Moving is an exciting process! Not only do you face the reality of a new place, but new locations also offer new scenery, attractions, and cultures to explore! While there are dozens of truly fantastic places around the country, a handful of cities standout as especially colorful, exciting, and opportunity-dense.
Best Cities Rated by Colonial Van Lines
If you’re planning to move this summer, here are the top five cities to explore.
1. Tucson, AZ
Adobe houses, colorful doors, and Mexican tile, oh my!
Rated at the top of our best cities, Tucson is an incredibly unique desert city, just outside of Phoenix. Home to nearly a million people, Tucson offers all the amenities of a large city, but with a smaller town feel. Live here and you’ll find yourself surrounded by majestic mountain ranges – from the Santa Catalina Mountains in the North to the Rincon Mountains in the East.
Tucson also boasts stunning Saguaro landscapes, jaw-dropping sunsets, plenty of parks, trails, and open land to hike through, and outstanding public transit. And don’t even get Tucson locals started on the food scene here! Walk just a few blocks through the downtown area and you’ll find a dizzying array of domestic and international cuisine, ranging from Thai noodle places to traditional Mexican taquerias.
The area is also home to lots of entrepreneurs and small business owners, so it’s a great place to launch your career!
2. Seattle, WA
Want to be close to the tech scene without living amid the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley? Seattle is the may be one of the best cities to move to! Commonly called “The Emerald City” for its lush green gardens, open spaces, and glistening waters, Seattle is a virtual haven for hip, entrepreneurial people who love the feel of an accepting and vibrant city.
One of the most diverse cities in America, Seattle is the place to find everything you could possibly want – from dim sum for lunch to a beautiful, hand-woven Turkish rug. It’s also home to notable attractions like Pike Place Market, the first Starbucks in the world, Amazon’s main campus, the Space Needle, and lakes Union and Washington, which are popular places for rowing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and more!
While real estate prices have been climbing in Seattle recently, it’s still possible to find cute, affordable housing in nearby neighborhoods like Ballard or Kirkland. Worried about transportation? Don’t be! Seattle has an expansive public transit system and includes ample networks of sharing transport networks, like Car2Go, Uber, and more!
3. Boulder, CO
Boulder is Colorado’s version of San Francisco. A picturesque mountain town that claims more than 5.5 million visitors annually, Boulder is the place for people who like to hike, bike, run, and then eat some great food afterward. Ranked by Gallup-Healthways as “The Best Community for Physical Well-Being,” Boulder is a very active city with lots to explore.
Like San Francisco and Seattle, Boulder has a vibrant start-up scene and offers high-paying jobs and ample opportunity for entrepreneurs. It’s also home to such natural wonders as Boulder Creek, Eldora Mountain, and The Flatirons.
4. Cambridge, MA
Cambridge is a scenic east-coast city with lots to offer. Striking the perfect balance between scenic green spaces and a bustling downtown corridor, Cambridge appeals to those who want to be close to one of the best universities (Harvard and MIT) in the world, but also like to have fun!
Bike-friendly, home to some of the best stand-up comedy in the U.S. and offering all the delicious treats you could ever hope to eat, Cambridge is a great place to start a business, pursue an advanced degree, and enjoy a laid-back pace of life complete with lots of scenic walks along The Charles River and historic brick homes.
5. Austin, TX
Austin is a booming city that’s ripe with possibility rounding off our list of the best cities to move to. Ranked in 2013 as the #1 American boomtown, Austin boasts some of the best job opportunities in the country.
Rightfully so, since it’s home to major brands like Yeti, Dell, and Whole Foods. It’s also one of the country’s top tech-startup capitals and has borne start-ups like RetailMeNot, HomeAway, WPEngine, and more.
As if that weren’t enough, Austin also has festivals like South by Southwest, Town Lake, some of the best bike paths in the country, and ample attractions for people of all ages!
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