As a born and bred city girl, nothing makes me happier than seeing a dark, generic metropolis reignite its flame and foster life back into those cold city streets. America's cities used to be the center for culture, enterprise, and change but with expansion into the suburbs, many game-changers that once inhabited these areas left.
Over the last decade, we've seen a rebirth in our urban communities. Young professionals are flocking to major cities and bringing with them an influx of innovation and passion. Urban revitalization is in full swing and there's never been a better time to take an American Road Trip.
Pack your bags. Cue the playlist. Let's get this trip started.
First stop: Dallas, TX
Ranked one of the Best Cities for Young Professionals by Forbes, Dallas has a remarkable vibrancy, compared to other cities in Texas. Its on the forefront of innovation in the technology sector, making it an ideal home for tech startups and new businesses. Dallas has also made a name for itself in the food scene by offering young, pioneering restauranteurs a place to revamp, create and promote food-love.
While visiting Dallas, you've got to stay close to all of the action. The NYLO Dallas South Side is an eco-friendly boutique hotel in the center of one of Dallas' emerging boroughs and one of coolest hotels I've ever been to States' side. The NYLO offers upscale lodging with an urban loft aesthetic. Its roof top bar and pool is a hot spot for locals, both day and night, offering one of the most epic views of the city. And the best part: live music, local eats and good brews are within walking distance of the hotel. What more could you want?
A new favorite from my most recent trip is The Rustic.The Rustic combines tex-mex flavors, cowboy size portions and a love of music all under one, barn style roof. On the weekends, they host Jam & Toast with a family stlye, brunch menu and live music. Not a morning person? No worries. Their outdoor beer garden is the perfect place to meet up once the sun goes down. Corn hole. Lounge chairs. Local brews and chews. But above all, you've got to stop by for their fresh margaritas with a popsicle garnish.
Lakewood Brewing Co, located in Grapevine, is a popular destination to relax, unwind and get a little craft-y. The brewery offers daily tours, showcasing new additions to the warehouse like the covered beer garden and their onsite bottling machine. A selection of beers are also on tap in the taproom ranging from traditional german brews to modern seasonal ales. I highly recommend the Punkel - a Pumpkin Spice Dunkel that just screams "sweater weather".
With so much to do and so little time, Dallas is one of those places that keeps getting better with each visit. From sports to outdoor concerts to endless tacos, you can see why so many people are flocking to the city. And hopefully you'll find yourself there soon!