10 Coolest Suburbs in America

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Across America, many suburbs are becoming vacation-worthy hot spots, with modern restaurants, great shopping, and plenty of parking space. Americans have a love-hate relationship with the ever-growing communities outside the country’s big cities. The quest for more space than cities can afford often means giving up the commodities that cities provide. Yet, a number of suburbs around the country have taken on the task of providing residents and visitors with the same hip, trendy lifestyle without the chaos and confusion of city life. Below, we have come up with a list of the top 10 coolest suburbs of the most happening cities.

Coral Gables, FL

Suburb of Miami

Why it’s Cool: Tree-lined boulevards, fountains, and winding roads make up “The City Beautiful.” Developed by George Edgar Merrick  in the 1920’s, the Mediterranean architecture and  its own Downtown, full of restaurants,  goes toe-to-toe with those in downtown Miami, which is only seven miles away. A city dedicated to fine living without the madness of Miami Beach. Get a taste of fine boutiques and specialty stores along Miracle Mile with the hottest new styles and the best in traditional artisanal products.

Where to Stay: 
Four Points by Sheraton Coral Gables
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables
Westin Colonnade

Franklin, TN

Suburb of Nashville

Why it’s Cool: Franklin has labeled itself “America’s Favorite Main Street.”  In the last 30 years, the population has boomed. Keeping the Main Street preserved at its center gives Franklin the inviting feel of the sweet, small Southern town that it is. In addition to a wide array of local, national and international beer, there is an annual brewfest that draws in large crowds for a weekend of beer AND coffee celebrations. A smaller version of Nashville with a history rooted in the Civil War, a visit to this suburb is well worth the twenty minute commute.

Where to Stay:
Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Franklin
Homewood Suites by Hilton Franklin
TownePlace Suites by Marriot

Lakewood, OH

Suburb of Cleveland

Why it’s Cool: Everyone in Lakewood already knows that Lakewood has been the place to live in Cleveland for some time now. A few minutes from the waterfront and a few more minutes to Downtown, it’s a prime location that’s undergone incredible development in recent years. Everything you could ever want is now on Detroit Ave. Bowl a game and see a show at Mahall’s, complete the Tour of Beers at the Winking Lizard or build a tin of flavored popcorn at Campbell’s Sweets.

Where to Stay:
Days Inn Lakewood
Renaissance Cleveland
Aloft Cleveland Downtown

Boulder, CO

Suburb of Denver

Why it’s Cool: With city vibe, but on a smaller scale than Denver, visitors will be drawn to the dining, shopping, and nightlife in Boulder. Get back to nature at Boulder Mountain Park or grab a drink and bite to eat at Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery. Arts and culture enthusiasts will love Boulder’s numerous galleries and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Upscale restaurants like The Kitchen Boulder, and Frasca Food and Wine are perfect for a special night out. Since it’s a college town (University of Colorado Boulder), something is going on every night of the week.

Where to Stay:
St. Julien Hotel & Spa
Boulder Marriott
Holiday Inn Express Boulder

Zionsville, IN

Suburb of Indianapolis

Why it’s Cool: About 25 minutes northwest of Downtown Indy, Zionsville  channels the whole charming small-town vibe with a easily walkable, brick-paved Main Street that draws people in from the general Indianapolis area for afternoons of shopping and eating. My Sugar Pie delivers one of the finest renditions of a signature state dessert that you’ll find anywhere. Traders Point Creamery runs a restaurant and dairy bar heavily supplied with goods from its ample farmland.

Where to Stay:
Best Western Country Suites
Embassy Suites North
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Northwest

Winter Garden, FL

Suburb of Orlando

Why it’s Cool: Winter Garden, aka “a charming little city with a juicy past” that sits right on Lake Apopka. What separates out Winter Garden from the rest of the Orlando suburbs is its historic Downtown with a row of restaurants, and the Plant St. Market, a totally refurbished indoor farmer’s market featuring a brewery, a European bakery, a juice bar, a specialty butcher shop, a whole-bean coffee shop, coal-fired pizza, and even an oxygen bar.

Where to Stay:
Palisades Resort Orlando
Edgewater Hotel
Towneplace Suites Orlando at Flamingo Crossings

Oak Park, IL

Suburb of Chicago

Why it’s Cool: Oak Park is rich with history and culture. Tour the home and studio where Frank Lloyd Wright spent much of his early career and then check out all the spectacular homes he built nearby. Not far from there you’ll find Ernest Hemingway’s childhood home and museum. Throw in the fact that Oak Park is connected to the CTA which makes it a shorter trip to Downtown Chicago than some of the far reaches of the actual city.

Where to Stay:
Carleton of Oak Park
The Write Inn
Best Western River North Hotel

Montclair, NJ

Suburb of New York City

Why it’s Cool: Home to many New York artists and a growing population of media professionals, the town features the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair State University, and a mix of smaller theaters offering indie film and live performances. Funky shops, galleries, and tempting restaurants line Bloomfield Avenue.

Where to Stay:
The Wilshire Grand Hotel 
Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel
Candlewood Suites

Roswell, GA

Suburb of Atlanta

Why it’s Cool: Located 20 minutes north of downtown Atlanta, on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Roswell has been winning over young urbanites (the population’s average age is 35) with its mix of Old South and the culture and food of a cosmopolitan city. This bike-friendly, walkable community has an established restaurant base, beautifully repurposed 19th-century architecture, and an evolving arts scene that includes three theaters.

Where to Stay:
Baymont inn & Suites Atlanta North
Holiday Inn Roswell
Roswell Suites

Mt. Lebanon, PA

Suburb of Pittsburgh

Why it’s Cool: Part of this town’s allure is the friendly vibe and proximity to downtown Pittsburgh, six miles away. It’s also on the light-rail line, better known as the T, making the constant trips between downtown a breeze. Social life bustles along Washington Road, where you’ll find charming boutiques and bistro-style dining options as well as specialty shops like Dinardo’s Candy.

Where to Stay:
Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh South
Hampton Inn Bridgeville
Sheraton Station Squarewhite

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One thought on “10 Coolest Suburbs in America

  1. To the author,

    I believe that you missed the #1 suburb in America. It’s a town called Washington, PA. It’s has been attracting young people by the thousands due to its cosmopolitan nature, plentiful nightlife, beautiful landscape, and diverse cultures. I feel that this list is simply not complete without the mention of the new Brooklyn of Western Pennsylvania.

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