A newly released issue of an online Travel Magazine called “Thrillist” picked one city in every state as the most under-rated city — and Kent was picked for Ohio.
Here’s the link and the short narrative. Always happy to see good press for Kent.
Kent is best remembered as a catalyst for nationwide campus protests in 1970, after shootings at Kent State University left four students dead at an anti-war demonstration. Yet today the city merits recognition beyond its counterculture roots. In the past decade, its downtown has been completely revamped with new shops and restaurants, plus a truly kickass selection of dive bars catering to a student population 40,000 deep. People come from around the world to teach at the university, making Kent surprisingly diverse for a small Ohio town. It still manages to maintain the quirky hippie vibe it’s long been known for — there’s a potentially-haunted Masonic Temple, an apple orchard, and a blowout annual Harry Potter festival that attracts thousands of people. Don’t leave without stopping by Ray’s Place for the famous MOFO Burger. — Maddie Bensinger