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THE WORST...

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  • denotes a Bottom 10 ranking
Best Times to Visit
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
6 Fall
18 New Year's Eve
25 Spring Break
9 Summer
25 Winter
Culture
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
15 Classical music
11 Historical sites/monuments
15 Museums/galleries
3 Theater/performance art
Food/Drink/Restaurants
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
12 Big-name restaurants
6 Ethnic food
9 Farmers' markets
3 Neighborhood joints and cafes
Hotels
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
20 Affordable hotels
28 All-in-one resorts
11 B&Bs/Inns
23 Big-name luxury hotels
22 Business hotels
18 Stylish boutique hotels
Local Specialties
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
18 Barbecue
6 Coffee
6 Hamburgers
18 Microbrew beer
3 Pizza
Nightlife
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
16 Cocktail hour
8 Live music/concerts and bands
13 Singles/bar scene
People
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
23 Athletic/active
18 Attractive
12 Diverse
23 Friendly
16 Intelligent
11 Stylish
Quality of Life and Visitor Experience
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
20 Cleanliness
16 Environmental friendliness
11 Noteworthy neighborhoods
16 Peace and quiet
15 People-watching
20 Public parks and outdoor access
16 Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness
13 Safety
25 Skyline/views
18 Weather
Shopping
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
9 Antique stores
12 Home decor and design stores
14 Independent boutiques
22 Luxury stores
10 Vintage shops and flea markets
Type of Trip
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
10 Affordable getaway
12 Cultural getaway
25 Family vacation
18 Relaxing retreat
17 Romantic escape
21 Wild weekend
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