The website smartertravel.com calls Yakima one of America's best small cities on the rise.

The short blog touts Yakima's multi-year plan to redevelop the downtown area, happenings at the train depot on north Front Street, and the addition of the Cowiche Canyon Kitchen and Yakima Craft Brewing to the downtown landscape as some of the "hot" happenings in town. It also talks about our weather, area wineries, outdoor recreation, and being a pet friendly destination as reasons to visit Yakima.