Why It's Worth It

With a mix of young energy, Cuban influences, and Southern charm, Tampa is a city that stands on its own in the Sunshine State. The laidback metropolis has made an effort to preserve the vestiges of Old Florida while also adapting to modern day. Tampa’s downtown, once mostly ignored, has become an area worth talking about, from an expanding urban trail along the river to design-forward local gathering spots. —Hannah Sheinberg