Amherst is one of the top 10 “super cool cities” in the U.S., says Expedia’s Viewfinder travel blog in a ranking of communities with “interesting festivals, thriving art scenes, young and fresh demographics and a hunger for the hipper things in life.”
“With three colleges in town, the population of Amherst swings toward the young and bright,” says the blog. “Indie movie theatres, relaxed cafes, and edgy art galleries are peppered throughout town, where you can mingle with locals (43 percent of whom are ages 20-34) and pick up some tips of the town.”
“Downtown Amherst is the center of art, entertainment, and dining,” Viewfinder adds. “Violent crime is so low here (13 out of 100), that you can feel safe walking wherever. Travel the road not taken on the Robert Frost Trail, which connects Amherst to the Mount Holyoke Range.” The segment also highlights the Emily Dickinson Museum.
Expedia used a 28-point system to develop the list, with points awarded for museums, restaurants, farmers’ markets, crime rates, festivals, Lyft service, demographics and other factors. Amherst received a score of 18.
Other cities on the list include Madison, Wisc., Arlington, Va., Seattle, Charleston, S.C., Davis, Calif., and Santa Fe, N.M. Austin, Texas, was ranked No. 1.