
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  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens in 2015, at which time it will be America's only national museum devoted to African-American culture.
  • 2. El Chalten, Argentina
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  • There are glaciers, lake and waterfalls galore around here, which make it a great place for adventure. Plus, 2015 marks the spot's 30th birthday.
  • 3. Milan, Italy
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  • Yes, Milan is Milan, but the fashion capital will also play host to Expo 2015 from May through October.
  • 4. Zermatt, Switzerland
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  • It's a famous mountain resort town and it will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Edward Whymper's ascent of the Matterhorn.
  • 5. Valletta, Malta
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  • The stunningly underrated Maltese capital will celebrate the big 4-5-0 since the Great Siege back in 1565.
  • 6. Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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  • The Bulgarian city has a beautifully-kept Old Town, killer nightlife and enough quirkiness and history to make it worth your while. In short, 2015 will show that Plovdiv is under-the-radar no longer.
  • 7. Salisbury, UK
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  • The city, not far from Stonehenge, is home to the best-preserved original copy of the Magna Carta, which is marking its 800th birthday in 2015. Expect festivals and revelry galore.
  • 8. Vienna, Austria
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  • You're undoubtedly familiar with the famed Austrian city. But 2015 marks a LOT of birthdays for the European capital, including the 150th birthday of the Ringstrasse.
  • 9. Chennai, India
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  • The long-overlooked metropolis will be home to India's first integrated mass transit system come 2015.
  • 10. Toronto, Canada
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  • Roughly 250,000 visitors will descend on the city for the Pan American Games in 2015.

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