10 American Cities That Epitomize Nomadic Lifestyle

 

 They come
and go, traveling with only a backpack on their shoulder. Nomads, drifters,
hipsters; live the bohemian dream. Like true nomadic communities, their
appearance also has a distinctive style: suspenders, boots and a flat hat.
Sometimes the fashion is as minimal as possible, but most of the time it’s
practical and ready for the road. They flock to vibrant cities that are
nomad-friendly and live in cultural centers, and the Atlantic even ranks these
cities in the Bohemian Index. We’ve rounded up the best must-sees, no matter
what fashion or style you’re into.

San Francisco, CA

Literary legend Jack Kerouac, the original
hipster nomad, spent a lot of time here during his travels. San Francisco is
ninth in the Bohemian Index of the Atlantic, which means that it is home to
many artists, musicians, writers, designers and entertainers. This is despite
the sensitization of technology, which has forced many old residents to move
out. Traveling hipsters are drawn to the famous Haight-Ashbury district, the
Mission District, Golden Gate Park, and the city’s many bars, music venues,
cafes, and bookstores, all easily accessible thanks to the city’s excellent
public transportation system.


Portland, OR

Portland’s music scene is exploding. There are
plenty of venues and indie bands on the rise, but that’s not the only reason
nomads want to come through here. It’s America’s second largest city and it’s
full of microbreweries, record stores, coffee shops, thrift stores, bike shops
and tattoo parlors. Like San Francisco, Portland’s public transportation is
efficient and there are plenty of hostels where you can crash cheaply, like the
HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel, where the Hawthorne area is a prime destination
for local and traveling hipsters.

New York City, NY

What can’t you find in this mecca? Greenwich
Village is where the Nobel laureate Bob Dylan surfed; Reopened in 2017, the
Chelsea Hotel hosted the likes of Mark Twain, Dylan Thomas, Patti Smith, Iggy
Pop, Leonard Cohen and Jimi Hendrix. Times Square is full of street performers
and charm; the city has 28,000 hectares of parks, including Central Park, the
most visited urban park in the world; while Chinatown has the closest thing to
authentic Chinese food outside of China. Part of New York’s nomadic appeal  is its walkability, as America’s largest city
is also its most walkable metropolis.


Seattle, WA

Seattle is the 
number one hipster city in the country and also the eighth most
walkable. If you’re a nomad and need 
free Wi-Fi, there’s a coffee shop on every block. If you need lodging,
the Green Turtle offers rooms for $3 with free breakfast. Seattle is right
on  Puget Sound, which means you can hop
on a boat to Alaska to earn some money fishing, or take a ferry to Orcas
Island, the “Pearl of the San Juans.” Flights from here to anywhere are
plentiful, and nomads are sure to find relatives in the University District,
Fremont or Capitol Hill.


Denver, CO

In Denver, Jack Kerouac hosted wild parties and
pool halls with his partner in crime, Neal Cassady. Denver is the capital of
one of the most progressive states in the West, with legalized marijuana and a
counterculture that places it third in the pantheon of hipster cities. Nomads
can disappear into the Rockies via Mount Evans, or stay in town and visit the
South Broadway area, which has a wide variety of crazy shops. The Skylark
Lounge has great underground bands and lots of pool tables, Biker Jim’s Gourmet
Dogs offers rattlesnakes, and breweries are everywhere.


Los Angeles, CA

If you want to talk culture, Los Angeles has
everything a nomad could want. It’s number one for free activities, from funky
old bars like The King Eddy Saloon, where Charles Bukowski and William
Burroughs used to  bottle dive, to  miles of beaches, cafes, creative spaces and
music venues. a bohemian city in the United States. The Sunset Strip has the
Viper Room, Whiskey A Go-Go and The Roxy where you can catch great bands on
your cruise. When it comes to where to stay, Venice Beach and the Arts District
offer some of the most unique Airbnb rentals in the world.


Baltimore, MD

It is an underrated and robust gem for nomads.
Baltimore is home to the American Visionary Art Museum, which has outdoor art
exhibits by Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and Mr. Imagination itself. Sure,
Baltimore is blue-collar and can be rough, but former residents like Edgar
Allan Poe and John Waters loved it. Bolton Hill has stunning 19th-century
architecture, while Fells Point has diversity and great nightlife in places
like Bertha’s, Ledbetters and The Horse You Came In. Baltimore ranks dean in
walkability.


Providence, RI

 Providence
is lucky number seven on the hipster list. This amazing city has a thriving
downtown arts, nightclub and music scene and the new trendy Dean Hotel, which
used to be a brothel. On the west side of town, there’s vegan food at The
Grange, music at the historic Columbus Theater and old-fashioned Rocket to
Mars. The large student population of Providence’s many universities makes it a
great place for travelers to make friends from around the world.


Oakland, CA

Oakland is San Francisco’s punk rock cousin
that’s all about brick, while San Francisco prefers brick. All the artists and
musicians who can’t afford San Francisco live in Oakland. This makes it a more
frenetic, but still relatively relaxed place to browse record stores and
galleries, and then go to  warehouse
concerts and meet up for a couch potato. The Uptown area is full of cultural
attractions, such as Art Murmur, which hosts an evening art walk on the first
Friday of every month. The historic Grand Lake Theater has movies, the famous,
recently renovated Fox Theater has concerts, and if you’re downtown, be sure to
check out Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café, owned by Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt. .


Nashville, TN

At No. 6 on the Bohemian Index, Nashville has it
all: a history of country and bluegrass music, a history of rock music, and a
hip crop of artists, musicians, and hipsters. East Nashville offers vintage
clothing, farm restaurants and coffee shops. Hillsboro Village has all the
music culture you could ask for, including Music Row, as well as inexpensive
restaurants. Pangea offers unique gifts, while the Exit/En Music Center
attracts touring greats like Bon Iver. Nashville is a must for any eclectic
nomad.


 

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