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Magazine Cover is from National Geographic Traveler's Best Small Cities 2018
National Geographic's Traveler Magazine Names Hickory, Asheville, and Columbia to the Best Small Cities list.
Read what the magazine said about our campus locations below.
"A thriving 20th-century manufacturing hub for furniture and textiles, Hickory now finds itself heading our list for its hipster-friendly offerings, from tattoo parlors to vintage clothing boutiques. Craft-beer enthusiasts gather at the popular annual Hickory Hops festival featuring more than 50 microbreweries and live music."
"More than three dozen craft breweries and brewpubs (the most per capita of any U.S. city) work hoppy magic in and around this North Carolina town. Many cluster in the South Slope, a former automotive zone where you can now walk between spots like Wicked Weed's Funkatorium and Catawba Brewing Co., with a spacious deck boasting views of Mount Pisgah. Crafts of a less intoxicating sort also headline throughout the city, including at the historic Grovewood Village, with its artisan studios, art galleries, and sculpture garden."
"With BBQ an essential menu item for South Carolinians, Columbia tops our list for meatiest city per capita in its population group. Locals get their grilled meats buffet-style at Little Pigs Barbecueor stuffed in delectable sandwiches at Southern Belly BBQ's three locations. But don't think that they neglect their grooming. Columbia also tops our list in its population group for its number of barber shops and salons."