National Geographic Traveler, the world’s most widely read travel magazine, has included Newport as one of 30 “Cities on the Rise” in the February/March 2018 issue, available now on newsstands and online at www.natgeo.com/bestsmallcities.
“We’re thrilled National Geographic Traveler has selected Newport among this remarkable and diverse group of small cities,” said Evan Smith, Discover Newport’s president, and CEO. “Throughout my decades of travel both across the nation and internationally, I have always found people passionate about Newport, and the local pride here is palpable. Our community should be both excited and grateful to be recognized with this distinctive accolade.”
In the feature, the magazine specifically highlights the Preservation Society of Newport County’s triennial Weekend of Coaching event and The Breakers mansion, as well as Castle Hill Inn.
Traveler worked with global destination branding advisors Resonance Consultancy in developing a Small Cities Index, a survey that drew from statistics and social media mentions to determine which cities rank highest in a variety of distinctive, fun categories.
“At Traveler we’re passionate about tales of urban renewal, about communities that have collaborated to improve their main streets, about smart cities that have pursued development policies that produce happiness. In this article, we report on authentic small cities that each embody a surprising superlative,” says George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief. “Happy places for locals are also rewarding places for travelers. Our index of small cities on the rise is based on unconventional metrics that we think produce happiness: green spaces, coffee shops, breweries, music venues, Instagrammable moments and puppies!”
Traveler’s 30 Best Small Cities in the U.S. are categorized by 10 key superlatives that influence both residents and visitors alike. Through Resonance Consultancy’s algorithm, Traveler surfaced the cities that ranked the highest for each population size (broken down into three groups: 40,000-100,000, 100,000-200,000, and 200,000-600,000) and identified “trending” cities that didn’t top the list this year, but look to be climbing their way up. The Small Cities Index is based on Resonance Consultancy’s World’s Best Cities program, which is housed on BestCities.org and features a “Choose Your Perfect City” tool based on this data, as well as extensive city profiles on their top 100 cities.
To learn more about each destination, visit www.natgeo.com/bestsmallcities.