Surprisingly lively Buffalo
Buffalo—“yes, that Buffalo”—is America’s most underrated weekend destination, said Matt Meltzer in Thrillist.com. The second-largest city in New York state has found new life in the past decade by luring technology and life-sciences firms, and with them hordes of young workers. Yet visitors have mostly stayed away, discouraged by the cold winters and the idea that Buffalo is dull and decaying. But a recent trip taught me that this Rust Belt city is far from boring. Almost every block has a corner tavern that stays open and buzzing until 4 a.m., and everywhere I went, regulars struck up conversations and bought me drinks. Also, while so many cities now look alike, Buffalo has retained its identity by repurposing rather than razing its industrial-era architecture. Buffalo Riverworks is “the city’s greatest testament to reinvention”: an urban adventure park where you can grab a beer and then zip-line between old grain silos.