Top Nine American Cities

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  1. James K.

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    I was reading a list the other day of the nine (I don't know why it wasn't ten) more distinctive and important American cities for a visitor to our country. Without me saying which nine were used, I was curious what everyone's list would be.

    I would urge everyone not to be too esoteric -- I love Ann Arbor, but I would sooner have a visitor see Chicago -- but other than that, there are no rules. You can rank them 1-9 or not, give explanations as to why or don't, etc.

    What say you?
     
  2. uggboy
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    How about Baltimore, MD & Washington DC.....:)
     
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    OK, you asked for our lists. here are my nine:
    New York
    San Francisco
    Boston
    Los Angeles
    Miami
    Charleston
    Louisville
    Salt Lake City
    Washington
     
  4. marcwint55

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    if my math is correct you need 7 more
     
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  5. marcwint55

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    here are my nine:
    New York
    Boston ( except for sports teams )
    Miami
    Seattle
    Baltimore
    Memphis (only for BBQ )
    Nashville
    Key West
    Washington DC
     
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  6. LXJenkins
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    In no particular order:

    New York
    San Francisco
    New Orleans
    Chicago
    Seattle
    Washington
    Los Angeles
    Miami
    Charleston (SC - not WV)
     
  7. Rejuvenated
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    In no particular order:

    Las Vegas
    San Francisco
    Boston
    New Orleans
    Portland, OR
    Philadelphia
    San Antonio
    San Diego
    Minneapolis
     
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  8. James K.

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    I like that both Minneapolis and Louisville have shown up. They're both on my underrated America cities, though I'm not sure they'd crack my Top 9.
     
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  9. Mapsmith
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    San Antonio. True Tex-Mex vibe
    Austin. The opposite of Tex-Mex Vibe
    Portland. Either of them.
    DC. Because it is. and the Museums.
    West Hollywood/Santa Monica/Beverly Hills. Ultimate California
    NYC. Because it is NYC.
    Memphis. Blues and Jazz without the hype of New Orleans
    Columbus Ohio OR Kansas City OR St. Louis OR Milwaukee OR Anchorage. Standard Middle American City.
    Las Vegas. Because it is like DC and NYC. It just is.
     
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    S.F.
    NYC
    D.C.
    L.A.
    Honolulu
    Vegas
    Seattle
    Chicago
    Miami
     
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    I don't like the abbreviations others are using, so here is my list (in no particular order):
    LGA
    SFO
    AUS
    ABQ
    BOS
    MIA
    ORD
    MSY
    LAX
     
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    In no particular rank.....

    San Francisco
    Washington DC
    San Diego
    San Antonio
    New York
    Chicago
    Miami
    Honolulu
    Galveston
     
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    Of course it's sort of a "which child is your favorite?" question. I've escorted a number of overseas friends on tours (some limited, some extensive) of the US and certainly know which cities were their faves (and un-faves, yes, you, Houston.) I also know that in most cases the countryside - national parks, vistas, the sense of space, etc. - was almost always more compelling than the cities. But my list would be:

    Boston - Too much history to ignore;
    NYC - Duh.
    Washington DC - All that symbolism in a very interesting city;
    Chicago - The heart of the heartland;
    Memphis - Not just the music and the food, but the river and the Delta.
    Austin - Can't exclude Texas; the Hill Country is close enough too.
    Los Angeles - He who is tired of LA is tired of life. (Yes, I know, not original.)
    San Francisco - Every foreign visitor I've taken there walked around grinning.
    Seattle - A beautiful city easily outshone by its natural surroundings.
     
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    nice list, one that I was going to post but you have already, so I'll just give a +1
     
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  15. James K.

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    LXJenkins (and Sweet Willie) have come the closest to the original list that prompted this discussion, which was:

    New York City
    Washington D.C.
    Boston
    Chicago
    Los Angeles
    Miami
    New Orleans
    San Francisco
    Seattle

    Having just been to Portland, I would sub it in for Seattle, which underwhelmed me a smidge (though I did go on a dreary April weekend, and weather plays a surprisingly large role in determining how a city feels) but otherwise I think it's a pretty good list.
     
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    Houston
    Dallas
    Beaumont
    Luling
    Lockhart
    Austin
    Galveston
    Corpus Christi
    El Paso

    Oh...you said AMERICAN cities.....

    New York
    Boston
    Chicago
    San Francisco
    Austin
    Honolulu
    Seattle
    Vegas
    Washington D.C.
     
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    Texas is not a country damn texans ;)

    • SFO
    • NYC
    • ORD
    • D.C.
    • BOS
    • LAX
    • Honolulu
    • SEA
    • Kansas City, KS (GOOGLE FIBER OMFG!)
     
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  18. misterbwong

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    Off the top of my head

    New York City
    Los Angeles
    San Francisco
    Chicago
    Honolulu
    New Orleans
    Vegas
     
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    On the first part take out Dallas, Galveston, Corpus Christi and El Paso and you have a good tour of Texas Barbeque Cities.
     
  20. gamecock

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    In driving order:

    Boston
    New York
    Washington, DC
    Charleston
    New Orleans
    San Antonio
    Fort Worth
    San Diego
    San Francisco
     
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    New York, NY
    Chicago, IL
    Charleston, SC and/or Savannah, GA
    Seattle, WA
    Washington D.C.
    San Francisco, CA
    Boston, MA
    New Orleans, LA
    Santa Fe, NM
     

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