Wednesday, October 31, 2007

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America's Best Cities

A special report from Travel & Leisure magazine (read the full article here)

We asked — and America has spoken.

Earlier this year, Travelandleisure.com and CNN Headline News polled travelers and residents on what they like (and don't like) about 25 top urban destinations in the U.S. Turns out that people have some pretty strong feelings about New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, and other hot spots — we received nearly 60,000 responses.

Highlights:

All-Around Place to Visit
Top 3: San Diego (yes!), Honolulu (yes!), San Francisco (yes!)
Bottom 3: Atlanta (Wha? We have Stone Mountain. It has a laser show!), Washington, D.C., Dallas

People (overall)
Top 3: San Francisco, Austin, Seattle
Bottom 3: Philadelphia (Why, is the world still miffed about that whole booing Santa Claus thing?), Phoenix, Dallas

Dining
Top 3: Chicago, New Orleans, Austin (must've been that new Ruby Tuesday's that pushed them over the top.)
Bottom 3: Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Santa Fe

Attractive People
Top 3: Miami, San Diego, Charleston (At this point I will ask how the hell Charleston was even included in this survey.)
Bottom 3: Dallas (Pam Ewing on "Dallas" was attractive, no?), Washington, D.C., Philadelphia

Shopping
Top 3: New York, Charleston (Huh? Maybe if you collect rebel flags), Chicago
Bottom 3: Washington, D.C., Las Vegas (Wrong. Vegas has the best selection of hookers in the world!), Orlando (Oh, we shopped in Orlando. I had to get a new wallet after that trip. The old one got worn out.)

Friendliness
Top 3: Charleston, New Orleans (rudest place I've ever been), Minneapolis
Bottom 3: Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles

Intelligent People
Top 3: Seattle (how smart is it to live in a city where it rains half the year), Minneapolis, Boston
Bottom 3: Miami, Las Vegas (Wrong. Try learning craps.), Los Angeles

Fun People
Top 3: New Orleans (drunk = fun?), Austin (overrated), Honolulu
Bottom 3: Phoenix (dodging Rascals isn't fun?), Dallas, Washington, D.C. (dodging bullets isn't fun?)

Personal Style
Top 3: New York, Miami, San Francisco
Bottom 3: Orlando (Mickey Mouse ears aren't stylish?), Philadelphia, San Antonio

Culture
Top 3: New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago
Bottom 3: Las Vegas, Phoenix, Orlando

Cleanliness
Top 3: Minneapolis/St. Paul (only because trash freezes and disintegrates in mid-air), Portland (rain washes all the dirt away), San Diego
Bottom 3: New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans (Well, yeah, see, they had a slight flooding problem.)

Weather
Top 3: San Diego, Honolulu, Santa Fe
Bottom 3: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Boston, Chicago

Diversity
Top 3: New York (Yep, every kind of freak you can imagine), San Francisco, New Orleans
Bottom 3: Nashville (Oh come on, Nashville is diverse! They have country AND western!), Phoenix, Dallas

Wild Weekend
Top 3: New Orleans (Oh it's wild. Carjackings are a hoot.), Las Vegas, Miami
Bottom 3: Dallas, Washington, D.C., Santa Fe (They've obviously never been to happy hour at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. It gets pretty nutty there sometimes.)

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