02/08/2015 07:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

5 American Cities You Should Visit In 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'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.



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