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7 Cities With Hidden Cultural Gems

HUFFPOST - When I moved from Manhattan’s Upper East Side to Franklin, Tennessee, several of my New York friends asked, “But aren’t you going to miss the culture?!” While it’s true that New York City has cultural gems around every corner, it certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on interesting things to see and do.

5. Ashland, Oregon

Want to hit two states in one trip? Visit modern, artsy Ashland, which is just over the California border in Oregon. Of course, you might not ever make it the Golden State, especially if creativity is your passion. Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival brings nearly half a million visitors to town each year. In addition, the city hosts the Ashland Independent Film Festival and the Ashland New Plays Festival yearly. After a thought-provoking performance, you’ll want to share your impressions over a glass of one of Oregon’s award-winning wines.

Do you have a high schooler who’d like to go to college in a place where imagination thrives? After trekking around the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges’ foothills, stop by with your student for a tour of Southern Oregon University. You’ll be pleased to find it among the top higher education institutions for everything from Shakespearean studies to environmental science.

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