Remember when the coolest thing about the Albertan capital was the roller coaster in West Edmonton Mall? Today, talented chefs such as Scott Downey at The Butternut Tree are transforming the city's dining scene. While in town, visit the Royal Alberta Museum, slated to open later this year in its new downtown location.
The birthplace of Motown hit a major slump when the auto industry began outsourcing production, but it's ready for its comeback. Detroit has a brand-new arena downtown and plenty of cool farm-to-table dining options such as Selden Standard and Chartreuse. Hipster accessories label Shinola is opening a hotel this fall, and there's also the Detroit Foundation Hotel, which hosts art installations and has a podcast studio on-site.
Like Florida, Arizona is often associated with 5 p.m. buffets and 7 a.m. tee times. But there's also Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home, Taliesin West, and architect Paolo Soleri's home and studio, Cosanti, to see. Nearby Phoenix Art Museum draws international exhibitions. And did we mention it's pretty much the spa capital of the United States?