A city’s architecture is like a living, breathing timeline that puts the trends and values of various eras on display.
Even if you don’t have much time on your hands, you can get to know a city simply by taking in its architecture. Whether you take a leisurely stroll through a neighborhood or book a more formal guided tour, you’re bound to learn something new about a community’s history through the lens of its buildings.
While big cities like Chicago and New York might be famous (and rightfully so!) for their architecture, nearly every city in the country has insightful physical structures — if you know where to look. Here are a handful of our favorite smaller cities with surprisingly awesome and unique architecture scenes.