For our 2008 America's Favorite Cities survey, Travel + Leisure teamed up with CNN Headline News and asked travelers to rank 25 top U.S. cities in 45 categories, ranging from food and shopping to people, culture, nightlife, and more. More than 125,000 opinionated travelers voted—find out how your favorite city fared!"
No surprise, New York scored No. 1 for "people-watching," and received high honors for shopping, classical music and theater, stunning sights and skylines and its well-dressed, diverse people. Downside? Well, they don't say "the city never sleeps" for no reason. New Yorkers don't expect peace and quiet, and did I mention it's expensive?
As far as farmers' markets go, San Francisco is the one to beat. Foodies, take note: San Francisco is abundant with cafes and coffee shops, as well as a smorgasbord of restaurants, including ethnic/cheap eats. San Franciscans were ranked No. 5 in the "Intelligent" category. Plus, the city is environmentally active. But again, San Francisco (and California in general) is not the most affordable place to live.
While Los Angeles has some pretty good-looking people, its traffic is still the worst. At least the sunny weather compensates for it somewhat, eh?
Of course, I take CNN reports with a grain of salt, but this was still an entertaining read, if nothing else.
How did your hometown fare?