Madison named one of National Geographic Traveler’s best small cities

State Capitol categorized as 'greenest'
Madison named one of National Geographic Traveler’s best small cities

Madcity was recognized in National Geographic Traveler as an environmentally friendly authentic small city, according to a news release.

The magazine included Madison in a list Tuesday of 29 “Cities on the Rise” from its February/March 2018 issue .

George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor-in-chief, said the cities chosen for the list were drawn from statistics and social media mentions.

“Happy places for locals are also rewarding places for travelers,” Stone said in the news release. “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!”

Madison was named “greenest,” citing the capital city’s many parks, trails and bike-friendly culture. The brief on Madcity referenced the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and Madison BCycle .

Traveler’s 29 best small cities in the U.S. are categorized by 10 key superlatives that influence both residents and visitors alike, the release said. The 10 categories the index factored in are:

Most Hipster Friendly (coffee shops, tattoo parlors, record shops, vintage stores)
Musically Grooviest (music venues, live music, instrument stores)
Most Instagrammed (hashtags)
Most Artsy (art galleries, art supply stores, art schools)
Best Groomed (barber shops, hair salons, hair removal services, cosmetic dentists)
Meatiest (butchers, delis, steakhouses)
Most Dog Friendly (pet sitting, pet stores, pet groomers, dog friendly restaurants)
Sudsiest (breweries)
Most Caffeinated (coffee shops)
Greenest (parks)

Also named on the list are Albuquerque, New Mexico (sudsiest), Anchorage, Alaska (trending-most caffeinated), Ann Arbor, Michigan (greenest), Annapolis, Maryland (trending-dog friendly), Asheville, North Carolina (most artsy, sudsiest), Baton Rouge, Louisiana (best groomed), Boulder, Colorado (hipster friendly, musically grooviest, most caffeinated, sudsiest), Charleston, South Carolina (most Instagrammed, most artsy), Columbia, South Carolina (best groomed, meatiest), Greenville, South Carolina (meatiest), Hagerstown, Maryland (best groomed), Healdsburg, California (trending-greenest), Hickory, North Carolina (hipster friendly), Honolulu (musically grooviest, most Instagrammed, most artsy), Kansas City, Missouri (trending-most artsy), Lakeland, Florida (most dog friendly), Louisville, Kentucky (trending-meatiest), New Orleans (trending-hipster friendly), Newport, Rhode Island (trending-best groomed), Olympia, Washington (most caffeinated, greenest), Omaha, Nebraska (trending-musically grooviest), Pensacola, Florida (most dog friendly), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (trending-sudsiest), Portland, Maine (most Instagrammed), Rapid City, South Dakota (trending-most Instagrammed), Reno, Nevada (meatiest, most dog friendly), Santa Cruz, California (musically grooviest) and Spokane, Washington (hipster friendly, most caffeinated).